Backwards is “Forward”

President Obama has learned something during his presidency: You can’t change Washington from the inside.

“The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside,” he told a Univision forum Thursday. “You can only change it from the outside.” (free beacon)

So the president’s revelation that “you” can’t change Washington from the inside wasn’t directed at you. It was an admission that voters should consider this November. Obama has quit trying to be the agent of change, and he publicly acknowledged that Obama II would just be more of the same. (WP)

More “flexible”. 🙂

The exact opposite of what he said when running the first time. Gee, I guess he really is a great leader…. 🙂

When the federal government began providing billions of dollars in incentives to push hospitals and physicians to use electronic medical and billing records, the goal was not only to improve efficiency and patient safety, but also to reduce health care costs.

But, in reality, the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients by making it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services, whether or not they provide additional care.

Hospitals received $1 billion more in Medicare reimbursements in 2010 than they did five years earlier, at least in part by changing the billing codes they assign to patients in emergency rooms, according to a New York Times analysis of Medicare data from the American Hospital Directory. Regulators say physicians have changed the way they bill for office visits similarly, increasing their payments by billions of dollars as well.

Over all, hospitals that received government incentives to adopt electronic records showed a 47 percent rise in Medicare payments at higher levels from 2006 to 2010, the latest year for which data are available, compared with a 32 percent rise in hospitals that have not received any government incentives, according to the analysis by The Times. (NYT)

ObamaCare Strikes Again! 🙂

And another liberal “promise” goes ass backwards. Gee, that never happens. Must be someone elses fault!

Many doctors and hospitals were actually underbilling before they began keeping electronic records, said Dr. David J. Brailer, an early federal proponent of digitizing records and an official in the George W. Bush administration. But Dr. Brailer, who invests in health care companies, acknowledged that the use of electronic records “makes it faster and easier to be fraudulent.”

So it must be George Bush’s Fault!!! I Knew it! 🙂

Everything in life is, you know…:)

But you know there’s a problem when the liberals in charge are lying about it.

But some critics say an unintended consequence is the ease with which doctors and hospitals can upcode — industry parlance for seeking a higher rate of reimbursement than is justified. They say there is too little federal oversight of electronic records.

A spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department, however, said electronic health records “can improve the quality of care, save lives and save money.” Medicare, he added in an e-mailed statement, “has strong protections in place to prevent fraud and abuse of this technology that we’re improving all the time.”

He also said Medicare had reduced improper payments in the last two years.

Isn’t that EXACT opposite of what the Doctors and Hospitals are doing. Must be a Talking Point.

George Will: An attractive aspect of Romney as a candidate is how endearingly unsuited he is to politics in an era when “friend” has become a verb.

Would that he could just say this:

“I am not running to be your friend, because I hope you pick your friends from among people you actually know and for reasons unrelated to politics.

“And I will not insult your intelligence by claiming to feel your pain, which really is yours. Neither will I tell you that as president I would pacify distant mobs.

” I am running just to make government somewhat less destructive, to partially ameliorate the country’s largest afflictions, and to make the world a bit less dangerous.

“My candidacy comes down to an eight-word question, and it is not ‘Will you call me about your tummy ache?’ Rather, it is: ‘Is this really the best we can do?’ It is difficult to prevent Americans from briskly creating wealth, but bad choices by both parties have done so.

“My opponent is making many promises, although a simple apology would suffice. My promise is that although I will not really create millions of jobs, I will, if Congress cooperates, remove some of the obstacles to your doing so.

“If you want a president who is the center of a government-centered society, pick the other fellow. If you endorse a dependency agenda — more and more people dependent in more and more ways on a government fewer and fewer are paying for — vote for the other party.

“If you do not share my opponent’s horror about being mostly on your own in the pursuit of happiness that you define on your own, give me a try. If it doesn’t work out, you can fire me in four years.”

Someday, someone is going to seek the presidency by demystifying it. Many voters will be astonished by, and even be grateful for, the novelty of being addressed as adults.

