Monday, August 31, 2009
In contrast, today, Barack Obama has gotten everything his party has wanted: a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate (until Ted Kennedy's recent passing), an abysmal stimulus package, and the almost-assured passage of some kind of heath care reform in the near future.
And yet, Rasmussen reports that Obama's approval rating sits at 46%, a mere 11 points higher than Bush's final week.
To where have the faithful fled? Is it possible that universal health care is the flagship policy for many liberals and political kryptonite all rolled into one?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
As expected, liberal bloggers chastised her for this saying she was stupid (as per their M.O.) for making their point about abortion. What they fail to realize is that she wasn't making their point about abortion; they were making her point about government controlled health care.
Listen to how she answers one comment on government-run maternity care.
She's definitely on my "watch list" for political heroes. I'll keep you posted.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Update: Gallup says, "If his [Obama's] rating falls below 50% before November, it would represent the third-fastest drop to below majority approval since World War II, behind the declines for Gerald Ford (in his third month as president) and Bill Clinton (in his fourth month)."
So that got me thinking. What do we call this health bill if Kennedy's name is attached to it?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Via ABC News
Sen. Ted Kennedy died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.
The man known as the "liberal lion of the Senate" had fought a more than year-long battle with brain cancer, and according to his son had lived longer with the disease than his doctors expected him to.
"We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever," the Kennedy family said in a statement. "He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it."
Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy, the youngest Kennedy brother who was left to head the family's political dynasty after his brothers President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated.
Kennedy championed health care reform, working wages and equal rights in his storied career. In August, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian honor -- by President Obama. His daughter, Kara Kennedy, accepted the award on his behalf.
No doubt his life will be recounted in the media as that of a "great man." And no doubt his death will be leveraged by the democratic party in the health care debate. And instinctively I'm all for meeting them on their terms and describing what a despicable partisan hack he was, I must force restraint.
Criticism of Kennedy's past decisions and ideological bludgeoning will come in due time. Now it is appropriate for all Americans to pause, say a prayer for the Kennedy family and respect the passing of this public figure.
Monday, August 24, 2009
But the program, now expanded to $3 billion and offering rebates of up to $4,500, isn't limited to the best gas savers on the market. And that's good news to Beny Ledesma, general sales manager at Williamson Cadillac-Hummer in Miami.
The dealership has sold three 2009 Cadillac SRXs - the six-cylinder engine model - through the clunkers program, he said, and is finishing paperwork on two more. Ledesma hopes to sell the other 14 at the dealership, along with some of the Hummer H3Ts on the lot that are eligible for clunker rebates.
Both vehicles get about 18 mpg, considerably less than the 25.3 mpg average that LaHood has attributed to new cars purchased under the clunker program.
"The Cash for Clunkers is definitely generating traffic for Cadillac and Hummer," Ledesma said
No longer will Americans receive government dollars for primarily purchasing vehicles from Japanese auto-makers.
Smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles like the Toyota Corolla are top sellers, while buyers are trading in SUV's like the Ford Explorer to be scrapped, turning the already dwindling number of American car owners into the growing ranks of foreign car drivers.
Toyota vehicles accounted for 19.2 percent of the 489,269 sales, while General Motors had the second spot at 17.7 percent.
Another "successful" government program has thankfully come to an end.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Now Cindy Sheehan is beginning to see the end of the love coming from the left. Now she is criticizing Obama's war, and that is simply unacceptable.
See all those white people bringing guns to the town hall meeting?
Now watch this video of the same rally, same guy, same gun.
I have three points -
1) It's not a good idea to bring a weapon to a town hall meeting or a rally where the president is speaking. I don't care what your right is; it's a security threat against a high-profile target. You also might cause some liberal to die of a heart attack, which is an unacceptable means to increasing our chances for victory in future elections. STOP BRINGING WEAPONS TO THESE RALLIES.
2) MSNBC clearly did not want to show the man's skin color in their edit of the video because then their whole "angry, white, old people want to kill Obama because of health care" narrative would be shot, if you'll pardon the pun.
