Archive for February 24th, 2010

“Obamacare, Whether You Like It Or Not” by Michael G. Mickey

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

On Thursday President Obama, along with Democrats and Republicans, are going to hold a healthcare summit, the purpose of which (or so we are to believe) is to open the lines of bipartisan communication and help President Obama gain support for a revised version of his healthcare reform plan, but is that true? I don’t believe so based on what I’m reading all over the web.

Has President Obama’s healthcare bill really changed?

The following is an excerpt from a article on the topic:

President Obama claims the 33 policy changes outlined in his healthcare proposal will bridge the gap between the two very unpopular House and Senate bills, but one healthcare reform expert says the plan is not much different from the bill that passed the Senate on Christmas Eve.

President Obama in advance of Thursday’s televised healthcare summit has unveiled a healthcare plan that would cost nearly $1 trillion over 10 years, and according to the White House would provide coverage to more than 31 million uninsured Americans. It would be paid for by a mix of Medicare cuts, tax increases, and new fees on healthcare industries. The plan would also allow the government to deny or roll back insurance premium increases.

Not only would the president’s proposal increase the cost of the Senate bill from $871 billion to $950 billion, says Dr. Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, but it retains all the objectionable portions of the Senate bill.

Not a lot of positive change there from my perspective, unless one considers sinking the United States another $79 billion in debt is an upgrade.

America, as a whole, has never taken a fancy to what many refer to as Obamacare. A vast majority of people from all walks of life have consistently and resoundingly voiced their opposition to it from the very start and yet here we go again! No wonder February 22nd’s daily tracking numbers provided by Rasmussen indicate that 41% of Americans strongly disapprove of the Obama presidency! Americans keep saying no to Obamacare and the liberals keep saying yes, even daring to leave the possibility that Americans opposed to abortion are going to soon be paying taxes to fund precisely that on the table.

Taxpayer Funded Abortion?

ONN is quoting Susan Muskett, legislative counsel for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), as saying President Obama’s latest Senate-authorized healthcare bill is “the most expansively pro-abortion bill ever brought to the floor of either house of Congress since Roe vs. Wade.”

The Obama administration is “clearly turning its back on the will of the people“, according to Muskett.

We The People Have No Voice

Americans are beginning to figure out that ‘We The People’ have been effectively removed from having a voice in the affairs of our nation’s business and it isn’t sitting well.

The screaming voices heard at town hall meetings all over the nation, even Republican Scott Brown’s surprise election win in Massachusetts, apparently didn’t get anyone in the Obama camp’s attention. Why? I’m not sure but perhaps it’s because the liberal media has consistently portrayed everyone who doesn’t support the liberal agenda of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid as fringe radicals. Hardly the case, but maybe the Obama administration believes that tall tale is going to gain traction if told enough times and trust me when I say it’s going to be told a lot on the way to 2012, especially if the Tea Party movement continues to influence politics beyond the media’s ability to snuff it out.

Exemplary of the image the mainstream media is projecting of everyone opposed to Obamacare, Ken Shepherd of Newsbusters had the following to say concerning a photo gallery Newsweek recently posted to the web depicting the angry faces of town hall protestors:

As my colleague Tim Graham brought to my attention this morning, Newsweek is not content to let its advocacy for ObamaCare lie in the realm of biased writing. Nope, it appears the gang at Newsweek wants to help along President Obama by lampooning earnest Americans who expressed their displeasure last year at town hall meetings.

Why Newsweek chose now to roll out its photo gallery on “The Town Hall Face” now is anyone’s guess, but I believe it’s part of an effort by Newsweek to deride the skeptical American public as too deranged to understand how good ObamaCare will be for them.

Propaganda. Pure unbridled liberally-motivated propaganda.

A Mere Photo Op

As the healthcare summit draws near, evidence is mounting that the event is little more than fluff, an opportunity for President Obama to get even more face time in front of the mainstream media’s cameras than usual, and, perhaps, a chance for him to get in a few soundbytes for his friends at MSNBC to place on a near continuous loop on their network. Why do I say that? Because the Democrats are already suggesting that some version of Obamacare is getting passed into law in the not-too-distant future regardless of what happens at the summit, defeating the purpose of a summit taking place to begin with!

The Hill is reporting the following, in part (emphasis added mine):

President Obama’s new healthcare proposal will likely gain only Democratic support, and that’s a good thing, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said today.

