Archive for July 31st, 2009

The Word Became Flesh

Friday, July 31st, 2009

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

John 1:1-5 (New International Version)

“Suborned in the U.S.A.” by Andrew C. McCarthy

Friday, July 31st, 2009

While it is all well and good to belittle the birth-certificate controversy, without it we’d know only what the media and Obama himself would tell us about his multiple citizenships, which is nothing. As noted above, we now know Obama, by operation of British and Kenyan law, was a citizen of Kenya (a status that lapsed in 1982, when he turned 21). That’s something voters would find relevant, especially when Obama’s shocking 2006 conduct in Kenya is considered. But we don’t know about his Kenyan citizenship because the media thought it was newsworthy. We know it only because of the birth-certificate controversy: Pressed to debunk the allegation that Obama was born in Kenya, his embarrassed supporters felt compelled to clarify his Kenyan citizenship.

By contrast, the question whether Obama ever was an Indonesian citizen is still unresolved, as are such related matters as whether the foreign citizenship (if he had it) ever lapsed, and whether he ever held or used an Indonesian passport — for example, during a mysterious trip to Pakistan he took in 1981, after Zia’s coup, when advisories warned Americans against traveling there. By the way, many details about that journey, too, remain unknown. Obama strangely neglected to mention it in his 850 pages of autobiography, even though the 20-year-old’s adventure included a stay at the home of prominent Pakistani politicians.

There may be perfectly benign answers to all of this. But the real question is: Why don’t the media — the watchdog legions who trekked to Sarah Palin’s Alaska hometown to scour for every kernel of gossip, and who were so desperate for Bush dirt that they ran with palpably forged military records — want to dig into Obama’s background?

Who cares that Hawaii’s full state records would doubtless confirm what we already know about Obama’s birthplace? They would also reveal interesting facts about Obama’s life: the delivering doctor, how his parents described themselves, which of them provided the pertinent information, etc. Wasn’t the press once in the business of interesting — and even not-so-interesting — news?

And why would Obama not welcome Hawaii’s release of any record in its possession about the facts and circumstances of his birth? Isn’t that kind of weird? It would, after all, make the whole issue go away and, if there’s nothing there, make those who’ve obsessed over it look like fools. Why should I need any better reason to be curious than Obama’s odd resistance to so obvious a resolution?

There’s speculation out there from the former CIA officer Larry Johnson — who is no right-winger and is convinced the president was born in Hawaii — that the full state records would probably show Obama was adopted by the Indonesian Muslim Lolo Soetoro and became formally known as “Barry Soetoro.” Obama may have wanted that suppressed for a host of reasons: issues about his citizenship, questions about his name (it’s been claimed that Obama represented in his application to the Illinois bar that he had never been known by any name other than Barack Obama), and the undermining of his (false) claim of remoteness from Islam. Is that true? I don’t know and neither do you.

But we should know. The point has little to do with whether Obama was born in Hawaii. I’m quite confident that he was. The issue is: What is the true personal history of the man who has been sold to us based on nothing but his personal history? On that issue, Obama has demonstrated himself to be an unreliable source and, sadly, we can’t trust the media to get to the bottom of it. What’s wrong with saying, to a president who promised unprecedented “transparency”: Give us all the raw data and we’ll figure it out for ourselves?

Read the complete article here.

Cash for Clunkers Runs Out of Money – in One Week

Friday, July 31st, 2009

If our government can mismanage a fairly simple program like the Cash for Clunkers, what makes people think they will ever be able to manage health care? Wake up, people!!!

The House raced Friday to pass legislation to inject an additional $2 billion into the “cash for clunkers” program, whose immediate popularity this week threatened to sink the program.

The $2 billion boost would be created by shuffling around funds from the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, an emergency stimulus for the original $1 billion budget for rebates on new cars that lawmakers worried had been exhausted in only a week.

Reps. Sander Levin, D-Mich., and Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, said the House planned to consider the additional funding after lawmakers from the two states were assured by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that the program would continue while the Obama administration looked for more money.

Democrats in the House were exploring the possibility of votes as early as Friday to replenish the funding. The Senate was not scheduled to vote on Friday but lawmakers hoped to win approval for additional funding next week.

But conservative Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., will object to any additional infusion of funds into the program, which may hold the Senate up well into its recess, as DeMint can tie the Senate in enough procedural knots to create more than a week of delay. DeMint voted against the original measure.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the program will be alive this weekend and that people looking to buy a car through the program this weekend should still do so — but would not commit to any timeframe beyond that.

