Food For The Sowell XIII

“Greetings True Believers” -Stan Lee

Many years ago, I was a member of a committee that was recommending to whom grant money should be awarded. Since I knew one of the applicants, I asked if this meant that I should recuse myself from voting on his application.

“No,” the chairman said. “I know him too — and he is one of the truly great phonies of our time.”

The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything — provided that they were not already knowledgeable about the subject.

He had once spoken to me very authoritatively about Marxian economics, apparently unaware that I was one of the few people who had read all three volumes of Marx’s “Capital,” and had published articles on Marxian economics in scholarly journals.

What our glib talker was saying might have seemed impressive to someone who had never read “Capital,” as most people have not. But it was complete nonsense to me.

Incidentally, he did not get the grant he applied for.

This episode came back to me recently, as I read an incisive column by Charles Krauthammer, citing some of the many gaffes in public statements by the President of the United States.

One presidential gaffe in particular gives the flavor, and suggests the reason, for many others. It involved the Falkland Islands.

Argentina has recently been demanding that Britain return the Falkland Islands, which have been occupied by Britons for nearly two centuries. In 1982, Argentina seized these islands by force, only to have British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher take the islands back by force.

With Argentina today beset by domestic problems, demanding the return of the Falklands is once again a way for Argentina’s government to distract the Argentine public’s attention from the country’s economic and other woes.

Because the Argentines call these islands “the Malvinas,” rather than “the Falklands,” Barack Obama decided to use the Argentine term. But he referred to them as “the Maldives.”

It so happens that the Maldives are thousands of miles away from the Malvinas. The former are in the Indian Ocean, while the latter are in the South Atlantic.

Nor is this the only gross misstatement that President Obama has gotten away with, thanks to the mainstream media, which sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil when it comes to Obama.

The presidential gaffe that struck me when I heard it was Barack Obama’s reference to a military corps as a military “corpse.” He is obviously a man who is used to sounding off about things he has paid little or no attention to in the past. His mispronunciation of a common military term was especially revealing to someone who was once in the Marine Corps, not Marine “corpse.”

Like other truly talented phonies, Barack Obama concentrates his skills on the effect of his words on other people — most of whom do not have the time to become knowledgeable about the things he is talking about. Whether what he says bears any relationship to the facts is politically irrelevant.

A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway.

Back during Barack Obama’s first year in office, he kept repeating, with great apparent earnestness, that there were “shovel-ready” projects that would quickly provide many much-needed jobs, if only his spending plans were approved by Congress.

He seemed very convincing — if you didn’t know how long it can take for any construction project to get started, after going through a bureaucratic maze of environmental impact studies, zoning commission rulings and other procedures that can delay even the smallest and simplest project for years.

Only about a year or so after his big spending programs were approved by Congress, Barack Obama himself laughed at how slowly everything was going on his supposedly “shovel-ready” projects.

One wonders how he will laugh when all his golden promises about ObamaCare turn out to be false and a medical disaster. Or when his foreign policy fiascoes in the Middle East are climaxed by a nuclear Iran.

But sure of one thing, The true Believers, The Partisans, and the willfully and not so willfully ignorant will lead the charge to say it was someone elses fault! And if only you had worked with him more and let do what he wanted to do (instead of what he could do) and everything would have been Utopia.

And Liberal Media will right their to cheer and egg them on, because they to, The Ministry of Truth, are True Believers.

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Obama 2.0

Obama smiled and interjected, “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.”

The Obama administration promised the Recovery Act (“the stimulus”) would prevent the jobless rate from going over 8%.

It’s been over 8% SINCE and the $800 billion was flushed down the toilet to temporarily save Union jobs and state budgets only.

“If you were looking for a bunch of partisan rhetoric, I’m probably not  your guy,” President Obama said at a fundraiser in Miami. (He’ll leave that to he’s apparatchiks and the media).

<<Industrial Strength Barf Bag Please>>

It’s Obama 2.0!!

But it’s incumbent 🙂 upon you to forget everything you know for the last 3+ years and go for the rock-star Obama because he’s such a great speaker and a really swell guy!