“[T]his bill is a 51 vote plan and not a 60 vote plan – that is great news,” Weiner said in a statement. “Democrats wasted a year bowing to the altar of Olympia Snowe, Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson and it got us nowhere.”

Weiner’s comments suggest that Obama hopes to pass his plan using budget reconciliation, which would only require 51 votes.

Remember how much media time was spent in recent months trying to calculate whether the Democrats had enough votes to ignore the will of the people, the magic number being 60, and pass Obamacare into law? Well, it seems the liberals have figured out a way around that little issue in the wake of ‘The People’ being heard in Massachusetts where Republican Scott Brown took Democrat Ted Kennedy’s vacant Senate seat, dropping their vote total down to 59.

Here’s how Reuters explains how the 60 votes once needed to pass Obama’s healthcare plan has dwindled down to 51:

Although they have 59 seats in the Senate, and not the 60 needed override Republican attempts to prevent a vote, Democrats could push legislation through using a particular process requiring a simple majority in the 100-member Senate.

Republicans have blasted that idea as forcing Americans to swallow an overly ambitious plan that the country cannot afford and that the public does not want. Democrats insist that the country cannot afford not to address the healthcare issue.

And to think that all of conservative America breathed a sigh of relief when Scott Brown won! We should’ve known better when it comes to the bunch we presently have representing us in Washington.

The bottom line? If you have entertained the possibility that Thursday’s healthcare summit is going to be genuine in its purported intent to bring everyone on Capitol Hill together, ask yourself why the slick 51-vote trickery has surfaced as a possibility in the days leading up to it. Isn’t it obvious?

From where I’m sitting the liberal message to all opponents of Obamacare, from the American people to our leaders in Washington, is clear. It goes something like this: “Obamacare is a done deal. In one form or another, it’s coming whether you like it or not. We’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that.”

As a law-abiding citizen of this great nation, I am in no position to offer any meaningful response to the liberals at this point, but my time to be heard, November of 2010, is coming. Every bum I see on the ballot that smells the least bit liberal to me, whether they be Republican, Democrat, Independent or otherwise, can count on me voting against them.

Between now and November, making my concerns about Obamacare known and voicing my utter disapproval of taxpayer funded abortion is all I can do and all I advocate anyone of the Christian faith doing in response to the outrageously unconstitutional behavior of our leaders in Washington, but do them I shall.

In closing, my prayer is that God will speak to the hearts of His people here in the United States, as well as to our leaders. We, as a nation, have lost our way terribly of late with no let-up in sight, but prayer can change things. Prayer and living out God’s will for our lives to the very best of our ability each and every day.

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Small Business Virtually Left Out of Dem Bill

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Why the Democrats can’t get it through their thick skulls that small businesses are the life blood of America, I’ll never understand. The continue to ignore or penalize the small business owners. They apparently hate small business as much as they hate big business.

Four Republicans, including new Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, joined with Democrats Monday to move a job-creation bill past a filibuster attempt. A final vote on the measure will be held today. (See earlier story)

The bill includes a $13-billion program allowing companies to avoid paying Social Security taxes for the remainder of 2010 on new hires who have been unemployed for at least 60 days. Employers would also receive a $1,000 tax credit for each new worker who stays on the job for at least a year.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) dumped a compromise measure negotiated by Senators Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Chuck Grassley of (R-Iowa) that would have extended about $70 billion in tax breaks to businesses and individuals, help for the unemployed, and additional Medicare payments to physicians.

“My bill would allow small businesses to expense twice the amount of purchases that the Reid bill does, and [it] would make these higher levels permanent law so they don’t have to be renewed every year,” [Grassley] explains. “Altogether in the Reid bill, small business only receives — get this — $35 million out of a $62-billion bill.”

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The Latest Pali Terrorist Excuse to Start a War

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Having run our of new ideas for reasons to start another war with Israel, Pali terrorist leader, Mahmoud Abbas, expressed outrage of the addition of Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarch and Rachel’s Tomb, both significant Jewish sites, to national heritage status. This means they will be allowed additional funding for upkeep and maintenance.
The Muslims, never ones to balk at duplicity, feign indignation at the imagined prospect of being prohibited from praying at these sites if the Israelis run them. Overlooked, however, are how they treat other religions on Temple Mount, where Jews and Christians are prohibited from even appearing to pray. Muslims are almost always duplicitous and guilty of hypocrisy, where other religions are concerned.
Of course Pali terrorist have never really needed a legitimate reason for killing and harming innocent Israelis, but none the less, this latest “outrage” gives them a chance to start another war that will cost the lives of hundreds of innocent people on both sides.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a harsh response on Tuesday evening to a statement made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier in the day, according to which the decision to award Jewish sites in the West Bank national heritage status could ignite a war in the Middle East.