“If you were planning on going to buy a car this weekend, using this program, this program continues to run,” Gibbs told reporters.

But Gibbs said administration officials and bipartisan leaders of Congress were working Friday morning “to find and develop ways to continue to fund this program.”

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‘They May Not Know What’s Good For Them’

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The poor, benighted little people.  They just don’t understand what a wonderful hopey-changey world Pres. Obama is offering them . . .

Andrea Mitchell has suggested that the problem Pres. Obama is facing in selling his health care plan to Americans who already have coverage is that people “may not know what’s good for them.” [H/t reader Restless 1]

Mitchell made her condescending comment on today’s Morning Joe.

ANDREA MITCHELL: You’ve got 47% of the people in our NBC/Wall Street Journal opinion poll who have health insurance who don’t like what the president is doing.  The problem he’s got — 47% of the people who’ve got coverage don’t want change.  They don’t like what they’re hearing. Now, they may not know what’s good for them, but the problem is that he always knew he was going to have to persuade people with insurance, that’s the largest number, not the people without insurance, for expanded coverage.  So they’ve got a real problem.

Condescension seems to be in the MSNBC air.  Yesterday, we noted Chris Matthews, surprised that Sgt. James Crowley could handle a press conference, calling him “our Susan Boyle.”  Now this.

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Reform Could Fund Health Care for Illegal Workers

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Health care reform could end up bailing out employers who hire illegal immigrants and skimp on their health benefits.

Under the legislation being considered on Capitol Hill, undocumented workers would technically not be covered. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as much in an interview Sunday.

“No, illegal immigrants are not covered by this plan,” she said.

But the reality, immigration analysts say, is that the legislation is missing any mechanism to keep illegals out of the system. And if they exploit that loophole, taxpayers could be on the hook for billions to cover health care costs their employers do not.

Already, illegal immigrants account for $10.7 billion in state and federal health care spending, according to preliminary numbers from The Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Special projects director Jack Martin said that amount, which derives in large part from emergency room visits and births, would only rise unless the health care proposals on the Hill are changed.

“The bill in its current form is in effect going to be tempting to illegal immigrants who are not yet receiving medical benefits,” Martin said. “We would expect that the cost would increase.”

In a recent study, FAIR said that nothing in the health care package would prevent illegal immigrants from enrolling in a taxpayer-funded public plan, and that no verification mechanisms exist to prevent them from receiving credits to help with private plans.

The increased burden on taxpayers means they would inevitably end up footing the bill for employers who hire illegal immigrants.

The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 7.25 million illegal immigrants do not have health insurance.

Steven Camarota, research director at the non-partisan think tank, said that of those, about 4 million are probably employed — and that the cost of covering all of them could be in the neighborhood of $8 billion to $12 billion annually.

Those figures are full of variables.

On one hand, it doesn’t include the cost of covering children — which could put the number even higher.

On the other, it assumes all employed illegal immigrants had no public health benefits before and would suddenly max them out in the future. In reality, some of them would have already been funded in part by the public whenever they went to the emergency room. Plus it’s unlikely that all 4 million would seek better health care under the new plan because some would be afraid of being caught. And businesses big enough could face a mandate to provide coverage anyway, should they choose to comply. That puts the final number lower.

In addition, many illegal immigrants do pay taxes — so those individuals would not be getting something for nothing.

But Camarota said at the very least, the health care plans being considered on Capitol Hill would probably exacerbate the problem of employers letting taxpayers pay for their illegal workers’ health care.

“Illegal immigration kind of looms as the 800-pound gorilla,” he said. “The impact is really big.”

And he said the legislation invites that impact.

“The legislation says illegal immigrants are not supposed to get this plan, but it also guts any of the mechanisms that would leave them out — typical Washington kind of thing,” Camarota said.

Though undocumented workers wouldn’t technically be allowed in the plan, President Obama frequently factors them in to describe how bad the health care crisis is.

Just last week, Obama cited the “47 million Americans” who are uninsured as he called on Congress to act.

But that figure, which critics say is already slightly overstated, includes millions of non-citizens — legal and illegal.

A Census report on 2007 statistics showed that the 45.7 million people in the United States were uninsured. Of those, 9.7 million were not citizens.

And most of those are illegal immigrants, according to other studies. While the Center for Immigration Studies estimated 7.25 million were illegal, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that number at 6 million.

Why are so many immigrants uninsured?

