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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Now I Know Why They Support ObamaCare

Those writing for the Roanoke Times editorial page are stark raving stupid.

Want a chuckle?  Or a good cry, now that ObamaCare has passed?

Get a load of this, from "Health Care Reform Passes":
[N]o American will be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Insurance rates will begin to come down as companies compete on quality and price instead of which can eliminate the most sick people from its coverage pool. The practice of finding some flimsy excuse to drop a customer who becomes sick will be outlawed.

Near universal coverage will mean less cost-shifting of charity care. An independent commission for Medicare will wring efficiencies out of that system that Congress lacked the political will to implement.

Most Americans who get their coverage from their workplaces will see no major change -- except they won't have to worry that their insurance company will find a reason to drop them if they get sick and they'll know that affordable coverage will be available if they change jobs or lose their current position. [link]
Back here on planet Earth:

(1) "Insurance rates will begin to come down."  Bullshit.  Insurance rates will continue to rise.

(2) "Near universal coverage will mean less cost-shifting of charity care."  Near universal coverage will mean someone is going to be paying a whole lot more for those who formerly depended on charity care.  That would be you, sucker.

(3) "An independent commission for Medicare will wring efficiencies out of that system."  Government and efficiencies.  There's a good one.  Remember the $600 government toilet seat?  Soon to be on a drug store counter near you: The $600 Advil.  "Wring efficiencies out of that system."  Don't make me puke.

(4)  "Most Americans who get their coverage from their workplaces will see no major change."  Strap yourselves in; the non-change is going to break bones.

(5) "Affordable coverage will be available."  Like in Britain, where lines are long and care is horrendous. But it's affordable.

You geniuses at the Times wanted ObamaCare.  Based on the delusions above, I see why.

Well, now you own it.  And the American people are going to remind you of that fact every day we have to live with it.

Every day.

At Least We'll All Be EQUALLY Poor

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
 -- Winston Churchill--
In Health Care Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality
By David Leonhardt, New York Times

For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government’s biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.

A big chunk of the money to pay for the bill comes from lifting payroll taxes on households making more than $250,000. [link]
"I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody."

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."
-- Karl Marx --

While The Mainstream Press Sings Hosannas For Obama ...

... the rest of the country worries over the coming implosion:
Fox News Poll: 79% Say U.S. Economy Could Collapse
By Dana Blanton, FOXNews.com

Most American voters believe it’s possible the nation’s economy could collapse, and majorities don’t think elected officials in Washington have ideas for fixing it.

The latest Fox News poll finds that 79 percent of voters think it’s possible the economy could collapse, including large majorities of Democrats (72 percent), Republicans (84 percent) and independents (80 percent).

Just 18 percent think the economy is "so big and strong it could never collapse."

Moreover, 78 percent of voters believe the federal government is "larger and more costly" than it has ever been before, and by nearly three-to-one more voters think the national debt (65 percent) is a greater potential threat to the country’s future than terrorism (23 percent).

"These results reveal a deep anxiety about the fragility of our economy, as voters face continued uncertainty about jobs and an expanding commitment to public sector spending," said Ernest Paicopolos, a principal of Opinion Dynamics. [link]
Medicare is broke.  Medicaid is broke.  Social Security is broke.  The states are broke. The mortgage industry has already collapsed.  Banks are closing every week.  Home values have plummeted.  We now have a permanent unemployment rate of 10%.  The federal treasury is in debt up to its eyeballs.  And the government has just taken on the impossible - and impossibly expensive - task  of "fixing" our health care system.

I want to talk to the 21% who think the U.S. is not headed toward collapse.

The Haves & Have Nots

It seems a given that, since Barack and Michelle Obama are willing to subject their kids to public school educations, that ...

What?

They refuse to let the little ones mingle with us, the great unwashed?

Or make them go to inferior schools?

Still, Barack, Man of the People, will force his children to accept ObamaCare coverage.

Right?

Let's find out:
GOP wants Obama to enroll in Obamacare
By: Susan Ferrechio, Chief Congressional Correspondent, Washington Examiner

As the Senate grinds through 20 hours of debate on the health care reconciliation bill, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Tuesday night offered an amendment that would require the president, vice-president, members of Congress, political appointees and congressional staff to get their federal health benefits through the soon-to-be-created health insurance exchanges.

