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Monday, October 12, 2009

It's Getting Tiresome

Rabid Obama sycophant E.J. Dionne makes the same old charge against those who oppose the hero he worships - We're racists.

There is no doubt that some of the anger is fueled by racial feeling, which is not the same as saying that all opposition to Obama is explained by racism. Most Obama opponents are simply conservative Republicans who disagree with him. But there are too many racist signs at rallies and too many overtly racial pronouncements in the fever swamps of the right-wing media to deny that racism is part of the anti-Obama mix.
Actually, there's a lot of doubt that racism plays any part in this.  In fact, there's a good bit of doubt that the opposition to Obama's extreme liberal efforts to destroy this country rise to the level of anger at all.  I prefer to think of it as vehement opposition, something Dionne and his ilk aren't accustomed to there in the Magic Kingdom of Washington D.C.

Be that as it may, Dionne doesn't make any attempt to identify or, heaven forbid, try to repress that doubt that may exist.  He simply declares racism to be a fact and moves on.  

"Too many racist signs at rallies"?  I've seen one.  At the hundreds and hundreds of rallies that have taken place.  And I look.

"Too many overtly racial pronouncements"?  Name one, genius.

Instead we get empty, unsupported, unsupportable attacks.

To my thinking, there's surely some hatred being exhibited here.  But it's not coming from the right.  E.J. Dionne needs to look in a mirror.

And put up or shut up.

Someone Needs To Break It To Him

President Obama on Saturday:

"What's remarkable is not that we've had a spirited debate about health insurance reform, but the unprecedented consensus that has come together behind it."

I think he must have been talking about the consensus on health care that has come together in his bedroom.

Because in the rest of the country, there's anything but.

Besides the fact that a majority of Americans oppose Obama's effort to destroy the finest system ever devised by humankind (see "Opposition to Health Care Reform Grows"), there's mounting opposition from those who he needed on his side most (Olympia Snowe excepting):
New Bill Would Raise Rates, Says Insurance Group
By Ceci Connolly, Washington Post Staff Writer

After months of collaboration on President Obama's attempt to overhaul the nation's health-care system, the insurance industry plans to strike out against the effort on Monday with a report warning that the typical family premium in 2019 could cost $4,000 more than projected.

Industry officials said they intend to circulate the report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers on Capitol Hill and promote it in new advertisements. That could complicate Democratic hopes for action on the legislation this week.

"The report makes clear that several major provisions in the current legislative proposal will cause health care costs to increase far faster and higher than they would under the current system," Karen Ignagni, AHIP's president and chief executive, wrote to board members Sunday. "Between 2010 and 2019 the cumulative increases in the cost of a typical family policy under this reform proposal will be approximately $20,700 more than it would be under the current system." [link]
I'll tell you where this is headed.  In the end, Obama will raise taxes on business to pay for health coverage for many of those who don't currently have insurance.  In other words, we'll end up with another welfare program

And his pledge to make health care more affordable for all? 

As a famous journalist once said:

Never mind.

I Blame It On Global Warming

The Beginnings of an Epitaph

Ross Douthat:
Great achievements may still await our Nobel president. If Obama goes from strength to strength, then this travesty will be remembered as a footnote to his administration, rather than a defining moment.

But by accepting the prize, he’s made failure, if and when it comes, that much more embarrassing and difficult to bear. What’s more, he’s etched in stone the phrase with which critics will dismiss his presidency.

Slick Willie. Tricky Dick. Jimmy “Malaise” Carter. Dubya the Incompetent.

And now Barack Obama, Nobel laureate
Remind anyone of that other Nobel laureate who gained fame for his expert handling of a PowerPoint slide show?

Fox News To Whiner-in-Chief:

LiberalThink Gone Mad

This would be hilarious if a little boy's psyche wasn't being irreparably damaged:
It’s a Fork, It’s a Spoon, It’s a ... Weapon?
By Ian Urbina, New York Times

Newark, Del. — Finding character witnesses when you are 6 years old is not easy. But there was Zachary Christie last week at a school disciplinary committee hearing with his karate instructor and his mother’s fiancĂ© by his side to vouch for him.

Zachary’s offense? Taking a Cub Scout utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about joining the Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and Zachary now faces 45 days in the district’s reform school.

Spurred in part by the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings, many school districts around the country adopted zero-tolerance policies on the possession of weapons on school grounds. More recently, there has been growing debate over whether the policies have gone too far. [link]
Many would argue that the kid is better off being home-schooled anyway.  But that's beside the point.

What were these administrators thinking? 

Giving Republicans a Bad Name

The people of South Carolina are so right on their politics.  That's why it's so mystifying that they keep reelecting that nitwit to the United States Senate - Lindsey Graham.

For he's at it again.

I sent him an email in response to his op/ed piece yesterday. It was mostly civil.