Archive | October 2009

Obama Administration Falsifying Stimulus Job Numbers


The Obama administration is being accused of not being exactly honest about jobs “stimu-less” has saved or created:

You know it’s getting bad for the most highly esteemed potentate and savior of the world and his horde of Chicago-style thugonomists when state-controlled media can’t even say anything nice about Obamanomics.

Scozzafava Suspends Campaign


I guess McCain-style liberal Republicanism doesn’t even sell in upstate New York:

Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence parties candidate, announced Saturday that she is suspending her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and releasing all her supporters.

The state Assemblywoman has not thrown her support to either Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, or Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate.

One wonders if those that want the GOP to become just a watered-down version of the Democrats will learn the lesson.

H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care for America Act


Here is a copy of all 1990 pages of H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care for America Act for your reading pleasure, providing you want to read the whole thing, which I’m sure would be more than most members of the U.S. House of Representatives have done:

H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care for America Act

What I gather from all of the talk about the legislation, it is basically the H.R. 3200 – America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 on steroids, including more convoluted and vague legal speak in an effort to mask the establishment of a government-run health care system.

Again, cost estimates on the legislation are incomplete and contrary to what House Speaker Pelosi thinks, each present (and future) American citizen could be facing a bill that is worth over 1 trillion dollars (that’s $1,000,000,000,000.00), instead of the less than 900 billion dollars Speaker Pelosi would like us to believe the cost to be. This will hardly give a majority of Americans the “choice” on whether or not to pay for something they don’t want in the first place [Article - CBO: House Bill Costs $1.055 Trillion].

Qualified Candidate Passed Over For Police Chief Job–Because He Is WHITE!


Such is the claim of two of the members of the board who recommended him:

City officials seeking a new police chief passed up the former director of the Florida Highway Patrol, who formerly was a top commander of the Illinois State Police, because he is white, two former members of a city board claim.

Wyatt Frazer and Della Murphy allege in a federal lawsuit that they were forced off the Police, Fire and Civil Service Board for their advocacy of a white candidate when the chief’s job was open in 2007.

[snip]

The suit, filed Oct. 1 in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, claims, “Shortly after Parks became Mayor in May 2007, Frazer became aware of Parks’ bias against hiring white persons.” It continues, “When the city was searching for a new Chief of Police, on or about August 2007, Frazer and Murphy felt that the most qualified candidate was a white male with extensive law enforcement experience and no criminal history. However, Parks told Frazer at that time that he would not recommend the Board’s candidate for the position because he was white. At Parks’ recommendation, the City then hired Michael Baxton, Sr., an African-American male, as Chief of Police, even though he was less qualified than the Board’s candidate … .”

I guess East St. Louis isn’t quite ready to follow the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

No word yet on whether President Obama will invite any of these people to the White House for a beer, either.

House ObamaCare Numbers Looking Just As Dismal As Senate Numbers


A leaked report reveals the gory details:

The House Dem leadership has conducted its preliminary whip count and has tallied up less than 200 likely Yes votes in support of a health care reform bill with a robust public option, well short of the 218 needed for passage, according to an internal whip count document I’ve obtained.

The document — compiled by the office of House leader James Clyburn — was distributed privately at a meeting between Clyburn and House progressives today where the fate of the public option was the subject of some contentious debate, with liberals demanding that House leaders push harder to win over votes.

Clyburn spokesperson Kristie Greco would only say: “We currently do not have the votes for a robust public option.”

Health care reformers are eagerly awaiting the House vote count numbers on the robust public option — which would reimburse providers at Medicare rates plus five percent — because a House bill with a strong public option would increase the of leverage House leaders in upcoming conference negotiations with Senate leaders over the final bill. The exact count has been hotly debated in political circles since last week.

The actual count?

The document shows that 47 House Dems are committed No votes, and eight are Leaning No, for a total of 55. That means of 256 House Dems, just under 200 remain, and a dozen of those are listed as undecided. The bill needs 218 votes for passage.

What this also means, ladies and gentlemen, is that your voices at town halls, tea parties, on the phones, in emails and snail mails are being heard!

However, even though we’re winning, it’s not time to let up and head back to the La-Z-Boy. We need to keep the pressure on until at least the 2010 elections when we can run enough Obamacrats (meaning those Democrats that reflexively side with Obama on everything) out of office to keep this thing in its grave.

