The Great Green Fraud

I have noticed that the major media STILL don’t want to talk about it.

I guess the Liberals have another reason to hate FOX, as they are the only ones covering the story. 🙂

Yet, despite the seriousness of this issue, as well as a prominent Senator calling for hearings to investigate it, America’s television news organizations appear to be actively boycotting this growing controversy. (NewsBusters)

But, of course, that senator is a Republican. So they can ignore him. He’s just a rightwing nutjob, after all. 🙂

There is “virtually no possibility” of a few scientists biasing the advice given to governments by the UN’s top global warming body, its chair said today.

Rajendra Pachauri defended the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the wake of apparent suggestions in emails between climate scientists at the University of East Anglia that they had prevented work they did not agree with from being included in the panel’s fourth assessment report, which was published in 2007.

“The processes in the IPCC are so robust, so inclusive, that even if an author or two has a particular bias it is completely unlikely that bias will find its way into the IPCC report,” he said.

This reminds me of the Fake letter about George W Bush’s war deferment where the defenders to this day say, “The letter was fake but what was written was factual”.

So what happens if it was not just a “few” scientists???

Whoops, maybe that’s an Inconvenient Orwellian Possibility. 🙂

Phil Jones (CRU),”keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!

Nah…The Religion rolls on.

I was amused by Ed Begley Jr on Cavuto (you can find the meltdown on You Tube). Mr super green ranted and raved about only believing peer-reviewed science.

I guess he missed the email where they talk about changing the rules for peer-reviewed science and talk of boycotting publications that tow their party line.

Phil Jones (CRU),”keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!

Though, for people like Mr Begley who are deep in the religion of Global Warming,  reason is no longer an option because that questions their faith. So much so that he was ranting about the quality of the air in LA during the interview as an example of something no one wanted to do but was forced to do anyhow.

But it doesn’t have anything to do with Global Cooling…Global Warming…Global Climate Change…Climate Change.

But it does have everything to do with force.

And the Orwellian way, apparently, that the all-hail the vaunted “peer review” process has been corrupted by one side of the argument is not an issue.

That’s not science.

That’s politics.

Canada.com: The immensely respected former British chancellor of the exchequer, Nigel Lawson, had great difficulty finding a publisher for his expose of these matters, An Appeal To Reason, A Cool Look at Global Warming, such is the pressure the eco-lobby can assert. He believes Green is the new Red, the anti-capitalists taking over the relatively inoffensive tandem bicycle of naturalists, and turning it into a nihilistic juggernaut, the treads having been blown off their great Red Marxist tank that careened through the world for most of the last century. The ecoextremists allow the conservationists and butterfly collectors and Sierra Clubs to front their activities, just as the pacifist naifs were often the witless dupes and “useful idiots” (in Lenin’s words), of the Communists.

As Lord Lawson wrote in his book, those worried about imminent environmental catastrophe, as compared, for examples, to nuclear terrorism or even large meteoric collisions, “need not worry about saving this planet. They are already living on another one … We appear to have entered a new age of unreason … It is from this, above all, that we really need to save the planet.”

Two of Canada’s greatest and most undersung recent heroes are environmental economist Ross McKitrick and statistical minerologist Steven McIntyre, who by their tireless research in the teeth of the entire ecological establishment, proved the former IPCC claim of drastically accelerated global warming was a fraud. These men have been prominently mentioned in the hacked emails that have just revealed the outrageous lengths the scientific propagators of the Great Green Fraud have gone to to suppress the facts.

Michael Schlesinger, a climatologist at the University of Illinois, a bringer of the Faith, in the New York Times, “The absolute worst thing that humanity could do is mistake a short-term natural cooling for the absence of human-caused global warming and, in so doing, not transition as soon as economically possible from the fossil fuel age to the post-fossil fuel age.

To make this mistake would leave a legacy of global warming for our children, grandchildren and multiple generations thereafter which they likely could not reverse, and for which they would likely not forgive us.

This we must not do.”

What about the debt, the loss of freedom, the jobs, the loss of rationality?

And it’s not been proven that it will even work.

But it will feel good.

And it’s a “Crisis”.

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

On (Last) Tuesday, ABCNews.com’s top story was, “Worse Than the Worst: Climate Report Says Even Most Dire Predictions Too Tame”

There’s even less time for humanity to try to curb global warming than recently thought, according to a new in-depth scientific assessment by 26 scientists from eight countries.

Sea level rise, ocean acidification and the rapid melting of massive ice sheets are among the significantly increased effects of human-induced global warming assessed in the survey, which also examines the emissions of heat-trapping gases that are causing the climate change.

“Many indicators are currently tracking near or above the worst-case projections” made three years ago by the world’s scientists, the new Copenhagen Diagnosis said.

Nor has manmade global warming slowed or paused, as some headlines have recently suggested, according to the report, which you can see here.

The Thought Police binders are firmly in place. And  Chicken Little is happy.

I have no doubt this started out as a well-meaning crusade. But that was a long time ago. In a Non-Partisan galaxy, far far away…

The case for global warming rests on “all kinds of evidence,” says climate scientist Don Wuebbles of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. “Look at what’s happening to ice in the Arctic. Explain that as ‘no global warming.’ It doesn’t take a genius to see, obviously, warming is happening, e-mails or not.” (USAToday)

Putting aside how condescending that statement is, can he explain the Patagonian glacier in Argentina THAT IS GROWING???

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier is one of only a few ice fields worldwide that have withstood rising global temperatures.

Nourished by Andean snowmelt, the glacier constantly grows even as it spawns icebergs the size of apartment buildings into a frigid lake, maintaining a nearly perfect equilibrium since measurements began more than a century ago.

“We’re not sure why this happens,” said Andres Rivera, a glacialist with the Center for Scientific Studies in Valdivia, Chile. “But not all glaciers respond equally to climate change.” (Newsmax)

or  In the Western Himalayas, a group of some 230 glaciers are bucking the global warming trend. (Discovery.com 5/5/2009)

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. —  Global warming is shrinking glaciers all over the world, but the seven tongues of ice creeping down Mount Shasta’s flanks are a rare exception: They are the only known glaciers in the continental U.S. that are growing.(Fox 2008)

Or won’t that be “reviewed”. 🙂

Glaciers are growing in the Himalayan Mountains, confounding global warming alarmists who have recently claimed the glaciers were shrinking and that global warming was to blame.

A new study of the Karakoram, Hindu Kush, and Western Himalaya mountain ranges by researchers at England’s Newcastle University shows consistent recent growth among the region’s glaciers.

Researchers found cooler summers are failing to melt winter snows, which are themselves becoming more frequent, resulting in advancing ice sheets.

The study was published in the September 2006 issue of the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate.

Oh, look it was.

But the Religion rolls on.

Nothing to see here.

A March 14, 2005 report from the activist group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) claimed, “Himalayan glaciers are among the fastest retreating glaciers globally due to effects of global warming.”

The WWF said its report “reveals the rate of retreat of Himalayan glaciers accelerating as global warming increases.”

National Geographic, for example, reported on March 10,2006 that glaciers were shrinking throughout the Himalayas and that “these water supplies could eventually dry up as the glaciers melt due to global warming.”

But not if they are growing.

Whoops.

Guess we better just ignore that Inconvenient Truth. 🙂

Or maybe it takes an “idiot” to wonder if it man-caused at all or a “natural variation” as some global warming advocates call the lack of warming lately.

So maybe we do need so “useful idiots” to wonder if the agenda behind the rhetoric and “the consensus” is entirely above aboard.

We need a Reformation.

We Need Heresy.

We Need Truth.

Not Politics.

 

 

 

Be Thankful

ATR: This year we have much for which to be thankful: family, friends, and the Obama-Reid-Pelosi National Energy Tax (Cap and Trade) has not yet become law to name a few. We would like to remind you of 10 reasons you should be thinkful for that this year:

  1. We don’t have to pay over $100 billion in additional taxes.
  2. We don’t have to pay an additional $3.6 trillion in gas taxes.
  3. We won’t lose 1.1 million jobs between 2012 and 2030 and 2.5 million each year after that.
  4. We haven’t made new industries that are dependent on government handouts for their survival.
  5. We don’t have a new bureaucracy in place to allocate and sell carbon credits that will increase corruption and favoritism in Washington, DC.
  6. Our energy costs will not go up by $1500 per year for a family of four.
  7. We won’t have our national debt increase by 26 percent by 2030. An increase of $116,600 for a family of four.
  8. We won’t have protectionist tariffs to create trade wars and cause increased prices and shortages on the goods we need.
  9. We won’t have a reduction in GDP of $9.4 trillion between 2012 and 2030.
  10. We won’t have a 58% increase in gas prices

But 2010 is another matter.

Be Thankful that the media is saving you from hearing about the Global Cooling..Global Warming…Global Climate Change…Climate Change scam…

I found this on the Newstribune.com reader comment section: 🙂

Remember now, fellow travelers. The facts really don’t matter as long as the IDEA and the MESSAGE are useful in the eyes of liberals. The so-called information presented by “scientists” is only meant to illustrate the problem, not prove it. Where have y’all been? If we hadn’t listened to the warnings about global cooling 25 years ago, the planet would be plunged into a new ice age by now. And look–we’re actually getting warmer! See, calling public attention to a problem really does work. So accept what these people are telling us, and before you know it, the planet will cool down again. We are all just too dumb to make decisions for ourselves. Yesterday: Mammograms for everyone, save the breasts! Today, uhm, not so much. Global warming will go the same route. Trust me!

🙂

ABC (still ignoring the real story and still obsessed with the couple who crashed the State Dinner LAST WEEK, so be thankful they know a real news story when they see it! 🙂

Some recent studies, including one by Britain’s Hadley Center for Climate Prediction and Research, indicate that global temperatures have plateaued during the past decade, which could undermine arguments that the Earth is undergoing a long-term warming trend because of the burning of fossil fuels. Phil Jones has denied manipulating evidence and said his comments were taken out of context.

Climate change skeptics “don’t have the science on their side anymore, so they’ve resorted to a smear campaign to distract the public from the reality of the problem and the need to confront it head-on in Copenhagen,” said Mann, professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University who was the recipient of several of the published e-mails.

But the pressure is getting to some people, even if the Media continues to ignore it with gusto:

Leading British scientists at the University of East Anglia, who were accused of manipulating climate change data – dubbed Climategate – have agreed to publish their figures in full.

But others:

Gavin A. Schmidt, a NASA climatologist involved in many of the e-mail exchanges, said that voluntarily disclosing more data would never satisfy the “very hard-bitten, distraught core” of climate skeptics. “The number of attacks on our integrity will actually increase since there will be more ways to twist what it is we do to support some conspiracy theory or other,” he said.

Mike Hulme, a climate scientist at the University of East Anglia and author of “Why We Disagree About Climate Change,” said the disclosures could offer a chance to finally bring the practices of climate researchers and the intergovernmental panel into the modern era, where transparency — enforced legally or illegally — is inevitable and appropriate.

“The I.P.C.C. itself, through its structural tendency to politicize climate change science, has perhaps helped to foster a more authoritarian and exclusive form of knowledge production,” he said in an e-mail message, “just at a time when a globalizing and wired cosmopolitan culture is demanding of science something much more open and inclusive.”

Dr. Curry and others said that if nothing else, the e-mail correspondence suggested that climate scientists needed to show more temperance in dealing with their critics.

“We won the war — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, and climate and energy legislation is near the top of the U.S. agenda,” Dr. Curry said. “Why keep fighting all these silly battles and putting ourselves in this position?”

Ah, the condescending, snotty personal attacks of the liberal caught with his hands in the cookie jar.

I guess we can be thankful they never change. 🙂

American Thinker:

Jonathan Leake, writing in the UK’s Times Online, offers a balanced overview of the scandal and this fascinating point regarding the chronology of the “breaking” of the story:

It was a powerful and controversial mix – far too powerful for some. Real Climate is a website designed for scientists who share Jones’s belief in man-made climate change. Within hours the file had been stripped from the site.

Several hours later, however, it reappeared – this time on an obscure Russian server. Soon it had been copied to a host of other servers, first in Saudi Arabia and Turkey and then Europe and America.

What’s more, the anonymous poster was determined not to be stymied again. He or she posted comments on climate-sceptic blogs, detailing a dozen of the best emails and offering web links to the rest. Jones’s statistical tricks were now public property.


Note carefully the fact that this modern shot heard round the world first found a point of entry through Russia, then Saudi Arabia, and then Turkey – next Europe, and lastly the United States.

In other words, the traditionally supposed intellectual freedom and free speech climate of the West was “stoney ground” in comparison to the accessibility of outlets under the more repressive regimes of Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Perhaps the greater story is the truth itself – and its indomitable will to reveal itself through even the most unlikely of conduits and efforts of even one individual arrayed against a worldwide apparatus of dishonesty.

Jesus, in Luke 19:40, when admonished to silence the truth, made a startling claim about the geological record that collided with accepted scientific notions in His day:

And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.


It would appear that the repression of truth in the scientic community and the Mainstream Media in the west has indeed caused “the stones to cry out.”

Be thankful for crying stones.

Now we just have to guard against crying wallets.

A Friendly Guide to Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy is the collective organizational structure, procedures, protocols, and set of regulations in place to manage activity, usually in large organizations and government.it is represented by standardized procedure (rule-following) that guides the execution of most or all processes within the body;. A bureaucracy traditionally does not create policy but, rather, enacts it. Law, policy, and regulation normally originates from a leadership, which creates the bureaucracy to put them into practice. In reality, the interpretation and execution of policy, etc. can lead to informal influence. A bureaucracy is directly responsible to the leadership that creates it, such as a government executive or board of directors.As a matter of practicality, the bureaucracy is where the individual will interface with an organization such as a government etc., rather than directly with its leadership.

Midwest Voices: I suddenly realized how easy it might be to get “the bureaucracy” working for you. If there existed a “consensus” on what the greater good should be- and maybe even the means to get there (ends justifying the means) by the various ruling elites in this country (and/or world), then the few people willing to take a personal hit for justice might never get his or her message out due to the machinery of the bureaucracy working against them.

The bureaucracy doesn’t question orders or take the initiative to question assumptions. The bureaucracy obeys. And once the government bureaucracy gets moving in a certain direction it isn’t that easy to get it derailed- no matter how idiotic what they are doing seems. It is a self-licking ice cream cone, as some call it. Paradigms are not questioned nor directions changed- until maybe there’s a lot of embarrassing press and Congressional inquiries.

ClimateGate, challenging the “bureaucracy” and “the consensus” that the Global Warming Religionists have built up. And how the media is on board with the “consensus” and unwilling to question it.

Just like Health Care Reform.

Just Like ACORN.

Just Like Cap & Trade.

Just Like “terrorism”, a word a Liberal can’t even think let alone discuss.

The wheels of bureaucracy grind very slowly.

And when the media is in on it. It’s positively Orwellian.

IBD:  Here’s a dirty little secret about the New York Times: It likes to leak things. Important things. Things that change the course of the public conversation. From the Pentagon Papers to the ruined terrorist-surveillance programs of the Bush era, the Times has routinely found that secrecy is a danger and sunlight is a disinfectant.

Until now. A troublesome hacker recently released e-mails going to and from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Britain, e-mails that exposed how the “scientific experts” cited so often by the media on global warming are guilty of crude political talk, attempts at censoring opponents and twisting scientific data to support their policy agenda.

The e-mails prove just how dishonest this left-wing global warming agenda truly is.

And now suddenly, the New York Times has found religion and won’t publish these private e-mails. Environmental reporter Andrew Revkin, who’s more global warming lobbyist than reporter, quoted — sparsely — from the e-mails, but declared that he would not post these texts on his “Dot Earth” blog on the Times Web site: “The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.”

