Archive | February 2010

Still No CBO Cost Estimate For ObamaCare

Two days after the Blair House summit and still no official CBO cost estimate [Article - CBO: Obama's Health Care Plan Too Sketchy to Score; UPDATE: Obama Punts on Public Option: "That's Up To Leader Reid"].

To be sure, the estimate will reveal the bloated cost of the 2700-page ObamaCare bill [Article - Obama Admits CBO Cost Estimates of ObamaCare Are Incomplete].

We should reform our health care system, but at what cost?  At the cost of another one trillion dollars added to the burgeoning national debt?  If ObamaCare passes, Americans will be paying for something that will not officially start until 2014 and will do nothing to reduce our budget deficit.

With all of the spending that Obama and tax-and-spend politicians have already added to our debt, how can we sustain the cost of ObamaCare?  How much money will honest, hard-working Americans have in their pockets after paying for all of the spending Obama has racked up?  One way or another, we will be paying for it in the form of  higher taxes.

After the GOP clearly built a stronger case against ObamaCare at the health care summit (when state-run media calls it a “draw”, you know the Republicans got the upper hand), they need to form their own health care summit and create another one of their own comprehensive health care bill (previous bills were thrown out by congressional Democrats) [Article - ObamaCare' alienates most Americans].

Harkin: ObamaCare Will Pass With Or Without GOP

Big surprise here:  Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) says that health care reform will pass with or without GOP support.  These should be welcome words for anyone who is opposed to the brand of health care reform that President Obama and other leftists politicians are wanting to force upon an unwilling American public [Article: Harkin: Health reform will pass – with or without GOP support].

Obama was correct about something.  After ObamaCare is rammed down our throats, even when a majority of the American people don’t want the Democrat version, he’s right—that’s what elections are for.  After November of this year, it will be a lot more difficult for leftists in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to fulfill their utopian socialist agenda [Article: Obama warns Republicans he will pass health care].

ObamaCare Summit: Waste Of Time Or Entertaining TV?

The health care summit sponsored by Barack Obama took place today and there are mixed reactions across the political divide [Article - Reality TV or Healthcare Summit?].

If you watched or listened to the summit in whole or in part, what are your thoughts?  What were the strong points and what were the weak points made on both sides?  Do you think the whole thing was a colossal waste of time or did it make for entertaining TV?

Thousands Protest Man-Made Global Warming

Thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest man-made global warming. Needless to say, they received a very cold reception from the Obama administration and leftist environut politicians.

Looks like a hostile crowd to me.

Note: This is for entertainment purposes. If the likeness of any of these figures resembles any person living, dead, or otherwise, it is purely coincidental. If any snow person (I want to be PC here) is offended by what is presented here, please melt as quickly as possible. If any leftist nut job in defense of defenseless snow people is offended—get a friggin’ life…or better yet, “chill out”!

Why Should The GOP Show Up At The Obama Health Care Summit?

President Obama will be staging a televised production known as a “health care summit”.  To be sure, the leftists in attendance will deliver their spoon-fed talking points and make sure to mention the GOP as being the party of “no” at least 100 times or more (exaggeration?) [Article - Let's scream at each other about health reform].

If leftists like Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al want to use the summit as a platform to attack and smear the GOP and I think it would be a mistake on the Republicans’ part if they don’t think that is what will happen, I say we should let them spout talking points given to them by their left-wing base and rehash worn-out rhetoric from the past year for all the viewers to see and hear.

What the Republicans need to do is be concise, direct, and non-confrontational.  They should state their case before the American people and offer up their ideas, which have been constantly turned down by Obama and congressional Democrats.  The Obama administration has been so kind as to post them on the White House’s web site, so let’s see if Obama can put his money where his mouth is [A Bipartisan Meeting on Health Reform].

It shouldn’t take long for the Republicans to find out if the “summit” is just a forum to espouse leftist propaganda and Republican-bashing sputum.  If that turns out to be the case, they need to stand up, turn toward the door, and walk right out.

Reference links:

Democrats stifle Republican health care plans

Conservative Health Care Reform—Fixing What Is Broken Without Increased Government Control And Higher Taxes

Senate Doctors Show And Submission Of A Conservative Health Care Plan

Ignored: H.R. 3218 – Improving Health Care For All Americans Act

Senator Mike Enzi Proposes A Health Care Reform Bill—Ignored By Democrat Majority

Cook: “I think you could triple the Republican Party’s problems and I’d still rather have their problems than the problems facing Democrats.”

Charlie Cook writes from a somewhat lefty point of view–for instance, he thinks the problem with the porkulus wasn’t that government spending doesn’t work, but that it wasn’t big enough–but even he paints a very dismal picture for the Obamacrats in 2010:

Well when a Democratic Senate candidates loses Barney Frank’s district and loses Massachusetts, I think it raises a legitimate question of what is safe — not what’s in danger, but what is safe.