“It is a dishonest, hypocritical campaign,” read a PMO statement released in response to Abbas’s speech.

Netanyahu stressed that Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarch and Rachel’s Tomb, near Bethlehem, were both “gravesites of the ancestors of the Jewish people” and as such were “certainly deserving of restoration and preservation.”

He added that the Israeli government does all in its power to ensure freedom of religion for members of all faiths.

Earlier on Tuesday, Abbas had told Belgian parliamentarians that Netanyahu’s decision to include Jewish landmarks in the West Bank in the government’s new list of heritage sites was a “severe provocation” that could lead to a new cycle of violence in the region.

Abbas told the ministers that the inclusion of Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on the list of sites of national importance could ignite a “war of religions.”

He warned that the decision could also bring about a third intifada, adding that Netanyahu’s insistence on making the announcement only a short time after he was asked by US President Barack Obama to take confidence-building measures vis-à-vis the Palestinians.

“We have reached a very critical stage which necessitates an intensive, coordinated international effort. Settlement construction, which kills the peace process and contradicts Israel’s obligations, must be stopped,” he said, going on to refer to existing agreements such as the Road Map for Peace.

He added that the EU and the US each have important parts to play in the peace process, and that any delay in the resumption of talks would make the possibility of peace more remote.

Throughout his speech, Abbas reiterated that the impasse in Middle East peace talks can be attributed only to Israel’s refusal to accept existing agreements, and not to an alleged Palestinian refusal to return to the negotiating table.

Abbas stressed that not every issue was negotiable. If Israel wishes to begin negotiations, he said, it must stop creating facts on the ground by continuing to expand Jewish communities in Palestinian areas and in east Jerusalem.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, as on the previous day, dozens of Palestinians held a demonstration near the Jewish enclave in Hebron in protest of Netanyahu’s decision. The protesters burned tires and hurled rocks at IDF troops stationed in the area, who retorted by using stun grenades.

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“Obama Doesn’t Even Fake Bipartisanship Well” by David Limbaugh

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

How long will it take for every last American to realize President Barack Obama is not about bipartisanship, reconciliation (other than as a process to cram his health care bill through Congress) and uniting Americans? As his latest gyrations on health care demonstrate, he will not be deterred in his quest to saddle Americans with socialized medicine, even if it greatly increases the likelihood he won’t be re-elected.

Here we have Obama, frenetically busy with at least three of his hands, pushing different buttons and sending mixed signals. I guess being a self-perceived messiah means you don’t have to worry about being flagrantly inconsistent, even on the same day or in the context of one speech.

He’s invited Republicans to a bipartisan summit on health care, intending to create the illusion that he’s interested in conservative ideas on the subject.

But at the same time — he can’t even pretend long enough to let this ruse play out — he is threatening Republicans that if they filibuster current congressional health care proposals, he will urge Congress to pass Obamacare by bastardizing the reconciliation process.

But wait, just like a Ginsu knife infomercial, there’s more. Obama has also unveiled the outlines of his own new health care proposal, but it is hardly a model of bipartisanship.

As for his “bipartisan” summit, why would anyone believe he is interested in the Republicans’ ideas on health care? Has he given any indication he is through this nearly yearlong process? Has he not shut Republicans out of the entire process until tendering this counterfeit overture — after wholesale repudiation of his plan by the American people?

Thinking people know that the Republicans’ proposals involve market reform and that such ideas do not register with Obama’s rigid statist mindset. He’s not interested in their ideas, which he views as wholly incompatible with his own — and he’s right. There’s no room for getting the government out of the way when he is determined to increase the government’s role dramatically. It’s like pulling your punches when you’re going for a knockout.

How silly do we have to be to imagine he’s even thinking about compromise? It’s not just that the Republicans’ ideas are incompatible with his own; it’s that in his megalomaniacal mind, he’s the boss. Indeed, let’s not forget that this is the guy who scolded opponents of his nationally bankrupting agenda with: “I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

Is that the attitude of a uniter? Of one who has the slightest interest in working with the other side? His sole purpose for the summit is to entrap Republicans in a political trick bag, painting them as unreasonable and obstructionist. Thankfully, they finally appear to be onto him and preparing themselves accordingly.