That rule didn’t apply to things like the disclosure of the Swift global bank monitoring program against terrorists.

Unlike our secret terror-fighting efforts, there is no grave matter of national security to protect here. There is only a danger of shredding the undeserved reputation of some global-warming alarmists as nonpartisan, nonideological, just-the-facts scientists with no preconceived environmentalist or statist agenda.

The networks also have ignored this emerging scandal with all the ignorance they could muster.

But in the seven days after the New York Times revealed the existence of an NSA program to monitor communications to terrorist cells abroad, the three networks ran a combined 23 stories about the program, more than one story, per network, per night.

How many have run stories on ClimateGate?

Virtually none, and the few, like CNN’s micro-mini blow-off is about what you get.

It doesn’t fit THEIR agenda.

Their bureaucracy.

Their “perceived wisdom”

Their “consensus”.

So it’s no big deal.

Charles Krauthammer:  The United States has the best health care in the world but, because of its inefficiencies, also the most expensive.

The fundamental problem with the 2,074-page Senate health care bill (as with its 2,014-page House counterpart) is that it wildly compounds the complexity by adding hundreds of new provisions, regulations, mandates, committees and other arbitrary bureaucratic inventions.

Worse, they’re packed into a monstrous package without any regard to each other. The only thing linking these changes — such as the 118 new boards, commissions and programs — is political expediency.

Each must be able to garner just enough votes to pass. There isn’t even a pretense of a unifying vision or conceptual harmony.

The result is an overregulated, overbureaucratized system of surpassing arbitrariness and inefficiency. Throw a dart at the Senate tome:

• You’ll find mandates with financial penalties — the amounts picked out of a hat.

• You’ll find insurance companies (who live and die by their actuarial skills) told exactly what weight to give risk factors, such as age. Currently insurance premiums for 20-somethings are about one-sixth the premiums for 60-somethings. The House bill dictates that the young shall now pay at minimum one-half; the Senate bill, one-third — numbers picked out of a hat.

• Y ou’ll find sliding scales for health-insurance subsidies — randomly picked — that will radically raise marginal income-tax rates for middle-class recipients, among other crazy unintended consequences.

The bill is irredeemable. It should not only be defeated. It should be immolated, its ashes scattered over the Senate swimming pool.

But the Bureaucracy demands to be fed. And the Democrats want to gorge it on 1/6 of GDP of this country.

They believe it benefits them.

The Frankenstein’s Monster of Bureaucracy will be created by them and they will be Frankenstein.

They will still have the illusion of being in control of it.

Even after the creature breaks out and terrorize everyone it won’t be their fault. 🙂

And considering they were off by on Medicare cost projections. They  were 1/9 of the reality and it’s getting worse every day. Can you imagine what this going to look like in your kid’s life time??

God help us all.

(oh, sorry left wingers that was a right-wing extremist evil Christian moment)

Allah Akbar.

Feel better now 🙂

Try Nate Silver, a statistician and liberal-media favorite, recently named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. He says scientists in this exchange were unethical:

“Dr. Jones, talking candidly about sexing up a graph to make his conclusions more persuasive. This is not a good thing to do — I’d go so far as to call it unethical — and Jones deserves some of the loss of face that he will suffer.”

But then he adds the typical liberal disclaimer: “Unfortunately, this is the sort of thing that happens all the time in both academia and the private sector — have you ever looked at the graphs in the annual report of a company which had a bad year? And it seems to happen all too often on both sides of the global warming debate.”

When conservatives are wrong, conservatives are wrong. When liberals are wrong, everyone does it, don’t you know?

It’s no big deal.

Nothing to see here.

Hey, did you remember Mark Foley? , wasn’t he just awful… 🙂

In another e-mail from Jones to Mann, the Washington Post reported, there’s talk of cutting skeptical scientists out of the official U.N. report: “I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report,” Jones writes. “Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!”

But you can’t take that literally, it was “out of context”. That’s not really what he said… 🙂

But Tea Bag Protests are all shills for Insurance Companies.

And anyone who denies the “consensus” on Global Warming must be a shill for the fossil fuels industry… 🙂

Fascinating, isn’t it folks.

This kind of censor-your-opponents activity ought to disgust a journalist who values openness and rigorous debate above all.

Every day the networks avoid this story, they’re saying they don’t really care about either of those values. In fact, they become willing accomplices in a cover-up of global proportions.

So what else aren’t they willing to tell you? Hmmmm…. 🙂

That is, after they get over their obsession with the couple who crashed the State Dinner, that is.

After all, that is really big news.

And ClimateGate is not.

And the formation of massive new bureaucracies is not either.

Nor is massive tax increases in a recession.

And we all know that bureaucrats are vastly more tolerant, kind, flexible, efficient, and more willing to help you out in a real crisis. 🙂

Don’t worry, be happy.

“Hope and Change” is on it’s way.

 

 

Hide the Truth! Beware the Leopard!

As the Mainstream Media works feverishly to ignore the fraud of Global Warming because the greatness of  “Hope and Change” in Copenhagen is coming…

Amid all this junk science, Coca-Cola has another campaign under way and, with other corporate biggies like Siemens and SAP, the software giant, has created an Internet campaign and Web site, Hopenhagen.com, designed to enlist support for a climate deal to be reached in the very cold city of Copenhagen in December.

A petition on the site urges support for “developing countries’ adaptation efforts and secure climate justice for all.” It’s based on the theory that Western nations, particularly the U.S., owe the world a “climate debt” for starting the Industrial Revolution and plundering the world’s fossil fuels in the name of unbridled capitalism.

“The world needs a Green New Deal,” declares a pocket guide to Hopenhagen’s goals put out by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the group with the cuddly panda as its icon. That deal involves a global climate change fund into which rich countries pour money for “green” improvements in poorer nations.

The WWF guide says the Green New Deal “will be based on the polluter-pays principle, on the historically high emissions of developed nations and on the capacity of the rich nations to help the poor. And we will all benefit from this North/South ‘burden sharing.'” To us, this sounds like the old Marxist principle of to each according to his need, from each according to his ability, with a guilty conscience thrown in for good measure.(IBD)

From the “News” section of Hopenhagen.com:

Farmers who cut and burn trees in Brazil’s part of the Amazon River Basin cause less environmental destruction, than rich Western nations have done in the past, the Brazilian President says.

So the slash and burn of the Amazon Rain Forest that the environmentalists have been screaming about for decades is nothing compared to the Global Warming cause by Greedy Rich Western Nations. 🙂

If you follow the link it goes, unsurprisingly to the Copenhagen UN Global Warming website:

Brazil’s president said Thursday that “gringos” should pay Amazon nations to prevent deforestation, insisting that rich Western nations have caused much more past environmental destruction than the loggers and farmers who cut and burn trees in the world’s largest tropical rain forest.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made the comments just before an Amazon summit in which delegates signed a declaration calling for financial help from the industrial world to halt the deforestation that causes global warming.

“I don’t want any gringo asking us to let an Amazon resident die of hunger under a tree,” Silva said. “We want to preserve, but they will have to pay the price for this preservation because we never destroyed our forest like they mowed theirs down a century ago.”

In Brazil, the word “gringo” does not only mean American, but generally refers to anyone from the northern hemisphere.

This would be the same President who just met with Iran‘s Dictator-in-Chief Ahmadinejad was scheduled to sign trade deals with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva before visiting Congress and speaking at a university in Brasilia.

He also said the two nations believe that the international order should be revised.(Tehran Times)

So fork it over America, you greedy pigs!

IBD: Average Joe noticed how Al Gore and other Democratic politicians were quick to capitalize on the matter, even before the scientific community could speak with a unified voice on the issue.

He figured out, correctly, that politics rather than science was the force that put global warming on the front pages of the newspapers and on television every night.

And that the religion of  “the consensus” continues.

“The Consensus” doesn’t want to hear anything that endangers it.

And “The Consensus” can be very partisan.

Liberal Think Tank Environmentalist to the Stars (like Al Gore), Joe Romm:

It will be no surprise to learn the central point of their essay, ironically titled “Dangerous Assumptions” is “Enormous advances in energy technology will be needed to stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at acceptable levels,” which is otherwise known as the technology trap or the standard “Technology, technology, blah, blah, blah” delayer message developed by Frank Luntz and perfected by Bush/Lomborg/Gingrich.

In other words, the Nature article was not what it claimed to be. It wasn’t an analysis suggesting that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should revisit its assumptions about decarbonization. It wasn’t an argument for stronger technology policies. No, it was a devious Republican message – one designed by Republican pollster Frank Luntz during the Bush years – to delay action. (globalwarmingheartland.com)

Do you get the impression I do,that if you’re a liberal,  if you’re toaster burns your toast in the morning it was because it was made by a Republican just to piss them off! 🙂

Everything is political.

And thus, if the Truth is truly Inconvenient it must be hidden.

In The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent asks why the his house must be destroyed for a bypass only to find out that the plans for this were posted:

Arthur: “Oh yes, well, as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything.”

“But the plans were on display…”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a flashlight.”

“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display on the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.’”

So, no it’s time to brave the Leopard and see for yourself about the Bypass being built on your backs in Copenhagen.

Good Article: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100017977/climategate-the-scandal-spreads-the-plot-thickens-the-shame-deepens/

And then, one is left to wonder why they felt the need to rig the game in the first place, if their science is as robust as they claim. If there’s an innocent explanation for that, we’d love to hear it.

But I fear, it’s just more burnt toast.

Brave the Leopard!

Greatest Turkey in Modern History

Happy Thanksgiving.

While the Mainstream press is obsessed to distraction with the couple who crashed Obama’s Hollywood style State Dinner…

I move  on to the star of the show, the turkey.

Over at RealClimate.org, Gavin Schmidt, a modeler for the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has been downplaying the leak. Schmidt wrote: “There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research … no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no ‘marching orders’ from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords.”

Now doesn’t this sound like your typical liberal caught with his fingers in the cookie jar. Snarky, snotty, and over-the-top dismissive. And what an interesting mention of George Soros, the Billionaire Socialist behind Moveon.org.

Fascinating. Like it came from a scripted playbook…

Yesterday, Professor Jones (Climatic Research Unit) refused to quit and denied that researchers had altered evidence to bolster the case for man-made climate change.

He added: ‘We absolutely stand by the science we produce here at the University of East Anglia and it has been peer reviewed and published.

‘Some of the emails probably had poorly chosen words and were sent in the heat of the moment, when I was frustrated. I do regret sending some of them. We’ve not deleted any emails or data here at CRU.

‘I would never manipulate the data one bit  –  I would categorically deny that.’

Me think he dost protest too much!

Jan 126,1998: Now, I have to go back to work on my State of the Union speech. And I worked on it until pretty late last night. But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you.- Pres. Bill Clinton

Yeah, we believed you Bill. 🙂

But yet again, a president doesn’t care, Politics and Agenda full steam ahead, damn the torpedoes!

Washington Post: The administration’s decision to identify a series of goals, including cutting emissions over the next decade “in the range of” 17 percent below 2005 levels, is a calculated risk, given that Congress has never set mandatory limits on greenhouse gases.

The figure amounts to a 5.5 percent cut below the 1990 levels that most countries use as a reference point, much less than what most other nations have called for. It is also less than what President Bill Clinton endorsed in the Kyoto talks in 1997 and well below the 25 to 40 percent cut that the European Union has asked of industrialized countries.

Richard Somerville of Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Michael Mann of Penn State; and Eric Steig of University of Washington – said that last week’s leaked emails controversy was apparently a part of a “smear campaign,” attempting to wreck the climate summit in Copenhagen next month.

Sounding Familiar yet? 🙂

Mann said: “What they’ve done is search through stolen personal emails—confidential between colleagues who often speak in a language they understand and is often foreign to the outside world.” He further added that the skeptics had largely turned “something innocent into something nefarious.”

So what language is that sir, Esperanto?

Classic attempt at diminishing the damage.

UK Telegraph: Met Office scientists called for urgent action on global warming and dismissed calls for a public inquiry into emails which suggest a conspiracy among international scientists to falsify data.

Although final figures will not be known until January, 2009 is likely to be the fifth hottest year on record, reversing a brief three-year “cold snap” caused by natural temperature fluctuations, they said.

So why aren’t the hotter temperatures, a “natural variation”?? 🙂

Because, then the whole farce would be exposed. So only “cold” is a natural variation. Of Course, in 1975 “Global Cooling” was going to kill us all. So I so man has changed a lot in 35 years!

Temperatures over the next decade will be even higher, Met Office models predict.

But not a “natural variation”…

The organisation estimates that in half of the next 10 years average temperatures will be higher than those seen in 1998, the warmest year on record.

Half?! Oh my GOD!  It’s a Crisis! Save the Women and Children!

Some up, some “variation”, but were all doomed if we don’t do something drastic right now!

It’s a Crisis!

The Sky is Falling!

OH NO!

🙂

“It does seem that people are going to extraordinary lengths to discredit the data that shows that global warming is happening and that it is man-made.”-Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change advice at the Met Office Hadley Centre.

Yeah, were using your OWN WORDS! 🙂

Or maybe that’s just a “variation”…

Now that’s just evil. 🙂

In one of the emails Prof Phil Jones, director of the unit, refers to a “trick” he used with raw data to “hide the decline” in global temperatures.

Last night he accused those who leaked the emails of a “concerted attempt to put a question mark over the science of climate change in the run up to the Copenhagen talks”.

Really? 🙂

Well, The President is off to Copenhagen again, hopefully he’ll be a successful as he as the last time he was there, when he came in last place for the Olympic bid for his boys in the hood in Chicago.

We can only Hope. 🙂

 

Ignorance is Bliss-The Global Warming Scam

“Officials at the University of East Anglia confirmed in a statement on Friday that files had been stolen from a university server and that the police had been brought in to investigate the breach,” the New York Times reports.

But that, and the vast majority of the Mainstream “Ministry of Truth” Media, is about all they want to report. They don’t want to talk about it.

Because, it’s a heresy against their faith.

Their Religion- Global Warming.

Kevin Trenberth, who heads the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.,”It is incontrovertible” that the world is warming as a result of human actions, Trenberth said. “The question to me is what to do.”

Dr. Kevin Trenberth, the head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and prominent man-made global warming advocate, wrote in an e-mail: “The fact is we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.”

Ah, the Faithful and a “scientist” to boot….He is one of the people in the emails contained in “Climategate” by the way. 🙂

Climategate being the leaking onto the internet of data and emails that shows that Man-Made Global Warming is a farce.

I have said in past blogs what a crock I think Global Warming is and have provided evidence. But as the British author and satirist Douglas Adams once said, “Proof denies faith” and the two last things the Global Warming faithful want is to be wrong, and to have to defend their faith against the proof that they are wrong.

If you try looking for the story of the files and emails that show a major cover-up of information from the faithful to preserve their faith at all costs you’ll not see much of anything on the Mainstream Media. Because, like Van Jones, ACORN,  and other stories that the Liberal Elite don’t want to to talk about they want to just crush it and hope it goes away.

That “Journalism” today. It’s all Politics. All agenda all the time. 🙂

Washington Post:

While few U.S. politicians bother to question whether humans are changing the world’s climate — nearly three years ago the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded the evidence was unequivocal — public debate persists. And the newly disclosed private exchanges among climate scientists at Britain’s Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia reveal an intellectual circle that appears to feel very much under attack, and eager to punish its enemies.

In one e-mail, the center’s director, Phil Jones, writes Pennsylvania State University’s Michael E. Mann and questions whether the work of academics that question the link between human activities and global warming deserve to make it into the prestigious IPCC report, which represents the global consensus view on climate science.

