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I’ve heard it said…

Liberals are just Conservatives who haven’t been mugged yet.

It sounds like sportscaster Stephen A. Smith is coming to terms with the fact that he has been mugged.

Since this interview was published Stephen has been getting hammered (ugly and racist) for having questions about the One’s agenda. Stephen is just so reasonable – no froth, just common sense. Read his response HERE.

Time magazine took a poll after Walter Cronkite died to find out who was currently the most trusted news-person in America. The overwhelming winner was Jon Stewart. It should be noted that Jon refers to himself as a “fake journalist”. I’d be so embarrassed if I were a member of the MainStream Media. Jon Stewart recently said that even he was embarrassed that “two kids from the cast of High School Musical III” had scooped everyone including himself on the ACORN scandal. We might as well get our news from Jon, nobody else is covering it. Last week Maureen Dowd lowered herself to injecting words into quotes in order to make them sound scandalous. Maureen – no one cares what YOU think YOU heard. Do your job and report the news. No wonder nobody trusts the MSM. This isn’t the first time this has happened – where the “internets” has gotten the better of the MSM. Matt Drudge is known for breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal open, but what is not often reported is that Newsweek had this story first and decided to take a pass. You may also remember the incident where Dan Rather on CBS News got exposed by these same “internets” after he reported that some faked documents were proof that George Bush had lied about his military service. Dan was forced to retire after this was brought to light.
R.I.P. MSM.

Update – a new study reveals that more and more Americans are getting their news from overseas. The overseas MSM probably has similar issues to it’s colonial brethren, but at least they aren’t as corrupted when it comes to reporting about US political news. Read about it HERE.

What’s the Retraction Score? – Skinny Nerd: 0, MSM: 3
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Read about the MSM gettting PWN’d by James O’Keefe – HERE

To say that the New York Times is suspected of liberal bias is like saying that Ted Bundy was suspected of being an unsuitable prom date.

Jon did a very funny segment about the ACORN scandal. MSM – hang your heads in shame.

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Now Jay Leno is trying to provide some coverage of the APORN scandal.

CNN Leaves it all There….

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Why aren’t the ‘real’ journalists following up on the Acorn videos? Hannah Giles (one of the ‘kids’ who brought us those videos) has a few leads that may be worth following if there are any real journalists out there – HERE. Maybe they are all hoping that the Nobel committee will be put in charge of handing out Pulitzers!

There are around 300 million people living in America. This includes both Americans and non-Americans (foreigners). The Obama administration claims that 46 million people don’t have health insurance. Guess what this number includes? Give up? Awww you got it, non-Americans. When you subtract them out we approach a figure around 30 million or 10% of our citizen population without health insurance (during a horrible recession too). We are going to socialize the best healthcare system in the world for 10%? That means 90% will likely get worse coverage than they have now (remember there are no As or Fs in socialism). Can’t we figure something out that will just help the uninsured people and leave the rest of us alone?

Update – maybe some of the school kids he spoke to helped him with his math. Obama revised his estimates down to these more accurate numbers during his address to congress.

Update #2 – I just read some some figures from the US Census Bureau. Of those 30 million Americans without health insurance, 18 million make over $50,000 per year. They simply choose to not purchase it (I’ll agree that it’s expensive – how about some tort reform for savings?). What are we left with? Probably around 12 million people who really need some sort of help. They expect us to scrap the best health care system in the world so that we can help around 4% of our population. Surely we can find a way to help these people without wrecking what we already have. If we open the government coffers to the 18 million who chose not to purchase insurance how many more will also decide to not purchase it as well? You see where this is heading don’t you?

Update #3HERE is some further analysis into the Census Bureau’s “fuzzy math”.

This just in – the President just gave a speech where he said that 50% of us may lose our health insurance in the next 10 years. Most of us receive our coverage through our jobs. That’s quite an unemployment rate there Mr. President. Is this massive job loss just a wild guess on your part (dare I say scare tactic) or is it the result of carefully calculating the effects that your administration’s programs are going to have on our economy?

Maybe he should ask the kids for more help – Obama repeatedly claims that he can squeeze 4 trillion dollars for deficit reduction out of the health care industry by simply slowing cost increases just 1/10 of 1 percent. The entire health care industry is only a 2.3 trillion dollar industry.

“And as I have said over and over again, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – period. This plan will be paid for. The middle-class will realize greater security, not higher taxes. And if we can successfully slow the growth of health care costs by just one-tenth of one percent each year, it will actually reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the long term.”