Screw the fact that unemployment has been over 8% SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE!!

ObamaCare

Libya

Unemployment

Choking Regulations

Class Warfare

“Throwing Grandma off a Cliff”

“You gotta pass the bill to know what’s in it” (Pelosi)

“I want to be the President not just of Blue States…” 🙂

The Democrats haven’t passed a budget in 776 days!

The 72 rounds of golf

The lies, distortion, and just outright socialism.

Bill Ayers

Jeremiah Wright

The Obama Economic Team’s revolving door of failures in Keynesian Economics.

Quantitative Easing (aka make the dollar’s exchange rate worse so they look better)

IRS, TSA, EPA, Cap & Trade, and Amnesty.

Forget all about it.

It’s Obama 2.0: The Reboot.

And the Liberal Media will be more than happy to play along.

Oh, and if you are going to challenge the Annoited One for his re-coronation as Bob Bechel said on Hannity last night expect it to get very personal, “they will be the issue”.

The Democrats won’t talk about the issues. Oh Hell no!

They will just use fearmongering and they will get out all the Ad Hominem Nukes they have in their arsenal and build all new ones.

And they won’t wait for the Republicans to nominate someone, they will nuke them all and when the winner is chosen that person will be under 24/7/365 all out bombardment.

The person they were rude to in pre-school over a crayon will be dragged out to say how evil they are.

There will be plenty of lies to boot.

It will be a War of Armageddon.

It’s not like Democrats have an standards for morals or ethics. That just gets in the way of them getting what they want, when they want it, because they want it.

And what they want is an Obama Presidency where they can just chuck all consideration and just go for it. If he’s not running for re-election after 2o12 and ObamaCare comes online in 2013 and 2014, Socialist Utopia awaits!!! No holds barred!

And they will do or say anything to get it.

So the Republican better get ready for an all out war of armageddon. The Democrats are arming themselves.

And the hoped for $1 Billion Dollars (the largest campaign cash reserve in history) and a very compliant Liberal Media will be very helpful to their cause.

The main thing standing in their way is….YOU!

You, the American Voter, can still stop them. You have to stop them.

Or your future, your kids future is gone.

That’s not fearmongering. That’s the truth.

$15 Trillion in Debt and the Democrats want to spend even more.

ObamaCare will destroy your job.

Every 7.2 seconds for the next 18 years a baby boomer retires looking for their pot of government gold. Only there is no gold left now, let alone for your kids.

So your kids will be supporting the unsustainable.

And the Democrats don’t care.

Seriously, they don’t care. As long as they have the power to control you they don’t care what you think because they want to control that to.

Simple, really.

Oh, and if you don’t vote for them, YOU’RE A RACIST! 🙂

The Republicans are far from perfect. They are wimps and “old boys”. But compared to the Democrats, there is no choice.

There is no time.

Now or Never.

Obama 2.0 or America 2.0

Your Choice.

Choose wisely.

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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Hu Dat?

Chinese President Hu Jintao emphasized the need for cooperation with the U.S. in areas from new energy to space ahead of his visit to Washington this week, but he called the present U.S. dollar-dominated currency system a “product of the past” and highlighted moves to turn the yuan into a global currency.

The Chinese pouch our industrial base because Liberals hate business and make regulations, ObamaCare, and are just generally hostile to business so they go to China to compete in the world economy and they get it from the Chinese too, but they can’t come back because the Liberals will just sack them if they do.

The “soak the rich”, “CEO’s are evil”, “Corporate fascism” of the Left has consequences.

Class Warfare has consequences.

So China has our debt. Our Industrial Base. And now they want to be the big Dog.

And what will President Obama do about it?

Likely bow and apologize and grovel. Be “reasonable”.

We aren’t any better than them, we are all equal.

I guarantee the Chinese don’t think so.

On the economic front, Mr. Hu played down one of the main U.S. arguments for why China should appreciate its currency—that it will help China tame inflation. That is likely to disappoint Washington, which accuses China of unfairly boosting its exports by undervaluing the yuan, making its products cheaper overseas. The topic is expected to be high on U.S. President Barack Obama’s agenda when he meets Mr. Hu at the White House on Wednesday.

