Archive for August 19th, 2009

The LORD Is Near To All Who Call on Him

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.

Psalm 145:18-19 (New International Version)

“Why ‘ObamaCare’ is Failing” by Jonah Goldberg

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

To listen to the White House and its supporters in and out of the media, you would think that opposition to “ObamaCare” is the hobgoblin of a few small minds on the right. Racists, fascists, Neanderthals, the whole “Star Wars” cantina of boogeymen and cranks stand opposed to much-needed reform.

Left out of this fairly naked effort to demonize many with the actions of a few is the simple fact that ObamaCare — however defined — has been tanking in the polls for weeks. President Obama’s handling of health care is unpopular with a majority of Americans and a majority of self-proclaimed independents.

Culture of Corruption by Michelle Malkin FREE

Focusing on the town halls has its merits, but if you actually wanted ObamaCare to pass, casting a majority of Americans as the stooges of racist goons may not be the best way to go.

Imagine if George W. Bush, in his effort to partially privatize Social Security, had insisted that the “time for talking is over.” Picture, if you will, the Bush White House asking Americans to turn in their e-mails in the pursuit of “fishy” dissent. Conjure a scenario under which then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott derided critics as “evil-mongers” the way Harry Reid recently described town hall protesters. Or if then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert and then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay had called critics “un-American” the way Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer did last week, or if White House strategist Karl Rove had been Sir Spam-a-lot instead of David Axelrod.

Now, I’m not asking you, dear reader, to do this so that you might be able to see through the glare of Obama’s halo or the outlines of the media’s staggering double standard when it comes to covering this White House. Rather, it is to grasp that the Obama administration has been astoundingly incompetent.

Lashing out at the town hall protesters, playing the race card, whining about angry white men and whispering ominously about right-wing militias is almost always a sign of liberalism’s weakness — a failure of the imagination.

The left, broadly speaking, has been attacking conservative talk radio and all it allegedly represents for the better part of 20 years now. When Bill Clinton needed a convenient villain, he attacked Rush Limbaugh. When Bush emerged victorious from the Florida recount, liberals concluded that what they really needed was their own version of Limbaugh. In March, at the first sign of resistance from congressional Republicans, Obama complained that the GOP was Limbaugh’s lap dog, and both the White House and much of the press corps went into anti-Limbaugh campaign mode.

It’s funny how these supposed champions of the Enlightenment can’t grasp that people can disagree with them for honest reasons. Instead, we simply must be Limbaugh’s automatons, which is to say racist, fascist thugs.

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Grafted In Anointing Oil – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Grafted In Anointing oil.

Grafted In Anointing oil – from the Galilee

* size 40 ml

Made with five Biblical elements
Olive oil, Spikenard, Frankincense, Myrrh and Cinnamon

And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed [them]. (Mark 6:13)

Take a moment to see all of the other interesting items they stock.

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Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

Voters’ Awareness Up, Obama’s Popularity Down

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

According to a recent Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll (Aug. 18, 2009), President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to a new low of 47 percent. The poll appears to reflect the growing discontent over the healthcare reform push on Capitol Hill, as well as the continuing challenge the president faces in trying to turn public opinion. (Another recent Rasmussen poll showed 42 percent favor the Democrats’ healthcare plan, while 53 percent oppose it.)

Obama’s approval rating (as shown in the graph above) has been dropping steadily in recent weeks. Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) — who was selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of President Obama’s “top five foes” in Congress — believes many Americans are having second thoughts about the president.

“They may go to the polls and vote something emotionally — and I think that they had been preconditioned to want to go to the polls and reject President Bush last November,” King shares. “Well, President Bush wasn’t on the ballot, as John McCain reminded [candidate] Obama on more than one occasion. But the American people are weighing in now and they’re starting to see what happens.”

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Press Turn on President in Face of Health-Care Protests and Polls

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

What?? Obama’s very own Department of Propaganda (formerly known as the mainstream media) speaking against him? The nerve of these knaves. Who do they think they are?
On a lighter note, the Democrats still don’t get it, which is music to my ears. They continue to dig their own grave for 2010. I only hope people will remember. I hope they will remember that the Democrats wanted to ruin health care; that Democrats compared their very own concerned constituents to Nazis, called their heart felt fears and apprehensions “fake” and “manufactured”, called genuine frustration with elitist politicians “mob rule” and anyone who challenged their ideas as “un-American”.
Will you people please remember this in 2010.

Media coverage of Obama has taken a sudden sour turn over the past few days – especially from the more unapologetically leftist crowd – since the president hinted over the weekend that the so-called “public option” could be scrapped from his health care reform plans.

“How did we get here?” objected MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “How did we get to the foretold ‘death’ of the public option? … We got here through a collapse of political ambition.”

In an eight-minute advocacy piece for government-run health care, blasting Big Business and free market insurance coverage, Maddow turned her ire on the president and congressional Democrats for backing down from drafting a socialized health care system like those adopted by some European nations.

“Why is the public option dying now? It’s dying because of a collapse of political ambition,” concluded Maddow. “The Democrats are too scared of their own shadow to use the majority the American people elected them to in November to actually pass something they said they favored.”

Other media outlets and pundits often accused of favoring the president have also published pieces blasting Democrats’ backtrack on health care reform – including the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post and even Comedy Central’s host of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart.