Unlikely. Because they’d have to react as adults and I just don’t see that happening .

—Congress early Saturday completed its major task for the week with Senate passage of a six-month stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running past the end of the budget year and the elections. The House approved the legislation last week. Action was needed before the budget year ends on Sept. 30 to avoid a partial government shutdown.

So no Federal Budget passed yet again.

Major legislation left for the lame-duck session in November:

—Congress has yet to deal with the tax cuts that will expire at the end of the year, including the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, tax cuts for middle-class households, tax credits for businesses and the payroll tax cut.

—Congress must still decide what to do about spending cuts of $109 billion to defense and non-defense programs that will take place automatically at the start of the new year if alternatives are not found.

—Congress faces a Jan. 1 deadline to avert an almost 30 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors. (so they charge more now?) 🙂

—The current five-year farm and nutrition bill, which sets policy for farm safety net programs and funds the food stamp program, expires Sept. 30. The Senate passed a new five-year bill in June and the House Agriculture Committee approved its version in July, but the full House has yet to act. The two chambers also have not been able to agree on disaster relief for farmers hit by the drought.

—The Senate has passed legislation to overhaul the Postal Service, which is losing $25 million a day, but the House has yet to act.

—Russia joined the World Trade Organization in August, but Congress has yet to vote on legislation to remove Cold War trading restrictions so U.S. businesses can enjoy the lower tariffs and greater protections that come with WTO membership.

—The House in May passed a $635 billion defense policy bill, but the full Senate has yet to act.

—The Senate last summer was unable to advance legislation to protect U.S. industries from cyber-attacks.

—The Senate and House have passed legislation to extend and expand the Violence Against Women Act, but no agreement has been reached. (Townhall)

No Adults responsible. It Must be Bush’s Fault!!

NOVEMBER IS COMING!

For God & Country

Romney releases his last tax return showing he donated 30% of his income to the LDS Church and suddenly the progressive Obamabots online started a new meme, “Churches are not a charity”. I saw that repeatedly yesterday.

This childish reaction in order to demean the good works of the Evil Satan is so pathetic it really should be laughed at.

We know that churches and charities can often make more of a difference than a poverty program alone. […] As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s what we believe.”- Obama

But now Church charities are shit because the Evil One who wants to take their God’s job away from him has made  sizable donations to one. Much more than They ever did.

Thus is the mind that we have to fight.

I suppose if she were still alive if Romney gave money to Mother Theresa she’d suddenly become persona non grata to the far left.

Speaking of the Drones on the Left. Actress Jessica Alba.
“Growing up, my classmates and I started every day with a ritual: We’d stand up, put our right hand over our hearts, and say the Pledge of Allegiance,” explains Alba. “To me, that gesture was a promise. A promise to be involved and engaged in this country’s future. A promise to work for liberty and justice — and for affordable education, health care, and equality — for all.”

They even have there own flag now because they regular one doesn’t signify their God’s love enough: https://store.barackobama.com/obama-2012-store-collections/artists-for-obama/our-stripes-flag-print.html

So with that in mind: Eric Bolling (FBN):

So I Present the Obama Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the Obama Administration, and to the Socialist Republic for which it stands, one Nation Divided by Race, Creed, Color and God, divisible, with poverty, slavery,and social justice for all.:)

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

IBD: Last week, the Obama campaign started selling a refashioned American flag with its logo replacing the stars, and then urged Americans to pledge allegiance to Barack. Did we just wake up in Mao’s China?

The flag print, designed especially for the campaign by a pair of obviously incredibly hip artists, tries to improve the musty look of Old Glory by taking out a few stripes and swapping the star field for the Obama “O” logo. The campaign is selling the limited edition prints for just $35.

Amazingly, this isn’t the first time the American flag has been desecrated to better suit Obama sycophants.

Earlier this year, a local Democratic Party headquarters in Florida decided to fly a flag that replaced the stars with a photo of our Dear Leader.

Bad as these flags are, the Obama campaign’s “pledge” drive is even more disturbing.

