Viva La Taxes!

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cry in unveiling the House’s massive reform bill might as well have been “Viva la health care revolution!”

Thank you, Madam Fidel. Or is that Hugo, or Mao… 🙂

The House Health Care bill has bloated to an enormous nearly 2,000 page monster.

And we are all the citizens who will get trampled by this one.

The grand unveiling of the Revolution wasn’t open to the public, “Because that’s how we’re handling this event,” a person trying to get into the “ceremony” was told.

But, of course, we don’t want anyone to ask any tough questions. And not bask in the magnificence that is Speaker Pelosi, Mrs “drain the swamp” of corruption herself.

Truth be told, most lawmakers are excluded too. As the Hudson Institute’s Hanns Kuttner noted on the National Review Web site, you would have to devour 221 pages a day to have read this life-changing legislation in its entirety before it comes to a vote, promised for before Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

That’s $2.2 million dollars a page.

And that’s only the beginning.

“the cost of coverage would shift from a percentage of income to a percentage of the premium, no matter how high the premiums go.” This will be a big, unpleasant surprise for the working middle class.” Kaiser Health News’ Julie Appleby reported.

So your coverage would be based on the premium. The more and higher the premium, the higher the coverage. Or the reverse, since this whole debacle is based on lower premiums. So that means LOWER COVERAGE.

Whoops!

Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson on Wednesday revealed that the Senate bill’s excise tax on “Cadillac” plans “targets a lot of Chevy plans as well.” The tax follows a formula based on the consumer price index plus 1%. But if medical costs and insurance premiums rise significantly higher than the CPI  (Consumer Price Index)— a near sure thing — a lot more plans get taxed.

Reminiscent of the Alternative Minimum Tax, a measure to soak the rich will end up drowning Joe Sixpack. Meyerson warns: “If employers opt for cheaper policies to avoid the excise taxes on more-expensive plans, their savings may not be passed on to workers as higher wages but simply kept by the employers. Out-of-pocket health costs for workers would rise, but into-pocket wage increases to cover those costs might not be forthcoming.”

The Alternative minimum Tax was passed in 1968 to to soak  a few Millionaires the Democrats felt weren’t paying enough taxes. Problem is, the tax once let out of the barn quickly grew like a weed.

Washington Post 11/11/2006:

Democratic leaders this week vowed to make the alternative minimum tax a centerpiece of next year’s budget debate, saying the levy threatens to unfairly increase tax bills for millions of middle-class families by the end of the decade.

They created the Monster themselves!

And now we have the New Monster. That they promise won’t go rampaging through The Village and destroy everything.

Hope and Change! 🙂

President Obama is planning to reduce the cost of medical care by taxing it!
So how many “not one dime” of taxes is that exactly?

Codification of the “Economic Substance Doctrine” (Page 349): Empowers the IRS to disallow a perfectly legal tax deduction or other tax relief merely because the IRS deems that the motive of the taxpayer was not primarily business-related.

Oh, yes, your kind compassionate and sensitive IRS Agent…

Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296): If an individual fails to obtain qualifying coverage, he must pay an income surtax equal to the lesser of **2.5 percent** of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) or the average premium. MAGI adds back in the foreign earned income exclusion and municipal bond interest.

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”— George Orwell

Example-Medical Devices Tax:

President Obama invited them to the White House to cut a deal. They refused.

Now we have the wrath visited upon us. It’s not a tax on us directly, so he can claim he didn’t raise taxes, evil capitalists did.

Nice.

It assesses an industry-wide payment which firms must make in proportion to their market share.  It bars the them from passing along the cost of the assessment by charging more for certain basic products, but allows them to raise the price of others to raise the funds for the fee.

So, the result will be that virtually every piece of advanced surgical equipment will be subject to a price increase to meet the levy from Washington. No matter that these devices often make the difference between life and death and that, in effect, taxing them raises the cost of vital treatments.  The vengeful White House will have its pound of flesh from the medical device industry for daring to be independent and to refuse to knuckle down to Administration pressure!

Valves, prosthetic limbs, pacemakers, hearing aids, and such are essential therapies that make life longer, better, and less painful.  To tax them makes no sense.  Except in the world of sharp elbows and interest group politics that grips this take-no-prisoners and show-no-mercy White House. (Dick Morris – former Clintonista)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House bill appears even more expensive. It would impose $150 billion in Medicare cuts on the pharmaceutical industry, and a 2.5 percent tax on companies that manufacture medical devices (Page 339).

So that device that will save your life will cost you more to save it.

BUT THAT”S NOT A TAX!  🙂

“So even though this bill tries to hide these costs as indirect taxes,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, recently told a business symposium, “average Americans who purchase health plans, take prescription drugs, or use medical devices will end up footing the bill.”

Another likely frustration for consumers: The premium hikes and taxes will take effect right away, while the subsidies and benefits in health care reform won’t kick in completely until 2013/4 and in some cases 2019.

BUT THAT’S NOT A TAX INCREASE! 🙂

That’s how they make it allegedly not add to the deficit, they tax you into the ground BEFORE you get any “benefits” from it. After that 10 years, the sky’s the limit.

BUT THAT”S NOT A TAX INCREASE!

Don’t you feel better about that Hope and Change now! 🙂

Now for a summary of just some of the Tsunami of Taxes…

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324): Non-prescription medications would no longer be able to be purchased from health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Insulin excepted. HSAs will effectively be killed by a final provision, which requires that most plans provide first-dollar coverage for most services.

Pg. 1516 regulates vending machines: In the case of an article of food sold from a vending machine that ‘‘(I) does not permit a prospective purchaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel before purchasing the article or does not otherwise provide visible nutrition information at the point of purchase; and ‘‘(II) is operated by a person who is engaged in the business of owning or operating 20 or more vending machines, the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in close proximity to each article of food or the selection button that includes a clear and conspicuous statement disclosing the number of calories contained in the article.

Yes, that’s right! Evil Capitalist Vending Machines must be regulated in order to keep your fat ass from buying that Oreo Cookie!  That’s surely going to reduce your premiums! 🙂

Pg. 31, under a section titled, “Sunshine on price gouging of health insurance issuers”: The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with States, shall establish a process for the annual review of increases in premiums for health insurance coverage. Such process shall require health insurance issuers to submit a justification for any premium increases prior to implementation of the increase.

“Well, we’re sorry Company X, but we don’t feel that’s justified. You’ll just have to eat that cost.” And go out of business. Ah, we’re terribly sorry about that. 🙂
The bill adds a new section to the federal tax code: “‘PART VIII:HEALTH CARE RELATED TAXES.’ Among the new taxes are penalties for individuals who don’t purchase insurance and employers who don’t provide insurance, income tax surcharges of up to 5.6% to those earning more than $1 million, and a 2.5% excise tax on medical devices.”

Pg. 132: The bill creates the Office of the Ultimate Bureaucrat Health Choices Administration headed by the Health Choices Commissioner. Among the commissioner’s duties (he will be appointed by the president and approved by the Senate): “establishment of qualified health benefits plan standards,” “administration of individual affordability credits under subtitle C of title III, including determination of eligibility for such credits,” auditing insurance exchange participants to provide “accountability” for meeting his established standards and billing those insurance companies for the audits, collecting unspecified “data,” penalizing, suspending payments to, and terminating insurance plans that don’t meet exchange standards, establishing ” effective and efficient administration of the Health Insurance Exchange,” and “development of standards for the definitions of terms used in health insurance coverage, including insurance-related terms.”

No word on who will hold this unelected bureaucrat accountable for doing any of this well or fairly. Maybe they can bring back Van Jones?

But hey, look on the bright side, we will have a new federal office.

A brand new Bureaucracy and someone to look out for you… 🙂

And, who doesn’t need another of those?

Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275): If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal to 8 percent of average wages. Small employers (measured by payroll size) have smaller payroll tax rates of 0 percent (<$500,000), 2 percent ($500,000-$585,000), 4 percent ($585,000-$670,000), and 6 percent ($670,000-$750,000).

Cap on FSAs (Page 325): FSAs (Flexible Spending Accounts) would face an annual cap of $2500 (currently uncapped).

Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions (Page 326): Non-qualified distributions from HSAs would face an additional tax of 20 percent (current law is 10 percent). This disadvantages HSAs relative to other tax-free accounts (e.g. IRAs, 401(k)s, 529 plans, etc.)

Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327): This would further erode private sector participation in delivery of Medicare services.

Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336): Imposes an income surtax of 5.4 percent on MAGI –modified adjusted gross income–over $500,000 ($1 million married filing jointly). MAGI adds back in the itemized deduction for margin loan interest. This would raise the top marginal tax rate in 2011 from 39.6 percent under current law to 45 percent—a new effective top rate.

Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344): Requires that 1099-MISC forms be issued to corporations as well as persons for trade or business payments. Current law limits to just persons for small business compliance complexity reasons. Also expands reporting to exchanges of property.

Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345): Delays for nine years the worldwide allocation of interest, a corporate tax relief provision from the American Jobs Creation Act

Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346): Increases taxes on U.S. employers with overseas operations looking to avoid double taxation of earnings.

Application of “More Likely Than Not” Rule (Page 357): Publicly-traded partnerships and corporations with annual gross receipts in excess of $100 million have raised standards on penalties. If there is a tax underpayment by these taxpayers, they must be able to prove that the estimated tax paid would have more likely than not been sufficient to cover final tax liability.

Americans For Tax Reform put it this way:

A word search of the 1,990-page House healthcare bill (H.R. 3962) reveals that the term “tax” is used 87 times, “taxable” is used 62 times, and “excise tax” is used 10 times.
Other terms of interest are as follows:
House Healthcare Bill (H.R. 3962)
Term Number of uses
“Tax” 87 times
“Taxable” 62 times
“Excise tax” 10 times
“Taxes”  15 times
“Fee”  59 times
“Penalty” 113 times
“Require” 118 times
“Must”  58 times
“Shall”  3,424 times

The Bill:

And it will only cost $1 trillion Dollars over the next 10 years (after that all bets are off).
Promise.  🙂

The most recent Gallup Poll reflected that 49% of respondents said they believed that the Obamacare plan will increase their health care costs.  Only about 20% said it would lower them.  It is taxes like these that substantiate this kind of concern.
Rassmussen:  57% of voters nationwide believe it will raise the cost of health care, and 53% believe the quality of care will get worse. That’s part of the reason that just 45% support the plan. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% are opposed to it.
Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide say that passing no health care reform bill this year would be better than passing the plan currently working its way through Congress.
But what do We the People know, after all…

“If you make less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increase. Not by one dime. Not one dime.”

“You will get a tax cut . . . these checks are on the way.”–President Obama  2/24/2009

Trust Me! 🙂

Kick back and have a new federally excised-taxed Soda and candy bar from the newly-taxed Vending Machine. 🙂

It’s OK, They’re OUR Cronies!

WASHINGTON (USAToday)— More than 40% of President Obama’s top-level fundraisers have secured posts in his administration, from key executive branch jobs to diplomatic postings in countries such as France, Spain and the Bahamas, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Twenty of the 47 fundraisers that Obama’s campaign identified as collecting more than $500,000 have been named to government positions, the analysis found.

Overall, about 600 individuals and couples raised money from their friends, family members and business associates to help fund Obama’s presidential campaign. USA TODAY’s analysis found that 54 have been named to government positions, ranging from Cabinet and White House posts to advisory roles, such as serving on the economic recovery board charged with helping guide the country out of recession.

Nearly a year after he was elected on a pledge to change business-as-usual in Washington, Obama also has taken a cue from his predecessors and appointed fundraisers to coveted ambassadorships, drawing protests from groups representing career diplomats. A separate analysis by the American Foreign Service Association, the diplomats’ union, found that more than half of the ambassadors named by Obama so far are political appointees, said Susan Johnson, president of the association. An appointment is considered political if it does not go to a career diplomat in the State Department.

That’s a rate higher than any president in more than four decades, the group’s data show, although that could change as the White House fills more openings. Traditionally about 30% of top diplomatic jobs go to political appointees, and roughly 70% to veteran State Department employees. Ambassadors earn $153,200 to $162,900 annually.

Obama has reversed the Bush policy of putting loyalists and political ideologues in sensitive positions, such as at Justice, the Pentagon or State. Instead, the emphasis is on a broad range of opinion, technical skills and experience. (London Observer, Sunday 18 January 2009)

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long…As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.”–President-Elect Obama 11/4/2008

Now remember, this is the administration that was going to shake up the way things are done in Washington. No more Pork 🙂 No more back-room deals 🙂 and No Bush Cronyism 🙂

To kick off the Culture of Corruption campaign against the Republicans, on January 18, 2006, Nancy Pelosi gathered Democratic House leaders for a press conference in the Thomas Jefferson building of the Library of Congress to declare “Independence from special interests” and “an end to the Republican culture of corruption.”

Pelosi charged that the Republican House majority had “turned Congress into an auction house–for sale to the highest bidder”, vowed to end “the K Street project” and to lead the effort “to turn the most closed, corrupt Congress in history into the most open and honest Congress in history.”

Lest I be labeled a naked partisan, let me give some credit to Obama, who was correct when he said in 2006, ““Freedom today is in jeopardy it is being threatened by corruption. Corruption is not a new problem…it is a human problem.” Obama was right. But when he uttered those words he was speaking to students at the University of Nairobi about their country, Kenya. Sadly those words now apply to Obama’s America. (Human Events)

We support Barack Obama because he is bringing all of us together to reject the Karl Rove school of wedge politics and fundamentally change the way Washington works.-Orginizing for America- Barackobama.com

“Contributing doesn’t guarantee a visit to the White House,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday, “nor does it preclude it.”

So let’s you and me go and see if we can get the same VIP treatment?
What, you mean we have to have a ‘substantial donation’? (aka Bribe)

Donors who give the maximum allowed by law to the party – $30,400 – or who bundle $300,000 from contributors, gain membership into the exclusive groups.
Ah, shucks, and here I was looking forward to trying out the Lincoln Bedroom! 🙂

According to the Washington Times, the Democratic National Committee rewards its top contributors with perks that include small-group briefings with senior Obama administration officials, conference calls, and other exclusive access to policymakers.

Two one-page fact sheets posted online yesterday by the paper list the benefits of membership in the DNC’s National Advisory Board and its National Finance Committee.

“Together with the National Finance Committee, the National Advisory Board meets four times throughout the year in Washington, D.C. to discuss current issues, policies, and strategies,” one of the documents says. “They have an opportunity to meet senior members of the Obama administration and senior members of Congress, and to hear from political analysts and policy experts.”
The Washington Times story also noted informal perks of being a big-time fund-raiser for the Obamas, including use of a bowling alley in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House; a visit to the White House movie theater, and a birthday visit to the Oval Office.