3)Zombie has an interesting piece on this topic where he shows lots of pictures of people threatening Bush. For example:
It looks like some of them were African-American and Hispanic. Are we to assume they hated Bush because he was white? Or maybe we should take a cue from MSNBC and just crop the images with the white people in them and imply everyone who opposed Bush was black or hispanic.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The thrashing congressional Democrats have received at town halls over the recess has been enough for them to shift the terms, yet the goals and ideas remain the same. Let there be no doubt a single-payer health care system is the goal.
That's why Democrats are going after insurance companies directly now rather than facing them in the open marketplace, where the government would certainly have an overwhelming advantage, but the political costs would be far too great. In a replay of winter's shots at AIG executive bonuses and GM's private jets, Democratic members of the House of Representatives have now taken aim at the insurance companies directly.
According to Politico:
"Letters sent to 52 insurance companies by Democratic leaders demand extensive documents for an examination of ‘extensive compensation and other business practices in the health insurance industry.' The letters set a deadline of Sept. 14 for the documents.And which Democrats would sign such a letter? Well, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), of course. Where have you heard that name before? Rep. Waxman is one of the most out-spoken sponsors of the health care bill. Why would he want to talk to insurance companies right when the congress gets back from recess? In order to make a coordinated attack against the insurance companies through congressional hearings and simultaneously passing a law that would ultimately destroy them.
By Sept. 4, the firms are supposed to supply detailed compensation data for board members and top executives, as well as a 'table listing all conferences, retreats, or other events held outside company facilities from January 1, 2007, to the present that were paid for, reimbursed, or subsidized in whole or in part by your company.'"
Warning: Do not look directly at the nostrils.
We all know that come mid-September, we'll see the leaders of private corporations being forced to defend legal practices within their companies using capital generated from profits derived from legal practices within the marketplace.
And they will be demonized for it.
The insurance companies will join the likes of the oil companies who are perennially slammed by the government machine when the price of gasoline rises in response to demand. In the United States, the best way to test your success as a company is directly proportional to how many times you have appeared before a Congressional subcommittee that questions how your organization has spent the money you have earned especially when the earning and spending of said finances both took place through perfectly legal practices.
Monday, August 17, 2009
And if the email address has been disabled, does that mean the White House is responsible for disinformation in the health care debate considering they are still directing people to use the email address?
And if the address is down due to some kind of technical mismanagement, that poses a different problem. If the government cannot manage a single email address, how well do you think they will manage the entire health care system?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I wrote a review of the t-shirt for the store website.
But when I hit submit, I received this error. Too bad.
(Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Additionally, any emails received will eventually enter into the public record. And don't think "eventually" means sometime in the far distant future when you are dead and gone. No, they become public domain five years after the president's administration.
So as best as I can tell, the email you sent to your aunt Sue, which she forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org could become part of the public record as soon as 2017. Do you think you might have to interview for a job in 2017? Do you think they would be interested on where you stood on the health plan?
I like the way Ed at HotAir put it:
"Either they’re completely incompetent at the most basic New Media task — that of following RSS feeds — or they’re paranoid and want to turn Americans into snitches on political dissent. Even Nixon had the good sense to build his own enemies list."
Don't forget to be adding email@example.com to any spam-sending sites you can find. They'll appreciate your concern.
From USA Today:
"For all the chatter and the yelling and the shouting and the noise, what you need to know is this: If you don't have health insurance, you will finally have quality, affordable options, once we pass reform," he said. "If you do have health insurance, we will make sure that no insurance company or a government bureaucrat gets between you and the care that you need."You might recall that the term "chatter" is used to describe the intercepted communications between terrorist organizations. Since 9/11 any changes in the amount of "chatter" have been reported across all the major news networks.
In the minds of the American people, the term "chatter" has become associated with terrorist organizations. For the president to use this term to describe the legitimate dissent of a significant group of Americans represents yet another faux pas in this President's ever-growing list of gaffes.
Or it could be a calculated move by the leader of the Democratic party? It wouldn't be out of character for the left. Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Hoyer referred to the dissenting Americans as "un-American." The White House itself requested that Americans turn each other in to the government if they hear anything "fishy" even in "casual conversations."