But if you were going to build a profile of where is it going to be absolutely the worst for Democrats, I would say the Deep South, Old South, the border south, states and districts with large small-town and rural populations, maybe lower percentages of college graduates — in other words, sort of yuppie types. I would say fewer transplants from the north. Places where Obama did worse than John Kerry did in the general election.

And there’s sort of like a Nike swoosh, eastern Ohio, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, down and across Tennessee, across the south and all the way to Oklahoma that Obama — I mean, 70 percent of the counties in America, Barack Obama did much better than John Kerry, but there is a sort of a swoosh of counties where Obama underperformed John Kerry — and let’s face it, John Kerry wasn’t exactly a son of the South — so that was like particularly bad.

Or you could look at, where did Obama lose to Hillary Clinton. A lot of working class white areas, that sort of thing. I mean I think those are going to be sort of the ground zero states and districts where it’s going to be bad. But I don’t know that there are many places that aren’t going to be bad, I mean, that are going to be good….

The thing that I think a lot of Democratic strategists are really concerned about is that some of these districts are going to be gone for a generation or more. I mean, they’re not coming back. They’re ones that had somehow managed to hang on in Democratic hands even after the Democratic Party fell out of favor in a lot of the South. But once they slip away, I’m not sure they’re coming back.

Doesn’t look very good, does it?

Read the whole thing.

Tea Party Moves To Influence GOP

Now, this, I consider good news, and a good move by the Tea Party activists.

Conservative activists who once protested the political establishment are now flooding the lowest level of the Republican Party apparatus hoping to take over the party they once scorned — one precinct at a time.

Across the country, tea party groups that had focused on planning rallies are educating members on how to run for GOP precinct representative positions. The representatives help elect county party leaders, who write the platform and, in some places, determine endorsements.

As I said about 10 months ago, the next step for the Tea Partiers was to start making their voices heard at the local level… city councils, GOP precincts, etc. Looks like they’re doing it, which I think is good.

Health Care Summit A Big Mistake For Obama, A Big Opportunity For The GOP

This upcoming televised health care summit is a really big mistake from the President. Let’s look at the possible ways this can turn out:

  1. Obama comes, listens, and then accepts none of the GOP proposals. This makes Obama look unwilling to find a truly bipartisan solution, resistant to compromise, and extremely out of touch with the concerns the voters have expressed. This could hardly be considered A Good Thing.
  2. Obama accepts all of the GOP proposals. This would cause a meltdown amongst the lefties, who are already starting to grumble that he did not push hard enough for it when he had a filibuster-proof Senate majority. Since the only real support he has left is, no pun intended, on the left, this can’t be considered A Good Thing either.
  3. Obama accepts some, but not all, of the GOP recommendations. This probably buys him the worst of both worlds. If he just accepts a few minor changes but no real substantive ones, the GOP can still hammer him on being unwilling to accept that big parts of the current proposal are unacceptable to the voters. If he accepts substantive changes, he still ends up in trouble with the left, for the same reasons outlined above.

In the end, Obama seems completely unable to grasp the concept that more talking simply cannot make everything go his own way. And while that’s good for the GOP, it’s bad for the country as a whole.

The President’s “Question Time” With the GOP – NOT a “Win-Win”

Many pundits are saying that the “question time” discussion between President Obama and a GOP retreat was a “win-win” for both sides.

I must, respectfully, disagree.

Overall, it’s a win for the GOP, but hardly a win for the President. Simply put, he’s painted himself into a corner.

In the first place, in order to accept any of the GOP proposals, Obama would have to apply some serious arm-twisting to Pelosi and Reid. It’s hardly likely that he would, or even if he did, that he could win, since he is so low on political capital right now. So, it’s far more likely that he (and the Dems in Congress) won’t adopt any of what the GOP offered; and that will just reinforce the concept that Obama is not listening to the American people, that he wants to push the country in a way that even the voters of deep blue Massachusetts are trying to stop, and that he is absolutely committed to this course of action regardless of the consequences. That is hardly a “win” for the President.

He could, of course, come out and say that he tried but that Pelosi and Reid decided not to, but that’s not really a win either. In the first place, there’s the believability factor, and after breaking so many campaign promises, that’s a real problem for Mr. Obama. There’s also the problem that saying that would amount to thumbing his nose at the left, and with just about every other political stripe turning against him, he really doesn’t want to alienate his only remaining supporters. It would also indicate that this President is so weak that he can’t get the Congressional leaders to do what he wants; this would pretty much relegate Mr. Obama to a very minor role, and he almost certainly won’t accept that.

So, what I think we’re going to see is what I outlined above; Obama, Pelosi, and Reid will completely ignore the Republican proposals that many people saw Obama listening to; this will prove to them that the Dems really don’t care what the people want, and that will cause even more problems for the Democrats.


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