So, I will reiterate a call I have made before… tell not only your Representative and Senators, but any that are wavering that if they vote for this, not only will you not support them (and will vote against them if you’re in their district), but that you’ll actively and financially support their opponent in the next election. Remember, always be polite when speaking to staffers, even if they’re rude to you… they are just doing their jobs, they’re getting lots of flak, and you need to be more reasonable than they are.

Along the same lines, Politico has given us a list of those Senators currently seen as wavering… use this as a starting point for your calling list.

ObamaCare At 58, Perhaps


Looks like Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) can be tentatively penciled in as a “nay” vote, at least for the public option:

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., said Tuesday she still can’t support a government-funded insurance option, a day after legislation was unveiled that would give states the choice of whether to participate in the program.

“Creating another government-funded option is not where we’re going. We don’t need to go there,” Lincoln told members of the Arkansas Farm Bureau during a video conference. “A government-funded option is something that I think is not the way to go.”

The catch here, and the reason she has to be listed as a tentative nay, is that she didn’t specifically say she’d vote against Reid’s bill or the “opt-out” provision.

Still, this can’t be good for Reid… he comes up with this Grand Opt-Out Plan to Save ObamaCare, and now not only has he lost the single Republican Senator that voted for it in committee, he’s now managed to lose one and maybe two of the Democrats.

These things do sometimes tend to turn into “bandwagon” affairs… once you get one or two saying no, it’s easier for others to say no. I’d not be at all surprised if we see more Dems pushing back on the Reid Opt-Out Plan.

It’s probably not a coincidence that Lincoln is up for re-election in 2010, either.

Mixed Feelings About “Little Buddy”


I am of two minds about this use of technology:

The “Little Buddy Child Tracker” retails for $100 (far less than other devices that sell for $200 to $500). It combines global satellite positioning and cellular technology to signal the child’s whereabouts to a computer or smartphone.

Parents can program the device to set up specific times and locations where the child is supposed to be — in school or at home, for example — and the device sends a text message if the child leaves the site in that time.

It seems a bit Big-Brother-ish to me, but then again, with all the stories of child abductions out there, something like this might be a very good tool in keeping kids safe.

Lieberman Showing His Independent Streak


Joe seems to be showing some backbone in standing up to the Obamacrat leaders:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that he’d back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s health care reform bill.

Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats and is positioning himself as a fiscal hawk on the issue, said he opposes any health care bill that includes a government-run insurance program — even if it includes a provision allowing states to opt out of the program, as Reid’s has said the Senate bill will.

“We’re trying to do too much at once,” Lieberman said. “To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now.”

Lieberman added that he’d vote against a public option plan “even with an opt-out because it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line.”

His comments confirmed that Reid is short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill out of the Senate, even after Reid included the opt-out provision. Several other moderate Democrats expressed skepticism at the proposal as well, but most of the wavering Democratic senators did not go as far as Lieberman Tuesday, saying they were waiting to see the details.

That means that, assuming Olympia Snowe and the rest of the lefty Republicans in the Senate stand firm, Reid does not–I say again, DOES NOT–have the votes to overcome a filibuster. Personally, I think on this one they will… they appear to have learned the lesson that being the lone Republican voting for something like this just makes them a nice target.

The Obamacrats in the House can complain all they want, and the Daily Kossacks can whine until 2012 and beyond, but any form of single-payer healthcare certainly looks like it won’t get through the Senate, no matter what focus-grouped term you choose to use as a label.

Gingrich Misses The Mark


Former Speaker Newt Gingrich has really lost touch with his conservative principles:

Gingrich called Scozzafava a “liberal Republican” for her support of gay marriage and abortion rights. But he defended those positions as in-step with her district and her predecessor, former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), who was tapped to be President Barack Obama’s Army Secretary.

Now, follow the logic here:

  1. Scozzafava is, according to Gingrich, “in-step” with her predecessor.
  2. Said predecessor was so liberal that he was hand-picked for an administration post by a man who is arguably the most liberal President in modern history.
  3. Therefore, Scozzafava is also liberal enough to be adored by Barack.

And Gingrich wonders why conservatives not only aren’t rallying around her, but are actively lambasting him for his support of this Democrat-in-Republican-clothing?

One wonders if this isn’t primarily Newt’s ego talking, attacking rather than “lose face” by admitting he goofed when he first endorsed her. Memo to Mr. Gingrich: Admitting you’re wrong is the honorable thing to do; attacking the base isn’t gonna get you anywhere.