Democratic and White House officials shrugged off the documents as part of normal “donor maintenance” that does not provide contributors with any quid pro quo.
Nothing to see here, move along…Nothing to see…
Sound familiar??
And the hard-hitting journalists of the press??
They were obsessed with pushing this line to top of the headlines:
They (The Administration) insisted that current donors were getting fewer perks than they did during Bill Clinton’s term, when nights in the Lincoln Bedroom became controversial.

Let’s play it down.
Make it go away.

Nothing important here.

Move along.

And wasn’t the cronyism of the Bush Administration just awful. Elect us and we won’t do that…  🙂
Check out: http://www.cronyjobs.com/
A Liberal website devoted to “exposing” Bush Administration cronyism.
Funny how it’s not been updated. 🙂

“This administration has across the board set the toughest ethics standards in history. As a result, we have reduced special interest influence over the policymaking process to promote merits-based decision-making.” White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said.

Now that’s comedy! And with a straight face no less.

“Welcome to Resort Obama. President Sells Access to and Amenities of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to Highest Democrat Bidders.” –Republican response

Sounds more like a Disney Theme Park to me.
It sure is a Mickey Mouse Operation!! 🙂

They Speak to Power – OutFOXed

From the London Telegraph via CNN:

Yes, CNN, the Communist News Network had a moment of clarity and what we get is squirming hilarity.

Campbell BROWN (CNN): Officials have been very public about their feelings about FOX News and what they believe FOX News is and represents. And they made a point of coming out and saying it.

JARRETT: What we’re saying is, is that we want the public to understand what’s going on.

When we saw the kind of distortions this summer, particularly directed at seniors, over health care reform, it was really outrageous. And I think what the president said in his message before Congress is, we’re going to speak directly to the American people and make sure that they understand the truth.

They Understand. That’s why they are against it. Not that your boss or his cronies are listening though.

Rasmussen:

If the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats passes, 57% of voters nationwide believe it will raise the cost of health care, and 53% believe the quality of care will get worse. That’s part of the reason that just 45% support the plan. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% are opposed to it. Those numbers include 23% who Strongly Favor the plan and 40% who are Strongly Opposed.

And so, certainly, if we see somebody distorting the truth, we’re going to call them on the carpet for that. But we don’t want to take our focus away from the core issues that are so important to the American people. Now, when there’s all that chatter and distortion and false information, we have to disseminate — we have to distinguish between truth and fiction.

Was that your Freudian slip showing, dearie?

BROWN: So do you think FOX News is biased?

JARRETT: Well, of course they’re biased. Of course they are.

BROWN: OK. Then do you also think that MSNBC is biased?

JARRETT: Well, you know what? This is the thing. I don’t want to — actually, I don’t want to just generalize all FOX is biased or that another station is biased.

Um…Human-ah human-ah human-ah…uh… Whoops!!

Because You just did in your last answer!!!  🙂

Folded like a cheap hooker…

I think what we want to do is look at it on a case-by-case basis. And when we see a pattern of distortion, we’re going to be honest about that pattern of distortion.

Yeah, as long as it’s not on FOX or Talk Radio we’ll honestly ignore it! 🙂

BROWN: But you only see that at FOX News? That’s all that — you have spoken out about FOX News.

JARRETT: That’s actually not true.

Oh yes, you did, dearie. Maybe you we’re “Misquoted” just like Jimmy Carter… 🙂

I think that what the administration has said very clearly is that we’re going to speak truth to power. When we saw all of the distortions in the course of the summer, when people were coming down to town hall meetings and putting up signs that were scaring seniors to death, when we have seen commercials go up on television that are distorting the truth, we’re actually calling everybody out.

So are YOU the Power or FOX?

And the signs were true. Truth hurts.

So, this isn’t something that’s simply directed at FOX. We really just want the American people to have a clear understanding. There’s so much at stake right now. We really don’t have a lot of time for nonsense and distortions.

We’re too busy making up our own.

The American people are also smarter than that. Let them reach their own judgments based on the facts.

Not that we will listen to them because it’s damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.

Let’s just take health care, for example. Reasonable people could differ about the right approach. So, let’s have a conversation about that. Let’s not scare people by telling them that things are going to happen that are actually not even on the table. Let’s just talk about the facts.

Liberals talk about facts?  Since when?

You mean the “not one dime” “won’t add to the deficit” “it’s not a tax increase”?

Those Facts?

Nah.

Ignore the $$$Trillion Dollar Gorilla behind the curtain and the $$$Trillion Dollar Elephant sticking his nose in the tent.

It’s all lies and distortions! 🙂

They speak to Power!

Valerie Jarrett said so!

And we are from the Government and we’re here to help you… 🙂

 

 

Impossible Things before Breakfast

SEN. JUDD GREGG, R – N.H. “On The Record”: Well, nobody can opt out. I mean, we already have an opt-out program. It’s called Medicaid. It’s like saying to your kids that they can opt out of an allowance. I mean, nobody’s going to do it because unless they can also get tax revenues that they’re paying in, why would anybody ever opt out? Because then you’d be paying taxes in your state to support some other state. So it makes no sense at all. It’s simply a — it’s a fig leaf to try to cover up the fact that the basic goal here is to create a nationalized system, to go to a single-payer plan, and to do it using this government plan as basically the vehicle by forcing people off their private insurance and into a government plan.”

“So I have no idea who came up with it. Obviously, Senator Reid is promoting it right now and he’s — I think it’s obvious what the game plan is. He wants to use it as a way to basically deflect the fact that the underlying bill, if it has a government plan in it, will be promoting a government plan. And government plans inevitably lead to people getting less quality health care in that there’s inevitably price controls and rationing and delays. And it also leads to much less innovation because the simple fact is the government underfunds these accounts. And as a result, people stop seeing doctors because doctors won’t see them.”

It isn’t right. It absolutely isn’t right, Greta. And you know, it’s totally inappropriate that a bill that’s going to affect 16 percent of our economy and everybody’s life should basically be — and it’s going to be 1,200 to 1,500 pages — should basically be written in a room which nobody can get into, other than two or three senators, and then suddenly be brought out and put on the desk of the senators and told, This is it, take it or leave it.

Well, I think in the end, when the bill comes back from conference, there will be a government plan in there that’s pretty much fixed and will essentially be used as a way to control the market and control prices and thus inevitably lead to some sort of delays and rationing and to forcing other insurance products out of the market because it’ll be able to underprice using the power of the government and using price controls, essentially, just as they do in England, where you essentially have price controls and therefore, delay and rationing.

I think that’s the inevitable — that’s the plan. That’s what will happen in the end, if some of my friends on the other side of the aisle get their way. Whether it is done with a trigger, whether it’s done with an opt-out, it all means the same thing. It all means a government plan, and a government plan inevitably means that people will have less opportunities to see fewer — to have fewer — and will have fewer choices, and you’s inevitably go down the road of some very significant limitations on the availability of health care in this country.”

As I’ve said before, The Democrats don’t care what you think. They want what they want when they want it. Just like a child. And just like the dictators-in-training they want to be.

If you voted for them, congrats, you’re soon to be a good  little comrade.

“It’s not really a public option, it’s a consumer option,” Pelosi said. “As we’re mandating that people buy insurance we are saying to them, you have leverage, you have another choice. This is your consumer option.” To back up her point, Pelosi said that the program would be self-sustaining and benefits would be paid for by premiums, not taxpayers.(CBS)

And, like Alice, I like to believe 3 Impossible things before breakfast…

But this is not impossible to believe:

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2009, congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) appeared opposite Ralph Nader on “The Ed Schultz Show.” When Nader questioned Frank’s far-left bona fides, Frank quickly responded, “we are trying on every front to increase the role of government.”

Really? Ya Think???

They only want to run the auto industry, the banks, the financial houses, your life and death, your car, your electricity, your environment. Nothing too intrusive. 🙂

Obama has set a spending limit of roughly $900 billion over a decade for the legislation, but has already agreed not to count more than $200 billion to raise fees for doctors treating Medicare over the next 10 years.

He also appears willing to bow to the wishes of House Democrats, whose bill is expected to total roughly $1 trillion. Democrats argue some of that spending shouldn’t be counted against Obama’s total because it doesn’t deal directly with the cost of providing coverage.

It covers items such as improved benefits for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as money spent on disease prevention programs.

This would be the same Medicare that was going to be slashed by $500 billion in “waste, fraud and abuse” that would help pay for the plan to begin with, right? 🙂

The one Nancy Pelosi says will be a government run self-sustaining no-taxpayer money enterprise.

“Not one Dime”

Now that’s a benefit, for sure. 🙂

And most definitely an  impossible thing.

But “Hope and Change” everyone. “Yes We can” 🙂

Building up the vote count towards the magic 60 will probably mean buying off people (read: bribes and shady deals) — and it’s a seller’s market when every vote means everything. (And does the price rise the longer this goes on — and the more the pressure builds from the other side?).

Of course.

But we shouldn’t hold that against them. And it will not be “on the books” after all. This Congress doesn’t do “pork”! 🙂

And all the smoke filled, back room, under-the-table deals will be very “transparent” and the “Culture of Corruption” will be reformed by the same Democrats like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi when she came to power assured Americans she would “drain the swamp” and clean up ethics violations. To this day, she still boasts about that notion as an accomplishment. Sadly, the swamp is winning.

But since it’s a Democratic Swamp, who cares. Certainly not the Ministry of Truth Mainstream Media. Or for that matter the Republicans who, many, are still in the please like me kissy-kissy “moderate is better” mode not understanding the nature of the enemy they face.

One that has absolute control  jihad on their minds.

And the american public are the ones about to be slaughtered.

Thomas Sowell:

Governments impose price controls in order to try to keep the costs of medical care from absorbing so much of their budgets as to seriously restrict other government functions. Government-paid medical care is thus often an exercise in price control, and it creates situations that have been common for centuries in response to price controls on many other goods and services.

One of the reasons for the political popularity of price controls in general is that part of their costs are concealed — or, at least, are not visible initially when such laws are passed. Price controls are therefore particularly appealing to those who do not think beyond stage one — which can easily be a majority of the voters.

Artificially lower prices, created by government order rather than by supply and demand, encourage more use of goods or services, while discouraging the production of those same goods and services. Increased consumption and reduced production mean a shortage. The consequences are both quantitative and qualitative.

Even the visible shortages that follow price controls do not tell the whole story. Quality deterioration often accompanies reduced production under price control, whether what is being produced is food, housing, or numerous other goods and services whose prices have been kept artificially low by government fiat.

Quality declines because the incentives to maintaining quality are lessened by price control. Sellers in general maintain the quality of their products or services for fear of losing customers otherwise.

Nowhere has quality deterioration been more apparent — or more dangerous — than with price controls on medical care.

But don’t worry, there won’t be any rationing according to the Democrats. And we all know they are “transparent”. 🙂

President Obama: “There’s always going to be an asymmetry of information between patient and provider,” he said. “And part of what I think government can do effectively is to be an honest broker in assessing and evaluating treatment options…”the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.” For them, he said, “I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels.”

But no “Death Panels” just “conversations”. 🙂

Sowell again:

In general, where the doctor is paid per patient visit, then a series of treatments that might have taken five visits to the doctor’s office can now take 10 shorter visits — or more. Therefore political leaders can proclaim that price controls have succeeded because the cost per visit is now lower than it was in a free market, even though the total costs of treating a given illness have not declined and — typically — have risen.

Skyrocketing costs, far beyond anything projected at the outset, have marked government-controlled medical care systems in France, Britain, Canada and elsewhere. Responses to such runaway costs have included abbreviated doctors’ visits and hospital stays cut short.

And the current bills are designed, except for the off-the table bribe of $200 million, to pay doctors even less. So they will have to see more patients, or at least have more visits to make up for it.

Sounds great doesn’t it.

Drive Thru Health Care!

Your McDoc is in.

Would you like fries with that!?

Or sorry, those are bad for you so we will have to tax them to pay for your unhealthy lifestyle.

How about some tofu instead while you wait under your solar-powered light driving your electric put-put “smart”car? 🙂

Now that’s a Breakfast of Champions!

 

The Trojan Horse

“Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts”

Or in this case, Democrats.

This saying comes from the Trojan War between the Greeks and the people of Troy.

The Greeks constructed a giant horse (horses were worshiped by the Trojans) and hit men inside because they were unable to breech the walls of the city after 10 years of siege.

Then the Greeks faked running away, leaving only the Horse.

The Trojans celebrated their victory and wheeled the giant horse into the city.

In the middle of the night the Greeks came out of the horse and slaughtered the Trojans.

Unable to breach the walls of public opinion on how great it would be for the government to decide who lives and who dies they retreated at the end of August and created the the Baucus Bill. A bill without the “Public Option” that had “bi-partisan support” (1 sad sucker of a Republican in Sen. Snowe).

Hurrah!

And just now the Greeks (Democrats) have decided to re-brand their original goal yet again.

The Orwellian re-branding yet again of  Socialized National Care.

If you can’t dazzle them with your magnificence, baffle them with Orwellian BS.

And signal ahead of time that it was all a Trojan Horse.

In an appearance at a Florida senior center, the Democratic leader referred to the so-called public option as “the consumer option.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., appeared by Pelosi’s side and used the term “competitive option.”

Both suggested new terminology might get them past any lingering doubts among the public—or consumers or competitors.

“You’ll hear everyone say, ‘There’s got to be a better name for this,'” Pelosi said. “When people think of the public option, public is being misrepresented, that this is being paid for with their public dollars.”

So, since the government has no money unless they take it from you, where are they going to get it?

Or that’s right, they can just print and let someone else worry about the deficit later…

But this is the same Nancy Pelosi who said it wouldn’t raise the deficit?

So where are they getting the money?

One Answer: They don’t care.

Real Answer: From you. The Public. Bend over, the biggest enema in this country’s history is about to be shoved up your ass!

The entire Baucus Bill process was a sham.

Wonder if Sen. Baucus knew all along? Ya Think… 🙂

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), a centrist whose healthcare bill did not include a public option, said in a statement that he would support “any provision, including a public option, that will ensure choice and competition and get the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate.”

This being the same guy who said that the public option had no chance.

Talk about a Dog and Pony show!

The Democrats want their Holy Grail (read Helen of Troy) and nothing shall defeat them.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Senate Democrats will include in the health care reform bill a government-backed health insurance program that allows states to opt out if they can come up with an alternative.

“I think it’s the fairest way to go,” Reid said of the “opt out” proposal.

The “opt out” proposal would set up a national insurance plan with government seed money and be run by a private, not-for-profit board. Under the proposal, states would have to prove they can provide comparable coverage in order to exit out of the federal plan. The plan would also negotiate rates with providers just like private insurance companies do, presumably keeping premiums on a level playing field with the private industry.

The measure is one of a host of different so-called public options being considered in the Senate. Though the public option seemed off the table in the chamber just one month ago, it gained traction in recent weeks as Democratic leaders floated versions meant to be more appealing to party moderates.