The “For All” effort encourages celebrities, politicians and regular folk to submit photos of themselves with their hands — on which messages are scrawled — held over their heart, pledging to vote for Obama so he can provide (fill in the blank) “For All!”

Equal pay … For All!

Women’s rights … For All!

Food … For All!

A Future … For All!

The only thing missing from these frightful pictures is the new and improved Obama flag.

It’s one thing for Obama to encourage all this — which he obviously does. After all, this is a guy who promised he would heal the planet and keep the oceans from rising, and made himself the subject of his only two books.

He’s the guy who ran around during his first campaign with a fake presidential seal that replaced the stars and stripes on the eagle’s shield with, naturally, the Obama logo. And he’s the guy who gave his first acceptance speech in front of a bunch of faux Greek columns.

He’s the guy who, when Neil Armstrong died, saw fit to commemorate that event by tweeting a picture of himself, and the guy who’d rather talk with David Letterman and party with Jay-Z than work with Benjamin Netanyahu to stop Iran from going nuclear.

But the question is, why are so many Americans so willing to voluntarily buy into Obama’s personality cult?

Remember that will.i.am video from Obama’s first campaign?

Or the equally creepy video of elementary school students signing Obama’s praises:

“Mmm, mmm, mmm!

Barack Hussein Obama

He said that all must lend a hand

To make this country strong again

Mmm, mmm, mmm!

Barack Hussein Obama.”

Or how about the endless news photos of Obama with his head centered in the middle of a circle in the background, giving him the appearance of being surrounded by a halo.

Anyone want to guess how many times a press photographer decided to snap a picture of Reagan like that?

In totalitarian countries, leaders can force their greatness on unwilling subjects because they own the press, they own the entertainment industry and they own all the schools.

But here in the U.S., we don’t worship our presidents. We hire them to do a job for us. And we only pledge allegiance to the flag — the one with 50 stars and 13 stripes.

But their is some light, fascinatingly it was with Univision, the Spanish language network. Obama showed up their I’m sure to be showered with praise and soft pillowy questions. Apparently, he didn’t get them.

Bet this won’t be replayed on MSDNC.

Interviewing the president on his record, the Univision journalists did what their English-language media fellows have steadfastly refused to do: Ask Obama tough questions about such things as immigration policy and the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, two things of high importance to Univision viewers.

“I think up to 100 Mexicans might have died (in Operation Fast and Furious) and also American agent Brian Terry,” Ramos said. “There’s a report that 14 agents were responsible for the operation, but shouldn’t the attorney general, Eric Holder, … have known about that and if he didn’t, should you fire him?”

A good question. And completely legitimate, especially for the slippery Holder, whose lack of cooperation on Fast and Furious led Congress to cite him for contempt.

Obama’s response was pure boilerplate, telling Ramos that Holder “has my complete confidence” and that a Justice Department investigation had absolved him of responsibility, anyway.

Ramos’ co-host Maria Elena Salinas wasn’t happy, following up with the kind of question our Washington press corps can’t be bothered to ask: “Why don’t we have … an independent investigation that is not done by the Justice Department?”

Obama’s evasive answer: The investigation was “honest” and this had all become a “political distraction.”

Ramos also hammered home Obama’s broken promises on immigration reform.

“You promised that (reform), and a promise is a promise,” Ramos told Obama. “And with all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise.”

Obama’s response, as the Breitbart.com Big Journalism website points out, was basically incoherent, talking about “separation of powers” and other irrelevant issues, and laying blame for a jump in deportations on Congress’ doorstep — while failing to note Democrats had total control of the government from 2008 to 2010.

So kudos to the Univision network’s journalists. No doubt, they know their audience generally likes Obama. And Univision is itself often liberal in tone.

Yet they didn’t let that keep them from doing their jobs, asking tough questions and demanding answers.

That’s exactly the opposite of America’s big media. Their left-wing bias has become all too apparent. Indeed, a new Gallup Poll shows 60% of Americans now distrust the mainstream media, an all-time high.