He did say over the long term. Depending on your economic model, it would take at least several hundred years to generate that kind of money. I see two choices here:

  • Obama is lying to us because he thinks we are really stupid
  • Obama is lying to us because he is really stupid

This just in (aren’t numbers fun?) – The Gallup organization just released the results of a recent poll on American’s satisfaction with their health care and insurance. I’m reassured that the Obama administration has it’s finger on the pulse of the America people and understands our needs and desires. Surely they would never try to force something on us that we don’t really want.

Americans are broadly satisfied with the quality of their own medical care and healthcare costs, but of the two, satisfaction with costs lags. Overall, 80% are satisfied with the quality of medical care available to them, including 39% who are very satisfied. Sixty-one percent are satisfied with the cost of their medical care, including 20% who are very satisfied.

There is a clear gulf in these perceptions between the health insurance haves and have-nots. According to a Sept. 11-13 USA Today/Gallup poll, the 85% of Americans with health insurance coverage are broadly satisfied with the quality of medical care they receive and with their healthcare costs. At 79%, satisfaction with costs among Medicare/Medicaid recipients is particularly high.

The 15% who are uninsured are far less satisfied with the quality of their medical care (50% are satisfied), and only 27% are satisfied with their healthcare costs. (Sixty-nine percent are dissatisfied with their costs.)

The full study results are HERE.

The President has repeatedly stated that there is nothing in HR3200 that will provide healthcare benefits for non-citizens. He also stated unequivocally that no federal money would ever be used to fund abortion. This sounds pretty good until you realize that he has refused to add any sort of language to the proposal that would exclude these two activities. He expects us to believe that once the government takes over he will actively work to prevent this (“… once this bill passes I own it.”). The President claims he doesn’t really know much about his own ACORN organization using federal money (my taxes) to promote prostitution, the exploitation of children, and even tax evasion. He even said that he didn’t know that they even received federal money. Check it out HERE (we are so far past voter registration fraud).

Mr President, the American people are not stupid. We don’t agree with what you are trying to do and we don’t trust you to keep your word. You may ask why it is that we don’t trust you. You are promising things that you can’t possibly deliver (isn’t that obvious?). When you promise everyone a penthouse, we know you are lying. It’s simple, you have shown that you don’t have our best interests at heart. You said recently that when this bill passes into law you will own it. Funny thing that, we don’t really want you to own our healthcare. Get in step with the people of this great country and stop trying to force us to go in a direction where we do not want to go. You are the president of the entire nation, not just the far left.

Update – The Census Bureau just announced that they are severing ties with ACORN who had been chosen to help work on the 2010 census. Read about it HERE. The senate has just voted to de-fund ACORN. That article is HERE.

Update #2 – The IRS has severed it’s association with this corrupt organization as well. Read the AP story HERE.

Allowing the government to manage your health care
is like letting Michael Vick watch your dog.

Senator Jim DeMint “Just because you can identify a problem doesn’t mean you need the government to solve it.”

Senator Mitch McConnell “When it comes to health care, Americans don’t want the government to tear down the system we have and build an even bigger, government-run system that adds massive spending and debt. They want us to repair it.”

Connie Hair (freelance writer and former speechwriter for Representative Trent Franks) “He did not overcome his biggest obstacle last night, which is the common sense understanding of the American people.  You cannot give better coverage to those who have insurance, put millions people more into the system, pay for it by ending waste and abuse, claim you will lower health care costs, create a government-run exchange, include government health care coverage and not spend a dime — all at the same time.  That’s a fairy tale.  If it’s that easy, why not first cut the hundreds of billions of dollars a year in waste, fraud and abuse?  Just do it and stop talking about it.  You don’t need a bill for that.”

Mark Steyn (syndicated columnist) “If he’s having difficulty selling it, that’s because it’s not about ‘health.’ As I’ve written before, the appeal of this issue to him and to Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, et al., is that governmentalization of health care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture — one in which elections are always fought on the Left’s issues and on the Left’s terms, and in which ‘conservative’ parties no longer talk about small government and individual liberty but find themselves retreating to one last pitiful rationale: that they can run the left-wing state more effectively than the Left can…”

President Barrack Obama “If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out.”

President Obama said he had an open door and that anyone who had any ideas should bring them forth. There were three or four senators who stood at that point holding up their ignored proposals. The most obvious thing I took away was that they aren’t listening to the people. They have had a whole summer of town hall meetings to draw upon and we got the same proposal that was presented to us at least 25 speeches ago. Nothing has changed – they aren’t listening. Obama wants his plan passed or else. First we have ranking democrats calling anyone who questions this grand vision of the future brown shirts, thugs, and domestic terrorists. Next we have the President threatening us if we don’t get with the program.

