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! 🙂

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