The key phrase being : “Under the proposal, states would have to prove they can provide comparable coverage in order to exit out of the federal plan”

Meaning if you the state doesn’t have something that is EXACTLY like the Government’s plan it can’t opt-out.

Which is precisely what was in HR3200, only it was the insurance companies ans employers.

Which is a Trojan Horse.

And if the state does manage to opt-out will the taxes be opted out as well?

I very much doubt it. Don’t you. The old double whammy. The State-run Government health care and the Government health care. Yeah, that’ll bring costs down. And it will be the State’s fault for opting out so they won’t be able to or they’ll have to opt-in later in defeat.

And won’t you have the lack of portability now that is one of the main root causes of this whole mess?

But that was never going to happen anyhow. That’s the Orwellian Trojan Horse, the “op-out” is the horse.

“I’m always looking for Republicans,” Reid said. To slaughter like the Trojans in the dead of night maybe. 🙂

After Reid spoke, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement in which President Obama congratulated Democrats for their “hard work on health insurance reform.”

“While much work remains, the president is pleased that at the progress that Congress has made. He’s also pleased that the Senate has decided to include a public option for health coverage, in this case with an allowance for states to opt out. As he said to Congress and the nation in September, he supports the public option because it has the potential to play an essential role in holding insurance companies accountable through choice and competition,” Gibbs said.

Only your choice is mandatory and provided by the government and the competition is far from fair.

He has never changed his mind and never will.

The rest is just so much smoke.

So he has looked down from inside the horse to see if it’s safe to come out and slaughter the Trojans and take the city after a long siege.

So are you asleep, Trojans?

 

 

 

 

Back from Vacation

I just spent 5 day at my parents internet dead zone.

But even my mother, a child of the Depression, who is legally blind and can only listen to TV (and watches only ABC News This week with George Stephanopolus and Lou Dobbs) said to me quite unsolicited, “Can you believe how slick that Obama is. You know he’s a socialist.”

Yes, Mom. I do.

And so does The Ministry of Truth and the President. But it’s not like they are going to let anyone tell anyone or anything.

If you mention it the liberal media will drip contempt and scorn on you.

“Most socialists share the view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, creates an unequal society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximise their potentialities and does not utilize technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of the public.”

Sound familiar??

Barack Obama, in 2001:

You know, if you look at the victories and failures of the civil-rights movement, and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to vest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples. So that I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to sit at a lunch counter and order and as long as I could pay for it, I’d be okay, but the Supreme Court never entered into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.

And uh, to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution — at least as it’s been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties: [It] says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.

And that hasn’t shifted, and one of the, I think, the tragedies of the civil-rights movement was because the civil-rights movement became so court-focused, uh, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change. And in some ways we still suffer from that. (NRO)

The entire purpose of the Constitution was to limit government. That limitation of powers is what has unlocked in America the vast human potential available in any population.

So the whole idea America is nearly gone.

The life support is failing.

So, comrade, how’s your life going?

The Sweet Science II: Cap & Trade

President Obama has admitted that under a cap-and-trade bill, “electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.”  The Obama
administration’s budget director, Peter Orszag, estimated that a 15 percent decrease in emissions would cause the average American family to pay $1,300 in additional utility costs a year. At the upper end, that amount could reach $1,761 a year.

But it’s better than doing nothing! 🙂

Kerry and Boxer deserve credit for their work so far, and encouragement in fending off the inevitable calls for compromises by

industries that fear the cost of change. The cost of inaction – or inadequate action – would be far greater.(boston.com)

Rep. Henry Waxman (D) – The harsh reality is that America’s global warming and energy challenges are just too important for us to keep  mailing it in by not enacting a comprehensive energy and global  warming bill.”

“The bill does not add one penny to the deficit,” Boxer said. “We’re very excited about that.”

The House passed its version of the bill, which is almost 1,500 pages long, at a cost of about $900 billion.  Members had less than 16 hours to read the final bill before it was voted on.  Legislators are seizing power and adding unprecedented tax burdens to Americans
without even reading the legislation. (IBD)

Poor households will receive additional payments to compensate for purchasing power they will lose due to cap-and-trade, another
indication that the administration sees the law’s effects on prices. Oh, like the subsidies to pay for the mandatory health insurance…

President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders, who have suggested that a cap on carbon emissions would help
revive the U.S. economy. (NYT)

But then again, so was the stimulus and health care reform, and the secret talks about another stimulus!!

Heard this one before??

In June, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy bill, which aims to increase investment in
renewable energy and slash carbon emissions by 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.  In early October Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer unveiled the Senate’s version of the bill.  It is even more ambitious, with a goal of cutting emissions by 20 percent by 2020.

The sponsors also drop the politically loaded term “cap and trade,”calling it “pollution reduction and investment” instead.
Orwellian word games always inspires confidence doesn’t it?
But there’s a $3.6 trillion gas tax on the table that already passed the House and is making its way through the Senate, and cap and trade has Americans all over the country concerned. The $3.6 trillion gas tax figure, which includes gasoline and diesel gas, comes from a new report from Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Kit Bond (R-MO) on the effects of climate change legislation. And the energy tax has rippling economic effects, as Senators Hutchison and Bond explain in their Washington Times op-ed:

Americans will be double-hit by the gas tax when it raises the costs of goods and services such as groceries and utilities they must continue to purchase. Energy costs are among businesses’ top operational expenses already. While companies face a variety of energy expenses, ranging from heating and cooling their work space to powering equipment and lighting, operating their vehicles is the most costly. Every company, from the small-town local florist to a package delivery service with nationwide operations, will be hard hit. In order for these businesses to withstand the heavier tax burden and to remain profitable, they will be forced to pass these energy cost increases along to consumers through higher prices.”

Some industries are more energy-intensive than others, and  farmers and ranchers are hit particularly hard. Heritage Senior Policy Analyst Ben Lieberman writes, “In addition to higher diesel fuel and electricity costs, prices for natural gas-derived fertilizers and other chemicals will also rise. Everything else affecting agriculture, from the cost of constructing farm buildings to the price of tractors and other farm equipment, will also go up.”

According to the Hutchison-Bond report, U.S. farmers and ranchers will incur higher fuel costs of $550 million in 2020. That figure will jump to $1.65 billion by 2050. According to The Heritage Foundation’s cap and trade analysis, farm profits are expected to decline by 28 percent in 2012 and will be an average 57 percent lower from 2012-2035. Congress is attempting to buy the farm vote by touting them as the beneficiaries of a carbon offset program because farmers can use cleaner technology, reduce nitrous oxide emissions, or simply not grow crops. However, the revenue gained from offset revenue will pale in comparison to lost income from cap and trade.(Heritage.org)

A Liberal Democrat calls it a Tax, for heaven’s sake: There’s a reason Democrat John Dingell (Mich.) called the cap-and trade portion of the House bill a “great big” tax.  Energy costs will soar under this bill, and those costs will be passed on to consumers.

While in the business of handing out $300 million in stimulus rebates to consumers who purchase Energy Star rated appliances, the US Department of Energy acknowledges in an internal audit that that it does not properly track whether products labeled with the Energy Star actually meet the required specifications for energy efficiency. (examiner)

2008 analysis:
The problem is: the benefits to cutting CO2 are negligible. Even the Environmental Protection Agency found that a 60 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 in the U.S. alone would affect world temperatures by 0.1 to 0.2 degrees C. It would take a global policy with the same cuts to reduce world temperature by just 1 to 2 degrees C.
What about the costs? Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis calculated the costs of global warming legislation in the U.S. alone and the
cumulative GDP losses for 2010 to 2029 approach $7 trillion. Single-year losses exceed $600 billion in 2029, more than $5,000 per
household. Annual job losses exceed 800,000 for several years. That’s a scary price to pay for what little benefits we receive.
(heritage.org)

And of course, we are the most evil on the planet in regards to global warming right? And when we co to Copenhagen in December for the Global Warming summit everyone in the world will happily jump on board just like they did in Kyoto when the evil George W Bush refused to bow to the pressure. Right?

China and India are the first and fourth biggest emitters of carbon dioxide emissions, respectively, but they refuse to commit to binding missions cuts. As “progressive” Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold has said, “You know, the other countries won’t play ball…They cannot be given a free pass, and we cannot do cap and trade alone.”
The Chinese will be happy to see us cut our throats.
So will the EU.
The European Union has had a cap-and-tax regime since 1997.  But 12 of the 15 EU nations that signed on are failing to meet their targets.

Other countries have temporarily abandoned enacting crippling cap-and-trade schemes.  The Australian government’s Emission Trading Scheme legislation has been postponed until mid-2011 because of popular backlash fueled in part by increasing evidence against man-made global warming, as well as increasing recognition of the legislation’s economic toll.

But don’t worry, live in Hope and Change!

“The shifts will be significant,” the CBO director said. “We want to leave no misunderstanding that aggregate performance — the fact that jobs turn up somewhere else for some people — does not mean that there are not substantial costs borne by people, communities, firms in affected industries and affected areas. You saw that in manufacturing, and we would see that in response to changes that this legislation would produce.”

But Greenpeace USA’s climate director, Damon Moglen, questioned the bill’s strength.

“While the language the Senate unveiled today contains some improvements over the House bill, it fails to commit the U.S. to
meaningful, science-based greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to protect us from runaway climate change,” Moglen said. “This proposal meets neither the needs of science nor those of the international community, which is currently negotiating the landmark climate treaty.”

Currently, 60% of the electricity generation in the U.S. comes from coal. The Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House would raise the cost of electricity generated by burning coal. Demand would therefore increase for less carbon-intensive generation sources, such as nuclear power or natural gas. John Shelk, president of the trade association Electric Power Supply Association, predicts that we will see an “increase in revenues to carbon-free power sources like nuclear.” He adds that “this is exactly what is supposed to happen.”

The fact that NO Nuclear plant has been built in this country for over 30 years is not a deterrent. Or the fact that the main reason they haven’t been built is the self-same “environmentalists.

And to give you an idea of what you’re up against:

Liberal post on heritage.org (I fixed the bad speeling and grammar): This is sad to say but Heritage foundation is a conservative right wing research center that includes their bias opinion. This isn’t necessarily true that cost will rise. Profit will fall and the owner can’t have that. They claim they ‘have’ to lay people off. Which isn’t true. Owners need to realize they have to start taking pay cuts for everyone to survive. Cap N Trade isn’t enough. Change the Economy entirely by adding more efficient wind energy and solar. Second use the oceans to create energy. We have the capabilities to do all of this but the upper-upper elite can’t stand the idea of losing just a little bit for the better of humanity. Its always about them. They drag us down with them in this sinking pit.

Don’t pay any attention the the envoronmentalist behind the curtain!

Recommend you read: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/15762

Section 198 of the bill adds a presidentially-appointed “consumer advocate” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which already has such an office. H.R. 2454 gives the Commission itself no authority over the advocate, but gives the advocate authority over almost all of FERC’s legal staff.
Thus the White House has you by the legal short-hairs.

We are from the government and we are here to save the planet and you.

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows that 10 states, mostly in the Midwest, would be hardest hit. Rust belt
senators know the legislation will hurt industry and consumers in their region.  And the legislation will punish farmers by raising the
cost of fertilizer and diesel fuels, which will increase food prices.

So higher Electric Bills.
Higher Food Bills.
Higher Fuel costs.

Higher Unemployment

Higher Transportation costs.

Higher Energy costs for businesses passed on to you.

Aren’t you glad in 2013 you’ll have lower Health Care costs?!! 🙂

First They Came for Fox

The White House stopped providing guests to ‘Fox News Sunday’  (Last August) after Wallace fact-checked controversial assertions made by Tammy Duckworth,assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in August. Dunn said fact-checking an administration official was “something I’ve never seen a Sunday show do.”

“She criticized ‘FOX News Sunday’ last week for fact-checking –fact-checking — an administration official,” Wallace said Sunday.”They didn’t say that our fact-checking was wrong. They just said that we had dared to fact-check.

London Telegraph:

On Sunday, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said this on CNN:

The way the president looks at it, we look at it is:  It’s not a news organisation so much as it has a perspective. And that’s a different take. And more importantly, is not have the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led in following Fox, as if what they’re trying to do is a legitimate news organisation.

And top adviser David Axelrod said this on ABC:

It’s really not news.  It’s pushing a point of view. And the bigger thing is that other news organisations, like yours, ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way.

In some respects, I suppose that all’s fair in love, war and politics. I don’t really blame them for trying this on – though Axelrod, as a former journalist, must in his heart of hearts feel pretty grubby when reciting this particular talking point. What’s really wrong is letting them get away with it.

Basically, the White House doesn’t want stories like ACORN and Van Jones – legitimate, even necessary, stories which Fox bravely pursued with immense vigour – taking hold. The media will be more compliant, it hopes, if it introduces a chill factor – “Why are you asking this impertinent question about a story which is being run on Fox, which we all know isn’t a news organisation?

As Tom DeFrank, a veteran Washington journalist now DC bureau chief of the New York Daily News, comments:

I can never remember a White House urging news organizations to boycott other news organizations. That strikes me as unprecedented.

Journalists have a duty to reject this brazen attempt to dictate to the media just who is legitimate and who is not and how we should treat whoever the US government tells us is illegitimate. Where does this lead to?

Depressingly, there are some journalists who should know better eagerly dancing to the White House’s tune on this one. Here’s Newsweek’s Jacob Weisberg:

Whether the White House engages with Fox is a tactical political question. Whether we journalists continue to do so is an ethical one. By appearing on Fox, reporters validate its propaganda values and help to undermine the role of legitimate news organizations.Respectable journalists—I’m talking to you, Mara Liasson (NPR)—should stop appearing on its programs. A boycott would make Ailes too happy, so let’s try just ignoring Fox, shall we? And no, I don’t want to come on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss it.

Thankfully, there are other methods of deligitimising them.

Michael Wolf (Vanity Fair) on his blog put it this way:

Hence, Republicanism = conservatism = Fox = rabid opposition to an incredibly popular piece of legislation (Health Care Reform) = hopeless marginalization = new liberal consensus.

I think they’re really going for it and that we may all turn out to be liberals.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.  (Saul Alinsky)

By the way, this is the same Jacob Weisberg who’s article in Newsweek was subtitled:

“Fox News isn’t just bad. It’s un-American.”

Being critical of this president is “un-American” you know 🙂

Remind you of anyone?

“Let the facts be heard,” they wrote. “These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.” — Nancy “The Public Option is the only Option” Pelosi on the administration’s view being unfairly the victim of protests in August mostly.

So protesting them on any level, by anyone, is “Un-American”.

That’s your post-partisan America that Obama promised. He just didn’t say that the reason there’d be no partisanship is because it would not be allowed because it’s Un-American.