Both my wife and I currently have private health insurance coverage paid partly by our employers. For the first 25 years of our marriage we only ever had a single policy that covered the entire family. For some unknown reason my wife decided one December to sign up for a policy that only covered herself. Now she was covered by two policies. A little over a month after signing up she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Naturally we wanted the best care (she is an RN). We got second opinions and went through biopsies, surgery, chemotherapy, a brief hospitalization, radiation treatments and many follow up visits. We were never turned down for any treatment and only ever had to pay the small co-payments (the beauty of two insurances).  The doctors treated her quickly and we never felt that we weren’t receiving the best care possible. I know we are blessed (our father owns the cattle on a thousand hills), but nothing you can say will convince me that we don’t have the best healthcare in the world.

My wife works at a “safety net” hospital. They do a lot of charity care. People walk into the hospital without any insurance (or the means to pay) and they receive excellent care. Our 23 year old son had an accident recently and needed to make a visit to the emergency room. He has no health insurance and he’s too old to be covered by our policies. He needed some stitches and because he banged his head, they did a lot of tests including a CAT scan. He applied for charity care and paid just a few hundred dollars. Our town has a health clinic that is open to anyone who needs help. They will do checkups and immunizations for children as well as other routine care. They do charge a small fee of ten dollars or so. Can someone please tell me how the government is going to improve on what we have now?

My sister in law has a Canadian friend who had a very treatable case of thyroid cancer. This treatment has almost become routine and the survival rates are excellent (over 95% in the USA). She was able to have her cancer treated by the socialized healthcare system of Canada and is now cancer free (score one for socialized medicine). Shortly after her cancer treatment she had some problems with her knee and needed surgery or a replacement. The health advisory panel or whatever they have wouldn’t approve the knee surgery because she had cancer. Why waste money on someone who may die soon? After 5 or 6 years of suffering had passed, the panel decided that maybe she was cured and could have her knee repaired after all. Please don’t try to tell me that this won’t happen here (and much worse) if the government takes over. I fear for old people who will be at the whim of these panels regarding their healthcare – why waste money on someone who is old and may die soon? There are several logical steps that follow this one if you think about it.

I have a friend who makes a very good living as a carpenter. He chooses not to buy his family health insurance. The gamble seemed to be paying off  until he got very sick and needed open heart surgery. He really needed some help. He went to a nearby hospital and received charity care – no cost. I think he does volunteer work for them now and probably makes some donations or does some fundraising, but his treatment was free. How’s that for a healthcare system that ‘needs’ to be thrown away and scrapped?

A different take on the Canadian Healthcare system

Has Canada, the darling of socialized medicine,  already advanced to the ‘D’ stage (see Why Socialism is Doomed below)? You have to wait when you go to the ER – OK same here in the non-socialist USA. You can’t have your cholesterol tested without a doctor’s referral – once again, it’s the same here. You have to go onto a waiting list for 3 years to get a doctor who can give you that referral – Yipes! Of course if you have money you can always pay for private healthcare. Socialized medicine will affect everyone negatively except those who can afford to pay for private care. I take that back – it will affect everyone negatively. Even if you can afford private healthcare you will still be burdened with the cost of paying for those who can’t or won’t afford it.

The worst part of the Obamacare proposal is how they want to apply it universally (even illegal immigrants are to be included). I don’t know about you, but I want less government involvement in my life not more. Politicians in favor of this socialist proposal are trying to reassure us that they will allow us to manage our own healthcare. I wasn’t actually aware that I had given them control over it in the first place. This is a downward spiral. Every government entitlement program quickly becomes abused by those looking for handouts. I know there are people who need help and I favor helping them. The government has totally failed at administering these programs. They most often have the exact opposite of their intended effect.

Welfare – does this encourage men to accept their responsibilities as fathers?
Planned Parenthood – does this encourage personal responsibility?
Education – does this encourage parental involvement or choice in the education process?
Mortgage Bailout – does this encourage people to work hard and pay their bills?
Social Security – does this encourage people to save for their retirement?

I know there are many who legitimately need this assistance and I’m proud to help them out. Do you see where this is headed? The ‘D’ stage is where no one wants to work hard or excel. The government will provide everything we need. Didn’t communist Russia fail? Our current administration is running full speed on the road that leads to failure.