“I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report,” Jones writes. “Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!”

In another, Jones and Mann discuss how they can pressure an academic journal not to accept the work of climate skeptics with whom they disagree. “Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal,” Mann writes.

“I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor,” Jones replies.

Your typical liberal response to any disagreeing with them, intimidate them, then if that doesn’t work, censor them.

WSJ:

This is downright Orwellian. 🙂 What the Post describes is not a vigorous debate but an attempt to suppress debate–to politicize the process of scientific inquiry so that it yields a predetermined result. This does not, in itself, prove the global warmists wrong. But it raises a glaring question: If they have the facts on their side, why do they need to resort to tactics of suppression and intimidation?

It is hard to see how this is anything less than a definitive refutation of the popular press’s contention that global warmism is settled science–a contention that both the <LONDON>Times and the Post repeat in their articles on the revelations: “The evidence pointing to a growing human contribution to global warming is so widely accepted that the hacked material is unlikely to erode the overall argument,” the Times claims. The Post leads its story by observing that “few U.S. politicians bother to question whether humans are changing the world’s climate,” and that “nearly three years ago the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded the evidence was unequivocal.”

But don’t expect much more from the faithful than there usual scorn, contempt and disrespect.

This should be considered not merely a scientific scandal but an enormous journalistic scandal. The elite press treats skepticism about global warming as a mental defect. It uses a form of the No True Scotsman fallacy to delegitimize people who dissent from the (manufactured) “consensus.” Dissent is scientifically unserious, therefore dissenting scientist A is unserious. There’s no way to break in. The moment someone disagrees with the “consensus” they disqualify themselves from criticizing the consensus. That’s not how science is supposed to work. Skeptics who’ve received a tote bag from some oil company (me: or insurance company in the Health Care debate) are branded as shills, but scientists who live off of climate-change-obsessed foundations or congressional fiefdoms are objective, call-it-like-they-see-it truth seekers. Question these folks and you get a Bill Murrayesque, “Back off, man. We’re scientists.” (NRO)

Well said.

An even larger reason this is a journalistic scandal is that governments want to spend — literally — trillions of dollars on climate change.

Cap & Trade anyone? anyone? 🙂

Industries want to make billions off it.

And so will some of it’s biggest Prophets (Profits, that’s a funny 🙂 ) , Like Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi.

James Taranto of Best of the Web Today reminds us of Al Gore’s statement in an interview with Grist, “I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.” In plain English, the former Vice President and Presidential candidate supports lying in favor of the causes he believes in and supports.

Taranto even manages to turn up a Stanford University professor, Stephen H. Schneider, who explained to Discover that in order to make the world a better place scientists sometimes have to “offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.”

Interject FOXNews: Professor Phil Jones, the head of the Climate Research Unit, and Professor Michael Mann at Pennsylvania State University, who has been an important scientist in the climate debate, have come under particular scrutiny. Among his e-mails, Professor Jones talks to Professor Mann about the “trick of adding in the real temps to each series…to hide the decline [in temperature].”

 

The poor will be hurt. Economies wrenched apart. And journalistic skepticism is almost nowhere to be found. If you know people in the “skeptic community” (for want of a better term) or even just normal, honest scientists, the observation that federal and foundation funding and groupthink is driving, or at least distorting, the climate debate is commonplace. But it’s given almost no oxygen in the elite press, because they are in on it. (NRO)

So, yeah,  ABC,NBC,CBS, etc are really going to cover this story in detail and depth. 🙂

Hey, is that pig Flying!!!!

A few More nuggets:

And there is a lot more. In another exchange, Professor Jones tells Professor Mann: “If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone” and “We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind.” Professor Jones further urges Professor Mann to join him in deleting e-mail exchanges about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s controversial assessment report: “Can you delete any e-mails you may have had with Keith re: [the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report]?” In another e-mail, Professor Jones told Professor Mann and Professor Malcolm Hughes at the University of Arizona and Raymond S. “Ray” Bradley at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst: “I’m getting hassled by a couple of people to release the CRU station temperature data. Don’t any of you three tell anybody that the UK has a Freedom of Information Act!”

Professor Jones complains to another academic: “I did get an e-mail from the FOI person here early yesterday to tell me I shouldn’t be deleting e-mails” and “IPCC is an international organization, so is above any national FOI. Even if UEA holds anything about IPCC, we are not obliged to pass it on.” We only have e-mails from Professor Jones’ institution, and, with his obvious approach to delete files; we have no idea what damaging information has been lost.

London Telegraph:

But perhaps the most damaging revelations  – the scientific equivalent of the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal – are those concerning the way Warmist scientists may variously have manipulated or suppressed evidence in order to support their cause.

Here are a few tasters.

Manipulation of evidence:

I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.

Private doubts about whether the world really is heating up:

The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.

Suppression of evidence:

Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4?

Keith will do likewise. He’s not in at the moment – minor family crisis.

Can you also email Gene and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new email address.

We will be getting Caspar to do likewise.

Fantasies of violence against prominent Climate Sceptic scientists:

Next
time I see Pat Michaels at a scientific meeting, I’ll be tempted to beat
the crap out of him. Very tempted.

Attempts to disguise the inconvenient truth of the Medieval Warm Period (MWP):

……Phil and I have recently submitted a paper using about a dozen NH records that fit this category, and many of which are available nearly 2K back–I think that trying to adopt a timeframe of 2K, rather than the usual 1K, addresses a good earlier point that Peck made w/ regard to the memo, that it would be nice to try to “contain” the putative “MWP”, even if we don’t yet have a hemispheric mean reconstruction available that far back….

And, perhaps most reprehensibly, a long series of communications discussing how best to squeeze dissenting scientists out of the peer review process. How, in other words, to create a scientific climate in which anyone who disagrees with AGW can be written off as a crank, whose views do not have a scrap of authority.

“This was the danger of always criticising the skeptics for not publishing in the “peer-reviewed literature”. Obviously, they found a solution to that–take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering “Climate Research” as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?”

“I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor.”“It results from this journal having a number of editors. The responsible one for this is a well-known skeptic in NZ. He has let a few papers through by Michaels and Gray in the past. I’ve had words with Hans von Storch about this, but got nowhere. Another thing to discuss in Nice !”

Pat Michaels, a climate scientist at the Cato Institute, told The Wall Street Journal: “This is what everyone feared. Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult for anyone who does not view global warming as an end-of-the-world issue to publish papers. This isn’t questionable practice, this is unethical.”

Unfortunately, we’ve a long, long way to go before the public mood (and scientific truth) is reflected by our policy makers. There are too many vested interests in AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming myth), with far too much to lose either in terms of reputation or money, for this to end without a bitter fight.

The New York Times argues: “The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.” — This from the same news organization that regularly publishes classified government documents!

As long as they were related to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld that is. I used to call the New York Times, Al-Jazerra East because they were so gung-ho for the propaganda victories and damn the consequences.

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday the world has moved “one step closer” to a “strong operational agreement” on climate change at next month’s Copenhagen summit after his talks with Indian and Chinese leaders.

And the Mainstream Media is going to do everything Orwellianly possible to not talk about it. EVER.

You, the public, just can’t handle the Truth. 🙂

 

Feel Good Assumptions

This made me chuckle.

IBD:

No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are No. 1 and No. 2. Whatever is No. 3 is far behind.

Many of the things the government does that may seem stupid are not stupid at all, from the standpoint of the elected officials or bureaucrats who do these things.

The current economic downturn that has cost millions of people their jobs began with successive administrations of both parties pushing banks and other lenders to make mortgage loans to people whose incomes, credit history and inability or unwillingness to make a substantial down payment on a house made them bad risks.

Was that stupid? Not at all. The money that was being put at risk was not the politicians’ money, and in most cases was not even the government’s money.

And it made the liberal, especially, “feel good” that all these people who couldn’t afford it were given houses they couldn’t afford so that when the whole scheme collapsed it was the evil capitalists fault. The same capitalists they used and lauded over to create the mess in the first place.

And these people would vote for them.

They could use that. And they can use the “crisis” also.

Then they got their power dream. Control of the US Government.

So what if they cause the worst crash in generations, they got the power and there main goal now is to hold on to it. Everything else doesn’t really matter.

So how do they fix the problem of Bush running up the deficit?

Why, they SPEND EVEN MORE, but they do it “compassionately” 🙂

Moreover, the jobs that are being lost by the millions are not the politicians’ jobs — and jobs in the government’s bureaucracies are increasing.

And there are 111 new bureaucracies and counting in the Health Care bill. That’s a lot of bureaucrats.

And when the government has control of 1/6 of our entire economy and you and the decision of whether you live or die. It will be a bonanza for them.

Vote for me or die. 🙂

But first you have to pay massive tax increases for 4 years so that we can cook the books to make it look like we’re fiscally responsible when we’re just trying to get more money for re-election by funneling money to phony congressional districts.

But it looks good.

So what if we only have 38% support. We’re going to do it anyways.

It’s all about THEM, not US. You silly little taxpayer.

What every politicians wants, a pliable electorate to abuse. 🙂

So who really cares about jobs. Sure, Obama and Co. are going to be “job focused” as one Democratic strategist said once they cram Socialized Medicine down your our throats. But that’s because 2010 is a Congressional Re-election year.

Nothing more.

And I have maintained that if you thought 2007-2008 was the nastiest, most partisan fight ever. Just wait until 2010 and 2012.

Unholy, unethical, total annihilation partisanship is coming to a TV and Newspaper near you in 2010.

And Obama and The Democrats will have their “journalist” in the Mainstream “Ministry of Truth” Media to back them up and lie like Pinocchio never conceived of.

Just like the Housing Crisis, even today.

After the cascade of economic disasters that began in the housing markets in 2006 and spread into the financial markets in Wall Street and even overseas, people in the private sector pulled back. Banks stopped making so many risky loans. Home buyers began buying homes they could afford, instead of going out on a limb with “creative” — and risky — financing schemes to buy homes that were beyond their means.

But politicians went directly in the opposite direction. In the name of “rescuing” the housing market, Congress passed laws enabling the Federal Housing Administration to insure more and bigger risky loans — loans where there is less than a 4% down payment.

A recent news story told of three young men who chipped in a total of $33,000 to buy a home in San Francisco that cost nearly a million dollars. Why would a bank lend that kind of money to them on such a small down payment? Because the loan was insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

The bank wasn’t taking any risk. If the three guys defaulted, the bank could always collect the money from the Federal Housing Administration. The only risk was to the taxpayers.

And they’re suckers.

Just look at the Great Political Prostitute of 2009, Sen. Mary Landreiu. She says she against the Health Care bill. Obama and Reid roll up to her and ask her what it will cost to get her vote. They put down 100 Million. She says $300 Million.

Done.

It’s not their money. They don’t need to care. Because it gets them what they want.

And now she and probably many other Prostitutes are going to pork the Health Care Bill to unimaginable heights.

But don’t worry, it’s all for a good cause in the end.

Health Care for the Uninsured and the Poor?

Hell no, the Government, specifically, the Democrats, win. They get the ultimate Gravy Train of Money.

Money to use to get Re-Elected.

And that’s far more important than silly little ole’ Health Care. Or Global Warming. Or Amnesty.

Anything they do, we pay for it.

But it’s for our own good. Don’t you know. 🙂

But not to worry. There will always be taxpayers, not to mention future generations, to pay off the national debt.

And those future taxpayers, your kids and their kids, can’t vote against THEM and and the future is someone else’s electoral nightmare. That is after they spend 60 years in office raking in the millions and the power, that is.

Very few people are likely to connect the dots back to those members of Congress who voted for bigger mortgage guarantees and bailouts by the FHA. So the lawmakers’ and the bureaucrats’ jobs are safe, even if millions of other people’s jobs are not.

Rep. Barney Frank is not about to cut back on risky mortgage loan guarantees by the FHA. He recently announced that he plans to introduce legislation to raise the limit on FHA loan guarantees even more.

Rep. Frank will make himself popular with people who get those loans and with banks that make these high-risk loans where they can pocket the profits and pass the risk on to the FHA.

So long as the taxpayers don’t understand that all this political generosity and compassion are at their expense, Barney Frank is an odds-on favorite to get re-elected. The man is not stupid. What is stupid is believing that politicians are trying to solve our problems, instead of theirs.

As for the FHA running low on money, that is not about to stop the gravy train, certainly not with an election coming up in 2010.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is also running low on money. But that is not going to stop it from insuring bank accounts up to a quarter of a million dollars. It would be stupid for them to stop with an election coming up in 2010.

A person with narcissistic personality disorder:

Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which there is an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with one’s self.

  • Reacts to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation
  • Takes advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals
  • Has feelings of self-importance
  • Exaggerates achievements and talents
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love
  • Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment (esp. with the Ministry of  Truth, hence why they hate FOX so much)
  • Requires constant attention and admiration
  • Disregards the feelings of others, lacks empathy (but can fake it)
  • Has obsessive self-interest
  • Pursues mainly selfish goals

Sound Familiar?? 🙂

The comedian Gallagher was right when he said :

There’s a reason “Congress” begins with the word “con”. Because “con” is the opposite of “pro”, so “Congress” must be the opposite of “progress”.  🙂

The Democratic Turkey

Every year the President pardons the White House Turkey.

This year, we are the turkey and all we have to look forward to is a noose.

Buffalo News Opinion: Right now, the legislation is driven by empty promises, the residue of Obama’s 2008 campaign, congressional Democrats’ need to “do something” before they’re hobbled in next year’s elections and by special interests and ideologues who want to build a pathway to single-payer coverage.

If the they want to do real reform (and I have said this before):

1. Tort Reform.

Even uber-Liberal Chris Matthews said, in a discussion with Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), said “you have found the Democrats achilles heel. Tort Reform would bring cost down but there is none in this bill because of the Trial Lawyers”

I thought his intestines were going to jump up and strangle him before he finished, or at least his Socialist masters at MSNBC would have a mysterious power outage before he finished.

Because he is correct.

The Trial Lawyers are amongst one the biggest contributors to the Democrats. So we can’t do any reform there.

Pelosi-Care Version:

Section 2531, entitled Medical Liability Alternatives, establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But] a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys fees or imposes caps on damages.

Pelosi-Care, we are there for you, the consumer. 🙂

2. Portability

You can’t buy coverage across state lines.

So with “Choice & Competition” you’d think we’d get this one.

No.

We get a bankrupt government that is going to tax you for 4 years BEFORE any benefits and when the whole thing goes pear-shaped and balloons out of control guess who is going to be hit with the tab. 🙂

And let there be no doubt that it will happen.

And since a for-profit Free Enterprise industry will be hamstrung by regulations and a “competitor” that has the power to tax and print as much money as it feels like  will be driven to extinction.

So you’ll have nothing but good old, reliable, “compassionate”, Uncle Sam.

And he has a great track record:

The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 – you’ve had 234 years to get it right; it’s broke.

Social Security was established in 1935 – you’ve had 74 years to get it right; it’s broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938 – you’ve had 71 years to get it right; it’s broke.

The “War on Poverty” started in 1964 – you’ve had 45 years to get it right. $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor”; it hasn’t worked and our entire country is broke.

The Alternative Minimum Tax — 41 years go- passed to “soak the rich” is now considered by Democrats to be an onerous tax on the middle class.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 – you’ve had 44 years to get it right; they’re both broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970 – you’ve had 39 years to get it right; it’s broke.

Trillions of dollars were spent in the massive political payoffs called TARP, the “Stimulus,” the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009…. none show any signs of working, although ACORN appears to have found a new source: the American taxpayer.

And finally, to set a new record: “Cash for Clunkers” was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009! It took cars (that were the best some people could afford) and replaced them with high-priced and less-affordable cars, mostly Japanese. A good percentage of the profits went out of the country. And the American taxpayers take the hit for Congress’s generosity in burning three billion more of our dollars on failed experiments.