They are the barbarian hordes who have come in an sacked the over-bloated, decadent, Roman Empire – US.

Mr. Hu’s responses reflect a China that has grown more confident in recent years—especially in the wake of the global financial crisis, from which it emerged relatively unscathed.

They don’t respect us. They just see us as the big target to pick off and if they can get others to value the Yuan over the Dollar as the universal currency stick a fork in US we’re done.

So what will the Liberals do about it?

Nothing. Why would they? We are no better than than them. They are no better than us. We aren’t special. We ARE Greedy. And Corporate America is EVIL.

We deserve it.

The Chinese are Wal-Marting us. They deliberately undersell to drive the smaller competition away (in this case to China, India — anywhere but here!).

He called for an international financial system that is more “fair, just, inclusive and well-managed.”

Sound like a Liberal does it?

Sound like we can do it better because we are smarter-than-you Liberalism?

Fascinating isn’t it?

“The current international currency system is the product of the past,” he said, noting the primacy of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency and its use in international trade and investment. (WSJ)

Add to that 70%+ of our Oil comes from people who want us dead. And what is the Liberal response?

Oil Moratoriums, Drilling Bans, and State Park set-asides that prevent US from supplying our own oil.

After all, Oil is EVIL!

So the Liberals turn to their “feel good” ‘green jobs’.

The Department of Labor has issued several million dollars in grants to community colleges and specialized universities around the country to train students for “green jobs” in renewable energy fields. While the grants are supposed to fund the future “rank and file” workers of the renewable energy industry, there’s a glaring problem the DOL seemingly overlooked — those jobs are either non-existent or scarce.

A former college official who has applied for these grants and has in-depth experience working with the Department of Labor and the Department of Education told The Daily Caller that colleges will often fudge expected job placement numbers just to get extra government cash.

“On ground level – it’s a real struggle – my grant writers came to me and honestly said, ‘I don’t have any job projections, what do I tell them?’ You do your best to make up job numbers,” said the former college official, who wished to remain anonymous to prevent jeopardizing future job opportunities. “But it’s not like lying – it’s just guessing what we might be able to do in a best case scenario, but you don’t say it’s not likely for many jobs.”

The former college official told TheDC that, though his college received five different “green jobs” grants from the Department of Labor to train students, no program has been set up yet.

They’re being given to universities and community colleges to train students in technical or associate degree programs to work in yet-to-be-developed fields. Many of the grants are promised to colleges that pledged to push “green jobs” or “new energy technology,” but don’t go into much more detail about how they plan to go about doing that.

That’s ok, when they graduate with their head full of liberal ‘green’ mush they can stay on unemployment for 99 weeks. Stay on their parent insurance dole until 26. And then apply for welfare from the state because they can’t find a job and blame it all on evil Corporate America!

But they will have Obamacare!

Or they could go to China and get a job there. 🙂

So what, it “feels good”!! And it’s not evil Corporate America!!

But even plants that make solar panels (see – http://blogs.forbes.com/williampentland/2011/01/17/u-s-solar-manufacturer-to-u-s-taxpayers-drop-dead-2/?boxes=financechannelforbes) move to China to compete.

“Solar manufacturers in China have received considerable government and financial support and, together with their low manufacturing costs, have become price leaders within the industry,” said Michael El-Hillow, President and Chief Executive Officer, about the company’s decision. “While the United States and other western industrial economies are beneficiaries of rapidly declining installation costs of solar energy, we expect the United States will continue to be at a disadvantage from a manufacturing standpoint . . . Although production costs at our Devens facility have steadily decreased, and are now below originally planned levels and lower than most western manufacturers, they are still much higher than those of our low cost competitors in China.”

After all, the Chinese have the world’s largest collection of solar panel manufacturers. 🙂

So China is making our Over-expensive, not-yet proven-to-be-efficient wave of the future hippie-liberal ‘green tech’  and our “green jobs”.