According to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, non-citizen immigrants are far more likely to be uninsured than native-born citizens mostly because they are less likely to be offered health insurance by their employers.

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What Government Health Care, As Currently Written, Is Going to Do to You

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Liberty Council has a brief analysis of what the government health care, as it is currently written, is going to do to you. Out of all of the horrible things in this bill, here’s the one that galls me the most:
Members of Congress will be exempt from being forced into this plan. They will have their own. The liberals, Democrats and some Republicans – while forcing you to join the plan – refuse to include themselves. Members of Congress will have a better plan which gives them freedom you will be denied.

Here’s some that caught my eyes. Be sure to follow the link at the end and read the whole thing.

• Sec. 122, Pg 29, lines 4-16 – YOUR HEALTHCARE WILL BE RATIONED!
• Sec. 123, Pg 30 – THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE deciding what treatments and benefits you get.
• Sec. 142, Pg 42 – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your benefits for you. You have no choice!
• Sec. 152, Pg 50-51 – HC will be provided to ALL NON-US citizens.
• Sec. 163, Pg 58-59 beginning at line 5 – government will have real-time access to individual’s finances & a National ID Health care card will be issued!
• Sec. 163, Pg 59, lines 21-24 – government will have direct access to your banks accounts for electronic funds transfer.
• Sec. 164, Pg 65 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in unions & community organizations (ACORN).
• Sec. 201, Pg 72, Lines 8-14 – government is creating an HC Exchange to bring private plans under government control.
• Sec. 203, Pg 85, Line 7 – Specifications of benefit levels for plans means that the government will define your HC plan and has the ability to ration your healthcare!
• Pg 287 Line 14-25 PROOF that Govt will ration HC by mandating waiting periods for readmission.
• Sec. 312, Pg 145, Line 15-17 – Employers MUST auto-enroll employees into public option plan.
• Sec. 401.59B, Pg 167, Lines 18-23 – ANY individual who does not have acceptable care, according to government, will be taxed 2.5% of income.
• Sec.59B, Pg 170 Lines, 1 – Any NONRESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay for their healthcare.)
• Sec. 431, Pg 195, Lines 1-3 – Officers and employees of HC Administration (government) will have access to ALL Americans financial and personal records.
• Sec. 441, Pg 203, Lines 14-15 – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that.
• PG 455 Lines 3-4 Govt exempts itself from Chapter 35, Title 44 Paperwork Reduction & Citizens Privacy Protection Act
• Sec. 1121, Pg 239, Line 14-24 – The government will limit and reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income and poor are the ones affected.
• Sec. 1145, Pg 272 – Treatment of certain cancer hospitals: Cancer patients and their treatment are open to rationing!
• Sec. 1177, Pg 354 – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people! “Extension of Authority of Special Needs Plans to Restrict Enrollment.”
• Sec. 1233, Pg 430, Lines 11-15 – The government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life according to pre-set methods (not individually decided).
• Sec. 1401, Pg 503, Lines 13-19 – The government will build registries and data networks from YOUR electronic medical records. “The Center may secure directly from any department or agency of the United States information necessary to enable it to carry out this section.”
• Sec. 1704, Pg 756-761 – The government will shift burden of payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) to states (your taxes).
• Sec. 1714, Pg 769 – Federal government mandates eligibility for State Family Planning Services. Abortion and government control intertwined.
• Sec. 1733, Pg 788-798 – government will set and mandate drug prices, therefore controlling which drugs are brought to market. (Goodbye innovation and private research.)
• Sec.1751, Pg 800 Sec 1751 – The government will decide which Health Care conditions will be paid. Say “RATION!”
• Sec. 4375, Pg 828-832, Lines 12-16 – Government will impose a fee on ALL private health insurance plans including self-insured to pay for Trust Fund!
• Sec. 440, Pg 837-839 – The government will design and implement Home Visitation Program for families with young kids and families that are expecting children.
• Sec. 1904, Pg 843-844—This Home Visitation Program includes the government coming into your house and teaching/telling you how to parent!
• Sec. 2511, Pg 992 – Government will establish school based “health” clinics. Your children will be indoctrinated and your grandchildren may be aborted!
• Sec. 399Z-1, Pg 993 – School Based Health Clinics will be integrated into the school environment. More government brainwashing in school.
• Sec. 2521, Pg 1000 – The government will establish a National Medical Device Registry. Will you be tracked?

Please follow the link and read the whole publication. This is a disaster!!