Obama’s cavalier attitude is also on display in his threat to invoke the reconciliation process to push his plan through Congress. His stated reason is that he “expects and believes the American people deserve an up-or-down vote on health reform.” What? Surely he jests.

But sadly, he does not. This is the tone-deaf guy who has refused to hear the American people’s repeated rejections of Obamacare for months running. They’ve already given him scores of down votes, but he thinks he can go back to the well, despite his evaporating charisma, and fool them one last time.

Folks, do you think that if anywhere close to the barest majority of American people slightly supported Obama’s nationalized health care scheme, he and his supermajorities in Congress wouldn’t have been able to pass it already? They couldn’t even pass it after bribing — with our money — members of their own party in Congress. The American people have spoken, sir, and it is against socialism. Please quit insulting our intelligence with your smoke and mirrors to the contrary.

But no less insulting are some of the highlights of the president’s new plan — as set out on the White House’s Web site. Obama actually claims he’ll cover the 31 million uninsured while “reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years — and about $1 trillion over the second decade — by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.” Seriously, how gullible must he think we are?

Oh, yes, and he’s going to impose controls on health insurance premiums, as if there exists an omniscient central government that can best determine prices — and as if such command and control models have ever worked in the history of the world.

Now is not the time for Obama’s opponents to get complacent. We face — America’s freedom faces — a relentless adversary.

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“Firepan in the Woodpile” by Stan Goodenough

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem. (Zechariah 12:6)

World leaders are beside themselves.

Israel – it is universally reported – sent an intelligence team to take out one of the Jewish people’s many enemies. The team used fraudulent passports and other people’s identities to carry out the operation.

Hamas’ murderer and senior member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was found dead in his Dubai hotel room January 20.

According to first reports, he had died after “a long illness.” Hamas itself tied his death to “a medical issue.” Then, when his body arrived in Damascus, Syrian authorities called and told his brother that Mabhouh had been “assassinated by Israel.”

Almost a full month after his passing, Dubai police suddenly announced that they are “99 percent certain” the Mossad – Israel’s version of the CIA (only with a more impressive track record) – had eliminated him.

The Mossad – the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations – does not comment on such allegations.

After a full year of worldwide demonization since Israel launched a self-defensive military operation against Hamas in Gaza, the international community was poised to seize the accusation and run with it.

On February 21, the British newspaper – the Sunday Times – reported as fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered the killing.

Outrage is boomeranging round the world. The United Kingdom and France have expressed their hypocritical horror that Israeli spies would use Irish and French passports and false identities to perpetrate such an action. Israeli diplomats are being called onto the carpet to “explain.”

A few comments:

* As Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated Monday, the Arab states are always blaming Israel for all sorts of things – including perpetrating deliberate massacres of Arab civilians and stealing Arab lands.

* All nations – including England and France – employ spying techniques that break the laws of the countries they are spying on.

* As far as Israel is concerned, Mahbouh was an enemy combatant and a legitimate target. Hamas is in a state of war against Israel. Mahbouh – according to the terror organization and according to his own brother – was personally responsible for the kidnapping and killing of Israeli soldiers. Untold is the number of Israelis who have lost their lives as a direct result of this man’s actions in the Hamas.

* If Mossad agents did execute Mahbouh, it was not an act of murder but an act of warfare. Dubai, by allowing known terrorists and killers freely in and out of its borders, has no leg to stand on in protesting the movement in and out of its borders of other “undesirables” like intelligence agents.

* And my own personal view: Israel should train and send its agents after every properly identified and accurately accused foe. It should take out killers of its people in Cairo and Damascus, Dubai and Baghdad, Tehran and Beirut, England and France, Canada and the United States – wherever they may be.

* Let no murderer of Jews feel safe anywhere in this world.

In any case, as far as Lebanon and Syria, Iran and Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are concerned; Israel is set to do a lot more damage than merely remove individual foes here and there.

The Islamic-Arab world – specifically those states around Israel – is the woodpile. Judah’s governors – that is the Jewish leadership – are the firepan. The fate of the woodpile is to be devoured.

So says the prophet Zechariah, in the context of the very days in which we are living.

It’s going to happen. And when it does – the world is going to have an apoplectic fit.

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