Obama: “resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long”; that “the times are too serious, the stakes are too high” for the same old political-attack tricks; and that he alone would elevate public discourse and serve as a unifying figure for America.”

If I were to say : This whole gambit will come across to a lot of people as misguided and petty, the product of a White House that is unusually thin-skinned and somewhat paranoid – and, perhaps, as one that can’t be trusted with power.

Would I be talking about Bush/Cheney (according to the Mainstream Media and the Democrats for the last 6-8 years) or Obama for the last 9 months?

Hmmm? 🙂

Maybe it’s a “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” after all… 🙂

Those journalists sitting this one out need to ask themselves what they will do when the White House comes after them or their news organisation.

Because if Fox is allowed to be placed out of respectable bounds in this way then when the going gets tougher – as it will – the White House will simply move on to another target.

And it’s not like this administration has any tolerance for anyone who opposes them for any reason.

Poem Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

So they came for FOX and I said nothing.

Then they came for Talk Radio and I said nothing.

Then they came for the Internet (net neutrality anyone?) and I said nothing.

Then when they came for me, there was no one left.

So where will you be when they come for you?

Or me, for writing this ? 🙂

<<knock knock>>

“who’s there?”

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

Stop The FOX in MY Hen House

We Interrupt the series on how Cap & Trade will destroy America for bit of Liberal silliness.

Dateline: Washington D.C.

The White House has Declared at War on  Fox News!

Why?

Because they won’t join the rest of the Ministry of Truth in slobbering praise and awe all over the White House and the Democrat Congress.

They actually ask questions.

Dear God, NOT THAT!

The SKY IS FALLING!

These hens are threatened by someone who won’t go along with the Party Line.

And the White House’s conflict with Fox News? “It’s not so much a conflict,” Chief of Staff Raul Emanuel said. Fox News is simply “not a news organization, so much as it has a perspective.”

OH MY GOD! It Has a Perspective! The Anti-Christ has been let loose upon the world!

Hide the women and Children!

Obama Guru Advisor David Axelrod on ABC: “The only argument that Anita (Dunn. White House Communications Director) was making is that they are not really a news organization, if you watch even its not even their commentators, but a lot of their news program. It’s really not news, it’s pushing a point of view and the bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours, ought not to treat them that way. And we’re not going to treat them that way, we’re going to appear on their shows and participate, but understanding that they represent a point of view.”

OH MY GOD! A point of View! No, saw it ain’t so Joe!

So let’s all just walk away and ignore them, if we put them in the corner and just pretend their not there maybe they will just go away.

And don’t anyone talk to them. They’re crazy!

They are not of the body! 🙂

Has he ever watched MSDNC or ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, or read the New York Times or AP??

They have a “perspective” too.

But since it is to kiss his bosses ring and bend over and prostrate themselves at his holy feet I suppose it is a matter of perspective. 🙂

“We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent,” Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, said in an interview with The New York Times. “As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.”

When the Ministry of Truth was at war with George W Bush, that was ok though and that how news was suppose to behave. 🙂

And by now you should now what Alinsky Liberals do to people that disagree with them.

ATTACK. DESTROY! CENSOR!

This, by the way is the same Mao-Tse Tung “is one of my favourite philosophers” Dunn who in recent days was caught saying  effectively, ‘Oh, and all of you in the Ministry of Truth shall do the same. After all, we control the media from the White House, don’t we’:

President Obama’s presidential campaign focused on “making” the news media cover certain issues while rarely communicating anything to the press unless it was “controlled,” White House Communications Director Anita Dunn disclosed to the Dominican government at a videotaped conference.

“Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn’t absolutely control,” said Dunn.

“One of the reasons we did so many of the David Plouffe videos was not just for our supporters, but also because it was a way for us to get our message out without having to actually talk to reporters,” said Dunn, referring to Plouffe, who was Obama’s chief campaign manager.

“We just put that out there and made them write what Plouffe had said as opposed to Plouffe doing an interview with a reporter. So it was very much we controlled it as opposed to the press controlled it,” Dunn said.

Continued Dunn: “Whether it was a David Plouffe video or an Obama speech, a huge part of our press strategy was focused on making the media cover what Obama was actually saying as opposed to why the campaign was saying it, what the tactic was. … Making the press cover what we were saying.”

“I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.” President Obama on Nov 4, 2008. But since I and my minions control the press and the press is more than willing to be controlled I don’t really have to mean it.

I can say damned fool thing I want to  and they won’t bat an eye. They never did over Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Van Jones, ACORN, Frank Marshall Davis,Father Pfleger,Saul Alinsky,Bernadine Dohrn, Alice Palmer, and my 30 self-named “Czars”…

But it sounds good, don’t it.

Kinda like “not one dime” or “no one under 250,000 will be taxed”, “will not add to the deficit”

“Hope and Change”

How is that going to happen? and why are all your plans the exact opposite of what you say?

No one from CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times or the AP will ask any of these questions. They don’t even think they’re important.

But There’s a FOX in their hen house and they want it NUKED! NOW!

They keep telling people things we don’t want them to hear  and going off message!  Damn Them!

They must be made into unpeople.

We don’t wanna talk to you anymore. <<sticking tongue out>>

On the official White House Web site, a blog called Reality Check provides a running tally of transgressions by Fox News. It ends with this: “For even more Fox lies, check out the latest ‘Truth-O-Meter’ feature from Politifact that debunks a false claim about a White House staffer that continues to be repeated by Glenn Beck and others on the network.”(NYT)

Childish, ain’t it folks.

The Liberals even have a name for it, Faux News.

But this is your tolerant, more open, Bi-Partisan, Give Unity a new chance, Give peace a Chance, Yes we Can Transparent, “post partisan” politics, man of the little people President.

“The divisions, the stereotypes, the scapegoating, the ease with which we blame the plight of ourselves on others, all of that distracts us from the common challenges we face..” Senator Obama Jan 21st, 2008

Ain’t he just Magnificent! 🙂

If Obama refuses to deal with them, he is making a decision – plain and simple – that he doesn’t want to talk to anyone who will seriously challenge him. That is irresponsible. He is not doing his job. He is choosing to serve himself rather than give the American people answers to reasonable if not-always-friendly questions.

And since this is indefensible, he has his people try to rationalize it by painting Fox News Channel as less than a real news organization. Because it has a point of view – like, everyone.

And if the President can’t or won’t handle tough questions what kind of a Leader is he?

New York Times:

The American presidency was conceived as a corrective to the royals, but trading punches with cable shouters seems a bit too common. Perhaps it’s time to restore a little imperiousness to the relationship.

Yes, for god’s sake let’s get back to the Imperial President. What is he, Darth Obama? 🙂

So join the Rebellion and really annoy the Imperials and watch FOX. 🙂

You might actually learn something you weren’t supposed to know.

The Sweet Science

Boxing. The so-called “sweet science”. Two opponents in a ring that pound on each other until one wins. By strength or technique or both.

You thought fighting Congress on Health Care was a boxing match. You jab. You give them a knockdown in August but they get up and they fight on.

Then Reps. Henry Waxman and Barbara Boxer (oh the irony) come up behind you with a metal chair and clonk you with it.

Suddenly, your boxing match turns into THE WWF (E, whatever!).

It’s not the gentlemanly sport of boxing you’ve been in, it was the Entertainment-driven, fake, pre-planned world of Professional Wrestling.

The con is complete.

Hope and Change! 🙂

And your the sap who brought a boxing  glove to a machine gun fight.

Then you see what was written on the back of the chairs you just got clobbered with:

“CAP” and “TRADE”

And suddenly you understand FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.

It tolls for thee.

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” (Orwell)

In June, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy bill, which aims to increase investment in renewable energy and slash carbon emissions by 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.  In early October Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer unveiled the Senate’s version of the bill.  It is even more ambitious, with a goal of cutting emissions by 20 percent by 2020.

So while we were punching and counter punching on Health Care these 4 were coming out of the audience with a chair each.

The sponsors also drop the politically loaded term “cap and trade,” calling it “pollution reduction and investment” instead. (NYT)

How Orwellian of them. 🙂

There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production – with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas – parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia – where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.

The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it. In England, farmers have seen their growing season decline by about two weeks since 1950, with a resultant overall loss in grain production estimated at up to 100,000 tons annually. During the same time, the average temperature around the equator has risen by a fraction of a degree – a fraction that in some areas can mean drought and desolation. Last April, in the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded, 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars’ worth of damage in 13 U.S. states.

To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the world’s weather…

…To the layman, the relatively small changes in temperature and sunshine can be highly misleading.

GLOBAL WARMING!

That darling of leftists everywhere.

Problem is, the above unedited text is the opening from a 1975 Newsweek article on GLOBAL COOLING. And how if we didn’t do something right bloody now and do it fast we were all going to freeze and starve to death.

Bet you couldn’t tell the difference. 🙂

The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.

Then just decades later along came GLOBAL WARMING. And the same dire predictions.  The very same predictions, only now we are going to fry not freeze in the span of 30 years.

Amazing.

And scientifically, crap.

But Politically, it’s gold for control-freak leftists who are way smarter than the average bear (in their minds)…

IT’S NOT GETTING HOTTER: Five major international climate centers recently reported that average global temperatures have not risen over the past 11 years.  In fact, experts say, temperatures actually dipped
in eight of the last 11 years.  Some scientists now predict that global cooling could continue for another 10 to 20 years.

And there’s the pause:  Where global warming stopped for 11 years and it will now resume by 2020.

So we gotta do it NOW!

Brought to you by the people who just got some the earliest snow in Midwest in decades.

An autumn storm brought snow to parts of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, the earliest snow on record in some towns used to harsh winters.(Newsday)

And everytime the alarmists have  a big conference it snows on them.

Oh ‘but the icecaps are melting!’.

Yeah, and there is an ice field in Argentina that is growing!

In Argentina, the Perito Moreno glacier expands every day, even as Global Warming “threatens” the planet.

http://www.iceagenow.com/Growing_Glaciers.htm

Whoops!

Could it be that Global Warming is just…natural? That the planet’s temperature simply rises and falls?

Global Climate Changes 🙂

Naw, must be the evil humans.

And the those evil polluting capitalists of industry.

So let’s control them instead!!

Those evil polluting greedy scum bags!

That’s you!

Kerry and Boxer deserve credit for their work so far, and encouragement in fending off the inevitable calls for compromises by industries that fear the cost of change. The cost of inaction – or inadequate action – would be far greater.(boston.com)

Rep. Henry Waxman (D) – The harsh reality is that America’s global warming and energy challenges are just too important for us to keep mailing it in by not enacting a comprehensive energy and global warming bill.”

“The bill does not add one penny to the deficit,” Boxer said. “We’re very excited about that.”

The House passed its version of the bill, which is almost 1,500 pages long, at a cost of about $900 billion.  Members had less than 16 hours to read the final bill before it was voted on.  Legislators are seizing power and adding unprecedented tax burdens to Americans without even reading the legislation.

Poor households will receive additional payments to compensate for purchasing power they will lose due to cap-and-trade, another indication that the administration sees the law’s effects on prices.

Oh, like the subsidies to pay for the mandatory health insurance…

President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders, who have suggested that a cap on carbon emissions would help revive the U.S. economy. (NYT)

Sound eerily familiar?? 🙂

Feel that chair yet?

Well, their always the TAX table, or  Professor Obama in the White House with the lead pipe! 🙂

To be continued…

Inexperience Matters

July 2008:”As President, I will pursue a tough, smart and principled national security strategy — one that recognizes that we have interests not just in Baghdad, but in Kandahar and Karachi, in Tokyo and London, in Beijing and Berlin,” he continued. “I will focus this strategy on five goals essential to making America safer: ending the war in Iraq responsibly; finishing the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban; securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorists and rogue states; achieving true energy security; and rebuilding our alliances to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Now: “It has been 76 days since General McChrystal submitted his review to the administration requesting additional forces, and the clock continues to tick,” complained Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the senior Republican on the House foreign affairs committee.”

What a difference a year makes.

And winning the Prize.

Now it’s your hot seat Mr. President.

2008: “The Afghan government needs to do more. But we have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan. And I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism,” Obama said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“What I’ve said is that if we had actionable intelligence against high-value al-Qaida targets, and the Pakistani government was unwilling to go after those targets, that we should.”

Now: The White House gives away little after each session (of “War Councils”), barely changing the adjectives used to describe them. The first was “rigorous and deliberate”, the second “comprehensive”, the next “robust” and the last “fairly comprehensive”.

Then there’s your VP, Mr President

London Times:

The biggest tussle is between McChrystal and Vice-President Joe Biden, who argues against escalation. Biden, who wants more emphasis on Pakistan, pointed out in a paper entitled Counterterrorism Plus that the real threat is not the Taliban but Al-Qaeda, whose leaders have moved over the border.

Biden, 66, seen as the in-house pessimist, has adopted a subtle campaign to make his case, with aides letting slip to journalists the extent of his influence over his inexperienced commander-in-chief.

While McChrystal was slapped down for unwisely choosing a lecture in London to press his point, there has been no attempt by the White House to rein in Biden. Yet with Obama leaning towards sending more troops, the vice-president seems to be heading for defeat.

Although Biden prides himself on his foreign policy experience, a key factor in his selection, critics point out that his judgments have proved questionable in the past.

“When was the last time Biden was right about anything?” asked Thomas Ricks, a military writer affiliated with the Center for a New American Security, a think tank founded by Democrats.

Biden voted against the Gulf war of 1991, voted for the Iraq invasion of 2003, proposed partitioning Iraq into three sections in 2006, and in 2007 opposed the troop surge that was later credited with turning Iraq around.

Iraq :

July 16, 2008 LA Times:

A funny thing happened over on the Barack Obama campaign website in the last few days.

The parts that stressed his opposition to the 2007 troop surge and his statement that more troops would make no difference in a civil war have somehow disappeared.

January 2007, Obama said: “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse,”  a position he maintained throughout 2007. This year he acknowledged progress, but maintained his position that political progress was lacking.

Now: Sen John Kerry

“I don’t see how President Obama can make a decision about the committing of our additional forces or even the further fulfillment of our mission that’s here today without an adequate government in place or knowledge about what that government’s going to be,” he said.

Chief of Staff, Raul “never let a Crisis got to waste” Emanuel:

“It would be reckless to make a decision on U.S. troop levels if in fact you haven’t done a thorough analysis of whether in fact there’s an Afghan partner ready to fill that space that U.S. troops would create and become a true partner in governing,” said the president’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

Notice the similarities in tone.

Yeah, the surge worked, but… (which destroys all words before it)

And now you are the President and your commander in the field wants a surge.

And now it’s your turn at bat.

BUT…

Then there’s that whole Nobel Peace Prize. Can you really be a military “hawk” after that??

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

And they are all your, Mr President.

Choose wisely.

Or you could end up like George W Bush.