Talk about “shovel ready”.

They are just Chinese shovels!!

So we have very little industrial base. We have little domestic oil and energy production and our own companies leave because they can’t be competitive here.

Thank you, Class Warfare and Environmentalist  Whacko Liberals!

Mad yet?

You should be.

But don’t tell the Liberals, they will just have go off in a fit of rage and burst a few blood vessels and have a conniption about the evils of Corporate America, Oil, Wal-Mart, and Big Oil!

They’ll even foam at the mouth and spit poison! 🙂

But don’t worry, The Chinese will undoubtely come up with a cheaper solution for that too.

Just as the Visigoths did. But the big difference is that the Liberals will be handing out the torches!

After all, it’s George W. Bush’s, Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Republicans, “The Rich”, Conservative’s  Fault! 🙂

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Re:Volt ting

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Government Motors’ all-electric car isn’t all-electric and doesn’t get near the touted hundreds of miles per gallon. Like “shovel-ready” jobs, maybe there’s no such thing as “plug-ready” cars either.

So Government Motors spends $50 Billion dollars of stimulus money and comes up with a fraud. Gee, no one saw that coming…:)

The government backed, government subsidized All-Hail-The-Green-Revolution car is a fraud.

Much like everything else under Obama, it promises one thing and then doesn’t deliver. And what it delivers smells rotten and sulfurous like it came from the bowels of hell.

Maybe this was Bush’s fault too.

The Chevy Volt, hailed by the Obama administration as the electric savior of the auto industry and the planet, makes its debut in showrooms next month, but it’s already being rolled out for test drives by journalists. It appears we’re all being taken for a ride.

When President Obama visited a GM plant in Hamtramck near Detroit a few months ago to drive a Chevy Volt 10 feet off an assembly line, we called the car an “electric Edsel.” Now that it’s about to hit the road, nothing revealed has changed our mind.

Advertised as an all-electric car that could drive 50 miles on its lithium battery, GM addressed concerns about where you plug the thing in en route to grandma’s house by adding a small gasoline engine to help maintain the charge on the battery as it starts to run down. It was still an electric car, we were told, and not a hybrid on steroids.

That’s not quite true. The gasoline engine has been found to be more than a range-extender for the battery. Volt engineers are now admitting that when the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery pack runs down and at speeds near or above 70 mph, the Volt’s gasoline engine will directly drive the front wheels along with the electric motors. That’s not charging the battery — that’s driving the car.

So it’s not an all-electric car, but rather a pricey $41,000 hybrid that requires a taxpayer-funded $7,500 subsidy to get car shoppers to look at it. But gee, even despite the false advertising about the powertrain, isn’t a car that gets 230 miles per gallon of gas worth it?

We heard GM’s then-CEO Fritz Henderson claim the Volt would get 230 miles per gallon in city conditions. Popular Mechanics found the Volt to get about 37.5 mpg in city driving, and Motor Trend reports: “Without any plugging in, (a weeklong trip to Grandma’s house) should return fuel economy in the high 30s to low 40s.”

Car and Driver reported that “getting on the nearest highway and commuting with the 80-mph flow of traffic — basically the worst-case scenario — yielded 26 miles; a fairly spirited backroad loop netted 31; and a carefully modulated cruise below 60 mph pushed the figure into the upper 30s.”

The non-government produced Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf make this pretender look stupid.

But I’m sure Obama and his Czars at the EPA will come up with some scheme to punish you for not buying their green miracle car.

Apparently, there are plans to make Solar Panel Parking Spaces especially for the car. Now who do you suppose will be subsidizing those? 🙂

Bend over….He comes Obama…

After all, they are way smarter and far superior to you greedy fossil fuel, earth-destroying pigs who don’t want the government controlling your freedom of movement  and choice either.

How dare you! This is the Anointed Vehicle. All Hail The Anointed One! 🙂

This is what happens when government picks winners and losers in the marketplace and tries to run a business. We are not told that we will be dependent on foreign sources like Bolivia for the lithium to be used in these batteries. Nor are we told about the possible dangers to rescuers and occupants in an accident scenario.