If they want to regain some trust and respect, maybe they should follow Univision’s lead and start asking Obama some real, tough questions about his failed presidency — instead of still pretending he’s The One.

The One True God of the Left.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/21/Univision-Debacle-Obama-Misleads-Condescends-To-Latino-Community

First off, Obama addresses Ramos and the audience as though they’re children in need of a history lesson: Let me sit here and explain to you children how the three branches of government works. You obviously don’t know this because if you did, you never would’ve asked such a stupid question.

But what you don’t get is that IS Liberalism today. They are condescending, smug, arrogant and think so highly of themselves that of course they are going to talking down to you because you have to be a moron not to believe they are vastly superior to you.

And that Obama is God. And it is a heresy to go against God or try and hurt God’s rep. And to show up God Like Romney did with his charitable donations is an afront to their faith and must be repelled.

One fact Obama and the corrupt media would love for us to forget is that for two long years Obama enjoyed blank check approval in both chambers of Congress (including a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate). But during this time, not once did Obama submit anything in the form of immigration reform (or deficit control or anything else they lie about), even though he most certainly could’ve gotten it passed. Which makes what he said about Republicans all the more outrageous:

The president said that he was also taken aback by the resistance he said he received from Republican lawmakers when he reached out to them about an immigration bill, especially from those who previously supported such measures.

“I am happy to take responsibility for being naive here,” he said.

What in the world do Republicans have to do with anything when you own the Executive and Legislative branches of government for two freakin’ years?

They are the Enemies of God. They must always be the evil They must always be at fault. They are the demons that must be vanquished from the Church of Obama for the Country to rise to it’s Social Justice Utopia.

It’s all a bit Messianic isn’t it? Well, so are Liberals.

For their God and Their Country.

Screw the rest of you ugly,nasty,racist Bastards who need to be put down because you’re just too stupid to live under the greatness of Progressive America.

GOD BLESS HIMSELF!

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

November is Coming!

I have been a “racist”, a “bigot”, a “moron”, “stupid”, and “idiot”, a “terrorist”, a “Nazi”,”whacky”, “fearful” “ignorant”, “astroturf”, and “dumb” ad infinitum in the last 2 years. But now I’ve been elevated to “enemy” of the State!

I’m so proud. 🙂

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”–President Obama on Univision Radio.
I’m officially an “enemy” of the State. I couldn’t be more proud. 🙂
The Good Book tells us that pride goes before a fall, and with the midterm elections looming perhaps nothing encapsulates the truth of this maxim more than the leadership of the Democrat Party and its constituency of liberal media elites. The Left’s inability to engage opposing views with seriousness and respect and their unwillingness to tolerate divergent opinions within their own ranks reveal an ugly intolerance lurking beneath their veneer of open-mindedness, an intolerance that has fueled the continued, rapid growth of the Tea Party and all but sealed the electoral fate of many Democrats come November 2nd.
Look at Juan Williams, a rather center-left guy, is fired mostly because he appeared on FOX.  That’s the “enemy” camp, you know. 🙂
The Tea Party phenomenon, in particular, has the likes of Matthews, Maddow, and Olbermann sputtering with outrage and confusion. These commentators simply can’t fathom how anyone could support the ideas advanced by such backward neanderthals! President Obama and the Democratic leadership are similarly irritated by the ongoing success of the movement, and have – like their ideological brethren in the media – concluded that the only possible explanation for the American public’s lack of support is a combination of ignorance, fear, stupidity, and the evil influence of shadowy special interest money. (Ken Connor)
And Speaking of Money…

For a White House that bet the ranch on a massive government pump-priming plan, it has all turned out to be a complete failure. The scheduled economic recovery has simply not occurred.

And that’s why a Republican Tea Party tsunami lies just over the horizon. That tidal wave could be even greater than current polling suggests.

It should have been recovery summer, according to the president and his followers. But it is now officially a recovery slump. The entire command-and-control economic philosophy of the Obama Democrats has proven to be a big bust. And they’ll pay a very big price for this.