Fighting a War politically, rather than Militarily.

But I sense you already have.

I guess it’s not so easy now is it.

Maybe you should ask your teleprompter for some advice, it made you President, after all… 🙂

The Essence of Freedom

MSDNC: By more than doubling the maximum rewards and penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the bills could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol.

President Obama and members of Congress have declared that they are trying to create a system in which no one can be denied coverage or charged higher premiums based on their health status.

So what you do is control your costs by controlling the people’s behavior. After all, your fat ugly obese and diseased ass is just dragging down the rest of your fellow citizens so we are going to have to get all Jillian Michael’s on your fat, lazy ass.

So long before we have an Obesity Czar? 🙂

A Cholesterol Czar?

A Snack Czar?

A Meal Czar?

Well, if the government is in control of your health care, and they will be. Then they will decide if your too fat, too lazy, or not healthy enough. And if not, MORE TAXES. MORE FINES and HIGHER PREMIUMS.

Rejoice Citizen, the government only wants the best for your health. 🙂

After all, they are already proposing lots and lots of “sin” taxes and there’s no bigger sin than not “being your best” for “the betterment of all”.

However, so-called wellness incentives could introduce a colossal loophole. In effect, they would permit insurers and employers to make coverage less affordable for people exhibiting risk factors for problems like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

“Everybody said that we’re going to be ending discrimination based on preexisting conditions. But this is in effect discrimination again based on preexisting conditions,” said Ann Kempski of theService Employees International Union (ed: Obama’s favorite thug union-they were the ones causing a lot of the disruptions at the Tea party protests…)

Whoops!

So…

The legislation would make exceptions for people who have medical reasons for not meeting targets.

We loophole the loophole.

Like the proposed loophole for the fines for mandatory insurance on the truly poor.

The Mandatory insurance that will be backed up by the IRS that even some Democrats say won’t cover everyone.

Let’s not right better legislation, lets just right better and more loopholes.

The incentives could attack a national epidemic of obesity.

Oh look, another Crisis! Can’t waste that! 🙂

They also cut to a philosophical core of the health care debate. Should health insurance be like auto insurance, in which good drivers earn discounts and reckless ones pay a price, thereby encouraging better habits? Or should it be a safety net in which the young and healthy support the old and sick with the understanding that youth and good health are transitory?

Oh hell, let’s just control them and worry about it later…

We’ll call it a “safety net” and then we’ll move on to controlling the way they live once we have them.

After all, it is your personal responsibility to your fellow americans to not be an overweight, unhealthy, fat ass.

Just as you have a responsibility to not be a environmental pig either. Using too much electricity with your big screen TV.

“Voluntary efforts are succeeding without regulations,” said Doug Johnson, the association’s senior director for technology policy. Too much government interference could hamstring industry innovation and prove expensive to manufacturers and consumers, he warned.

But those pleas didn’t appear to elicit much support from commissioners at a public hearing on the proposed rules that would set maximum energy-consumption standards for televisions to be phased in over two years beginning in January 2011. A vote could come as early as Nov. 4. <In California>

“We would not propose TV efficiency standards if we thought there was any evidence in the record that they will hurt the economy,” said Commissioner Julia Levin, who has been in charge of the two-year rule-making procedure. “This will actually save consumers money and help the California economy grow and create new clean, sustainable jobs.” (LA Times)

Heard that before somewhere… 🙂

Then there’s your gas guzzling nasty old car.

By 2016, automobiles manufactured in the United States will have to operate at 35.5 miles per gallon. The new standards will cost motorists in money and lives.

President Obama admitted that the CAFÉ standards would cost Americans an average of $1300 a vehicle. President Obama claimed, though, that the increased vehicle costs would be offset by reduced fuel costs.

But Oil companies are evil.

So we need more Hybrids. More solar. More electric cars!

Which cost more.

“However, increasing fuel-efficiency reduces the per-mile cost of operating vehicles, which increases the number of miles driven, thus reducing or eliminating any CAFE benefit. Between 1970-2001, the US made cars almost 50% more efficient, but the average number of miles a person drives doubled.” The figures cited are from the CATO Institute.

Cars and trucks subject to the increase CAFÉ standards generate only 1.5 percent of greenhouse gases. The new CAFÉ standards would decrease greenhouse gases by only one half of one percent.

So what to do. I know, we give people incentives to trade in their old gas guzzling, evil Oil, car for a new Government Motors (GM) hybrid, solar or electric car.

It’s for their own good, after all.

Just like the health “incentives”.

And if it costs you more money in the end, oh well, at least it wasn’t a TAX 🙂

And it felt good to do something for people’s health and the environment didn’t it? 🙂

What’s a little freedom and personal responsibility when Mama Government can come and make it all better. 🙂

More shockingly, increased CAFÉ standards also increase fatalities in automobile accidents. This is because automobile companies meet the new fuel standards by building smaller cars and trucks built of lighter but more fragile material, which protects motorists less during automobile accidents.

Gee, will that drive up your costs, especially in auto insurance?

Yep.

But don’t worry, that little box car made of reinforced tin that putts around at 30 miles an hour is better for you because it’s better for the planet.

Be happy.

Since you won’t be able to afford to go anywhere you can do some  pilates you fat, lazy pig!

“If they don’t comply they end up being penalized, if you will, but we refer to it as a Healthy Rewards program,” said Robert Wade, Valeo’s director of human resources for North America.Valeo, a supplier of auto parts, four years ago raised the deductible on an employee health plan to $2,200 from $200 for individual coverage and to $4,400 from $400 for family coverage.

Rejoice!

The government will save money on your health and your car by forcing you to Jump when they say Jump.

No questions asked or you’ll be fined, taxed or have the IRS come to your door.

Isn’t that the essence of Freedom? 🙂

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

Lost in Translation

Pointing to proposals requiring that Americans buy health insurance, Pelosi asked “why would you throw them into the lion’s den of the insurance industry without some leverage with a public option?”

The government will save you!

“The need for a public option is very clear, and, as I have said, our House bill will have a public option,” Pelosi said.

Who cares what you think. I know better. This is what I want.

And besides in San Francisco, my home turf, many protested the President for not being far-left enough!

But the Senate Finance Committee’s version, the only one to draw Republican support — just one senator, Olympia Snowe of Maine — does not include such a plan.

Sucker!

We’re going to do it anyways, but now we can say we had support, but lost it. Oh well, that’s politics. Maybe we can bribe her with something else…

“I want to send our conferees to the table with the most muscle for America’s middle class,” said Pelosi, using the term for lawmakers delegated to the House-Senate negotiations.

“This is about going into that room and coming out with the best coverage and the lowest cost for America’s working families. I believe that that is best achieved by going to the table with a public option.”

No one care what the American people think. I want this. I will get it. Screw you.

I’m better. Smarter. And, most important, I have more powerful than you. <<sticks tongue out>>

Also, I’m completely drunk on my own power. But who cares. Anyone seen my fiddle? 🙂

It’s such a rush.

“I believe in a two party system where ideas are tested and assumptions are challenged because that’s how we move this country forward, but what I reject is when some folks decide to sit on the sidelines and root for failure,” said President Obama.” in San Francisco.

It’s just that the “time for debate is over” (aka shut up already!) and they “have no ideas” but I wanna here their ideas that they don’t have.

Democratic Party Failure is not an option.

<sticking fingers in ears> Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala…I can’t hear you….

The latest fiscal trick up the sleeves of the Democratic Congress, as reported by Kaiser Health News, is to bypass usual procedures and pass a measure from Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to spend $245 billion boosting doctors’ payments — and do so outside the “deficit neutral” government health takeover bill.

Well, it wasn’t in the bill… <wink> <wink>

Translation: under the table Bribe

Just Like Harry Reid’s 100% Medicare funding (notice no cuts here)

And Chuck Schumer’s “Cadillac” plan exemption for New York.

Yes, that’s your “transparency” folks.

This week, the administration that during last year’s campaign vowed to “make our government open and transparent, so that anyone can ensure that our business is the people’s business” met behind closed doors with Democratic congressional leaders to craft a final bill that can quickly be rammed down Americans’ throats.

We are Transparent. We don’t give a crap about you and we’re going to do it to regardless. And we are going to do it in secret just as much as possible.

That transparent enough for you?

How about this: Politico.com

At a meeting last April with corporate lobbyists, aides to President Barack Obama and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) helped set in motion a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign, primarily financed by industry groups, that has played a key role in bolstering public support for health care reform.

The role Baucus’s chief of staff, Jon Selib, and deputy White House chief of staff Jim Messina played in launching the groups was part of a successful effort by Democrats to enlist traditional enemies of health care reform to their side. No quid pro quo was involved, they insist, as do the lobbyists themselves.

The result has been a somewhat unlikely alliance between an administration that came into power criticizing George W. Bush for his closeness to Big Business and groups such as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the American Medical Association.

The groups that came together at the meeting included PhRMA, the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, AARP and a number of trade groups.

Translation: Yeah, we beat up Bush for Secrecy, but that was then. Then is now. And we are in charge. So that’s different.

So, if you don’t play ball with us we’ll destroy you!

Translation: we want the industry to sell you out for their own profit, then demonize anyone else as being greedy capitalists.

Ain’t this fun!

The previously undisclosed meeting April 15 at the offices of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee led to the creation of two groups — Americans for Stable Quality Care and a now-defunct predecessor group called Healthy Economy Now — that have spent tens of millions of dollars on TV advertising supporting health reform efforts.

Transparency is a wonderful thing.

The Democratic officials made no overt demands. Rather, they brought together the players and laid the groundwork for the creation of the coalition, and that was followed by more-direct solicitations from an outside Democratic consultant, Nick Baldick, retained by Healthy Economy Now, asking attendees at the meeting to join the coalition and contribute to its ad campaigns.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and America’s Health Insurance Plans, both of whom now vigorously oppose the health care bill, were notable attendees who opted not to participate.

Nick: (Mafia voice)  ‘Yeah, this is my brother Guido’ we are here to collect a donation from youse guys. So as we don’t to mess you up later. That would be unfortunate’.

Pure Chicago thug intimidation and bribery.

Now that’s transparent! 🙂

One of the key hurdles concerns an “individual mandate” — forcing Americans to buy health insurance, no matter how expensive it may end up being for them.

It Takes a Village. 🙂

You are your brother’s keeper and WE are yours. Enjoy.

Ignore the IRS agent knocking at your door.

And those new taxes, they aren’t taxes. I, President Obama,  said so. So it must be true.

And just think of all the money in fines we can spend!

Faced with such monstrously expensive health care premiums, medical experts confidently predict that many low- and moderate-wage families will opt to pay hundreds of dollars in federal penalties instead of thousands of dollars of insurance premiums — and cross their fingers that the family stays relatively healthy.

“This is about going into that room and coming out with the best coverage and the lowest cost for America’s working families.”–Pelosi.

Isn’t it just a Utopian wonderland!!

Rejoice! Don’t worry Be Happy!

Hope and Change!

Aren’t you just excited about how the government is going to make your life so much better than you could possibly do on your own!

While politicians are promising to get rid of one wasteful program, they are promising to enact new, equally wasteful, programs. Only the most gullible could believe the latter promises are more likely to be kept than the former one, given the political cost of eliminating an established program, even slowly, once people have developed a sense of entitlement to it.

Some of the most influential beneficiaries of wasteful government programs are the bureaucracies administering them. Government bureaucrats don’t want their programs to be eliminated, and they are well-positioned to avoid that possibility by covering up failures and justifying those too blatant to be camouflaged.

Indeed, it is usually better to be in charge of a failing program than a successful one. (IBD)

Now that’s the truth!

And The Public Option is set to be the biggest failure in the history of this country. But that won’t matter to the Democrats because the Trillion Dollar Gorilla will already be chained to your leg and that will be it. Forever!

Like Sisyphus rolling the rock up the hill forever but nerve reaching the top.

Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a rock up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The essay concludes, “The struggle itself…is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”(Camus)

This ball and chain is forever.

And it’s for your own good.

Rejoice Citizen. It’s your government at work for you! 🙂

Are You Happy!?

“Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.” — Saul Alinsky

“An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent… He must create a mechanism that can drain off the underlying guilt for having accepted the previous situation for so long a time. Out of this mechanism, a new community organization arises….” Saul Alinksy

Guilt, intimidation, fear, and a slow boil, froggie.

So how’s your bath water now? A little cool perhaps. Maybe we need to turn up the heat… 🙂

Big Brother Strikes Back

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday called for an amendment to the health care reform bill that would remove the long-standing antitrust exemption for insurers, echoing a push by other Democrats to crack down on the industry.

“The health insurance’s antitrust exemption is one of the worst accidents of American history,” Schumer said. “It deserves a lot of the blame for the huge rise in premiums that has made health insurance so unaffordable. It is time to end this special status and bring true competition to the health insurance industry.”

This being the Single payer Public Option, of which Schumer is a prime advocate.

So if you oppose Big Brother, watch out we’ll come after you too.

“There isn’t anything we could do to satisfy them in this health care bill. Nothing,” Reid said. “They are so anti-competitive. Why? Because they make more money than any other business in America today. . . .What a sweet deal they have.”

Yeah, the government wants that monopoly for itself. Think of the money they could spend. Think of the tax increases. It just makes your mouth water slobbering over all the social welfare they could hand out!

Think of that power. The power of life and death. They’d become Gods! 🙂

The exemption, known as McCarran-Ferguson, cedes regulatory control of the industry, on the business side, to individual states. But repealing the antitrust exemption would give the federal government more authority to oversee the business side of health insurance companies — something states now have the sole authority to monitor.

So the federal government would have the power to regulate the business of the industry AND have a Lets-Not-Call-it-A Public Option-But secretly-it-is-one that, as many liberals point out, has no financial incentive (which they see as a good thing since capitalism, after all,  is evil) at the same time.

Except, of course, there is no such thing as no financial incentive. But that’s only a minor flaw in the slaw. Ignore it.

So you have a federal government that has a horse in the race, and can regulate the activities of the other horses (if there is no anti-trust) and can tax you to pump up it’s own horse, so who do you think is going to win in the end?

It will be “fair” and “competitive”. The race won’t be fixed at all.

Trust us. We’re from the government and we are here to save you! 🙂

IBD: Consider the likely scenario: massively higher premiums, private insurers crushed by new taxes and onerous new rules, insurance companies going out of business — and millions still uninsured.

The ensuing panic will likely lead to a “second wave” of health care reform, which health experts warned about well over a year ago as Democratic presidential candidates unveiled costly health plans.

Oh look, a new “crisis” that won’t go to waste. Gee whiz, isn’t it great to have Big Brother looking out for you. 🙂

That “reform,” with a government-wrecked health system to fix, will go far beyond today’s proposals. Americans will be staring European-style, single-payer socialism straight in the face.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
George Orwell

You throw the frog in the cool waters of “Competition” and “fair regulations” and turn up the heat and boils to death on the taxes, penalties and fines.