It the net loss was $24,000 per vehicle! And auto sales slumped right back to where they were afterwards. It had no effect.

But it made the liberals feel good. 🙂

So, with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that “services” you shove down our throats are failing faster and deeper, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run health care system-  20% of our entire economy???

With all due respect,  Are you crazy? Or do you think the American people are? (ATR)

Worse, they think they are superior and you’re just too stupid to realize it so they have to do for your own good.

And they want to stuff this Turkey.

And this is no Treducken (a real dish by the way-A Treducken is a dish consisting of a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken), this one is just going to be stuffed with pork and the rotting fruits of our labors.

So who wants a slice? 🙂

 

The New Louisiana Purchase

The Great Bribe of the 21st Century.

Washington Post: And so it came to pass that Landrieu walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote — and to trumpet the financial “fix” she had arranged for Louisiana. “I am not going to be defensive,” she declared. “And it’s not a $100 million fix. It’s a $300 million fix.”

Got to admire her balls. Yes, I was Bribed. I wanted to be bribed! I’m proud of it! Aren’t I Magnificent!! 🙂

It was an awkward moment (not least because her figure is 20 times the original Louisiana Purchase price). But it was fairly representative of a Senate debate that seems to be scripted in the Southern Gothic style. The plot was gripping — the bill survived Saturday’s procedural test without a single vote to spare — and it brought out the rank partisanship, the self-absorption and all the other pathologies of modern politics. If that wasn’t enough of a Tennessee Williams story line, the debate even had, playing the lead role, a Southerner named Blanche with a flair for the dramatic.

After Landrieu threw in her support (she asserted that the extra Medicaid funds were “not the reason” for her vote), the lone holdout in the 60-member Democratic caucus was Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Like other Democratic moderates who knew a single vote could kill the bill, she took a streetcar named Opportunism, transferred to one called Wavering and made off with concessions of her own. Indeed, the all-Saturday debate, which ended with an 8 p.m. vote, occurred only because Democratic leaders had yielded to her request for more time.

Even when she finally announced her support, at 2:30 in the afternoon, Lincoln made clear that she still planned to hold out for many more concessions in the debate that will consume the next month. “My decision to vote on the motion to proceed is not my last, nor only, chance to have an impact on health-care reform,” she announced.

Landrieu and Lincoln got the attention because they were the last to decide, but the Senate really has 100 Blanche DuBoises, a full house of characters inclined toward the narcissistic. The health-care debate was worse than most. With all 40 Republicans in lockstep opposition, all 60 members of the Democratic caucus had to vote yes — and that gave each one an opportunity to extract concessions from Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) won a promise from Reid to support his plan to expand eligibility for health insurance. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) got Reid to jettison a provision stripping health insurers of their antitrust exemption. Landrieu got the concessions for her money. And Lincoln won an extended, 72-hour period to study legislation.

“I have concluded that I believe it is more important that we begin this debate to improve our nation’s health care system for all Americans rather than just simply drop the issue and walk away. That is not what people sent us here to do,” Lincoln said. (ABC)

Actually, the will of the people was for you to vote “No”. But that didn’t fit in with your ego did it Senator?

And the big shakedown is yet to occur: That will happen when Reid comes back to his caucus in a few weeks to round up 60 votes for the final passage of the health bill.

Obama 1/20/2009: “We come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics,” he said.

So how’s that working out for you. The singularly 2 most partisan votes in recent memory (The House Bill and the Senate Bill).

All 58 Senate Democrats — along with independent Sens. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont — supported bringing the measure to the floor. All the Republicans voted against it. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, did not vote.

But don’t worry, it’s all the Republican’s Fault.

The Republicans “are frightening people,” said Sen. Tom Harkin

The Democrats are 100% not to blame for this and the massive and in your-face Bribery to get there.

No, not at all. 🙂

Sen. Landrieu,“I’m not thinking about my reelection” in 2010.”

Yes, Senator we believe you… 🙂

Sen. Landrieu clarified that her vote was not an endorsement of Reid’s bill and said she might ultimately vote against the legislation if it is not changed during the Senate floor debate

Sure, Mary, we believe you. You’re going to leave the $300 Million dollar Bribe and walk way, later…

Sure, whatever you say… 🙂

Sen. Lincoln (D-Ark) said: “I’m not thinking about my re-election, the legacy of a president or whether Democrats or Republicans are going to be able to claim victory in winning this debate. “My first loyalties are with the people of Arkansas,” she said. “Not insurance companies, the health care industry or my political party.”(MSNBC)

The Arkansas Poll, conducted in mid-October by the University of Arkansas’s Survey Research Center, found that 39 percent of voters support a public option and 48 percent oppose the idea.

So, Yes  Senator, please continue to tell yourself that as you gather around the Turkey this week and then come back to Washington to stuff it down our throats.

Sen. Burr (R-NC) hoisted the bill as he spoke at the Republicans press conference.

“This 20 pounds is the size of most people’s turkey next week and that’s what most people in North Carolina think of it,” he said.

“This is the Harry Reid layaway plan for the holiday season,” Burr said. “Pay in for four years before you get anything out of it.”

This will put more than a food coma on the economy.

But at least The New Louisiana Purchase is safe!

“At what point is the government going to step in and say, ‘We are not paying for that and you are going to die earlier than you would if you had received that treatment,'” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

And This Indyfromaz signing off for the day from Obama’s Post-Partisan Utopia… 🙂

 

 

Freedom Dies Today

“So this is how liberty dies… with thunderous applause.” – Senator Padme Amidala (Star Wars).

How appropriate.

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

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.- Ben Franklin

Today, the Senate vote to consider the Harry Reid back room deal galore Health Care Bill that will bring us ever closer to the government in control of your life and the end of Freedom in America.

I am sure he has intimidated,cajoled, lied to, or Bribed the Democrats into voting for it. Some may even try the John Kerry defense of  ” I voted it for it, before I voted against it”.

It didn’t fly then, why should it fly now.

Sure this is not the final vote. But it’s the one that really counts. Because, as has been pointed out, Sen. Reid can use reconciliation, the so-called “Nuclear Option” where parliamentry tricks make it only necessary to get 51 votes to pass it after this. And I have no doubt he will use it.

So the supposedly Pro-Life Democrats will vote for a blatantly in-your-face Pro-Choice Bill.

The hold outs will get Bribes.

And everyone else will vote with the party, and their constituents who  are against it and have been in the majority against it for months,  will be ignored.

That’s representative democracy today.

And it’s dead.

Oh, I can hold out a vain hope of it’s defeat. But the arrogance and the narcissism in politics today says otherwise.

So let’s look some more at the bill that will doom us all eventually.

IBD:

Government of, by and for the people has apparently become a quaint concept to the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. Ramming socialized medicine through now comes down to cash payoffs.

Jonathan Karl of ABC News has exposed what may be the biggest taxpayer-funded bribe in the history of the Republic. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has been skeptical of her party’s proposed radical transformation of the U.S. health system.

“I’m not at all surprised that the public option’s been sold as free health care,” she told MSNBC last month, for instance. “But there is no free lunch.”

But will this “conservative” Democrat end up exchanging her vote for the biggest slab of bacon in congressional history?

As Karl reports, a two-page section of the Senate’s monster 2,074-page overhaul package tries to use gobbledygook to hide what could be described in less than one line: “$100 million for Louisiana.”

The Bayou State is never mentioned. Instead, the legislation refers to “a State that is one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia, for which, at any time during the preceding 7 fiscal years, the President has declared a major disaster … and determined as a result of such disaster that every county or parish in the State warrant individual and public assistance … .” (page 432- it’s 5 paragraphs of obfuscation and legalese, by the way)

Gee, who could that be? What is the only state in the Union with Parish designations..hmmmm…. 🙂

It’s the New Louisiana Purchase, only this time we are the ones getting screwed!

Has it ever been clearer that politicians consider those who gave them their jobs to be fools, to be bamboozled whenever possible?

At last count, Americans for Tax Reform found 18 major tax increases in the Senate health bill. They include:

• An individual mandate tax of as much as 8% of income.

• A $28 billion employer mandate tax.

• A 40% “Cadillac” excise tax on higher-priced private health plans.

• A $6.7 billion annual tax on private health insurance firms.

(That’s your choice and “competition”) 🙂 Tax your opposition into oblivion…

• A $2.3 billion annual tax on innovative drug companies.

• A $2 billion annual tax on medical device manufacturers.

• Health savings account (HSA) and flexible savings account (FSA) taxes that include a prohibition on using pretax dollars for most over-the-counter medicines.

Effectively killing them. 🙂

• A nearly $54 billion Medicare payroll tax hike.

The new taxes total nearly half a trillion dollars, according to Republicans, with a total spending cost of $2.5 trillion; the Congressional Budget Office concludes that the bill’s advertised $850 billion price tag is based on unrealistic assumptions.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, moreover, reports that a family of three earning 300% of the poverty level, or just under $55,000, will pay 12% of its income on premiums — nearly $6,600. At 400% of poverty, or $73,240, they pay nearly $8,800.

• A 0.5% hike on the Medicare payroll tax — to 1.95% from 1.45% of wages — for those earning $200,000 or more a year. The margin will be set at $250,000 for joint filers.

• A 5% tax levied on elective cosmetic surgery, defined as surgery that doesn’t “meaningfully promote” proper body function or “prevent or treat illness or disease.” It will be paid by the patient.

• A tax on insurance companies that is estimated to raise $19 billion. Like the taxes on drug and medical device companies, it will be based on revenue share — premiums collected in this case — during the tax year.

• A limit on the amount of medical expenses that can be deducted from taxes.

This is a plan that according to the CBO will still leave 24 million people uninsured, cause 5 million Americans to be dropped from employer-based coverage and leave more than 160 million people who still have job-based coverage ineligible for the much-touted new federal subsidies to help with sky-high premium increases.

This doesn’t sound like what the American people voted for. No wonder the process has degenerated into hundred-million-dollar bribes.

According to Americans for Tax Reform, Reid’s Senate bill uses the word “tax” no fewer than 183 times, “taxable” 164 times, “taxes” 17 times, “fee” 152 times and “penalty” 115 times.

The repeated references are clear indications of how bill supporters plan to fund an overhaul that, we are supposed to believe, will bring health care costs down.

Of course it won’t. This bill will cost far more than the $848 billion over 10 years it’s projected to. (Cato’s Michael Cannon says as much as $2.5 trillion.) And a good part of those costs will be paid by adding to Americans’ already painful tax burden.

And just what you need in a recession with the highest unemployment in a generation, MORE TAXES!!!

“It would be our hope that our more moderate Democratic colleagues would respect the wishes of their constituents rather than do the bidding of Harry Reid,” Republican Senator Jon Kyl told reporters.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% are opposed to the plan.
Intensity is still stronger among those who oppose the push to change the nation’s health care system: 25% Strongly Favor the plan while 39% are Strongly Opposed.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14

Today’s results match the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President and it’s the third straight day at -14. Prior to these three days, Obama’s ratings had fallen to -14 on only one day since taking office.

But if you have control of life and death and you can have the power over all, who cares if you’re unpopular and not listening to the people you supposedly represent.

POWER CORRUPTS AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.

And Freedom Dies.

The Shape of Things to Come

Your Government Health Care

The new government recommendations, released Monday by the Preventive Services Task Force of the Department of Health and Human Services, recommend against regular mammography tests in women aged 40 to 49. The guidelines also downplay the effectiveness of self-examinations and advise that women aged 50 to 74 years receive mammograms every other year.

LA Times: After years of dutifully showing up for their annual mammograms, women in their 40s were advised this week by a federal panel on preventive health not to bother with the routine screenings. Those in their 50s were told to get one only every other year. Monthly manual breast self-examination — that’s out altogether.

Breast cancer is expected to kill 40,000 women in the United States this year. We agree with experts who say better screening methods are needed, but until those come along, these recommendations have confused medical decision-making rather than guided it. Besides, much of the public will simply wait for yet another set of studies to find the opposite.

The No. 2 cancer killer in U.S. women.

How about less than 4 days 🙂

Washington Post Editorial: 11/20/09

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did a marvelous job this week of undermining the move toward evidence-based medicine with her hasty and cowardly disavowal of a recommendation from her department’s own task force that women under 50 are probably better off not getting routine annual mammograms. Sebelius simply disowned the task force and ran for political cover.

Commercial health plans have weighed in to reassure women in their 40s, too. For example, Kaiser Permanente, Aetna , CIGNA , Geisinger Health Plan, Group Health Cooperative and WellPoint  told USA Today that they had no current plans to change mammogram coverage.

Can you say Trial Balloon?

Good. I knew you could. 🙂

Realistically, low reimbursements pose a bigger threat to women’s mammogram access than policy debates like these, according to an analysis by The New York Times. With Medicare mammogram reimbursements at around $95, and commercial payers coming in only slightly higher, the number of imaging centers willing to conduct mammograms is falling, the newspaper reports.

And remember, Government Health Care was going to cut Medicare, Medicare Advantage and the reimbursement rates.

So Is this a picture of things to come?

Oh, and that great advocate for Seniors, AARP, received $18 Million dollars in Stimulus money. And no Jobs have been created. And they stand, with their Medi-Gap Coverage (That’s more expensive than Medicare) offering from their Insurance arm to make many times that with millions of new customers.

Do you think they’ll throw you under the bus if given half a nanosecond? 🙂

IBD: Only a Bernie Madoff could believe the Senate’s health care bill will extend coverage to 31 million Americans while cutting deficits by $127 billion over 10 years. It would be the first profitable entitlement.

But that’s what Majority Leader Harry Reid, citing Congressional Budget Office estimates, tells us the 2,074-page bill — said to cost only $849 billion over a decade — would do.

Like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he seems to be following Vice President Joe Biden’s admonition at an AARP town hall meeting that “we’ve got to spend money to keep from going bankrupt.”

After all, according to the Heritage Foundation, Medicare alone faces $36 trillion in unfunded obligations.

Impressed? Neither is Jeffrey S. Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School.

“In discussions with dozens of health care leaders and economists,” he writes, “I find near-unanimity of opinion that, whatever its shape, the final legislation that will emerge from Congress will markedly accelerate national health care spending rather than restrain it. “

Part of the “profit” in this bill will be achieved through several hundred billion in Medicare cuts. There are also fees on insurance companies, drugmakers and medical device manufacturers — sure to discourage innovation with costs passed on to health care consumers.

“Higher premiums, tax increases and Medicare cuts to pay for more government — the American people know that is not reform,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

VAN SUSTEREN: Explain this one. This is the CBO estimate, $849 billion.

SEN. HATCH: This is what they estimate, $849 billion, the CBO score. Now…

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, is this, like, over what — over 10 years?

HATCH: Well, it’s over 10 years, except they don’t count the first four years and maybe even the first five years. So the fact of the matter is, it’s a budgetary gimmick to get it below a trillion dollars, when, in fact, if you count the full 10 years, it’s $2.5 trillion.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right…

HATCH: And that’s also a CBO score. But both of these are what we call preliminary scores because they don’t have final scores on this bill. But it’s the best they can do under the circumstances. But this is just a fraud. It’s a fake. That is what it really is, if you look at it over what really is a 10-year period. This is basically a five or six-year period.

The Democrats wouldn’t remake the facts to fit what they want for reality, now would they? 🙂

VAN SUSTEREN: Why isn’t it starting, though, in 2012? Why the 2014?

HATCH: Well, because that’s a budgetary gimmick. They could not be below an estimated $1 trillion if they actually started it where…

VAN SUSTEREN: So this is all playing numbers.