After playing a clip of Obama over the weekend hedging on the public option, Stewart stopped midsentence:

“What a second! What did you just say?” Stewart asked.

Mocking the president’s sudden turnabout on the public option in the face of public pressure objecting to his health care reform plans, Stewart quipped, “Yes we can! … Unless you don’t think we should, then we’ll do something different.”

In July, Obama declared of health care reform, “Any plan I sign must include an insurance exchange, including a public option.”

But at a town hall in Colorado on Saturday, the president made headlines by waffling on the issue in response to a university student:

“The public option, whether we have it or we don’t have it, is not the entirety of health care reform,” Obama said. “This is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it.”

Furthermore, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview Sunday that the option is “not the essential element.”

WND has reported that the president and congressional Democrats have been inundated by angry constituents at town hall meetings across the country, citizens irate over the proposed expansion of government power and spending inherent in a nationalized health care program.

And according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released over the weekend, only 35 percent of American voters favor passing the health care bill working through Congress, while 54 percent would rather see nothing done at all than push through the currently proposed plan.

Other polls suggest the health care issue is turning on the Democrats in general. Statistics released last week show for the first time in over two years, more Americans trust Republicans than Democrats on health care. A poll released today further showed that over the last few months Republicans have surged past Democrats on the generic congressional ballot, meaning that 43 percent would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 38 percent would opt for a Democrat.

But by tweaking its tune on the public option, the administration has come under sudden attack from both congressional Democrats and the left-leaning media.

“To take the public option off the table would be a grave error,” wrote Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif., in a letter to Sebelius yesterday, signed by 60 House Democrats. “Passage in the House of Representatives depends upon inclusion of it.”

“Not only are they weakening their proposal, but they are also weakening their hand,” commented Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. “This is legislative subtraction by subtraction.”

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Obama Borrows Health Care Pitch From Bill Clinton; “Do It For The Children”

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Obama has discovered that people don’t want his socialized health care. He already knew this, but was bound and determined to shove it down our throats anyway. Remember that he and his ilk feel that we “don’t know what is good” for us. That we are too stupid to run our lives, and they, as the “elite ruling class”, are so much smarter than the rest of us.
Unlike the failed stimulus bill that Obama was able to bully through congress and the senate before anyone had a chance to read it, people were not going to allow that with something as personal as their health care.
So having failed to shove his plan down our throats, he is going to change tactics and appeal to our emotions. I suspect he’ll pull a page from the Bill Clinton playbook and use the “do it for the children” routine.
Meanwhile, our legislators continue to overlook the real fix for the uninsured and under insured. If they must expand something, expand funding to Medicare and Medicaid, the very instruments whose purpose it is to take care of these type of people.
Leave the rest of us alone!!!

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, trying to regain control of the health-care debate, will likely shift his pitch in September, White House and Democratic officials said, as he faces pressure from supporters to talk more about the moral imperative to provide health insurance to all Americans.

The rethinking comes amid a struggle by the White House to clarify its view on a public insurance plan, which liberals see as a critical part of a health overhaul. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday that a public plan isn’t the “essential element” of a health bill, prompting sharp words from liberal groups.

The muddle continued Tuesday, with White House spokesman Robert Gibbs facing repeated questioning at his news briefing on whether the position has changed and how the president will respond to the liberal concerns.

Gibbs said the president’s “preferred method” is the public plan “but he’s certainly open to looking at and discussing other ideas.” Sebelius insisted, “We continue to support the public option.”

The president is expected to present a more emotional appeal during a conference call Wednesday with liberal religious groups. A senior White House official said the message would be tailored to the groups’ moral emphases, although he cautioned the president’s message to religious groups may not herald a broader shift in themes.

“This is such a technical issue, it’s easy to get bogged down in the weeds,” said Dan Nejfelt, a spokesman for Faith in Public Life, one of the groups scheduled for the Wednesday call. “It’s important to have a voice saying, ‘This is about right and wrong. This is about honoring faith.'”

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Insurance Cooperatives Raise More Questions Than Answers

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

An insurance “cooperative” will result in the same system the libs wants us to have now; single payer, government run health care.

The new flavor of the week in the nation’s health care debate is the non-profit cooperative, a collaboration of health care providers that the White House says it will consider as an alternative to the public health care program that is being strongly opposed by many members of Congress.

But health policy analysts say cooperatives raise more questions than answers, and the proposal adds little clarity to an already muddled debate.

A co-op is a member-owned group that assembles a network of salaried providers and negotiates payment rates with them. Membership is voluntary; consumers decide whether a co-op’s costs, coverage, provider networks and other features are superior to those of private plans.

Unlike a private insurer, which must produce profits for it shareholders, a non-profit cooperative directs its money toward salaries and improving the quality of care. Health co-ops provide a broad range of coverage, employing a number of specialists who are easily accessible to patients and typically deliver good service.

There was a sizable number of health cooperatives in the 1930s, but most of them collapsed, either because they were unable to compete effectively or because tensions between doctors and consumer-oriented governing boards could not be resolved. But a select few, including Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Washington state, have flourished.

“The fact that not many exist now shows us there’s not a viable model to compete with private insurers,” said Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University who has written on health care policy. “It’s effectively a diversion, as far as I’m concerned.”

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