But didn’t it feel good to stick to the greedy capitalists!!

Anyone for a Orwellian Two Minute Hate on Capitalism… 🙂

“Health insurance is one of the most regulated industries in America at both the federal and state level,” said Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans. “McCarran-Ferguson has nothing to do with competition in the health insurance market. The focus on this issue is a political ploy designed to distract attention away from the real issue of rising health care costs.

Very true.And it is an openly veiled threat by a Congress that doesn’t really care about anything but winning.

So, let’s use extortion.

Uber leftist Kieth Olbermann (MSNBC) blatantly suggested using it to threaten the industry into compliance.

But it sounds good, and Liberal do need their demons to fight And Capitalism and Freedom of Thought and Choice certainly are the Holy Grail. Defeat that and you’re on the gravy train of power forever.

Hallejuah!

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats sought Wednesday to shore up the support of a critical player in the health-care debate: the American Medical Association.

With a bit more bribery.

Senate leaders met with representatives of the AMA and other doctors’ groups, then said they would press to repeal within days a decade-old law that subjects physicians who treat Medicare patients to regular pay cuts. The repeal would increase the federal budget deficit by nearly $250 billion over the next decade, but the influential organizations, whose members will face a 21 percent pay cut in January, had demanded a resolution to the issue as part of any health-care overhaul.

“Here’s what you need to know. First, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. Period. And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize.”- President Obama

Well, I guess that kills the bill then, right. A Nobel Laurette like him wouldn’t lie to you and go back on his word now would he?

Politicians don’t do that.

Especially, not the Too-smart-for-any-room-Too-Charismatic-for-Words President Obama. 🙂

Trust him, He knows what he’s doing.

He’s got your back…

“But the insurance industry has declared war on the Congress – and that’s going to be a defining element from here on out.” Newsweek senior Washington correspondent Howard Fineman.

All Out Nuclear War has been declared.

And we will suffer from the apocalypse to come.

So that’s why the Mayans said the world ended in Dec 2012 because Obamacare starts January 1, 2013.

Bend over Bi-Partisanship Coming Through!

Mr. Obama took pains to paint the bill as a bipartisan measure, praising Ms. Snowe’s work and describing the bill as enjoying support “from both parties.” (AP)

1 lone liberal republican is the President’s new era of Bi-partisanship. ONE.

Ms. Snowe said her vote Tuesday “doesn’t forecast what my vote will be tomorrow,” making clear her support will depend on protecting the core of the more conservative Finance Committee version.”Is this bill all that I would want?” she said. “Is it all that it can be? No. But when history calls, history calls.”

Oh, history is calling sweetheart. Only no one in Congress is listening to what it says.

“We are creating yet another entitlement program on top of the other broken entitlement programs,” said Sen. Jim Bunning (R., Ky.).

And we are going to pay  2/3 of it (according to the President) with “waste fraud and abuse” from ANOTHER entitlement program that will go broke by the end of the next decade!!!

Which means massive cuts in THAT program to begin with.

Brilliant!

Anyone else see both irony and dark humor in that one?

The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them….To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. (1984, Orwell)

Brilliant.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has expressed alarm over the efforts to delegitimize political opponents. It happened to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Now it’s happening to Obama. Citing an Internet poll that asked, “Should Obama be killed?” Friedman drew an ominous parallel to the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a political adversary.
We will create a massive new entitlement program THAT WON’T ADD TO THE DEFICIT and be the first government program in the history of mankind that runs efficiently and costs less by cutting the waste from the other program that was designed to that previously.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has expressed alarm over the efforts to delegitimize political opponents. It happened to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Now it’s happening to Obama. Citing an Internet poll that asked, “Should Obama be killed?” Friedman drew an ominous parallel to the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a political adversary.

Or the assassination movie of George W. Bush… 🙂

Nastiness is not exactly new in American politics. What is new is that it’s becoming institutionalized. Money is one reason. You can raise a lot of money by stirring up anger and passion. As Wilson found out, you may be punished, but you will also be rewarded.

Joe Wilson was also targeted by democrats sending money to his potential opponent also.

And I’m sure Rep. “just die” Grayson is basking in the limelight also.

Gerrymandering is another reason. Many House members represent districts designed to be safe for their party. “The threat comes from their own primaries,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod said at the Atlantic forum. “It creates intractability in politics.”

So Politicians insulated from the public can do whatever they feel like because there are no consequences. Yeah, that’s healthy.

And here I thought gerrymandering was illegal.

gerrymandering – The dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.

And when is it done next, oh, after the 2010 census. Who’s in control– Democrats.

Who took the power of the census away from the agency that has been doing it so it could be concentrated on by the The White House, The White House.

Who was, and may still be helping them, with the census–ACORN.

No X-Files conspiracy needed here this is a new era of Bi-partisanship and Transparency!

Be proud!

The media also share the blame. “A lot of it has to do with the media, 24 hours a day,” Sen. McCain observed. “We are now in an instantaneous news cycle.”

(The White House’s David)Axelrod noted, “Every day is Election Day, with that day’s poll.” Politicians no longer worry about winning the week. They worry about winning the hour. And they can do that by feeding the media’s insatiable demand for sensation and conflict. (National Journal)

So you have to feed the beast. The propaganda beast.

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff.

Either save your own arse first or your arse is so safe a bomb couldn’t dislodge you.

So much for Bi-Partisanship.

TAXES

“not one dime”

“You don’t raise taxes in a recession,” President Obama ,August 5

So what to do. I know, say the recession is over and the economy is recovering.

Even if its not.

Then you can do it.

Aug 8th, “We’ve begun to put the brakes on this recession and … the worst may be behind us,”

AP: To offset costs, the bill would squeeze savings from Medicare and other government programs. It would reduce payments to health-care providers, such as hospitals, by more than $400 billion over the next decade.

The legislation would raise more than $380 billion in taxes and fees over the same period. Insurers, medical-device makers and drug companies would be subject to additional fees, raising tens of billions of dollars.

The biggest proposed tax would raise some $200 billion from a levy on high-value health plans. Supporters contend such a tax is needed to control the rapid growth in health costs.

So the outrage begins anew. Only now, it’s someone other than the American People yelping. (Because we don’t actually matter, never did).

But new barriers lie ahead. About 30 unions joined in full-page newspaper ads Wednesday opposing the measure’s plan to tax generous employer-provided health plans. On Sunday, the insurance industry released a report saying the bill would raise insurance costs for people who already have policies. And the industry this week began a TV ad campaign in six states accusing Democrats of seeking to cut $100 billion from subsidies for Medicare Advantage, under which private insurance companies provide Medicare benefits.

Those so-called “evil” rich ‘Cadillac’ plans it turns out are Union favorites. And Unions are the backbone of the Democrats.

Whoops!

Mind you, the advocate for average guy, Sen. Chuck Schumer had New York exempted from this provision in the Baucus Bill.

Whattaguy!

Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said in an interview that his union will press Senate leaders to advance a bill that offers optional, publicly run insurance coverage and drops the proposed tax on high-cost insurance policies.

“Let’s charge the millionaires,” McEntee said, “instead of people making $40,000, $50,000 a year.”

So what to do. You have to play to Class Warfare with this and demonize Insurance companies for even offering them, but you can’t actually do anything about them because your base uses them the most….

I know, when the Baucus Bill meets the other 4 bills, suddenly “Cadillac” plans will not be so evil and all the Unions will be exempted from the. Behind the smoked filled doors of “Transparency” of course!

And the Insurance Companies are still evil for offering them at all.

And we get the Ministry of truth on board.

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Indeed, when 14 Democratic senators recently wrote to party leaders, they said the health proposals must be fully paid for. However, they wrote, they are “extremely concerned” about a proposed $39 billion, 10-year tax on medical devices in the Senate Finance bill.

The tax “could threaten jobs in our states,” the senators said, and reduce access “to lifesaving medical devices for patients.”

Brett Loper, chief lobbyist for the medical device industry, said his constituents are hardly the only ones urging home-state lawmakers to fight on behalf of local employers. But if one targeted group is spared, he acknowledged, another must be found.

“It’s a zero-sum game,” Loper said.

The prevailing attitude everywhere, Jacobson said, is “don’t tax us, tax them.”

Meanwhile, the medical insurance industry is lobbying strenuously to change several items in the Senate Finance bill, starting with a proposed $6.1 billion-a-year “fee,” to be apportioned among insurers according to their market share. Supporters say the fee, or “windfall profits tax,” is justified because the legislation would bring the industry millions of new customers.

But Alissa Fox, a top lobbyist for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, said there would be no windfall profits because some of the new customers would incur extensive medical costs.

You mean like the 12-15 million Illegal Aliens who will be granted Amnesty?

Or the fact that very risk, very high cost patients will be required to be covered regardless and that won’t raise premiums at all?

Another contentious Senate Finance provision would create an independent commission to recommend cost reductions in Medicare .

You mean a government bureaucratic panel that recommend cuts (aka rations) in Health care. I thought that was “evil” capitalism…

Doctors and others are angry that hospitals and hospices, but not other providers, would be exempt from the commission’s reach.

So force the doctor to treat you, but pay him less. Yeah, that’s going to work well.

So guess who’s going to get stuck with the check in the end?

Bend over, the largest enema in history is about to be shoved up your posterior!

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says requiring people to get health insurance and fining them if they don’t would not amount to a backhanded tax increase. “I absolutely reject that notion,” the president said.

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Trust Me.

READ MY LIPS!

I’m way smarter than any of you.

I’m a Nobel Laurette!

Today 1 of 5 Tomorrow Everyone

The Vote on the Baucus version of Health Care “reform” occurs very soon today.

It is but 1 of 5 bills.

So it’s not even close to over.

But the back room, smoke-filled, “culture of corruption” deals are just heating up.

Whatever good intentions of the Baucus bill will be deluded and crushed by the politics of taking these 5 bills and getting one that ENOUGH Democrats can agree on.

The Republicans really don’t matter. Never have actually. The Democrats just wanted it to look like it mattered. Their biggest problems are within their own ranks.

And the American people certainly don’t matter. (Rasmussen: 44% Support 50% oppose)

This is politics. This is about winning no matter what.

This is about their power, not yours.

So let the pork and horse-trading begin.

It already started, even in the Baucus Bill as was detailed a while back about the deal Harry Reid has in the bill that has nothing to do with reform and everything to do with bribing people in Nevada to vote for him because he’s losing in a race that is still 13 months off.

Majority Leader Harry Reid gets the feds to pick up Nevada’s 100% of  Medicaid spending. Charles Schumer gets many high-cost insurance plans in New York exempted from tax.

Yes, Chuck “I never met a Public Option I didn’t like” Schumer got his state, and his state alone, exempted from the provision to tax out of existence the so-called ‘evil’ ” Cadillac” plans.

I guess they weren’t so evil, after all. 🙂  At least in New York.

Baucus’ bill also includes an excise tax on insurance companies for so-called “Cadillac” plans, high-value insurance plans that some say are responsible for high industry costs. Both Democrats and Republicans have argued against the excise tax. Those on the left are afraid that it would anger their base of union supporters who, in recent years, have often opted for a high-end insurance plan at the expense of higher pay. Republicans say any new taxes go against President Obama’s promise of no additional taxes.

Baucus argues his bill provides a middle ground that would appeal to members on both sides of the political aisle.(ABC)

As an independent I know that one thing about the middle of the road is that people from both sides want to hit you.

But now, out of the blue, comes a crippling report on the costs of the legislation from the PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm. The analysis was commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans, a group representing the industry, and it may just be the monkey wrench that ruins the Democrats’ plans. It warns of:

• An excise tax on employer-sponsored high-value health plans (or ‘Cadillac plans’) that in a few years could also raise premiums for some moderate-value plans.”

• Cuts in payment rates in public programs that could increase cost-shifting to private-sector businesses and consumers.”

• New taxes on health-sector entities that are likely to be passed through to consumers.”

The study estimates that the average family-coverage cost of about $12,300 could reach $17,200 in 2013 (ed: when the “benefits” allegedly start)  if these provisions were implemented, $21,300 in 2016 and $25,900 in 2019. Meanwhile, average single coverage — $4,600 today — could reach nearly $10,000 in 2019.

And you thought health reform was all about saving money.

It would be wrong not to identify the motivations behind the 11th-hour dropping of this bomb. Much-beleaguered private insurers long ago thought they saw the writing on the wall that health reform was a sure thing this year. So they made a deal with the devil to support the goals of the Democratic Congress.

Now, however, they see that Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has watered down his bill’s individual mandate coverage requirements, and they’re afraid massively higher premiums will cause many families to risk not buying coverage until they need it.

But don’t worry, it will be mandatory and the IRS will come after you or your boss if you don’t buy it.

Nothing to worry about there.

Forget that 65% of doctors are against it. (IBD poll)

That doesn’t matter either

And this only 1 of 5. There is still HR3200, the “single payer” public option bill passed by the house along with 2 more public option related bills.

So 4 of the 5 have costs over a Trillion and have a Public Option. The “can’t we all just get along” Baucus bill doesn’t.

What do you suppose is going to survive the process.

Pelosi said (Sept 4th) that any bill “without a strong public option will not pass the House”:

“Any real change requires the inclusion of a strong public option to promote competition and bring down costs,” Pelosi said. “If a vigorous public option is not included, it would be a major victory for the health insurance industry.”

So, let the haggling, horse trading and pork high season begin.

“President Obama has said that a public option will keep the insurance companies honest. If someone has a better idea for promoting competition and reducing health care costs, they should put it on the table,” Pelosi said. “But for the past month, opponents of health insurance reform have demonstrated that they are afraid of the facts. They have only offered distortions, distractions and misrepresentations to try to kill this historic legislation.”

This would be the “they have no ideas” President and the “Republicans just want you to die quickly” Congress and the “Violent Mob” Media for you. They are open to other ideas….:)

It will be “transparent”.

It will cost you less.

It will be good for you.

Promise.

Oh, and will not cost you “not one dime”, except for all the taxes on you and businesses and the industry in general.

But ignore all that.

Trust us, we’re from the government and we are here to save you from yourself.

Trick or Treat! Smell the Elite!

Nothing to worry about.

They got your back. 🙂

Ignore the claymore.

HOPE and Change!

It’s what you voted for, right…:)

Feed the Pig

Cash for clunkers had two objectives: help the environment by increasing fuel efficiency, and boost car sales to help Detroit and the economy. It achieved neither. According to Hudson Institute economist Irwin Stelzer, at best “the reduction in gasoline consumption will cut our oil consumption by 0.2 percent per year, or less than a single day’s gasoline use.” Burton Abrams and George Parsons of the University of Delaware added up the total benefits from reduced gas consumption, environmental improvements and the benefit to car buyers and companies, minus the overall cost of cash for clunkers, and found a net cost of roughly $2,000 per vehicle. Rather than stimulating the economy, the program made the nation as a whole $1.4 billion poorer.