HATCH: Sure. It’s a game.

This bill, if passed, will have to be merged, behind closed doors again, with a similar House bill that starts the tax increases beginning in 2011 but does not fully phase in the spending until 2014, creating early surpluses that create the illusion of fiscal responsibility.

Yes, Tax Increases. ON YOU. For at least 3 Years Prior to getting any benefit. And they may start even sooner according to some.

So Massive New taxes.

Recession.

10.2% Unemployment and Rising.

Unemployment in some states nearly 20%.

So this is a great time for Massive new Taxes and More Massive Spending!

Bend over and Hold on to your wallets and your health. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. 🙂

And So It Begins…

I saw this on MSNBC.com and had a cynical laugh.

Race-Baiter Extraordinaire Rev. Jesse Jackson: “The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night criticized Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) for voting against the Democrats’ signature healthcare bill. ‘We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill,’ Jackson said at a reception Wednesday night. ‘You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.’”

But, yet, I’m the racist for opposing Liberal Socialism. 🙂

And this on Politico: The New Heavyweight Champ

Senate bill weighs in at 2,074 pages

In the Battle of the Health Bills, the Senate wins out, bulk-wise – weighing in at 2,074 pages.

The House health reform bill was a mere 1,990 pages when introduced.

That means the Senate bill — like the one in the House — runs more pages than War and Peace, and has nearly five times as many words as the Torah.

First Bribe uncovered: Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is one of three Democratic senators that Harry Reid has to win over to begin debate and there are few better ways of doing that then throwing a little home state sugar their way.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that the health bill includes a 50 percent boost* in federal Medicaid money for states that have been declared disaster areas in the past seven years. Hurricane Katrina, of course, hit the Pelican State in 2005.

You can find the provision on page 432 of the bill.

2014: The Senate bill pushes back implementation of major parts of the reform to 2014 — a change from 2013 under the Finance Committee bill.

So you get 4 years of Tax Increases, even if some of the provisions do provide some meat to keep the wolf from fully blowing their house down.

Opt-Out:

This is a very inventive fake out. And a very cunning political ploy. Don’t make insurance portable. Just make it a State Issue. Thus is the state opt-out then the states that have it can use it to bash the states that don’t and make it an economic issue.

And then force the politicians in the state to pass it. And if the do, the liberal media will be all over them like a pack of Raptors. The media will destroy them.

So they won’t do it.

Thus, fiscal responsibility will go right up someone’s arse.

Commendably clever ploy.

The Senate bill includes a public insurance option that allows states to choose not to participate. In order to opt-out, states would have to pass a law, a Democratic Senate aide said.

Pure Liberal Thinking:  All politics All the time

(the following ditty was found as the first response in the public forum on Politico.com and perfectly illustrates the Liberal mindset)
“I LOVE the opt-out. It’s pure political genius! It will force Republican dominated state legislators to vote against benefits for their citizens. Just like with the stimulus funds, they will never do it. They’ll end up looking like complete hypocrites and will totally **** off their base at the same time. Opt-out all the way!”

‘Nuff Said. 🙂

The Reid bill only slightly toughens the requirement that people carry insurance. It levies a $95 fine in 2014 and scales up to $750 by 2016. The Senate Finance bill (aka the bogus “Baucus” Bill) had no penalty in the first year.

Critics worry that people will choose to pay the cheaper penalty rather than buying the more expensive insurance plans because the bill also requires insurers to offer coverage to people who are sick. That combination could lead to an older, sicker and more expensive risk pool.

And what does that lead to: Higher Costs and Higher premiums. Whoops!  🙂

Fight isn’t over yet.

Even when the Senate gets this though they still have to go meet the even more Socialist Liberals in the House and come up with compromise bill.

Mind you, the Senate bill just unveiled most likely had absolutely nothing to do with the Baucus circus over the summer and was “Transperancy”-lite in the fact that it was done behind closed doors in secret.

And you thought electing these clowns was “Hope and Change” and end to partisanship in Washington. 🙂

WASHINGTON – The government paid more than $47 billion in questionable Medicare claims including medical treatment  showing little relation to a patient’s condition, wasting taxpayer dollars at a rate nearly three times the previous year.

Excerpts of a new federal report, obtained by The Associated Press, show a dramatic increase in improper payments in the $440 billion Medicare program that has been cited by government auditors as a high risk for fraud and waste for 20 years.

Couple that with Stimulus money going to non-existent Congressional Districts and you want these people in charge of whether you live or die?

Are you Nuts!

But it’s not like they are going to little to the People. No, this is the “cornerstone” of the Liberals Holy Grail.

The ability to decide who lives and who dies.

They will be like Gods! 🙂

<Insert Over-the-top megalomaniacal laughter here>

Stimulation of Human Errors

Washington Post 4/12/09: “This plan cannot and will not be an excuse for waste and abuse,” President Obama declared last month, after he designated Vice President Biden the “sheriff” in charge of patrolling for misuse of stimulus funds.

When the whole point of a major government spending program is to stimulate the faltering economy as quickly as possible, what exactly counts as “wasted” money? After all, if some stimulus cash is misspent — say an errant official or contractor buys himself a Cadillac or a Harley Davidson, only to suffer the full force of law — might not such fraud boost the economy more than if the cash languished in a law-abiding state account? All that monitoring, however well-intentioned, may undercut recovery by compelling officials to spend more slowly to avoid hearings, prosecution, or embarrassment in the media.

Officials tracking the money recognize the dilemma. “We want this money to be spent, and yet it has to be spent in ways that are consistent with the purpose of the act,” said Chris Mihm, managing director for strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office. “It’s something that we’re struggling with.”

Now: IBD

We knew something was funny when the White House claimed that 640,000 to 1 million jobs had been created from this year’s stimulus. What we didn’t know was that it would turn into a massive fraud.

Not only have 640,000 new jobs not been created from the stimulus — an absurd claim, given the economy’s loss of nearly 4 million payroll positions this year — but it now seems that even the jobs themselves are fictional.

Thanks to the digging of a number of data sleuths, it turns out that many of the jobs reported by states come from made-up congressional districts.

One example: the 15th Congressional District of Arizona, where 30 jobs were salvaged with $761,420 in spending, according to Recovery.gov, the official government Web site. As ABC News reports: “There is no 15th Congressional District in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.”

ABC: Job creation is claimed in more than 400 congressional districts that simply do not exist, some of whose existence — the 99th congressional district in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, for instance — is preposterous.

KDVR-TV DENVER, Colo. – Have you ever heard of Colorado’s “00” Congressional District?

Neither has anyone else, except for the federal agency assigned to dole out the $787 billion stimulus plan. In fact the “00” Congressional District received more than $10 million in stimulus funds.

The mythical 64th CD got $33,195 according to recovery.gov, which allows the public to “Track the Money” online. The website lists 14 jobs created in the non-existent 64th.

Regarding the data purporting to create jobs in congressional districts that don’t exist, Ed Pound a spokesman for the Recovery board said,“Some recipients clearly don’t know what congressional district they live in.”

D’oh! 🙂

States as diverse as Kansas, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Ohio, Minnesota and West Virginia also reported phony jobs.

Stimulus jobs were also reported in 35 congressional districts in Washington, D.C., and four U.S. territories. The problem: None of those jurisdictions even has congressional districts.

All told, according to the useful Web site Watchdog.org, some $6.4 billion was spent to “create or save” 30,000 jobs in phantom districts. That comes out to about $225,000 per nonexistent job. And that’s only what’s been found so far.

Some cases were egregious. California’s state university system took in $268.5 million in stimulus funds, claiming it “saved” 26,000 jobs. It has since admitted that few, if any, jobs were really at risk.

Detroit Free Press:

“It looks to us like the program is unfolding much as we hoped in Michigan,” said White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein.

The Free Press examination of more than 1,800 government reports of those who have received or expect to receive stimulus money found the biggest impact was spurring or protecting public-sector or summer jobs — not private-sector jobs. Michigan has the nation’s worst unemployment rate.

Officials reported that by Sept. 30, some 22,500 Michigan jobs were created or retained thanks to the promise of $5.2 billion in stimulus money for the state, $1.2 billion of which had arrived.

The analysis also found:

• Three of every four stimulus grants, contracts and loans approved in Michigan created or retained one job or less.

• Fewer than 700 awards had received some money, and nearly half of those — 327 — had created one job or less, at a cost per job of $2.7 million.

• Some job estimates were wrong: General Motors Co., for instance, reported 105 jobs saved or created for a government purchase of 5,000 vehicles but later said no jobs were saved or created. The City of Detroit reported 342 jobs it now says were projections — not jobs already created or retained.

Detroit reported on a grant award — $10 million for work on 14 improvement projects in the city — saying 342 jobs had been saved or created, despite none of the money actually reaching the city yet. Last week, city officials told the Free Press those were only projections — not jobs saved or created.

The Ingham County Health Department reported 97.49 jobs retained, but an official with the agency said without the funding, six jobs would have been lost.

I want to know about that .49 of a job. Don’t you? 🙂

Other examples:

• A company working with the Federal Communications Commission reported that stimulus money paid for 4,231 jobs, when about 1,000 were produced.

• A Georgia community college reported creating 280 jobs with recovery money, but none was created from stimulus spending.

• A Florida child care center said its stimulus money saved 129 jobs but used the money on raises for existing employees.

If I give you a raise, it is going to save a portion of your job,” HHS spokesman Luis Rosero said.

That counts, doesn’t it. 🙂

The White House reportedly blames the errors on, among other things, accounting problems, and not fraud.

Oh, really? 🙂

On Friday (Oct 30th), the Obama administration released the most detailed information yet on the jobs created by the stimulus. Of the 640,239 jobs recipients claimed to have created or saved so far, officials said, more than half — 325,000 — were in education.

Not that there jobs were really threatened, but paying of f the NEA for their support is always a good think for liberals to do.

NY Times: “We can’t make the statement that they were created or retained,” Mr. Johnston said. Indiana, he said had followed federal guidelines in reporting how many full-time jobs were paid for with the stimulus money, which also paid for education supplies and other expenses. And while New York City officials have said the stimulus helped them save thousands of teaching jobs, it would have been politically difficult for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to actually lay off that many teachers while running for re-election.

He narrowly won. 🙂

The government’s response to all this? “Human beings make mistakes,” shrugged Recovery Board spokesman Ed Pound on Monday.

Oh, of course they do. We’re sorry for doubting you. Please accept our apologies. We’ll just go away and let you get on with your saving of mankind… 🙂

How dare we question your integrity or your veracity. 🙂

ABC: Ed DeSeve, senior advisor to the president for Recovery Act implementation, said he’d been “scrubbing” the job estimates so much since they came it at the beginning of the month that he now has “dishpan hands and my fingers are worn to the nub.”

The White House argues that the actual job number is actually larger than 640,000 — closer to 1 million jobs when one factors in stimulus jobs added in October and, more importantly, jobs created indirectly, such as “the waitress who’s still on the job,” Vice President Biden said today.

So let’s see. Assuming their number is right — 160 billion divided by 1 million. Does that mean the stimulus costs taxpayers $160,000 per job?

Jared Bernstein, chief economist and senior economic advisor to the vice president, called that “calculator abuse.”

It’s abuse alright, just not of a poor, hapless calculator.

NBC: Improper payments by the U.S. government to people, firms and contractors rose sharply to $98 billion in fiscal 2009 and President Barack Obama plans new rules to clamp down, the White House said Tuesday.

Now imagine all of this had occurred under George W. Bush.

Can you see the Special Prosecutors, the Calls for Impeachment, the 24 hour News Exposes, the endless headlines?

Yes.

But what do we get now, bored disinterest and lame excuses that your mother wouldn’t buy.

The media is far more interested in Sarah Palin’s new Book to give a crap about this.

“Imagine that,” the post read. “11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to ‘fact check’ what’s going on with Sheik Mohammed’s trial, Pelosi’s health care takeover costs, Hasan’s associations, etc. Amazing.”

So what’s there ultimate answer: Hey, lets SPEND EVEN MORE!

Because the unemployment rate is still climbing well above the 8% promised by the president if we accepted the stimulus: OBAMA:  in December, we’ll be holding a forum at the White House on jobs and economic growth. We’ll gather CEOs and small business owners, economists and financial experts, as well as representatives from labor unions and nonprofit groups, to talk about how we can work together to create jobs and get this economy moving again….On November 6 in the Rose Garden, Obama said that his economic team “is looking at ideas such as additional investments in our aging roads and bridges, incentives to encourage families and businesses to make building more energy-efficient…aka spending and regulation.

Gee, I thought that was what the stimulus was suppose to already have done?

maybe we can tax the people from those non-existent congressional districts?

Or send even more money to them to create more jobs there. 🙂

I guess that was another “human error”. 🙂

And the fact that a lot of the stimulus money was convienently  slated for the Congressional election year of 2010 is also just that, a coincidence.

Right. 🙂

It’s all very “transparent”…

And can we fire the Sheriff? and his Boss while we’re at it? 🙂

 

 

Coming Soon: The Nanny State

With our President and Congress all tied up in knots about how to run our lives better and more “efficiently” than we do,

And more “responsibly” to boot, comes this story from the UK.

You know, the grand model for Health Care Reform, The “European Model”.

London Times:

Health and safety inspectors are to be given unprecedented access to family homes to ensure that parents are protecting their children from household accidents.

New guidance drawn up at the request of the Department of Health urges councils and other public sector bodies to “collect data” on properties where children are thought to be at “greatest risk of unintentional injury”.

Council staff will then be tasked with overseeing the installation of safety devices in homes, including smoke alarms, stair gates, hot water temperature restrictors, oven guards and window and door locks.

The draft guidance by a committee at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has been criticised as intrusive and further evidence of the “creeping nanny state”.

Nice also recommends the creation of a new government database to allow GPs, midwives and other officials who visit homes to log health and safety concerns they spot.

The guidance aims to “encourage all practitioners who visit families and carers with children and young people aged under 15 to provide home safety advice and, where necessary, conduct a home risk assessment”. It continues: “If possible, they should supply and install home safety equipment.”

The proposals have been put out to consultation and, if approved, will be implemented next year.

“Good parents will feel the intrusion of the state in their homes and bad parents will now have someone else to blame if they don’t bring up their children in a sensible, safe environment.”