Health Insurers Not Really Raking In The Profits


And, believe it or not, it’s the AP that explains it:

Quick quiz: What do these enterprises have in common? Farm and construction machinery, Tupperware, the railroads, Hershey sweets, Yum food brands and Yahoo? Answer: They’re all more profitable than the health insurance industry.

In the health care debate, Democrats and their allies have gone after insurance companies as rapacious profiteers making “immoral” and “obscene” returns while “the bodies pile up.”

Ledgers tell a different reality. Health insurance profit margins typically run about 6 percent, give or take a point or two. That’s anemic compared with other forms of insurance and a broad array of industries, even some beleaguered ones.

Profits barely exceeded 2 percent of revenues in the latest annual measure. This partly explains why the credit ratings of some of the largest insurers were downgraded to negative from stable heading into this year, as investors were warned of a stagnant if not shrinking market for private plans.

One thing to watch for is politicians and pundits talking about insurers’ profit in absolute dollars, not as a percentage of revenues. This is highly misleading, bordering on outright dishonesty, because in order to stay in business health insurers have to have extremely large cash reserves; these are required by most states, and even if not required, the money to pay for all those procedures have to come from somewhere. Since most states also have laws that require payment of medical insurance claims within a set time frame (30 days is usual), it’s not like the company can sit around and wait for next months’ premiums to roll in.

The more we learn about the Obamacrats and their push to take over the health care of all Americans, the more questionable claims and dishonest statements we find.

Good Signs (For Conservatives) On ObamaCare In The Senate


Of all places, the AP lays out the problem:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democrats’ control of a hefty majority in the Senate – plus the House – would suggest that President Barack Obama is within reach of overhauling the nation’s health care system this fall.

But the numbers mask a more complicated reality: Obama and Democratic leaders have modest leverage over several pivotal Senate Democrats who are more concerned about their next election or feel they have little to lose by opposing their party’s hierarchy.

One is still smarting from being forced to abandon next year’s election. Another had to leave the Democratic Party to stay in office. And some are from states that Obama lost badly last year.

These factors will limit the president’s ability to play his strongest card – an appeal for party loyalty and Democratic achievement – in trying to muster the 60 votes his allies will need this fall to overcome a Republican filibuster in the 100-member Senate.

When lawmakers face a tough vote, their uppermost thought is “survival,” said Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican who spent three terms in the Senate.

On a very few occasions, Simpson said, then-President George H.W. Bush asked him to cast a vote likely to cause him political problems back home. That was perhaps three times in 18 years, said Simpson, who held a GOP leadership post. “I swallowed hard and went over the cliff,” he said.

But it’s a sacrifice that presidents and party leaders should not count on, he said.

Another point that the AP fails to mention is the President’s quickly-evaporating political capital, as evidenced both by his sagging poll numbers and increasing attacks from the left (no, I am not a poll-watcher, but most elected Democrats are).

All told, the chances of a clear defeat for ObamaCare are looking better and better.

Liberal Republicans and New Coke


If the headline has you confused, just bear with me for a bit.

A lot of us probably remember the “New Coke” debacle of the 1980s, and its aftermath. Somewhat surprisingly (or maybe not), there are a number of parallels with the current and recent past of the GOP moving to the left. Here’s just a few of the lesser parallels before I get to the big one:

  • Both were attempts to be more like the competition instead of working to make a clear separation from the primary competitor: New Coke was much sweeter, like Pepsi; liberal Republicans are much closer in political ideology to Democrats.
  • Both were imposed largely (though not completely) from “on high.” New Coke was pushed hard by the CEO, and many of the more liberal Republican candidates are being nominated and supported by those claiming to lead the party, whether it be at the county, state, or national level.
  • Both are facing strong grassroots resistance. New Coke led to the formation of “Old Coke Drinkers of America,” and many liberal Republicans are facing lots of criticism from the conservative base of the party.

However, the most important parallel is one that hasn’t quite been fully realized yet. It’s simple, yet profound.

Read More…

Reid Loses Vote On “Doc Fix”


And the unraveling of ObamaCare continues apace:

A group of Democrats joined all Republicans in blocking a 10-year freeze of scheduled cuts to doctors’ Medicare payments, legislation that was considered important to getting a broader healthcare bill through later this year.