In fact, the last two GDP reports have averaged less than 2 percent growth, something that qualifies as a growth recession, not a recovery.

Even worse, the GDP deflator — the broadest inflation measure — came in at 2.2 percent in the third quarter, following a 2 percent reading in the second quarter. That means inflation is rising faster than real output. Stagflation.

The Bernanke Fed should take notice of this on the eve of its quantitative-easing pump-priming exercise, expected to be announced the day after the election. We are actually experiencing a mini version of a stagflationary growth recession.

The spending, taxing, and regulating policies of the Democratic Congress and administration have blocked growth, putting the Fed in a position to provide even more money to chase fewer goods. But in classic Milton Friedman terms, even though the economy is mired in stagnation, that’s still an inflationary prescription.

On top of all that, the depreciating-dollar policies of the Fed have led to a boom in commodity prices, including food and energy — things ordinary Americans pay for in the course of their typical week.

When the economy came in at 5 percent in the last quarter of 2009, and at 3.7 percent in early 2010, it looked like a recovery scenario. This, of course, followed the Fed’s massive $2 trillion stimulus plan and the more than $1 trillion fiscal stimulus. But those sugar highs quickly evaporated as growth slowed to 2.7 percent in the spring and 2 percent in the summer.

Meanwhile, a stubbornly high unemployment rate of 9.6 percent was supposed to have dropped to 8 percent last year and 7 percent by the end of this year, according to the president’s Council of Economic Advisers. But it didn’t. The so-called stimulus failed to stimulate.

Actually, unemployment is much worse for regular workaday folks. Counting marginal part-time workers and discouraged workers, unemployment is 17.3 percent. And this year, while the president promised 1.5 million new jobs, nonfarm payrolls have grown by only 613,000, and actually have fallen over the past four months.

The trouble with the whole Obama mindset is the notion that government can run the economy. That idea has failed. It is business that runs the economy, including entrepreneurs and risk-takers. Yet the animal spirits have been stifled, while the producers have been laughed at, mocked, and insulted.

The Obama class-warfare campaign against business and investment has created a wall of worry and a refusal to invest in the future. The incentive model of growth, where it must pay more after tax and regulatory costs to work, produce, and invest, has been discarded by Obama’s extreme left-liberal Keynesianism. Predictably, higher costs — including the cost of Obamacare, probably the single-greatest barrier to growth and jobs — have forced the most productive factors in the economy to hole up and virtually shut down.

But the whole Tea Party movement of free-market populism represents an attempt to re-oxygenate the economy by unclogging the blood vessels of entrepreneurship with a major rollback of spending, taxing, and regulating. This Tea Party philosophy is derided daily by the Democrats, but it represents a bull’s-eye in terms of creating future economic growth.

Fortunately, the Republican Party has returned to this Reaganesque message. This is the single most important theme in the GOP comeback. (Larry Kudlow)

I hope the Republicans stay there and don’t decide to “compromise” or “get along” with the Liberal Democrats because a Liberals definition of “bi-Partisan” is that you agree with them and let them do whatever the hell they want.

This is one “enemy” (The Liberals) that does need to be defeated and not appeased in any way. Total and unequivocal surrender is required.

Not that the hubris-laden messianic Liberals and their brethren in the Ministry of Truth will do that, mind you. 🙂

Political Cartoon by Jerry Holbert

The Ministry of Truth

“I’m sad to report today a death of a good friend to all of us…..Journalism, the once esteemed 4th estate of our nation and the protector of our freedoms and a watchdog of our rights has passed away after a long struggle with a crippling and debilitating disease of acute dishonesty aggravated by advanced laziness and the loss of brain function.”–Governor Mike Huckabee (2009)

Just days before the biggest election in my lifetime and you want to know where the Mainstream Media is?

Stumping for the Democrats and trying to smear the Republicans as best they can.

And The President?

He’s on Spanish Language radio telling hispanics to get to the polls to stop their “enemies” (aka non-socialist democrats).

In one recent example, on Monday President Obama urged Latinos to “punish our enemies” during a Univision broadcast.