And that could not possibly happen here: 🙂

The Nanny’s in Congress wouldn’t do such a thing now would they…  🙂

The House Republican Conference has compiled a list of all the new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs created in H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi’s government takeover of health care:

1.     Retiree Reserve Trust Fund (Section 111(d), p. 61)

2.     Grant program for wellness programs to small employers (Section 112, p. 62)

3.     Grant program for State health access programs (Section 114, p. 72)

4.     Program of administrative simplification (Section 115, p. 76)

5.     Health Benefits Advisory Committee (Section 223, p. 111)

6.     Health Choices Administration (Section 241, p. 131)

7.     Qualified Health Benefits Plan Ombudsman (Section 244, p. 138)

8.     Health Insurance Exchange (Section 201, p. 155)

9.     Program for technical assistance to employees of small businesses buying Exchange coverage (Section 305(h), p. 191)

10.   Mechanism for insurance risk pooling to be established by Health Choices Commissioner (Section 306(b), p. 194)

11.   Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund (Section 307, p. 195)

12.   State-based Health Insurance Exchanges (Section 308, p. 197)

13.   Grant program for health insurance cooperatives (Section 310, p. 206)

14.   “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 321, p. 211)

15.   Ombudsman for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 321(d), p. 213)

16.   Account for receipts and disbursements for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 322(b), p. 215)

17.   Telehealth Advisory Committee (Section 1191 (b), p. 589)

18.   Demonstration program providing reimbursement for “culturally and linguistically appropriate services” (Section 1222, p. 617)

19.   Demonstration program for shared decision making using patient decision aids (Section 1236, p. 648)

20.   Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicare (Section 1301, p. 653)

21.   Independent patient-centered medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302, p. 672)

22.   Community-based medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302(d), p. 681)

23.   Independence at home demonstration program (Section 1312, p. 718)

24.   Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (Section 1401(a), p. 734)

25.   Comparative Effectiveness Research Commission (Section 1401(a), p. 738)

26.   Patient ombudsman for comparative effectiveness research (Section 1401(a), p. 753)

27.   Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1412(b)(1), p. 784)

28.   Quality assurance and performance improvement program for nursing facilities (Section 1412 (b)(2), p. 786)

29.   Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1413(a)(3), p. 796)

30.   Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 1413(b)(3), p. 804)

31.   National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 1422, p. 859)

32.   Demonstration program for approved teaching health centers with respect to Medicare GME (Section 1502(d), p. 933)

33.   Pilot program to develop anti-fraud compliance systems for Medicare providers (Section 1635, p. 978)

34.   Special Inspector General for the Health Insurance Exchange (Section 1647, p. 1000)

35.   Medical home pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1722, p. 1058)

36.   Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1730A, p. 1073)

37.   Nursing facility supplemental payment program (Section 1745, p. 1106)

38.   Demonstration program for Medicaid coverage to stabilize emergency medical conditions in institutions for mental diseases (Section 1787, p. 1149)

39.   Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund (Section 1802, p. 1162)

40.   “Identifiable office or program” within CMS to “provide for improved coordination between Medicare and Medicaid in the case of dual eligibles” (Section 1905, p. 1191)

41.   Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Section 1907, p. 1198)

42.   Public Health Investment Fund (Section 2002, p. 1214)

43.   Scholarships for service in health professional needs areas (Section 2211, p. 1224)

44.   Program for training medical residents in community-based settings (Section 2214, p. 1236)

45.   Grant program for training in dentistry programs (Section 2215, p. 1240)

46.   Public Health Workforce Corps (Section 2231, p. 1253)

47.   Public health workforce scholarship program (Section 2231, p. 1254)

48.   Public health workforce loan forgiveness program (Section 2231, p. 1258)

49.   Grant program for innovations in interdisciplinary care (Section 2252, p. 1272)

50.   Advisory Committee on Health Workforce Evaluation and Assessment (Section 2261, p. 1275)

51.   Prevention and Wellness Trust (Section 2301, p. 1286)

52.   Clinical Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1295)

53.   Community Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1301)

54.   Grant program for community prevention and wellness research (Section 2301, p. 1305)

55.   Grant program for research and demonstration projects related to wellness incentives (Section 2301, p. 1305)

56.   Grant program for community prevention and wellness services (Section 2301, p. 1308)

57.   Grant program for public health infrastructure (Section 2301, p. 1313)

58.   Center for Quality Improvement (Section 2401, p. 1322)

59.   Assistant Secretary for Health Information (Section 2402, p. 1330)

60.   Grant program to support the operation of school-based health clinics (Section 2511, p. 1352)

61.   Grant program for nurse-managed health centers (Section 2512, p. 1361)

62.   Grants for labor-management programs for nursing training (Section 2521, p. 1372)

63.   Grant program for interdisciplinary mental and behavioral health training (Section 2522, p. 1382)

64.   “No Child Left Unimmunized Against Influenza” demonstration grant program (Section 2524, p. 1391)

65.   Healthy Teen Initiative grant program regarding teen pregnancy (Section 2526, p. 1398)

66.   Grant program for interdisciplinary training, education, and services for individuals with autism (Section 2527(a), p. 1402)

67.   University centers for excellence in developmental disabilities education (Section 2527(b), p. 1410)

68.   Grant program to implement medication therapy management services (Section 2528, p. 1412)

69.   Grant program to promote positive health behaviors in underserved communities (Section 2530, p. 1422)

70.   Grant program for State alternative medical liability laws (Section 2531, p. 1431)

71.   Grant program to develop infant mortality programs (Section 2532, p. 1433)

72.   Grant program to prepare secondary school students for careers in health professions (Section 2533, p. 1437)

73.   Grant program for community-based collaborative care (Section 2534, p. 1440)

74.   Grant program for community-based overweight and obesity prevention (Section 2535, p. 1457)

75.   Grant program for reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in primary and secondary schools (Section 2536, p. 1462)

76.   Demonstration project of grants to medical-legal partnerships (Section 2537, p. 1464)

77.   Center for Emergency Care under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (Section 2552, p. 1478)

78.   Council for Emergency Care (Section 2552, p 1479)

79.   Grant program to support demonstration programs that design and implement regionalized emergency care systems (Section 2553, p. 1480)

80.   Grant program to assist veterans who wish to become emergency medical technicians upon discharge (Section 2554, p. 1487)

81.   Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (Section 2562, p. 1494)

82.   National Medical Device Registry (Section 2571, p. 1501)

83.   CLASS Independence Fund (Section 2581, p. 1597)

84.   CLASS Independence Fund Board of Trustees (Section 2581, p. 1598)

85.   CLASS Independence Advisory Council (Section 2581, p. 1602)

86.   Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1610)

87.   National Women’s Health Information Center (Section 2588, p. 1611)

88.   Centers for Disease Control Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1614)

89.   Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Research (Section 2588, p. 1617)

90.   Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1618)

91.   Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1621)

92.   Personal Care Attendant Workforce Advisory Panel (Section 2589(a)(2), p. 1624)

93.   Grant program for national health workforce online training (Section 2591, p. 1629)

94.   Grant program to disseminate best practices on implementing health workforce investment programs (Section 2591, p. 1632)

95.   Demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (Section 3101, p. 1717)

96.   Demonstration program for substance abuse counselor educational curricula (Section 3101, p. 1719)

97.   Program of Indian community education on mental illness (Section 3101, p. 1722)

98.   Intergovernmental Task Force on Indian environmental and nuclear hazards (Section 3101, p. 1754)

99.   Office of Indian Men’s Health (Section 3101, p. 1765)

100.Indian Health facilities appropriation advisory board (Section 3101, p. 1774)

101.Indian Health facilities needs assessment workgroup (Section 3101, p. 1775)

102.Indian Health Service tribal facilities joint venture demonstration projects (Section 3101, p. 1809)

103.Urban youth treatment center demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1873)

104.Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for diabetes prevention (Section 3101, p. 1874)

105.Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for health IT adoption (Section 3101, p. 1877)

106.Mental health technician training program (Section 3101, p. 1898)

107.Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1909)

108.Program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators (Section 3101, p. 1925)

109.Program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (Section 3101, p. 1927)

110.Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1966)

111.Committee for the Establishment of the Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1968)

Wanna bet at least one or more of those is very interested in your children and how good a parent you are in the state’s eyes?? 🙂

New York Times Opinion: But after House Democratic leaders unveiled their health care bill on Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office said the public plan would cost more than private plans and only six million people would sign up.

One reason the public plan would not save customers money is that it would have to negotiate payment rates with doctors and hospitals just like private plans.

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, wanted a more “robust” public plan with payment rates tied to Medicare. But in the end she could not muster the votes, largely because of opposition from lawmakers in states where Medicare rates are lowest.

“The public plan would have lower administration costs than those private plans but would probably engage in less management of utilization by enrollees and attract a less healthy pool of enrollees,” the budget office said.

In other words, people with more medical problems would be more likely to buy the public plan, which in turn would be less likely to limit the utilization of services.”

In just one of the counterintuitive concepts in the health care debate, enrolling more people in Medicaid saves money because it is cheaper than subsidizing private insurance, and because states share the cost.

The House bill would increase total Medicaid costs for states by $34 billion. States, of course, object to such added expenses.

Can your state afford that? 🙂

For instance, a new study from the U.S. government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finds that the healthcare reform bill recently passed in the House of Representatives would increase healthcare spending to 21.3 percent of GDP by 2019 compared with 20.8 percent under current law. That’s bending the curve the wrong way. The study also questions the “long-term viability” of the $500 billion in Medicare cuts meant to help pay for expanded insurance coverage.

In addition, the CMS study gives a clearer cost estimate than the one provided by the Congressional Budget Office. According to the CBO, the 10-year cost of PelosiCare is $894 billion. But that analysis includes early years with little government spending, According to the CMS, the House approach would cost $1 trillion from 2013-2019, or some $140 billion a year when fully put into effect.

Few realists in Washington think any of the current reform plans make a significant dent in the long-term healthcare cost to government. Indeed, the Senate Budget Committee recently held hearing about creating a bipartisan commission to find solutions to America’s entitlements problems.

If healthcare reform really bent the curve, there would be a no need for such a commission to do Healthcare Reform 2.0.(Reuter blog)

You mean like the multiple bailouts of AIG and GM, and the call for Stimulus 2.0??

Naw, that would never happen…:)

And there’s always:

Our task is to reduce public support for the bill by publicizing its provisions, notably: (Dick Morris)

1. The $400 billion cut in Medicare

2. The inevitable scarcity that will result from the addition of 35 million new patients with no new doctors or nurses

3. The fine on the uninsured of 2.5 percent of their income if they don’t buy insurance

4. The high cost of these mandatory insurance policies ($15,000 per family)

5. The low level of subsidy available for the uninsured (only after they pay 8-12 percent of their incomes)

6. The likelihood of a $1,700 increase in the average family’s premiums

7. The possibility of up to five years in prison for failing to buy insurance or pay the fine

8. The taxation of medical devices like pacemakers, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, hearing aids, etc.

9. The tax on sick people (increasing the threshold for deducting medical expenses from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of income

10. The additional fiscal burden on the states of the increase in Medicaid eligibility

11. The 40 percent tax on health insurance premiums that will affect households earning more than $75,000 by the fifth year of the plan.

But don’t worry, we’re from the government and we are here to save you from yourself! 🙂

Hope and Change! 🙂

The Janet Principle

“In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.” — Peter Principle

So it’s time for me to be called a Racist, again.

You see, I’m against Illegal Immigration. I am against people coming here illegally and staying a squatting and taking jobs from actual americans. And for sullying the hard work and dedication of hundreds of years of Legal Immigrants.

But, you see, this an absolutely totally KKK racist attitude, according to our friends the liberals and the “immigration activist” who always say it’s not about race. Until you disagree with them that is.

They love  to use their Orwellian term, “racial profiling”.

But it’s not about race.

But disagree with them and you’re a racist.

Orwell would be proud.

“Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.” -Remarks of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Day, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania May 30, 1963

TIME May 17, 2006: “I have no doubt that some of those involved in the debate have their position based on fear and perhaps racism because of what’s happening demographically in the country,” says Ken Salazar, Democratic Senator from Colorado. A Senate Democratic leadership aide is more blunt: “A lot of the anti-immigration movement is jingoistic at best and racist at worst. There is a fear of white people being over run by darker-skinned people.”

I have no such fear. But because I am white I must have that fear.

The advocates for illegal immigrants are the ones who are obessed by the race of the vast majority of illegals. But I’m the racist for opposing it.

Funny how that works out.

Otherwise, why would I oppose people coming to my country illegally and squatting. Eating up resources we don’t have and taking jobs from legal americans, many immigrants also–just that they were legal.

TIME again: But if the U.S. is trying to stop primarily undocumented Mexican workers rather than terrorists from crossing the border, is there anything wrong with that? Just because there are some racists influencing the debate doesn’t mean anyone who is for immigration control is a racist. Figuring out just how many immigrants, Hispanic or otherwise, to let into the country each year is exactly what lawmakers ought to be trying to do as they undertake immigration reform. Setting immigration targets that are in the country’s interest is, after all, the point of having an immigration policy to begin with.

But the politically correct can’t even say “illegal alien” or “illegal immigration” without their Thought Crime Filters going off and having their brains seize up. They must be just “immigrants” no distinction between Legal and illegal.

And one of those is our Former Governor, who left the state 2 Billion Dollars in debt, by the way, who is now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

She never met an illegal aliens she didn’t want to kiss up to more than her own actual citizens.

Examiner: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the U.S. border is more secure and it’s time to change the law.

The comments were made today (Friday) before the liberal think tank, Center for American Progress.

Napolitano referred to progress made since Congress passed tough immigration enforcement legislation in 2006 that called for building 700 miles of border fences and barriers. But immigration critics point out that the fence has not been built with double layers as the law required and is not all fencing.

When I first read this my very first thought of George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech that the Liberal mocked incessantly for years.

Ms. Napolitano said members of Congress and voters who balked at an immigration bill two years ago, fearing a repeat of the 1986 amnesty that only made the problem worse, can be assured this time is different. She said in those two years, the flow of illegal immigrants across the border has dropped dramatically and the government is doing more to catch fugitive aliens inside the U.S.

“The security of the southwest border has been transformed from where it was in 2007,” she said in a speech to the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. “The federal government has dedicated unprecedented resources to the Mexican border in terms of manpower, technology and infrastructure – and it’s made a real difference.”

“How can they claim that enforcement is ‘done’ when there are more than 400 open miles of border with Mexico, hundreds of thousands of criminal and fugitive aliens and millions of illegal immigrants taking American jobs?” asked Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration and border issues.

Ms. Napolitano said both a slowing economy and better enforcement account for the changes, which she said creates a window for Congress to act.

Rep. Steve King of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee, said Ms. Napolitano “contradicted herself by claiming the downturn in our economy has reduced illegal immigration but then advocated for an amnesty policy that allows millions of illegal aliens to take American jobs.”

“This is exactly the wrong time to be giving a pro-amnesty speech since we just received news that the national unemployment rate hit 10.2 percent,” Mr. King said.

So we have the highest unemployment in a generation, so let’s legalize 12 million new Democrats.

So what happens if the economy turns around and the illegals start flowing again?

Oh, right, I will be racist for pointing that out.

So we better make them citizens before that happens.

If that happens.

That’s Janet for you. She was an incredibly incompetent Governor. Now she’s even more so.

Immigrant rights advocates said they’ll be watching to see how much muscle Mr. Obama puts behind the effort. Some have said Mr. Obama betrayed them by embracing E-Verify, the voluntary employee verification system, and revamping but not ending local police enforcement of immigration laws.

In other immigration-related news, The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the Solicitor General to comment on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s challenge to an Arizona immigration law.

The law, which was passed in 2007, imposes penalties on businesses that hire illegal immigrants and requires all employers to use an online verification system known as E-Verify.

The sanctions law allows the state’s attorney general and county attorneys to file civil complaints against employers suspected of hiring illegal workers. Employers found to have “knowingly or intentionally” hired illegal workers face having their business licenses suspended or revoked. In the nearly two years since the law took effect in January 2008, not a single complaint has been filed against an employer anywhere in the state. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, however, has raided about two dozen businesses under the law, resulting in the arrests of scores of suspected illegal workers on identity-theft and fraud charges but no complaints against employers.

Both the district court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the Arizona statute did not interfere with federal law. The Supreme Court has not said that it will take the case but wants the administration’s view on whether further review is warranted.

And guess who signed it, in a Campaign tactic, Then-Gov Janet Napolitano!

Napolitano has stated that she believes the law is constitutional, but business groups and immigration reform advocates generally in President Barack Obama’s camp are asking the Supreme Court to strike down the statute. “It is awkward, given the fact that she signed the law,” said Glenn Hamer of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, one of the organizations asking the Supreme Court to take up the issue. “It’s got to be a difficult situation for the administration.”

Glenn Hamer of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry noted that Napolitano signed the state law reluctantly amid widespread voter anger about a surge in illegal immigration. “It was a powder keg,” he said. “I received death threats. There was a lot of e-mail with capital letters. … I don’t think anyone would write a profile in courage on how she handled that issue.”