There’s the issue of asking grandma to use her electricity for the three or four hours necessary to recharge your car so you can get home to charge it again. Where’s the electricity going to come from considering that solar and wind don’t work when the sun don’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow? We aren’t building any nukes.

And since electricity rates are necessarily going to skyrocket as a result of this administration’s energy policies and fondness for cap-and-trade, what’s the true cost of operating a not-so-all-electric car like the Volt?

In 2008, candidate Obama pledged to put 1 million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015. Not likely. It was a tough sell when we thought it was all-electric and could get 230 mpg. It will be a tougher sell now that we find it’s a glorified Prius with the price tag of a BMW that seats only four because of a battery that runs down the center of the car.

President Obama likes to talk about not giving the GOP back the keys to the car. It’s his industrial policy and central planning that have driven us into the ditch. (IBD)

And wrecked the car to boot.

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The 19th Hole

March 2009: The Obama administration maintains that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create or save 3.5 million jobs overall by the end of next year.

Now: The jobless rate has been at or above 9.5 percent for a year and two months, the longest stretch since the Great Depression. The “underemployment” rate adds part-time workers who would rather work full time and jobless people who aren’t actively seeking work. It now exceeds 17 percent.(AP)

But don’t worry, It’s all the Republicans and Bush’s Fault!! 🙂

Or just have the media lie: The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.6 percent during the month as the economy lost 95,000 jobs, due mainly to government layoffs. The private sector added 64,000 jobs, a point the president and his aides emphasized repeatedly this morning.”We’ve now seen nine straight months of private sector job growth,” Obama said after touring a small brick and masonry company in Bladensburg, MD. (NBC)

The 95,000 people who lost jobs this month are not in the Media’s equation. The unemployment rate, which many are now suspecting may be manipulated by the Administration was unchanged. Yet, the Ministry of Truth put the positive spin on it anyhow. Sure 95,000 lost there jobs but look at this nice shiny object over here….

So where is the President?
President Obama hit the golf course Saturday for what, by CBS News’ Mark Knoller’s calculation, was his 52nd such outing since taking office.

That’s 2-3 rounds per month average.
As I have said before, he doesn’t want to fix the mess, he wants to just mutate it into his own socialist “utopia” of “fairness”.

That was the “change” in “Hope and Change”.
The hope was, that like a high-risk invasive  radical surgery, that you’d survive it.
So you could be further exploited, after wards.

And when he’s not golfing, he’s campaigning like it’s 2008!

“He has a spectacular God given gift of communication,” says Democratic strategist Paul Begala, a former aide to Bill Clinton. “I just want him to use it to communicate to the American people what Republicans stand for.”
Not what Democrats stand for, mind you. Virtually no Democrat is running on that.

The day after his speech in Madison, where he had roused the crowd by saying, “I am telling you, Wisconsin, we are bringing about change, and progress is going to come,” Obama had a decidedly more difficult time convincing voters in a suburban Des Moines backyard that things were getting better.

When Mary Stier, mother of a 24-year-old college graduate who campaigned enthusiastically for Obama, told the president her son and his friends were struggling to find work and “losing their hope,” Obama launched into an explanation of the historic scope of the Great Recession. Then he listed his administration’s accomplishments, in health care, reforming student loans and the economy.

When he was finished, there was silence. Scanning the crowd, the president moved on to the next question.(Politico)

Obviously, these low life Neandertal were too awed by his magnificence to applaud or faint in his presence. So he moved on.

Just in case anyone mistakenly believes Obama has heard (or gives a rip about) the loud voice of the American people rejecting his socialism, appeasement, unconstitutional abuses of power and unpresidential combativeness and divisiveness, let me share a few tidbits.

–After House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued a damning critique of Obama’s economic policies, the administration’s economic philosopher Joe Biden issued a rebuttal, assuring us it was their predecessor who got us into this mess. That’s novel.

–Obama renewed his war on Fox News, saying it is a “destructive” force in American society, while the White House lauded MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow as providing “an invaluable service” to America.