As the journalist Henry Hazlitt wrote in his classic, “Economics in One Lesson,” you can’t raise living standards by breaking windows so some people can get jobs repairing them”.

And boy does Obama and Company love to break those windows. Or is that “saved or created” those windows. 🙂

The unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, the highest since June 1983, as employers cut far more jobs than expected.

The report shows that the worst recession since the 1930s is still inflicting widespread pain and underscores one of the biggest threats to the nascent economic recovery: that consumers, worried about job losses and stagnant wages, will restrain spending. Consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of the nation’s economy.

And some analysts expect that it will grow to 10.5%.

And gee, I thought the stimulus package was only supposed to make it go as high as 8%. And the Health Care bills will cost less than $900 billion… and save us all from ruin!

Trust us. 🙂

And, of course, the Media is entirely “fair” and unbiased….

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This does, however, provide an excuse to highlight an interesting new report by the Business and Media Institute, a free-market think tank. The institute’s Julia Seymour undertook what sounds like a tedious task: comparing TV network news coverage of unemployment during the Reagan recession and the Obama one:

The Business & Media Institute analyzed network unemployment stories on the evenings that data was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics between March 2009 to September 2009 and March 1982 to September 1982. There were 66 stories in all–35 stories in 2009 and 31 stories in 1982.

The findings are similar to our anecdotal observations of the AP’s reporting prior to today. The networks “were 13 times more negative in their treatment of Reagan than Obama.” Twenty of 22 stories mentioning the Reagan administration portrayed it negatively, versus 1 out of 15 that mentioned the Obama administration. Most telling is the comparison of how the nets–and, in one case, the same newsman–treated identical unemployment rates during the two recessions:

But Charles Gibson illustrated how dramatically different the network coverage of Reagan and Obama really were.

Gibson, who was a Capitol Hill correspondent for ABC in 1982, told viewers May 7, 1982, “There really isn’t any good news in the statistics. All the numbers are bad.” He then quoted two Democratic attacks on Reagan including Rep. Henry S. Reuss, D-Wis., who charged that Reagan’s “policies aren’t just mistaken, they’re wicked.”

But as an ABC anchor in 2009, Gibson was full of hope. He introduced that night’s story saying “sometimes a bad jobs report can look good.”

“345,000 Americans lost their jobs in May, a big number to be sure. Traumatic if you are one of the 345,000. But the number was smaller than economists had predicted, and that’s good news,” Gibson said before admitting that the unemployment rate of 9.4 percent was “pretty bad.” Neither Gibson, nor reporter Betsy Stark mentioned President Obama at all that night.

On Aug. 7, 2009, Gibson suggested “the economy may be finally turning the corner.”

———————–

So what if the unemployment is rising, it’s not as bad as it was and it could have been worse. 🙂

But in 1982, the world was coming to an end as we know it.

And it was all George W Bush’s Fault.

Yep, that’s your Ministry of Truth for you.

As for the economy — mixing things up for members of Congress, with a little deception: “The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve lied to the American public last fall when they said that the first nine banks to receive government bailout funds were healthy, a government watchdog states in a new report released today,” ABC’s Matthew Jaffe reports. “Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), says that despite multiple statements on Oct. 14 of last year that these nine banks were healthy and only receiving government funds for the good of the country’s economy, federal officials knew otherwise.”

Reporting from Washington – The Treasury is unlikely to get back the full amount of money lent under the Troubled Asset Relief Program despite a recent spate of repayments from large banks, warned the program’s watchdog.

The program “played a significant role” in rescuing the financial system from a meltdown, Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for TARP, testified before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. But it was “extremely unlikely that the taxpayer will see a full return on its TARP investment,” according to his prepared testimony.

Losing some money was almost inevitable, said William Goetzmann, a finance professor at the Yale School of Management.

“The intent of TARP investment was not that it was a great investment for the U.S. taxpayer,” Goetzmann said. “The intent was to save the U.S. financial system, and that was going to cost some money.”

Juxtapose that with:

When President Obama announced on June 9 that some financial institutions would be allowed to repay Troubled Asset Relief Program dollars, he said the massively expensive TARP bailout had made money for the federal government.  “It is worth noting that in the first round of repayments from these [TARP recipients], the government has actually turned a profit,” the president said.

So if we have no hope of getting all the money back, how is that we turned a profit exactly??

Is that like, “we’re bankrupt” so lets spend trillions more? 🙂

No, the government was handed stocks in the banks they lent the money to. They became shareholders.

Last month, the General Accountability Office (GAO) reported that, through June 12, 2009, the government had received $6.2 billion in dividend payments.

But will then make for the losses. Unlikely. Since many of the banks who were supposed to pay those dividends, didn’t.

Indeed, in its June report, the GAO revealed that 17 troubled institutions have not paid their dividends, much less repaid the TARP money itself.  And last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that three other institutions were not paying dividends.

Shocking, I know… 🙂

So yet another government program loses money.

But don’t worry, Health Care Reform will cut the deficit! 🙂

And won’t cost “not one dime”!!!

Oh, and Rep. Barney Frank wanted to spend this 6.2 billion right out of the shoot on more subsidies.

“We don’t know if TARP is going to be making any money, so taking the dividend payments going back to Treasury is pretty questionable,” says one House GOP aide.  But now, Frank is proposing that dividends be spent immediately.

So, don’t worry, they are fiscally responsible with your money.

That’s why they have so many taxes coming down your throat soon.

They need more to spend!! 🙂

The Hope has only Just Begun

Under the Democratic bills, federal tax credits to help make health insurance affordable for millions of low- and middle-income households won’t start flowing until 2013 – after the next presidential election. But Medicare cuts and a sizable chunk of the tax increases to pay for the overhaul kick in immediately.

The eat-your-vegetables-first approach is causing heartburn for some Democrats. Three years is a long time to wait for dessert, and opponents could capitalize on misgivings about the complex legislation to undo what would be a signature achievement for Obama.

“The real danger is that health reform could be vulnerable to what we see with the stimulus package,” said Democratic health policy consultant Peter Harbage, referring to criticism that Obama’s $787 billion economic plan hasn’t stemmed rising unemployment.(AP)

I would argue that was never it’s intent. And since most of the stimulus was set to be done in 2010 and 2011 (the mid term elections and the year before re-election) I cynically doubt that wasn’t on purpose. So any “economic recovery” we’ve had so far is not likely due to any “stimulus”.

But don’t tell the Democrats or The Ministry of Truth. You’d be a heretic. Or at least “Un-American”, “racist”, or “stupid”

“There needs to be more focus on what can you do quickly so that real people will start seeing change sooner, rather than later.” Said Judy Feder, a senior health official in President Bill Clinton’s administration: “Just as we are fending off ideological attacks to get the bill passed, we will be fending them off as we implement the law.”

Obama administration officials and Democratic lawmakers say the reason for the three-year wait is the time it’s going to take to set up insurance marketplaces, write consumer protection rules and reconfigure the bureaucracy to carry out the legislation. It took President George W. Bush’s administration two years to phase in the Medicare prescription benefit, a more modest undertaking.

Which is largely what is going to be undone by the “cuts” that Congress doesn’t like to talk about.

“It’s very important to get the execution right,” White House budget director Peter Orszag told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

Heard this line from this White House before, anyone?

Afghanistan, the stimulus, the bailouts, etc…

There’s another reason, less talked about: to make the costs of the plan seem more manageable under congressional budgeting rules.

And that is to make it sound plausible, give you HOPE, but not actually tell you that, “oh by the way” you have massive tax increases for 3 years before you ever see a dime of it. And by then it will be after a Presidential Election campaign. Oh, and the cost estimates will be wrong, but not until after the election…

So what do you do in those years?

Largely,HOPE. A few crumbs here and there to try and distract you.

After all, we have a Nobel Laurette in HOPE in the White House.

“He that lives upon hope will die fasting” – Ben Franklin

“It means that the full cost of the program is underestimated in the 10-year window that you are looking at,” said Gail Wilensky, who ran Medicare for former President George H.W. Bush. “It’s not like we’ve never seen this before, but people need to understand what’s going on.”

You mean they are deliberately under counting the costs to push a political agenda??

Naw, that never happens!

This was going to be the “Transparent” government you could “trust”. 🙂

And they only missed the cost of Medicare by a facotr of 9 and it’s going bankrupt.

Not to worry.

HOPE! is here!

“The minutiae of legal drafting is not necessarily related to understanding the concepts in the bill,” said Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., who certainly has had his hand in writing laws in nearly 20 years in the House.

“You could literally get lost in the forest for the trees” trying to read it, he said.

Obfuscation and legalese hiding political intent? Never! 🙂

Consider this: A provision was tucked into this year’s economic stimulus bill in last-minute, closed-door talks that allowed insurance giant American International Group to pay huge executive bonuses.

So all the feigned outrage was political cover. Not reality.

And when the chairman of GM, now a government run company, got $7 million a year from the so-called Executive Pay Czar (you know the guy who was in charge of cracking down on all those CEO salaries that Liberals waved in your face and did their best Class Warfare act) the media and everyone in Washington were ho-hum about it.

Don’t so as I do. Do as I say. Believe what we say. Even if it’s contradictory and confusing or just complete BS.

HOPE is on it’s way!

Oh, and by the way, while you’re paying all those taxes for benefits you won’t be getting.

There’s always GLOBAL WARMING.

Only problem is, Mother Nature keeps snowing on Al Gore.

Poor guy.

He just wants to profit from his Carbon Credits business, his private jet, and his Nobel Peace Prize. 🙂

But he gives a big speech and it snows on him. Repeatedly.

Mother Nature is not amused. And neither should you be.

Because, it’s just more taxes and more government control.

That’s all.

In 1975, Newsweek had a huge expose about “Global Cooling” and how it was going to destroy mankind if we didn’t do something right NOW.

Then it morphed in to Global Warming when the next Ice Age inconveniently did not appear.

Then that morphed into “Climate Change” when it kept snowing on the poor bastard. And we kept getting record cold snaps.

The World Series just had a game SNOWED OUT in early October.

Phoenix, AZ had the coolest June in nearly 100 years!

Whoops!

Prof. Latif is one of the leading climate modellers in the world. He is the recipient of several international climate-study prizes and a lead author for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has contributed significantly to the IPCC’s last two five-year reports that have stated unequivocally that man-made greenhouse emissions are causing the planet to warm dangerously.

Yet last week in Geneva, at the UN’s World Climate Conference — an annual gathering of the so-called “scientific consensus” on man-made climate change — Prof. Latif conceded the Earth has not warmed for nearly a decade and that we are likely entering “one or even two decades during which temperatures cool.”

The global warming theory has been based all along on the idea that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans would absorb much of the greenhouse warming caused by a rise in man-made carbon dioxide, then they would let off that heat and warm the atmosphere and the land.

But as Prof. Latif pointed out, the Atlantic, and particularly the North Atlantic, has been cooling instead. And it looks set to continue a cooling phase for 10 to 20 more years. “How much?” he wondered before the assembled delegates. “The jury is still out.”

Prof. Latif says he expects warming to resume in 2020 or 2030.

Whoops!

But don’t worry, as White House Chief of Staff Raul Emanuel said so prophetically, “Never let a crisis go to waste”.

So this is just the intermission, hell is still coming if we don’t do SOMETHING NOW!!

Right NOW!

Don’t think about it, just react!

Just like the Health Care Crisis!

That you won’t see any of it until 2013 after the Election campaign is incidental, so if you want relief from the massive taxes you’ll have to vote for a Democrat in 2012, because we all know Republicans would never allow them! 🙂

Fear, panic…oh, sorry Democrats say they never use “scare tactics” silly me.. 🙂

Enter Cap & Trade, the sequel to Health Care Reform, where the Democrats further destroy the evil capitalist system and rebuild it around “green jobs” that are  all smoke.

For Example, Gov. Granholm of Michigan has touted that she will have brought 40,000 new “green jobs” to Michigan by 2020.

But economists estimate that 350,000+ will lose their jobs by the time she is up for re-election (and that’s not in 2020).

Since taking office in 2003, Granholm has created 163,300 positions, her office says. She expects that a recent infusion of more than $1 billion from the Obama administration aimed at nurturing car battery and electric-vehicle projects will generate 40,000 more positions by 2020. (Washington Post)

So she has personally created 163,000 private sector jobs and 40,000 more are on the way in 11 years. Meanwhile, a Million have lost their jobs by her re-election time in 2010 for  net loss of 798,000 jobs.

That’s HOPE for you.

Oh, and the best part is, they tax you out the wazoo for it!

And they take control of your electricity (coal, after all is evil too). But “clean coal” isn’t as bad (the fact that there is no such thing is irrelevant).

And your car. (evil gas guzzling scum!)

But rejoice.

You’ll have massive health care taxes. Onerous VAT taxes, and the IRS coming after you eventually if you don’t sign up for their mandatory insurance that won’t cover everyone and is grossly underestimated on the cost.

And Amnesty will create 12 million new patients you will have to pay for.

And, oh, there’s a shortage of health care professionals so there will be traffic jam on the super highway to HOPE.

But HOPE will nurture you through the hard times to come.

Rejoice, two Nobel Laurettes like Obama and Gore couldn’t possibly be wrong now could they! 🙂

SCROOGE: Waste, Mr. Cratchit! Waste! We are here to make money, not spend it. If
you waste my goods you might find yourself without employment!

(CRATCHIT does not get the lump. Instead, goes back to his desk, tries to warm himself
at his CANDLE.)

So warm yourself on HOPE.

Now, don’t you feel better… 🙂


Hate

It’s a strong emotion.

It can also be abused. Especially by Orwellian liberals.

Remember, these are the same ones who think people who protest THEM are hate-mongers, Un-American, racists and sexists and have complete contempt for the right of protest.

Just remember that.

1984:

The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive.

He set to work to exercise himself in crimestop. He presented himself with propositions — ‘the Party says the earth is flat’, ‘the party says that ice is heavier than water’ — and trained himself in not seeing or not understanding the arguments that contradicted them.

Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.

So when you automatically go to the “he’s a bigot” place. Take an Orwellian step back first.

The House has voted to make it a federal crime to assault people because of their sexual orientation. Aside from violating the Constitution’s equal-protection clause, just what does this have to do with national defense?

The House voted 281 to 146 Thursday to make it a crime to attack homosexuals and others. The measure was attached to a must-pass $680 billion defense bill.

(More of that “transparency” for you…)

We think the amendment itself is a crime against common sense and the law.

Saying “it’s a very exciting day for us here in the Capitol,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, named after a gay man murdered in Wyoming in 1998.