“If Latinos sit out the election,” Obama said, “instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder . . . “

“He’s the president of the United States. The president is supposed to be the president of all the people, even those who disagree with his agenda and who disagree with him,” FOX’s Monica Crowley said.

He and the Media obviously don’t think so.

He’s only interested in his apparatchiks. Everyone else is an “enemy” of his State.

After all, the end justifies the means.

“The session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century,” the AP’s Jim Abrams touted Monday.

On CBS’s Sunday Morning, correspondent Rita Braver applauded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “one of the most effective speakers in congressional history,” “a hero in some quarters,” and “the irresistible force who marshaled House Democrats to pass controversial administration policies — including the stimulus package, Wall Street reform, and health care.”

CBS’s Lesley Stahl popped up on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday to fret how the dreadful economy is hurting Obama’s image, as if his administration’s policies are thoroughly unrelated: ”He’s fighting an economy that just won’t give him anything….No credit. No credit at all for what he’s accomplished.”

The broadcast TV networks have systematically skewed their coverage against Republicans and the Tea Party, a new study by the Media Research Center finds. MRC analysts reviewed the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts from September 1 through October 25. Key findings:

■ Only conservative/Tea Party candidates cast as “extreme.” Congressional Democrats and President Obama are facing voters’ wrath because of their extreme agenda over the past two years: government-run health care; massive unsupportable spending; a proposed “cap-and-trade” tax on energy, higher income taxes, etc. But MRC analysts found 35 evening news stories which conveyed the Democratic spin point that conservative and Tea Party candidates are “extreme,” “fringe,” or “out of the mainstream,” vs. ZERO stories conveying the charge that left-wing Democrats are “out of the mainstream.”

■ Three times more “conservative” labels than “liberal” tags. Out of 62 ideological labels assigned by reporters, three-fourths (48, or 77%) were aimed at conservatives, vs. just 14 (23%) for liberals. Only Republicans faced extreme labels — both Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell were tagged as “ultra-conservatives” — with no Democrat ever branded an “ultra-liberal.”

CBS called Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey “conservative,” but Democrat Joe Sestak was not labeled as “liberal.” All of the networks called Christine O’Donnell a “conservative,” but none said her opponent, Chris Coons, was “liberal.” Most comically, CBS would not call loud-mouthed Florida Rep. Alan Grayson a “liberal,” but tagged his opponent Daniel Webster as “conservative.”

■ Adopting Democrats’ campaign agenda. The networks elevated contests meant to show Republicans in a poor light. While it’s not on anyone’s list of closest races, the networks devoted the most coverage to Delaware’s Senate race (15 evening news stories), emphasizing O’Donnell’s perceived gaffes. Next: the California Governor’s race (11 stories), emphasizing allegations against GOP nominee Meg Whitman. Rounding out the networks’ Top 5 were Senate races in Alaska, Nevada, and West Virginia, each the focus of four stories.

The Democrats’ strategy to salvage the 2010 campaign was to distract voters from their record over the past two years and paint their opponents as wacky extremists. Win or lose, the Democrats got a lot of help from their friends in the supposedly objective “news” media. (MRC)

And mind you, many on the left have called Obama “timid”.  Now that’s scary!!

“Over and over again, we have moved forward an agenda that is making a difference in people’s lives each and every day,” Obama said on Comedy Central last night.

Delusion or something far more darkly Orwellian? You Decide.

“My hope is that those people are rewarded for taking those tough votes,” Obama said. “If they are, then I think Democrats will do fine on Election Day.”

I got my “reward” right here, Herr Obama… <<Censored>>

So I ask you to walk with me, and march with me, and join your voice with mine, and together we will sing the song that tears down the walls that divide us, and lift up an America that is truly indivisible, with liberty, and justice, for all.–Candidate Obama January 2008.

The Twilight Zone or Just an Orwellian Nightmare.

You Decide Next Tuesday,Nov. 2

But don’t expect the Mainstream Media to be  happy afterwards. 🙂

Political Cartoon by Mike Lester