–Rep. Paul Ryan reports that Obama’s latest “fiscal year ends in fiscal failure.” Congress broke for recess, “prioritizing election over stopping looming tax hikes.” It failed to complete any of the 12 annual appropriations bills, pass a budget resolution and stop the tax increases.

–The White House produced a bizarre tax video series, with the first one claiming that “objective economists” all agree that raising taxes in this bad economy would be good for the economy. Surreal.

–On a conference call, Obama and top administration officials beseeched thousands of faith-based and community organizations to “get out there and spread the word” in favor of Obamacare. You’ve gotta love the left’s consistency on church-state separation.

–In Rolling Stone magazine, Obama berated members of his base for their lethargy and “sitting on their hands complaining.” One leftist remarked, “I’ve never seen a politician run an election with the message ‘Don’t be stupid, quit your bitching and vote for me.'”

–When a coalition of health care groups recently urged Congress to withhold money from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Obamacare, we were painfully reminded of Obama’s corrupt recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the centers. The health care groups are trying to pressure Berwick to answer basic questions about his health policy views. Berwick has advocated rationing and insists that health care funding must be used as a vehicle to redistribute wealth. Obama appointed Berwick not unaware of these ideas, but because of them.

–Obama agreed to donate $100 billion to the United Nations. Andrea Lafferty of The Traditional Values Coalition wrote, “The U.S. taxpayer is forced to pay billions to an inefficient organization run by world leaders who hate America and the free market system.” Just so.

–Obama’s venerable partner, Vice President Joe Biden, said, “If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them.” Yes, how dare Republicans voice the outrage of the people over the bankrupting of our children! And they talked about Cheney.

–Obama, the man who promised he would bring us together, fired yet another class warfare missile into the political mix, shifting his traditional argument against the Bush tax cuts from budget concerns to the “income gap.” In other words, the rich make too much and we ought to use the tax code to punish them. This is the same philosophy he espoused to Charlie Gibson when he admitted he favors increases in capital gains tax rates even though such increases reduce revenues — “as a matter of fairness,” i.e., punishing the rich even if it hurts everyone else.

–Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency admits its new greenhouse gas regulations could very well “slow construction nationwide for years.” For what? We know these green policies won’t appreciably reduce global temperature over the next century.

–With the disastrous consequences of Obamacare already unfolding before our eyes, Obama has already granted 30 exemptions and waivers to insurers, employers and union plans. If you were king, wouldn’t you?

–Rasmussen Reports reveals that just 36 percent of voters believe race relations between blacks and whites are improving — down from 62 percent in July 2009.

–Democratic Rep. James Clyburn says, “Next year, we may even get the public option.” Swell.

–Under Obama, the number of people receiving food stamps is at an all-time high: 41.8 million people, compared with 32 million when Obama began.

–The world apologist in chief apologized for experiments that infected Guatemalans with STDs more than 60 years ago.

–At a time when we need to encourage energy production, Obama’s Interior Department is poised to begin a major review of the process of approving offshore drilling without advance detailed environmental studies.

–BP spill investigators say the Obama administration was either lying or incompetent.

–Oh, yes, and don’t forget that Obama expects us to believe that $50 billion more in stimulus money would “jump-start” the economy, when $868 billion hasn’t. (David Limbaugh)

So it’s fool me one, same on you. Fool me twice,shame one me! 🙂

Shovel Ready

WP:”With all the distortions about health care reform, I want you to hear directly from me,” the Democratic senator says in the ad during last nights win over Arizona in the Holiday bowl.

The telephone survey of 500 Nebraskans, conducted Monday, suggested Republican Gov. Dave Heineman would defeat Nelson in a potential 2012 Senate race by a 61-30 margin.

The poll showed Nelson with a 55 percent unfavorable rating and 64 percent disapproval for Democratic health care reform legislation.

“The good news for (Nelson) is that he doesn’t have to face Nebraska voters until 2012,” Rasmussen Reports stated in posting results of the survey on its Web site.