AZ Republic: Napolitano’s signature comes just days after the failure of a comprehensive immigration reform measure being considered by the U.S. Senate. She again lamented that proposal’s collapse and blasted Congress anew in saying Arizona could no longer afford to wait.

“We’re dealing somewhat in uncharted territory right now – uncharted territory because of the inability of the Congress to act,” Napolitano said. “The states will take the lead, and Arizona will take the lead among the states.”

But opposition to the new law was swift, led by Latino activists and the business community. Eight minutes following the governor’s announcement that she had signed the bill, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce issued a statement calling it “a crippling blow to Arizona business.”

Issues that Napolitano says need to be corrected in the new law include:

  • Insufficient funding for enforcement.

Now she wants it gone because she has sealed the border.

Mission Accomplished.

Fascinating… 🙂

Salvador Reza, a community leader (aka Pro-Illegal Hispanic who calls anyone a racist if they disagree with him) in Phoenix, issued the following statement: “Secretary Napolitano has the legal authority and the moral obligation to end (Maricopa County Sheriff Joe) Arpaio’s reign of terror in her hometown of Phoenix.”

The fact that not one business has been prosecuted under the law is not the point, of course.

“They can’t hurt us any more than they already do when they deport us, separate our families, exploit us without paying us because they call us ‘illegals.'”- Mr Reza.

They can’t hurt us legal Americans (including legal Mexican immigrants) any more than they already do when they invade our land, destroy our property, raise our crime rates, bog down our schools, exploit our health care and legal systems without paying for them, all because they spit on the rule of law and any distinction between ‘legal’ and ‘illegal.

Just go to any Home Depot in Phoenix, you’ll have no problem spotting them. Our Mayor, a Hispanic, has a “Sanctuary Policy” in place that says you can’t see them, right? 🙂

LA Times: Despite Napolitano’s optimism about passing reform next year, the 2010 congressional elections remain an obstacle.
“Congress does not want to debate amnesty during an election year,” said Jon Feere, a legal policy analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors “low-immigration” policies. “The year after that, Obama is looking at reelection himself, and he’s not going to want to make immigration an issue.”

Politics first, Janet. Politics, first.

Always.

I’ll leave you with little ditty: The 2nd highest income source for Mexico is money sent to families in Mexico by Illegal aliens.

Do you think they are interested in doing something about it?

 

 

 

 

$12,000,000,000,000

Congress will soon vote on legislation to raise the debt ceiling — the limit on how much the government can borrow — above the present $12.1 trillion. On Friday, the nation’s overall debt stood at $11.99 trillion. Some fiscally conservative lawmakers have said they would not vote for further increases in the debt ceiling until the administration took deficit-cutting steps.

The national debt is the accumulation of annual budget deficits. The deficit for the 2009 budget year, which ended on Sept. 30, set an all-time record in dollar terms at $1.42 trillion.(AP)

But That’s George Bush’s fault! According to the Democrats, who have been in control of Congress for nearly 3 years.

The Era of Personal responsibility has begun, “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility.”

A year after his historic election, President Barack Obama sought to remind Americans on Wednesday the biggest problems he is grappling with — from the economy to the war in Afghanistan — are the legacy of his predecessor, George W. Bush. (Reuters)

It’s someone else’s fault! 🙂

“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.” (Obama’s Inaugural Speech)

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

He just forgot to mention it was a  Socialist Utopia  and total government control of your life. 🙂

Details, Details, Details…

It’s as if Obama’s presidency hasn’t really started. He’s still taking inventory of the Bush years. Just this Monday, he referred to “long years of drift” in Afghanistan in order to, I suppose, explain away his own, well, yearlong drift on Afghanistan.(Krauthammer)

Hardly a negative word has been uttered in the mainstream media this week about President Obama and the shortage of swine flu vaccine shots, despite assurances from his administration in September that an “ample supply” would be available by “mid-October.”
Just recently: “Now to the H1N1 flu. Federal health officials admitted today their projected timetable for producing the vaccine was way off. They originally said there would be about 40 million doses by the end of the month. But as of today, there’s less than half that number.” Subsituting on the NBC Nightly News, Ann Curry blandly announced: “President Obama declared the swine flu pandemic a national emergency over the weekend, but still the amount of vaccine to protect against it is running way behind what the government had promised.”
It’s no big deal… It’s a “national emergency” but it’s not big deal.

But five years ago when it was George W. Bush in the White House and sufficient supplies of flu vaccine were not available in a timely manner, folks in the media were jumping all over the administration.

Just Imagine if it was George W. Bush (or any Republican) in this Obama post-partisan world.

“If you can’t plan to have enough of that vaccine, what are they doing with respect to the other things that could potentially hurt America in terms of bioterrorism, chemical terrorism, other kinds of things?” he said.

“You’re telling me your flu shots are canceled because this administration was unwilling to play straight with the American people. That’s wrong,” he said. “As a value system, that’s just wrong — not to mention the incompetence of not planning so that you know you have enough vaccine.”

Can you guess who said this?

Sen. John Kerry attacking Bush in the 2004 Presidential Campaign.

Anything remotely similar now?

No.

CBS NEWS: If you can’t find any swine flu vaccine for your kids, it won’t be for a lack of positive thinking. In fact, the whole flu snafu is being blamed on “undue optimism” on the part of both the Obama administration and Big Pharma.

Aw, shucks. We were just overly optimistic.

You mean like Pelosi Care cutting the deficit and your premiums going down if  Uncle Sam is in charge of your life?? 🙂

“Road to Flu Vaccine Shortfall, Paved With Undue Optimism,” was the headline of a front page article in the October 26th New York Times

Will anyone dare ask Obama why the shortage of vaccine? Not unless they want the “Fox Treatment.”

And you want these people in charge of your Life, as in Health Insurance?

Why?

In the battle against the H1N1 flu, our government promised that they would have 120 million doses delivered by mid-October. As of late October actual amount delivered is closer to 11 million, a measly 9% fulfillment rate.


Accordingly, when our Government delivers on their healthcare promises expect this: Higher Premiums, Higher Taxes, and 9% of the service you’re getting now and 0% care from your government. (Tom Singer)
(AP):The Pentagon says a small shipment of swine flu vaccine has arrived at the Guantanamo Bay military prison. It’s unlikely any of the terror detainees held there will get any of the sought-after vaccine now.
“There is no vaccine in Guantanamo and there’s no vaccine on the way to Guantanamo,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
“Gitmo doesn’t have any vaccine and is not expected to receive any vaccine for some time, probably late November at the earliest,” Pentagon spokesman BryanWhitman (The Pentagon Source above) said.
Curiouser and Curiouser…
But when it’s all said and done, it’s still George W Bush’s Fault!! 🙂
Now it’s time for your Two Minute Hate…
(In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Two Minutes Hate (more properly, “Two Minutes’ Hate” or “Two-Minute Hate”) is a daily period in which Party members of the society  must watch a film depicting The Party’s enemies (notably Emmanuel Goldstein (substitute Republicans, Conservatives, and/or Talk Radio, or even anyone eho opposes the Liberals for that matter and their followers) and express their hatred for them and the principles of democracy.)
1…2…3…HATE!

Good, Comrade.

Very Good.

All I want For Christmas is Sanity

I thought this was funny, in my own very cynical way.

Politico: President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year’s State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 – and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning.

Well, after you’ve taken over the Financial Sector, Spent 3 Trillion Dollars+ in less than a year, Taken over the Auto Industry and Many Banks and 12 Insurance company (AIG), and enslaved every man, woman, and child to the Government, and setting up massive new taxes in a Recession, I guess you don’t have to worry about spending and start faking it on “deficit reduction”.

How to reduce the deficit: How about NOT spending it in the first place! 🙂

And if his focus on the deficit is as good as his focus on Jobs, look out! 🙂

Remember, the Stimulus was to create 3 million jobs and prevent unemployment rates from going higher than 8%.

Unemployment is at 10.2% and most economist say it will go higher. And around 3+ million more have LOST their jobs since the stimulus.

Yeah, that’s a great track record.

I want to see the Democrats run on their “jobless recovery”. Now that’s pure Orwell.
President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year’s State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 – and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning.

And how is going to do that? How about even more taxes! But I’m sure he and his Orwellian advisors are working on the doublespeak wordplay of it all right now.

When a Liberal downplays something that means they made a gigantic error and a mess and don’t want you to notice.  Because they don’t really want to talk about it. 🙂

The president’s plan, which the officials said was under discussion before this month’s Democratic election setbacks, represents both a practical and a political calculation by this White House.

On the practical side, Obama has spent more money on new programs in nine months than Bill Clinton did in eight years, pushing the annual deficit to $1.4 trillion. This leaves little room for big spending initiatives.

But now we get to the real reason for this enlightenment about the deficit : The 2010 Elections
On the political side, Obama can help moderate Democrats avoid some tough votes in an election year and, perhaps more importantly, calm the nerves of independent voters who are voicing big concerns with the big spending and deficits. Even if Obama succeeds – and that’s a big if – it will be tough for many Democrats to sell themselves as deeply concerned about spending after voting for the stimulus, the bailouts, the health care legislation and a plan to address global warming (Cap & Trade), four enormous government programs.

But don’t worry, it will still be the Republicans fault and they will have the solutions. Just like in 2006 and 2008.

Aren’t you feeling the love yet? 🙂


“Democrats have to reassure voters we are not being reckless,” 🙂 said a Democratic official involved in the planning. “The White House knows this and that’s why we’ll be hearing a lot about reducing the deficit early next year. Democrats owned this issue for the past four years and cannot afford to cede it to Republicans now.”

Despite the Trillions of new spending and new taxes. They will have gotten “religion” in 2010.

Well, after you’ve struck the iceberg and sunk and are floating in the icy water it’s a little late for the bucket.

And just watch how the fawning sycophants in the media will  just gush all over him because he’s “concerned”.

He took a train wreck and piled the whole railroad on top of it. Poured Gasoline on it and lit the fuse.

But he’s going to save us all.

That is after we get done be ruled over on our Mandatory Health care and it taxes, fines, and potential jail sentences.

And Cap & Trade luddite destruction of everything else that is.

But what will be left is a glorious thing. 🙂

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday the White House is considering applying some money from the $700 billion financial bailout bill to deficit reduction, and that Cabinet agencies have been asked to submit two budget plans for next year, one that freezes spending at existing levels and one that trims spending by 5 percent. Congress has long history of taking those requests and piling on money for programs it favors. The only way Obama can prevent Congress from imposing its will – a tactic he has been reluctant to do during his presidency – would be to threaten vetoes. And if Obama’s political goal is to minimize tough votes, gutting domestic spending bills could mean fewer projects lawmakers can brag about back home. History shows that that’s often an impossible sale on the Hill.

Vetoes? Does he know what the word means? 🙂

But many moderate Democrats are deeply troubled by two recent signs of serious discontent among independent voters. The first was how badly Democrats lost among independent voters in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races. The second was a Gallup poll released this week that showed Republicans winning the independent vote by 22 points in generic matchups for House and Senate races. That same poll had the parties tied among independents in July.

Political calculations over principles. Aren’t they  just the best… 🙂

Oh, and speaking of Political Calculations:

A recanvassing of votes in the NY-23 special Congressional election has turned up a surprise.  Bill Owens, the Democrat who won the seat and ended a long period of Republican hegemony, has already been sworn into office, but the vote counts now show Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman much closer than thought on Election Night.  Thought to be down over 5300 votes, the final counts in the district show Hoffman trailing by 3,026 — with over 10,000 absentee ballots left to count.

Had to rush Owens off to vote for Health Care. (without him it still would passed though, but they didn’t know that at the time.)

It was never certified by the State of New York.

The state Board of Elections indicated that “…all ballots will be counted, and if the result changes, Owens will have to be removed.”  Concession speech or not, if the voters in the 23rd District elected Doug Hoffman and not Bill Owens, then Hoffman will be the Representative.

Whether it’s likely or not it is amusing how fast they rush Owens to DC to be sworn in so he could vote for the Health Care bill before the inked dried.

More evidence of that post-partisan, unified country Our president promised, I guess. 🙂

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All House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants for Christmas is healthcare reform.

The speaker told constituents yesterday that she wants to finish health reform as a “Christmas present” for the country.

“I’m hopeful that we will have a bill as a Christmas present for the American people,” Pelosi said, according to KCBS. “But we will have a bill and it will be soon.”

That desire comes as her second-in-command, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) outlined a new schedule that could keep the House in session until late December — shortly before the holiday recess — to finish health reform legislation.
Once the Senate finishes its work, Pelosi said she would continue to fight for her public option during conference.

“We will go up to the table fighting for a public option because we believe that’s the best way to keep the insurance companies honest and to increase competition,” she said.

Can I just have my lump of coal instead, Mrs. Scrooge?

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A Liberal on Huffington Post’s advise to Harry Reid about the Senate Health Care bill:

But then introduce this reform package as the very first amendment to the bill. Call it the “Ted Kennedy Amendment for Helping Middle Class Families Afford Health Care,” and whip the hell out of the Democrats. Get the President to help you. Surely Joe Biden will. If you can’t get 51 votes out of Dems for this (called reconciliation where you just ignore the other party all together and just do it anyhow- a backhanded extremely partisan “Vote”), publish the list of Dems who vote against it, strip them of their committee chairs or sub-chairs, and make sure the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee gives them zilch when they’re up for re-election.

That’s your post-partisan era for you. 🙂

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More Americans now say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage (50%) than say it is (47%). This is a first since Gallup began tracking this question, and a significant shift from as recently as three years ago, when two-thirds said ensuring healthcare coverage was the government’s responsibility.

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Not so Fast...

But is anyone in Washington Listening?

No, of course not, why would they.

They are from the Government and they are here to save you. Even from the disasters they create.

Rejoice.

Hope and Change. 🙂

 

The Sky is Falling!

IBD:  Control: The House and Senate climate bills contain a provision giving the president extraordinary powers in the event of a “climate emergency.” As chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

If you thought the House health care bill that nobody read has hidden passages that threaten our freedoms and liberty, take a peak at the “trigger” placed in the byzantine innards of both the House-passed Waxman-Markey bill and the Kerry-Boxer bill just passed by Democrats out of Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Environment and Public Works Committee.

As Nick Loris of the Heritage Foundation points out, the Kerry-Boxer bill requires the declaration of a “climate emergency” if the concentration of carbon dioxide and other declared greenhouse gases in the atmosphere exceeds 450 parts per million (ppm). It was at about 286 ppm before the Industrial Revolution and now sits at around 368 ppm.

That figure was picked out of a hat because the warm-mongers believe that’s the level at which the polar ice caps will disappear, boats can be moored on the Statue of Liberty’s torch and dead polar bears will wash up on the beaches of Malibu.

The Senate version includes a section that gives the president authority, under this declared “climate emergency,” to “direct all Federal agencies to use existing statutory authority to take appropriate actions … to address shortfalls” in achieving greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.

What the “appropriate actions” might be are not defined and presumably left up to the discretion of the White House. Could the burning of coal be suspended or recreational driving be banned? Sen. David Vitter, R-La., asked the EPA for a definition and received no response.

Competitive Enterprise Institute scholar Chris Horner says “this agenda transparently is not about GHG concentrations, or the climate. It’s about what the provision would bring: almost limitless power over private economic activity and individual liberty for the activist president and, for the reluctant leader, litigious greens and courts” packed by liberal Democrat appointees.

Writing in the Financial Times recently, Czech President Vaclav Klaus, author of the book, “Blue Planet, Green Shackles,” said: “As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not communism.”