What do you think? Was this a calculated shot at the town hall protesters or was it just a terrible choice of words?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Yeah, I don't remember that either.
So let me get this straight, Barry. We should be in favor of government health care because it won't shut out private insurance programs just like the post office didn't shut out private mail options? I would like to see what the market share is for the U.S. Postal Service versus the private alternatives. Then I would like to see which ones are actually turning a profit.
Oh wait. I have my answer. A mere week ago, this article appeared on MSN's website with the headline "Post office mulls closing hundreds of offices: Postal agency is facing a nearly $7 billion potential loss."
So don't worry kiddos, the health program that Obama is promoting will be run every bit as efficiently as the US Postal Service! Feel better now?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
From the White House website:
"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org."
They want to know who opposes ObamaCare? And they've given you an email address to contact them about it? Let them have it!
Let's put the tax dollars paying for email@example.com to good use and sign that email address up for every spamalicious website you can find. Sign it up for all kinds of crap. Flood it with so much worthless junk that any reports of "disinformation" get smothered in offers for free Viagra and male enhancement products.
Come to think of it, those are legitimate uses for the email address, right? Free Viagra and male enhancements are technically disinformation concerning health care in America. So let them have it!
Don't forget, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I love how he takes his own duty to defend the Constitution and applies it to the Senator. Compare the oath that he took with the oath that the Senator took and you will see that he's not off-base in using this equivalency.
Congressional Oath of Office
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."
Military Oath of Command (for Officers, but the oath for enlisted men is similar)
"I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God."
Of course the question that is ultimately being debated with the health care discussion is whether or not the federal government has the authority to control the health care system under either ObamaCare or, the ultimate goal, a "single-payer health care system" (read "socialized medicine.")
I think the federal government has a whole lot more to apologize for in addition for ever considering this health care bill, but the odds those power-hungry elites will ever apologize for anything is basically nil.
Obama wouldn't even apologize for saying a police officer "acted stupidly" when the president admitted he wasn't familiar with the case. Trust me. Apology is not on the menu.
Unless it's an apology to foreign dictators.
Specter and Sebelius get an earful in Philadelphia
"Just Say No!"
Rep. Steve Kagen gets an earful at his "listening session." Thanks to Michelle Malkin for this one.
Steve Driehaus (D-OH) Gets to know his constituency a little better. Ed at HotAir tells us, "You know how to tell that your town-hall meeting was a flop? Your constituents start chanting to vote for … the guy you beat in the last election. Former Rep. Steve Chabot lost OH-01 by 15,000 votes last November, but at least some of those voters may be feeling nostalgic for Chabot about now." Ouch! [CAUTION: THE AUDIO ON THIS IS PRETTY POOR]
Rep. Tim Bishop(D-NY)claims the VA system works well, then gets called out by an actual veteran who disagrees with him. The goods start at about the 1:20 mark, but notice the large crowd who could not get into the tiny meeting hall. At the 6:50 mark Bishop says "nobody is talking about the government taking over health care," which the crowd apparently does not believe. If you need a drinking game to get through Bishop's explanations, take a shot each time he rolls his eyes at his own constituents.
(Part 2 of the Bishop town hall) This one starts out better than the last one. Bishop says the primary role of the government is "to provide for the common good." The crowd replies almost in one voice, "no it's to provide freedom." Nice.
This guy, deserves his own post!
I'm still looking for video of this, but you can read Steven Portnoy's first hand report of a town hall meeting with Frank Kratovil. It was supposed to be one-on-one meetings with constituents, but when an overwhelming number of people showed up demanding meet with the congressman in the open rather than behind closed doors, it turned into a town hall meeting.
Of course the Congress doesn't want it's own health care plan. They already have great health care.... just like the rest of us.
Keep checking this page during the August recess of congress as I will be updating with videos whenever I come across something new from one of the many town hall meetings taking place.
Monday, August 3, 2009
But Obama will probably just blame Bush, which is the modus operandi of his administration, considering that Bush appeared as the Joker on Vanity Fair's website almost exactly one year ago.
Once again, that evil George Bush is responsible for some mess that Obama has to deal with.