Nelson would be seeking a third term should he choose to be a candidate for re-election three years from now.

AP: Overall, 64% oppose the health care legislation, including 53% who are Strongly Opposed. In Nebraska, opposition is even stronger than it is nationally.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters in the state believe that passage of the legislation will hurt the quality of care, and 62% say it will raise costs.

Obama earned 42% of the Nebraska vote in 2008, and 38% continue to approve of his job performance. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Nebraska voters disapprove of how the president is performing.

So he has a couple of years to bribe and pork his way out of this one.

In his TV message to Nebraskans, Nelson says: “I listened to you and took a common-sense approach to improve the bill.

“Now it lowers costs for families and small business, protects Medicare, finally guarantees coverage for pre-existing conditions and reduces the deficit. And it’s not run by the government.”

“I’m convinced this is right for Nebraska,” Nelson says.

The price is right, and you own the man. He sounds like Harry Reid, or Obama, doesn’t he.

My favorite spin that I raed was that Sen Nelson was routing out unfunded mandates and that this was a tactical rouse to get them deleted from the bill.

And there’s this Bridge in Brooklyn that I can sell you cheap… 🙂

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, after securing a sweetheart deal for his state as part of the health insurance reform bill, said Tuesday that three other senators have told him they want to bargain for the same kind of special treatment.

“Three senators came up to me just now on the (Senate) floor, and said, ‘Now we understand what you did. We’ll be seeking this funding too’,” Nelson said.

Harry Reid is Monty Hall, Let’s Make a Deal. And we, the people, get Zonked.

“This is the way Senate leadership chose to handle it. I never asked for 100 percent funding,”  said Sen. Nelson later.

Anyone buying the BS?

But at least Sen. Nelson is famous, or is that infamous. 🙂

Let The Pork Rain down for 40 Days and 40 Nights!

They have seen the Light!

Hallelujah!

Praise the Almighty #60!

Maybe he’s decided to take his government health care, his lobbyist money and go back to Omaha in 2012. But until then the only shovel ready job he seems to care about is shoveling the money his way .

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KILL A FARM, SAVE THE PLANET!!

If the cap-and-trade provisions of the Waxman-Markey bill become law, you can wave goodbye to those amber waves of grain as America’s heartland falls victim to a perverse set of incentives and a process called “afforestation.” Soybeans and wheat will give way to elms and oaks.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants a review of what amounts to an agricultural impact study of HR 2454, which shows it would make planting trees more profitable than planting food.

The study, which was released by the USDA earlier this month, reckons that as a result of cap-and-trade, farmers with energy-intensive crops would see their cost of production go up 10% over the next 50 years. Couple that with the money to be made from carbon offsets, and it may not be long before we’re unable to see the farms for the trees.

The USDA projects that under cap-and-trade — or is it cap-and-trees? — fuel costs will rise as much as 5.3% from 2012 to 2018. “The conclusion of all the studies remains the same: that cap-and-trade has the potential to devastate the agricultural community with higher energy prices,” says Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

Food prices have risen worldwide as farmland has been converted to the production of energy-deficient biofuels such as ethanol. They’ll rise even further as valuable acreage is taken offline for the planting of trees to absorb the carbon dioxide that was declared to be a pollutant in need of regulation.

But according to a model created at Texas A&M University and used by the Agriculture Department and EPA, cap-and-trade would give farmers incentive to convert up to 59 million acres of farmland into forests over the next four decades.

“If landowners plant trees to the extent the model suggests, this would be disruptive to agriculture in some regions of the country,” Ag Secretary Vilsack says.

In a teleconference with reporters earlier this month, Vilsack said that the carbon offset market in the House bill could generate $10 billion to $20 billion for the farm sector. But, according to the Ag Department, the model projects that food prices would rise an additional 4.5% by 2050 compared with a scenario wherein cap-and-trade was ultimately defeated.