Klaus, who has challenged Al Gore to a debate and has rejected Europe’s embrace of Kyoto, told the Cato Institute recently that “environmentalism is a religion” that accepts global warming on faith and seeks to exploit it to reshape the world and economic order.

“Environmentalism only pretends to deal with environmental protection,” he told the libertarian think tank. “Behind the terminology is really an ambitious attempt to radically reorganize the world.”

The Minnesota Free Market Institute recently hosted an event at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Keynote speaker Lord Christopher Monckton, former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, warned of one of the consequences of Copenhagen — the loss of American sovereignty.

“I read that treaty,” Lord Monckton said, “and what it says is this: that a world government is going to be created. The word ‘government’ actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity. The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to Third World countries, (to satisfy) what is called, coyly, ‘climate debt’ — because we’ve been burning CO2 and they haven’t.”

This nation was founded and built by those yearning to breathe free. Its freedoms are imperiled by those demanding that we breathe pure. We are human sacrifices to the earth goddess Gaia. Loss of sovereignty to both a federal and a world government and redistribution of wealth on a global scale — all this in the name of saving the planet from a concocted threat.

As we have said, the road to Copenhagen is being paved with good intentions.

And Hell hath no fury like the Liberal Faithful scorned.

Boston.com:

Now, with virtually no chance of getting climate legislation through Congress before the end of the year, Sen. Kerry is still hoping to make enough progress toward a bipartisan deal to demonstrate to China, India, and other major greenhouse gas producers that the United States is serious about lowering emissions that are heating the Earth.

Or as the LA Times put it: “And as Washington fiddles, the Earth burns.

The fact that China produces more of this fictitious problem than we do and has absolutely no intention of doing anything about it, Nor does India, this is lost on the Liberal Faithful who are convinced that all the evil in the world begin here in the good ole USA.

Down with Imperialist, evil America. Polluter of Mankind!

And if we just prostrate our selves in self-flagellation to the world, the rest of the world will follow our noble example.

Right….

The fact that it is not true and that “Global Warming” (previously Global Cooling) now “Climate Change” (to be as Orwellian as possible) is false isn’t even a care on their minds.

They are Crusaders of The Faith. And Facts are irrelevant. “For Proof denies faith, and without faith I am Nothing” — Douglas Adams.

LA Times: The Senate version of a House bill aimed at capping greenhouse gas emissions was stalled last week by Republicans on the Environment and Public Works Committee, who boycotted the discussion, demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency agree to do a more thorough study of the bill’s economic impact. It was an ugly and highly unusual tactic aimed at delaying a bill that has already been thoroughly vetted by the EPA, leaving Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), the committee chair (and Co-Author), little choice but to resort to extremes herself. She put the bill, S. 1733, up for a vote Thursday without a single Republican present. That angered Republicans but was even more frustrating for Democrats — several wanted to amend the bill, but with no one from the minority party present, no amendments were allowed. The bill passed, 11-1.

More of that post-partisan, Unity there, Mr. President?? 🙂

By the way, the 1 Democrat present who voted against it was Senate Health Care Architect Sen. Max Baucus. Because he was worried about costs.

That would be laughable, if it wasn’t so scary.

Reuters: Democratic leaders in the Senate had hoped the full Senate would have passed a bill by Dec. 7, when the Copenhagen summit is set to begin. But the effort has become bogged down, with U.S. lawmakers preoccupied with healthcare reform legislation and many also hesitant during economic hard times to pass a climate change bill that would raise energy prices.

Pass it now. It’s an Emergency. Don’t bother reading it. Just sign it quickly.

Sound Familiar?

The Sky is Falling. The Sky is Falling.

Problem is it’s about to crush you and me.

For our own good.

LA Times: Climate skeptics would celebrate all this as a victory. They are not swayed by the dire forecasts of the International Panel on Climate Change, nor the endorsements of those findings by the national academies of science of the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and Brazil. Confronted by a crisis whose most terrible repercussions will come after they’re dead, they’d rather stick their children with the bill.

Funny, I had the same reaction to their Health Care Reform Bills. 🙂

The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

And the center of all evil on Planet Earth is right here, Born in The USA! 🙂

The United States, the world’s second largest carbon polluter, is the only developed country to have failed so far to commit to specific emission reductions. But a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would set a 17 percent reduction by 2020, from 2005 levels, and ***83 percent*** by 2050.

Similar legislation approved by a Senate committee calls for a 20 percent cut by 2020. But many senators want a less ambitious plan, possibly in the range of 14-17 percent.

Anyone seen my copy of  “Luddite Times”???

Anyone know how to make a Candle?

And where’s my Bike…And I have some blankets around here somewhere…

The Freeloaders Mandate

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Choice and Competition

President Obama has allocated over 1 billion dollars in his stimulus bill for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). This group will have the ability to decide which treatments are too expensive. “Guidelines” will take decision-making away from you and your physician. Such oversight groups will increasingly manage provision of care. The group will also come up with “guidelines” to manage doctors. One of President Obama’s key health care advisors, and member of CER, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Rahm Emanuel White House Chief of Staff) believes that the government has the right to decide on the societal worth of patients. He believes that the very young and the very old should receive less care, since the former have received less societal investment and the latter have less left to contribute. Dr. Emanuel also says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those who are irreversibly prevented from being (or becoming) participating citizens (an obvious example being the limitation of health services to patients with dementia). Dr. Emanuel believes that physicians have taken the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, and have focused too much on doing whatever is necessary to care for a patient.He believes that we must consider what is best for society over what is best for the individual.  For those of you that think that President Obama is not considering these measures in tackling the “inefficient and unnecessary” spending, consider Dr. Emanuel’s remarks in the February 27, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): “Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely “lipstick” cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.” Dr. Emmanuel has, also, come out in support of the United States establishing a decision-making body  to slow the adoption of new medications and set limits on spending to lengthen life.

“Hope and Change” 🙂

“I don’t think government bureaucrats should be meddling.”

“this is not about putting the government is change of your health insurance.”- Obama 4/11/09

Yes, Mr. president, It is.

But this little ditty from barackobama.com during the 2008 campaign is enlightening:  February 13, 2008

My universal health care plan brings down the cost of health care more than any other candidate in this race, and will save the typical family up to $2500 a year on their premiums. Every American would be able to get the same kind of health care that members of Congress get for themselves,

(Should I mention that every amendment to that has been shot down by THE DEMOCRATS) 🙂

and we’d ban insurance companies from denying you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. And the main difference between my plan and Senator Clinton’s plan is that she’d require the government to force you to buy health insurance and she said she’d ‘go after’ your wages if you don’t. Well I believe the reason people don’t have health care isn’t because no one’s forced them to buy it, it’s because no one’s made it affordable – and that’s what we’ll do when I am President.

Whoops!

Is this the Mirror Universe President?

ObamaCare, It just could fine you up to 2.5% of your wages or $250,000 fine or 5 years in jail if you don’t comply with their mandate.

Nothing special.

It’s not like he said one thing to get elected and total flip-flopped when he had the power… 🙂

“What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don’t, you’re subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it’s affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there’s a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are — are burdened by because of the fact that people don’t have health insurance, you know, there’s nothing wrong with a penalty.”–Obama interview with ABCNews this week.

I point you again to Bad Analogy, a column I wrote 6 weeks ago that destroys the auto insurance analogy that he keeps using as total BS. 1) Because if you don’t have a car, you are not required to have insurance. 2) it’s primary function is your LIABILITY TO OTHERS.

The fact that no one in the Ministry of Truth will actually call him on this blatantly bad analogy is just more proof of their complicity.

The President said that he didn’t think the question over the appropriateness of possible jail time is the “biggest question” the House and Senate are facing right now.

“I think the general broad principle is simply that people who are paying for their health insurance aren’t subsidizing folks who simply choose not to until they get sick and then suddenly they expect free health insurance.”

My, he has a cheery disposition of the average american doesn’t he?

Ya bunch of Freeloaders!

(Mind you, you can’t talk about…Illegal Aliens….the ultimate freeloaders without being “racist”) 🙂

Whether this mandate is even Constitutional does not concern them either.

And when we are done examining Congress’s power to mandate that you buy a particular service–or pay a fine, er “tax”–we can then consider its power to restrict the exercise of a person’s fundamental right to preserve his or her life.

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.– Ben Franklin

Paging Dr Fine…

Let me tell you what happened to me on this last Monday. My blog was very late that day because I was at an Urgent Care center. I got there at 11am.

I was taken into exam room at 1pm.

Doctor came in at 1:45pm

I was out the door by 2:30pm because it was a lot serious in the end that I thought it was.

But what I am focusing on is that an “Urgent Care” facility had this long wait because they were short staffed for doctors I heard. They only had 2.

And waiting room full of people.

Then I started to hear about doctor shortages and the Health Care reforms that will short Doctors on their payments and making no less bureaucratic than it is now. Probably even more so.

I have already said one of the real reforms need is Tort Reform, where the doctor doesn’t run unnecessary and expensive test just to be pararnoid that if they don’t run it somewhere down the line they’ll be sued for not running them

This drives up the costs.

Then I ran across this article about Canada’s health care and the long wait times due to doctor-patient ratios.

The Hill: After more than a decade of public healthcare with mandatory coverage, so many Canadian doctors have left the practice and so many young people have entered other fields that Canada ranks 26th of 28 developed nations in its ratio of physicians to population. Once, Canada ranked among the leaders in the number of physicians, but that was before government health care drove doctors out of the practice in droves.

The fundamental fact is that we cannot cover 36 million new patients without more doctors and nurses, much less with the declining census of medical professionals the Canadian experience points to. A recent survey of doctors by the Pew Institute found that 45 percent of all practicing doctors would consider retiring or closing their practices if the Obama healthcare bill passes. This scarcity of medical personnel heightens the likelihood of draconian rationing, lengthy waiting lists and lower-quality medical care for all of us, particularly for the elderly.

This physician shortage leads to massive and never-ending waiting lists. In 1993, for example, there was an average wait of 9.3 weeks from the time a patient got a referral from a general practitioner to the time he could see a specialist. By 1997, the wait was up to 11.7 weeks. Now it’s 17.3 weeks — over four months just to see a specialist!

In Canada, unions control the entire healthcare process. In Manitoba, for example, there is an eight-month wait for colonoscopies, yet the unions do not permit weekend or evening procedures, thereby extending the waiting lists. The unions are doing to health care in Canada what they have done to education in America: stifling creativity, reinforcing bureaucracy and extending waiting times.

Because of these long waits for colonoscopies, there is now a 25 percent higher incidence of colon cancer in Canada than in the United States. And because the leading drugs that we routinely use to treat the malady in the U.S. are banned in Canada because of their high cost, 41 percent of Canadians who get the cancer die of it, compared with only 32 percent in the United States. Overall, the cancer death rate in Canada runs 16 percent higher than in the United States. Cancer does not wait for waiting lists to clear.

The proposed $400 billion cut in Medicare raises the probability that more and more of those doctors who do practice will refuse to accept Medicare patients, aggravating the doctor shortage among the elderly, the population that needs them the most.

Utopia awaits! 🙂

UK Telegraph 4/2009: “We’re not producing enough primary care physicians,” Mr. Obama said at one forum. “The costs of medical education are so high that people feel that they’ve got to specialize.” New doctors typically owe more than $140,000 in loans when they graduate.

And paying them less, and leaving malpractice insurance and paranoia of law suits, not to mention a Bureaucrat in Washington making decisions for them, sure sounds like a good career path to me. 🙂

Miriam Harmatz, a lawyer in Miami, said: “My longtime primary care doctor left the practice of medicine five years ago because she could not make ends meet. The same thing happened a year later. Since then,many of the doctors I tried to see would not take my insurance because the payments were so low.”

So that where the so-called “doctor fix” comes in. You bribe them with an “off the books” bribe of $250 million dollars so that it’s not counted in the 1 trillion plus accounting legerdemain that both houses of Congress are engaged it.

If we don’t count it, it won’t count. Magically disappearing debt!

Simple, right? 🙂

Democrats plan to make ObamaCare “deficit-neutral” by moving nearly a quarter-trillion dollars off the books, one of the great fiscal deceptions of the century.

In January, doctors fees are scheduled to fall by 21.5%, and 40% over the next five years. That would force many doctors to stop seeing Medicare patients, so Congress intervenes every year and temporarily overrides the cuts.

But now they are going to cut as much as $500 million from Medicare to pay for the new Albatross on the block. But to do that means even more cuts, so very likely, less Doctors to treat you.

So we have the fix of the century. And it doesn’t count. 🙂

And it’s not their fault. 🙂

Self-interest is more important than principles.

Hill: The drug industry backed ObamaCare and, in return, got a 10-year limit of $80 billion on cuts in prescription drug costs.

WSJ: The American Medical Association’s asking price for supporting ObamaCare is scrapping the SGR (Created in 1997, the SGR slashes Medicare reimbursements if costs rise too steeply, as they always do).

So now Democrats are simply going to “untether” this spending on doctors from ObamaCare, hiding even more of its true costs. At a meeting on the Hill last week, Mr. Reid and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made the quid pro quo explicit, telling the AMA and about a dozen specialty societies that in return for this dispensation they expect them to back ObamaCare, no questions asked.

The AMA does support Obama. As does AARP.

The Hill: The AARP got a financial windfall in return for its support of the healthcare bill. Over the past decade, the AARP has morphed from an advocacy group to an insurance company (through its subsidiary company). It is one of the main suppliers of Medi-gap insurance, a high-cost, privately purchased coverage that picks up where Medicare leaves off. But President Bush-43 passed the Medicare Advantage program, which offered a subsidized, lower-cost alternative to Medi-gap. Under Medicare Advantage, the elderly get all the extra coverage they need plus coordinated, well-managed care, usually by the same physician. So more than 10 million seniors went with Medicare Advantage, cutting into AARP Medi-gap revenues.

Presto! Obama solved their problem. He eliminates subsidies for Medicare Advantage. The elderly will have to pay more for coverage under Medigap, but the AARP — which supposedly represents them — will make more money.

Feel those bus tires on your back yet? Or are the knife wounds getting in the way? 🙂

It turns out the AMA is a cheap date. President J. James Rohack now looks ready to embrace whatever else Democrats offer up, even though the new bill only delays the SGR cuts for 10 years instead of doing away with the formula permanently. Never mind that the AMA’s other legislative priority—tort reform—is dead on arrival. ObamaCare is stocked with other provisions that punish doctors, such as a Medicare commission tasked with cutting spending but barred from raising the eligibility age or reducing benefits. In practice, this means it will only be allowed to crank down Medicare’s price controls on providers.

This doctor maneuver is such a cleverly dishonest solution to their many contradictory promises that we’re surprised Democrats didn’t think of it sooner.

So these endorsements are not freely given, but bought and paid for by an administration that is intent on passing its program at any cost.

Evil Capitalism Alert: When the supply goes down and the demand goes up– What happens to the price? 🙂

Ironically, just a little more than a decade ago, there was a doctor surplus. In 1996, a committee of the Institute of Medicine warned that the United States had a surfeit of doctors caused by foreign-trained physicians coming here to work and recommended freezing med-school class sizes and limiting first-year residency positions. A year later, Slate ran an article on an alternative strategy for reducing the number of doctors approved by the federal Health Care Financing Administration. Under the Graduate Medical Education Demonstration Project, 41 teaching hospitals received $400 million in exchange for not training between 20 percent and 25 percent of the medical residents they would otherwise have trained over the next six years.

According to some estimates, the demand for doctors will rise to between 1.09 million and 1.17 million by 2020—many tens of thousands more than we’ll actually have.

So, Paging Dr Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!

“Sorry they can’t see you”

You’ll just have wait for Dr. Gov-Cheap N. Easy.

How does February sound? 🙂