What Pelosi neglected to say was that Shepard’s killers were each given double life sentences and have said since that money and drugs motivated their actions, not animus toward homosexuals.

Whatever their motivation, their criminal act was prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and they received the maximum punishment without hate crimes legislation.

Similarly, no hate crimes legislation was needed that same year when James Byrd, an African-American, was dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas. Byrd’s murderers were quickly arrested, tried and convicted. Two were sentenced to death, and the third, to life in prison.

“Democrats have done a great disservice to the brave men and women of our armed forces today by using them as leverage to pass radical social policy,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner. “They engineered this abuse of the legislative process because they had no other way to pass legislation that is unconstitutional and just plain wrong.”

When the amendment was introduced in the Senate this summer, even the ACLU voiced concerns over its broad sweep. “An otherwise unremarkable violent crime should not become a federal hate (crime) simply because the defendant visited the wrong Web site, belonged to a group espousing bigotry or subscribed to a magazine promoting discriminatory views, however repugnant those beliefs may be,” the group said.

“All violent crimes should be prosecuted vigorously, no matter what the circumstances,” Boehner added. “The Democrats’ ‘thought crimes’ legislation, however, places a higher value on some lives than others. Republicans believe that all lives are created equal, and should be defended with equal vigilance.” So do we. (IBD).

So speech is protected, unless the Government says it’s “hate speech”.

You mean like disagreeing with them?

Or “Diversity”?

Naw, they don’t mean that. 🙂  YET 🙂

Now add to that, the “Safe Schools Czar” is a gay activist. And like many of the Obama team, like Van Jones, not a very savory character.

Meet Kevin Jennings.

Mr Jennings is a former schoolteacher who has advocated promoting homosexuality in schools, written about his past drug abuse, expressed his contempt for religion and detailed an incident in which he did not report an underage student who told him he was having sex with older men (He just asked him if he used a condom). In 1990, as a teacher in Massachusetts, he founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and wrote the forward to a book called “The Queering of Education”.

So, they want to make it safe in schools for gays.

And promoting it unflinchingly.

Remember, Liberals believe they are so vastly superior to you mere mortals that they must shove their superiority down your throat and they make MUCH better parents to your kids than you do.

How is that “fair”?

And that was not the reason for the Office in the first place.

The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, created by the “evil” President Bush was to ,”provide financial assistance for drug and violence prevention activities and activities that promote the health and well being of students in elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education.”

Where is gay rights and sexual preference agenda politics listed in there?

And as for being picked on in schools. I wasn’t gay, but the psychological damage done to me in my high school days has lasted to this day and cause 25 years of chronic depression. Am I out for revenge or autocratic control, no.

Just the Truth. And my Freedom of Speech.

And the whole idea of “Hate Speech” is so Orwellian as to not be anything but scary.

Point#2: The Times of London Oct 8th

Miss Mogahed, appointed to the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships, said the Western view of Sharia was “oversimplified” and the majority of women around the world associate it with “gender justice”.

The White House adviser made the remarks on a London-based TV discussion programme hosted by Ibtihal Bsis, a member of the extremist Hizb ut Tahrir party.

The group believes in the non-violent destruction of Western democracy and the creation of an Islamic state under Sharia Law across the world.

During the 45-minute discussion, on the Islam Channel programme Muslimah Dilemma earlier this week, the two members of the group made repeated attacks on secular “man-made law” and the West’s “lethal cocktail of liberty and capitalism”.

They called for Sharia Law to be “the source of legislation” and said that women should not be “permitted to hold a position of leadership in government”.

Miss Mogahed made no challenge to these demands and said that “promiscuity” and the “breakdown of traditional values” were what Muslims admired least about the West.

She said: “I think the reason so many women support Sharia is because they have a very different understanding of sharia than the common perception in Western media.

“The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance.”

Oh, really?

Sharia in its broadest sense is a religious code for living, which decrees such matters as fasting and dressing modestly. However, it has also been interpreted as requiring the separation of men and women.

It also includes the controversial “Hadd offences”, crimes with specific penalties set by the Koran and the sayings of the prophet Mohammed. These include death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality and the removal of a hand for theft.

Miss Mogahed admitted that even many Muslims associated Sharia with “maximum criminal punishments” and “laws that… to many people seem unequal to women,” but added: “Part of the reason that there is this perception of Sharia is because Sharia is not well understood and Islam as a faith is not well understood.”

I  don’t know about you, but “stoning” for adultery seem pretty clear to me.

Clearly nuts!

During this week’s broadcast, she described her White House role as “to convey… to the President and other public officials what it is Muslims want.”

The muslims in question here, and not all muslims, want just one thing. The complete autocratic and thought control of  everyone because anyone who disagrees with them is an “infidel” and must be put down for their insolence.

Funny, that sounds like the Liberal Democrats 🙂

“Fear Allah concerning the rights you owe to me,” a Sharia warning.

Sounds a bit like this Congress to me. 🙂

Omar M. Ahmad founder of CAIR said:”Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant” he said. “The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America , and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth,” he said.

Maybe we should out Nobel Peace Prize winning President to have sit-down and negotiate with this. 🙂

Barack Hussein Obama, mmm mmm mmm…  🙂

“Peace I bequeath to you, my peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).

Whoops!

Sorry, that was Christian and we all know that’s just hateful right-wing indoctrination! 🙂

So, everyone, time for your Two-Minute Hate…

Hope Stranger than Fiction

When I titled a column after a Benjamin Franklin quote a few days ago I had no idea how prophetic it was.

Did you wake up, like I just did, to the stunned news that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize!

Yes. He did.

Really.

It’s not a joke or a set up for one.

The truth is vastly stranger than fiction.

The liberals in Norway were actually serious. (and he nominated 12 days into his presidency because that was the deadline).

Reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world “hope for a better future” and striving for nuclear disarmament, in a surprise award that drew both warm praise and sharp criticism.

The decision to bestow one of the world’s top accolades on a president less than nine months into his first term, who has yet to score a major foreign policy success, was greeted with gasps of astonishment from journalists at the announcement in Oslo.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” But critics — especially in parts of the Arab and Muslim world — called its decision premature.

The apology tour and the disasters at the UN and the G-20 and the snub at Copenhagen, the 10% unemployment, the loss of millions of jobs, the deficit is higher than ever and he wants to spend even more.

And we haven’t gotten to Cap and Trade and Global Warming yet!

Or Amnesty.

But he’s the bringer of  “Hope and Change”!

The Norwegians have obviously left reality and are  from a parallel universe, or they are even more deluded with their own hope-mania than US liberals.

Star light, Star Bright
The first star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have this wish I wish tonight.

So now, this once prominent award is giving it out on the PROMISE of peace.

Hope not results.

It feels good to hope doesn’t it! Hope will feed the world! Give Peace a Chance! 🙂

“He that lives upon hope will die fasting”- Benjamin Franklin

And  that is similar to the promise of :

President Obama: “you will not see your taxes increased a single dime.  I repeat: not one single dime.”

Now there was something for the people to hope for. Massive new government control social  programs that won’t cost you a dime!

Even P.T. Barnum would be aghast!

But the liberals actually believe this.

And so does the now-Nobel One.

Too bad we have to live in reality.

There are 5 Health care bills (2 in the Senate and 3 in the House) and they have to be melded into one bill. ALL of the house bills have the Public Option, only 1 of the Senate (Finance) does not (though the co-op is just an Orwellian way of restating it).

The cheapest one is the Finance Committee’s “conceptual” bill at just under $900 Billion. All the rest are over a Trillion.

And as pointed out yesterday, the government missed their target cost on Medicare (which will be broke in 8 years by the way) by a factor of 9.

Add to that, that we have no money. And have run up the deficit to historic proportions.  How to sustain that and not raise taxes on people making less than $250,000???

Hmm…

Call it something else. Like sneaking vegetables into your kids food…

Bury it in 1000’s of pages of legalese that not even the people voting on it can read. That’s how.

Oh, and make sure the Ministry of Truth (ABC,NBC,CBS,CNN et al) don’t say anything bad about it!

HOPE FOR THE BEST! 🙂

Meanwhile:

Candor about taxes is rare in Washington, so when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admits that Democrats may have to impose a huge new tax on the middle class to fund their spending ambitions, believe her.

Speaking with PBS’s Charlie Rose on Monday, Mrs. Pelosi mused publicly about the rising possibility of enacting a value-added tax, or VAT, as part of broader tax reform. “Somewhere along the way, a value-added
tax plays into this,” she said. “Of course, we want to take down the health-care cost, that’s one part of it. But in the scheme of things, I think it’s fair to look at a value-added tax as well.”

The allure of a VAT for politicians is that it applies to every level of production or service, rakes in piles of money, and is largely hidden from those who ultimately pay it—namely, consumers. With a $9 trillion 10-year budget deficit, $4 trillion in spending in fiscal 2010 alone, and a $1 trillion (at a minimum) health-care entitlement in the wings, Mrs. Pelosi knows that not even the revenue from the expiration of the lower Bush tax rates in 2011 will cover the bills.
Nearly every European country that has passed national health care has also eventually imposed a VAT, and it’s foolish to think the U.S. will be different.

“Somewhere along the way, a value-added tax plays into this. Of course, we want to take down the healthcare cost, that’s one part of it,” the Speaker added. “But in the scheme of things, I think it’s
fair look at a value- added tax as well.”

European Socialism demands European Taxes don’t you know. (Sounding like Thurston Howell III) “It’s so continental”

HOPE AND CHANGE. 🙂

Mrs. Pelosi is the second prominent Democrat to call for a VAT in recent weeks (along with other financial gurus). John Podesta, an adviser to President Obama and president of the very liberal Center for American Progress, called in
September for a “small and more progressive” VAT. Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Podesta argue a new tax is necessary to address the nation’s exploding financial liabilities, as if those liabilities exploded on their own.
Of course, VATs always start “small” and get bigger. The bills for the Democratic spending blowout are coming due even sooner than advertised, and the middle class will pay, whatever Mr. Obama’s campaign promises.(AP)

READ MY LIPS, NO NEW TAXES! 🙂

Using data for 2008, a VAT of just 1% would raise an added $63 billion. Make it “just” 5%, and it’s a $315 billion annual tax hike on all Americans — or roughly $2,670 on every household, including the poor and middle-class.

To sell the idea to gullible taxpayers, politicians play down these problems, focusing instead on tax “efficiency” and the idea that the VAT is a low rate applied against a broad base of taxpayers. (IBD)

And it would “lower” taxes! (some liberals will say)  If it was to replace the income tax, maybe, but not ON TOP OF IT!

Oh, and It doesn’t stop there. Why would it. When you’re on a roll, and Hope is your guide…

To make the plans “deficit neutral” aka offset massive spending with massive cuts and taxes…

From Dick Morris.com: (You know, the former Clintonista) on The Finance Committee Bill:

In a new amendment to the health care bill, they propose to limit the deductibility of medical expenses on income taxes.

Now, taxpayers may deduct any medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of their Adjusted Gross Income. Obama and Baucus want to raise that threshold to 10% as long as the taxpayer is under 65.

Eight million Americans are sick enough and poor enough that they have to pay more than 7.5% of their income in medical expenses. And it is these folks that the liberals Obama and Baucus plan to tax! Six million of them earn less than $75,000 a year!

For a family earning $75,000 a year and facing out-of-pocket medical bills of $7, 500, this proposal would cost them about $600 a year in extra taxes.

And let’s remember who it is that they are taxing. This proposal affects people whose incomes are so limited and whose medical costs are so high that they exceed 7.5% of their pre-tax income.

Their proposal literally hopes to raise $20 billion over ten years by taxing sick people.

The Democrats defend their proposal by saying that it would discourage health care spending. But nobody deliberately spends 7.5% of their income on medical costs unless they are pretty sick and needy.

The poor will not have to pay it because they are eligible for Medicaid

That’s genius! To prevent people from costing you to much Tax them when they are sick and really do need it so they won’t use it again! And like Rep. Grayson said (only he was talking about his bi-partisanship with Republicans) “they want you to just die”

Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant!! (sarcasm in case you didn’t know)

But it’s not a tax increase, per se, you just end up paying more if you are gravely sick, Orwell would be proud of you our NOBEL President.

Originally, the Democrats continued their war on the elderly by proposing to tax everyone who spends more than the 7.5% threshold on medical costs. But they retreated when it became clear that six million elderly would be hit with the tax. Now they just sock it to eight million sick, middle income Americans.

This tax, and their desire to cut Medicare and Medicaid by $500 billion, makes Obama and Baucus unlike any Democrats I have ever known. Democrats, at least when I worked for Clinton, defended the elderly and the sick rather than cut the former and tax the latter.

Ah, screw the elderly, they’ll be dead soon anyhow!  (again, sarcasm!)

“The American health-care system is in crisis, and workable solutions have been blocked for years by deeply entrenched ideological divisions. Sen. Daschle brings fresh thinking to this problem, and his Federal Reserve for Health concept holds great promise for bridging this intellectual chasm and, at long last, giving this nation the health care it deserves.” —Senator Barack Obama (IL) on Sen. Daschle’s Book, Critical.

(Daschle’s solution lay in the Federal Reserve Board, which has overseen the equally complicated financial system with great success.  A Fed-like health board would offer a public framework within which a private health-care system can operate more effectively and efficiently—insulated from political pressure yet accountable to elected officials and the American people.–See Below)

According to Daschle (the first nominee for HHS but undone by being a tax cheat),” doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

And this was in the “Stimulus” Bill:

One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446).

Sounds like Daschle’s board doesn’t it? 🙂

So we cut Medicaid. We destroy Medicare Advantage. We outlaw HSA’s (Health Savings Accounts– it’s in HR3200 folks!) We tax the sick. We make it Mandatory. We have a Government monitoring agency. We sick the IRS on you if you don’t comply. And we still don’t cover everyone, according to the CBO!!

Genius!

Shear Genius!

And well worth that Nobel Prize for Hope!

And Vastly better than we have now.

Thank you, Mr President and Member of Congress for saving us from the evil capitalists!

“Health-care reform” would slash Medicare — and not just Medicare Advantage — to subsidize insurance for much younger people who can’t qualify for Medicaid and thus, by definition, aren’t poor. And the supposed protector of poor old people will stand by, content with its own cut of the action.

Is this what liberal Democrats have come to?

And you get a one-size fits all plan to boot. That way you get charged premiums for things that you could biologically produce, like guys being covered for pregnancy or women for prostate exams. And since we are coveing you for every procedure all the time, the premium will match it.

And since they will reimburse hospitals and doctors with Medicare-level rates (vastly lower, thus SAVING MONEY :)) the private insurance companies will be run out business because it will be unprofitable to continue.

Leaving just Mama Government in charge.

But don’t worry, it “cheaper” this way… 🙂

Public Option uber alles!

Trust us, we’re for the government and we are here to save you! 🙂