When the enemy was Big Agriculture, Willie Nelson started Farm-Aid and elites lined up to save the family farm. Now, it seems, saving the planet is more important. Who really needs cheap and plentiful food when we can hug trees and get rid of all those pesky barnyard animals and their greenhouse-gas emissions in the process? (IBD)

There were reports, not in the Mainstream Media, of course, of food shortages in 2007 due to the conversion of corn into Bio-diesel rather than into human food.

Fascinating.

More Save the planet from evil Humans.

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EVEN MORE REASONS TO HATE OBAMACARE

1. Americans oppose ObamaCare by almost 2 to 1 in the latest CNN poll. Other polls show lopsided opposition to passing either the Senate or House health care bill.

Public opinion is against the bill because of its obscene costs in higher taxes, burdensome debt, anti-freedom mandates, rationing and reduced care for seniors. The American people have awakened to the fact that ObamaCare is transformational legislation that will drag us against popular will into European-style socialism.

2. The Democrats’ double-counting of ObamaCare’s financial benefits has been exposed as a colossal lie. Harry Reid told the Senate that his bill strengthens our future by both “cutting our towering national deficit by as much as $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years” and “strengthening Medicare and extending its life by nearly a decade.”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) refuted that assertion. CBO said the claim that ObamaCare would provide these benefits simultaneously “would essentially double-count a large share of those savings and thus overstate the improvement in the government’s fiscal position.”

3. ObamaCare is unconstitutional because of its mandate that all individuals must carry “approved” health insurance and all businesses must give health insurance to their employees whether or not the company can afford it. “Universal” coverage will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service with power to punish those who don’t have such a plan.

Constitutional lawyers say the Commerce Clause does not give Congress authority to force Americans to buy health insurance as a condition of living in the U.S. because personal health insurance is not “commerce.” The CBO wrote that “a mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action”; the Supreme Court has never upheld any requirement that an individual must participate in economic activity.

4. Since the Senate bill imposes sharp limits on health insurance companies’ ability to raise fees or exclude coverage, it likely will force many of them out of business. ObamaCare is unconstitutional because it violates the Bill of Rights protections against takings without just compensation and deprivation of property without due process of law.

5. Other ObamaCare provisions blatantly legislate racial and other forms of discrimination. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights sent two letters to the president and congressional leaders warning about the obnoxious requirements for racist and sexist quotas.

The Senate bill requires that “priority” for federal grants be given to institutions offering “preferential” admissions to minorities (race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation and religion).

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IT AIN’T OVER ‘TILL IT’S OVER

Attorneys general in 13 states are threatening legal action, if Reid and Pelosi don’t remove Nebraska’s Medicaid deal from the federal health care reform bill, according to a letter sent to The Associated Press Wednesday.

“We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed,” wrote South Carolina AG Henry McMaster and 12 other state attorneys general. The letter was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and delivered to them Wednesday.

“As chief legal officers of our states, we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision, and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision,” they wrote.

In the days following the vote, even Nebraskans wondered if Reid’s sweetheart deal for the corn husker state violated the Constitution, as well as federal bribery laws.

The letter threatening legal action was signed by top prosecutors in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington state.

“Because this provision has serious implications for the country and the future of our nation’s legislative process, we urge you to take appropriate steps to protect the Constitution and the rights of the citizens of our nation,” the attorneys general wrote.

Article 1, Section 9: `No preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the ports of one State over those of another.’

Article 4, Section 4: `The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a Republican form of Government.’

US code Title 18 201, Titled “Bribery of Public Officials and Witnesses,” Section B: `Whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official (officials is defined as a member of Congress, Delegate or Resident Commissioner) … with intent (a) to influence any official act; or (b) to influence such public official or person who has been selected to be a public official to commit or aid in committing, or colluding, or ally any fraud or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud on the United States.”

Will the Democrats in Congress or the president listen?

Doubtful.

The Agenda is the Agenda.

The Holy Grail is within their reach. They are so close they can taste it.

It makes them drool.

But it isn’t over yet. At least not until the Bribe-Fat Congressmen sing.

So we have plenty of “shovel-ready” jobs. Problem is, most of them is shoveling the BS around into Barf Bags.