Prior to the 47-53 procedural vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blamed the American Medical Association (AMA) for giving him bad information on the number of Republicans expected to support the measure.

Reid had offered the doctors group a deal to pass the “doctors’ fix” in return for support from the doctors on President Barack Obama’s broader healthcare initiative, which is slated for the Senate floor later this year.

Reid told colleagues that the AMA said it could deliver 27 Republican votes for the legislation, according to two Senate Democratic lawmakers, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Reid needs the GOP votes because at least five members of his party have vowed to vote against the doctors’ fix.

It’s indicative enough when Reid can’t even get all of his own party–which is, of course, in the majority–to vote for this, but then to blame one of his most ardent supporters for “giving him bad information,” (in other words, lying to him) is a sure sign of an implosion either to come or already in progress.

Of Course, It’s Different When Democrats Do It


Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) seems to have caught Speaker Pelosi in a bit of a double-standard:

Senate Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is raising concerns that a Department of Health and Human Services Web site that urges visitors to send an e-mail to President Barack Obama praising his health care reform plan may violate rules against government-funded propaganda.

The Web page is accessed through a “state your support” button featured prominently on the HHS Web site and carries a disclaimer that the Web site is maintained by HHS.

In a letter sent to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday, Grassley warned that “any possible misuse of appropriated funds by the executive branch to engage in publicity or propaganda in support of an Administration priority is a matter that must be investigated and taken seriously,” noting that in 2005 Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued that “the use of official funds for similar activities were ‘underhanded tactics’ and that these tactics ‘are not worthy of our great democracy.’”

It seems that these tactics are perfectly acceptable to the Speaker when it’s in an effort she supports, but “underhanded” when done to support something she doesn’t agree with.

I’m happy to be proven wrong… can anyone show me where Speaker Pelosi has denounced this part of the HHS website prior to this time? (Denouncements after people start talking about it don’t count, as she might have just been bowing to public pressure.) Post it in the comments, if you can find it.

Obama’s “Czar” Of Manufacturing Ron Bloom: He “Kinda” Agrees With Mao (Tse Tung)


Obama “czar” of manufacturing, Ron Bloom says that the free market is “nonsense” and “kinda” agrees with communist China’s late (but no so great) Chairman Mao Tse Tung:

What a coincidence—another Obama staffer who “kinda” agrees with communist boss and mass murderer Mao. Which point does Mr. Bloom agree with Mao on? That it is not really necessary to use force or coercion to achieve political objectives or that one only needs to bluff a person or group of people into thinking the “gun” is not loaded? How well received would the words that Mr. Bloom uttered be, if he took his speech to town hall meetings? So how is the free market not working in communist China today? Would China be on the rise economically without free market capitalism? I wonder how Mao would feel about his precious China if he could see it today. I dare say that if Mao Tse Tung was still living and currently in power, China would still be 20 to 30 years behind the United States, economically and technologically.

Van Jones, Anita Dunn and now Ron Bloom. Is there a pattern here? Why are more of Obama’s staffers and so-called “czars” being exposed embracing the philosophies of a totalitarian communist dictator or Marxist philosophy in general? How long of a laundry list do we have to compile before we see that the current administration in place is anti-capitalist and Marxist? We should not get to the point where it is too late to find out.

Video of Ron Bloom’s full speech can be viewed below (four-part series): Read More…

A Good Way To Support The Troops


I just ran across a small charity whose name sort of explains it all: Books for Soldiers. It makes sense, soldiers do have their share of down-time, and a good book is probably a good way for them to relax, especially in the Middle East, where local governments or just the overall security situation may restrict soldiers’ options for their off hours.

Right now, they’re running their 2009 fundraising campaign, in order to cover their costs, which are going up as their program becomes more popular. Please help them if you can.

Hmmm… I have a lot of books I haven’t read in a while, perhaps a soldier would like to read them…

Human Rights Watch’s Founder Castigates His Own Organization


Gotta love a man with this sort of honesty and integrity. Robert Bernstein writes:

AS the founder of Human Rights Watch, its active chairman for 20 years and now founding chairman emeritus, I must do something that I never anticipated: I must publicly join the group’s critics. Human Rights Watch had as its original mission to pry open closed societies, advocate basic freedoms and support dissenters. But recently it has been issuing reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.