This group currently gets insurance through a system overseen by the Office of Management and Budget and under the health care bill signed into law today, some of the congressional staff would have to sign up for insurance through the exchanges. But some would be exempted. Politico filed a story Tuesday night pointing out that leadership and committee staff are exempt from having to use the exchanges. This has caused a bit of an uproar on Capitol Hill, with Republicans accusing top Democratic staff of writing a health care law that's not good enough for them to participate in.

"President Obama has publicly advertised that his reforms would give members of the public the same coverage available to Members of Congress," reads a GOP summary of the Grassley measure. "This amendment would ensure that he, his successors, and all his appointed political officials would also have the same coverage members of the public enrolled in the Exchange receive." [link]
Trust me on this, tomorrow's headline:  The president, vice-president, members of Congress, political appointees and congressional staff refuse to be subjected to ObamaCare.

There's them.  And there's us.  And  don't forget it.

Congressmen Lie

And the sky is blue.

All the mainstream press hoopla over the incident that occurred in Washington on Sunday in which Tea Party protesters were alleged to have shouted the word "nigger" at a Democratic congressman who was walking his way toward the Capitol now appears - certainly - to have been overwrought (you're surprised, I know) as the allegations were almost certainly fabricated.

Not that that really makes a difference to the agenda-driven mainstream press.

The truth, for what it's worth:
Anatomy of a Racial Smear
By Jack Cashill, American Thinker

For the last year, the media have been desperately trying to hang the "racist" tag around the Tea Party movement as a way to discredit it. This past weekend, they would seem to have finally succeeded.

The McClatchy newspaper chain whose slogan is "truth to power" launched an opening salvo on Saturday, March 20 with the inflammatory headline -- its exact words -- "Tea party protesters scream 'nigger' at black congressman." That is "protestors" in the plural who "scream" a racial epithet, "nigger," at a particular "congressman."

This one headline contains one perilously uncorroborated accusation and three conscious fabrications, beginning with the identity of the "congressman" in question. So much for "truth to power."

To give the story poignancy, reporter William Douglas makes iconic civil rights veteran John Lewis the subject of the abuse. He is the "congressman" alluded to in the headline. The only problem is that Lewis never heard anything. This is the first of the fabrications.

According to the article, Lewis was walking from the Cannon Office Building to the Capitol when protesters started shouting. According to Lewis, however, what they shouted was not a racial slur, but "Kill the bill, kill the bill." If he heard anything more derogatory, he does not seem to have told Douglas about it.

As Douglas reports, it was Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., a Lewis colleague walking a few steps behind him, who actually claimed to have heard the slur. Note the way that Douglas runs these sentences together.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said he was a few yards behind Lewis and distinctly heard "nigger."

"It was a chorus," Cleaver said. "In a way, I feel sorry for those people who are doing this nasty stuff - they're being whipped up. I decided I wouldn't be angry with any of them."

Douglas deliberately leaves the impression that Cleaver heard a "chorus" of people shouting racial slurs. The use of the plural in the headline is the second of the fabrications. The chorus was, in fact, shouting, "Kill the Bill."

It is unlikely that Cleaver misled Douglas. In the era of the ubiquitous camera, he would have known that such an accusation could be immediately refuted, as it certainly has been. The ample videotape evidence shows there was no such chorus. [link]
The many video and audio recordings of the incident refute the vile claims.  It seems certain that Cleaver (and this Douglas character) made it all up.  Because they don't like Tea Party protesters.  A kind of bigotry of its own.

You might want to remember this next time one of these lowlifes screams the charge "nigger."  Which should come in the next few hours, if history teaches us anything about these people.

The Country Is Run By Nitwits

Is it any wonder that Congress' approval rating is at an all-time low?

I've mentioned the fact (well, it's my firm belief) that Representative John Conyers of Detroit is one of the least intelligent members of that august body that we increasingly owe our very existences to.

If this doesn't give credence to my contention, I don't know what will:



That's right. The "Good and Welfare Clause."

Unbelievable.