At Human Rights Watch, we always recognized that open, democratic societies have faults and commit abuses. But we saw that they have the ability to correct them — through vigorous public debate, an adversarial press and many other mechanisms that encourage reform.

That is why we sought to draw a sharp line between the democratic and nondemocratic worlds, in an effort to create clarity in human rights. We wanted to prevent the Soviet Union and its followers from playing a moral equivalence game with the West and to encourage liberalization by drawing attention to dissidents like Andrei Sakharov, Natan Sharansky and those in the Soviet gulag — and the millions in China’s laogai, or labor camps.

When I stepped aside in 1998, Human Rights Watch was active in 70 countries, most of them closed societies. Now the organization, with increasing frequency, casts aside its important distinction between open and closed societies.

[snip]

Human Rights Watch has lost critical perspective on a conflict in which Israel has been repeatedly attacked by Hamas and Hezbollah, organizations that go after Israeli citizens and use their own people as human shields. These groups are supported by the government of Iran, which has openly declared its intention not just to destroy Israel but to murder Jews everywhere. This incitement to genocide is a violation of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Leaders of Human Rights Watch know that Hamas and Hezbollah chose to wage war from densely populated areas, deliberately transforming neighborhoods into battlefields. They know that more and better arms are flowing into both Gaza and Lebanon and are poised to strike again. And they know that this militancy continues to deprive Palestinians of any chance for the peaceful and productive life they deserve. Yet Israel, the repeated victim of aggression, faces the brunt of Human Rights Watch’s criticism.

It’s a shame that Bernstein stepped down from leading HRW in 1998, otherwise they might not be having the problems he writes about.

Kudos to Mr. Bernstein for his intestinal fortitude, and kudos to the New York Times for printing it.

Anita Dunn: We Control The Media


White House Communications Director Anita Dunn explains how the Obama campaign controlled the media before and up through last year’s presidential election:

The Obama administration still dictates the direction the so-called “main stream” media takes in reporting on President Obama and his cohorts [Article - Top White House Official Says Obama Team 'Controlled' Media Coverage During Campaign].

This explains why Anita Dunn, as a representative of the Obama administration, has attacked Fox News. This is why attacks have been launched against those who dare challenge the most highly esteemed potentate and savior of the world Barack Hussein Obama and his leftist horde. Obama and his lackeys are on the warpath and they are increasing their attacks on those who disagree with him and his systematic destroying of the United States of America. Attacks are not limited to just Fox News, but include Internet blogs, magazine and book publishers, conservative-leaning newspapers, radio commentary and yes, even private citizens.

Censorship and suppression of free speech? Violation of First Amendment rights? That will never happen in the United States, right? News flash: It’s happening now!

Lord Monckton: Climate Change Treaty Will Bring About Marxist World Government


On October 14, Lord Christopher Monckton, chief policy advisor to the Science and Public Policy Institute, issued this stern warning:

Right on queue, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently issued this statement in reference to the upcoming Copenhagen climate change summit:

What would be the most convenient way to oppress the world of mankind for decades to come? What would be the best way to destroy western civilization and/or capitalism once and for all? What would be the most efficacious method of bringing about a one-world government? Global climate change.

A group of global elitists could easily control who and what they want, all in the name of saving the planet or averting a global “crisis”. Remember what Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said: Read More…

More Evidence That The Democrats Are Fracturing


Now a Democratic governor is speaking out against the Baucus bill:

Legislation is making its way through Congress to reform the nation’s health-care system, but the questions Tennessee’s governor and U.S. senators are raising about its cost to the states might reshape the debate’s final outcome.

In a break with most of the governors in his own party, Democrat Phil Bredesen is saying publicly that the legislation that currently serves as the framework for reform shifts too much of the financial burden to state governments.

Bredesen estimates that the Senate Finance Committee bill that passed last week would cost Tennessee $735 million over five years once the plan is in place — and possibly more than $1 billion. Covering that cost would mean taking money from the budgets for education, the state pension and other aspects of state government that have been battered by the recession, Bredesen says.

As more details come out, I’d not be surprised to see more Democratic governors expressing concerns like the above. That, in turn, will make it a lot harder for Democratic Senators in those states to vote for whatever bill comes out of the smoke-filled rooms in the Capitol; the voters will be asking why Democrat Senator so-and-so voted for the bill after Democrat Governor what’s-his-name said it would be bad for the state.

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