Ron Paul’s take on the ‘right’ to Healthcare we are hearing so much about

http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/07/22/healthcare-is-a-good-not-a-right/

There are only three inalienable rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When did we agree to add healthcare to this list? The socialist left has decided to rewrite the Declaration of Independence. Maybe they thought no one would notice?

Britain lags behind the rest of the world in Cancer Survival rates

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/britain-rated-poor-for-cancer-survival-rate-731455.html

Just like how there are no easy answers, I’m sure the reasons are complex. One issue that is pointed out repeatedly is the time that is lost in this system when speed is essential for the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. This is the outcome in a socialist system where everyone is forced to accept mediocre healthcare (remember there are no As or Fs). The Obama promise that everyone will get to live in the penthouse makes no sense. Even liberals realize that someone has to live on the lower floors for there to be a penthouse. We can’t expect to have excellent healthcare under this system. Something has to give.

Got Cancer? What are the numbers for socialized healthcare?

More pesky numbers that point out how excellent our current system is. Read the article HERE.

Wow, things are turning around for Obama

Normally I’d write this off as so much right wing frothing at the mouth, but the source made me listen to the whole thing. This is a short segment from Air America (the left’s answer to Rush) on the administration’s dealings with the pharmaceutical industry. If his ideological brothers are turning against him, it doesn’t bode well for his ongoing campaign.

Of Course There’s a Plan

They’ll never call them Death Panels, but our government WILL be controlling the care you get. Why would we want to give this right away especially to the morons inside the beltway?

Read about another Great Moment in Socialized Medicine – HERE

What Canadians want you to know about their healthcare system – HERE (videos)

I really admire the Obama logo (really I do) and how it’s been used to ‘brand’ his ongoing campaign (yes, he IS still trying to sell us something). That icon is very, very powerful. As visual media it is a masterpiece. He often chooses to fore-go the presidential seal in favor of his icon. It’s a symbol that has come to embody everything he is and stands for. Hopefully it won’t be used against him……… (c8

(this is an ongoing collection that I’ll add to from time to time)

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ObamaOrwell

You don’t even need a Glenn Beck chalk board to see the connections here.

Obamacorn

(Ever notice that you never see Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work?)

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The Whitehouse – NEA propaganda scandal (ask Buffy Wicks) –

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This one appeared in conjunction with all of the videos that were released where public school children were recorded singing praises to The One.

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Here is the winner!

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He skipped the Berlin Wall Anniversary celebration, but sent a typical ‘it’s all about me’ video.

After all the Berlin Wall was not named after him like the Great Wall of China…..
(Jim Geraghty).

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He didn’t even qualify for the medal round…..

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This pretty well sums up Obamacare –

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This image image started showing up around Los Angeles and it’s fast becoming the symbol of opposition for those who disagree with the left’s desire to move us into socialism.

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Before you get your panties in a twist, I think it’s pretty garish and scary looking, but fair is fair. Remember how THIS IMAGE was widely regarded as a perfectly acceptable artistic expression of free speech and suitable for publishing by Vanity Fair? Or maybe you recall THIS ONE that made the cover of the Village Voice. There are published images of Bush as a monkey, Hitler, the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, as Osama bin Laden and too many others to list.

This next one started showing up on tee shirts in China where he is very popular. Personally I think it’s horrible to compare him with the world’s greatest mass murderer, but I don’t think this is seen quite as negatively over in China. It’s probably recognition more for what he may do than anything he’s actually done (like the Nobel). Socialism is all about transforming society.

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This one is in response to his greeting of the Japanese Prime Minister during recent trip to Asia for the APEC summit. It goes well with, ‘Stop apologizing for America and start apologizing to America.’

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This next one is perfect on so many levels…..

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How does our Dear Leader stack up against the Savior?
(from Andrew Klavan)

  • Both associated with the dregs of society
  • Both offered free healthcare
  • Both left us with a debt we can never repay
Here is the One’s proposed new logo for the Missile Defense Agency
(he has been real busy cutting their budget so it’s only fair)
When Alfred turns against you….
Location, location, location
Even the Peanut Farmer gets it!

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, This class will be run as an experiment in socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade. Theoretically no one would fail and no one would receive an A.“

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D!
No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

I was recently thinking how this relates to the Obama universal health care proposal. Aside from the obviously scary parts of the Obamacare proposal, generally it might appear to work for a brief period. This would be where everyone gets a ‘B’ on the first test. Next will come the revolt as the system becomes bankrupt and overloaded. If this lasts for any extended period, what about the health care workers? What is their incentive to excel? Who will be a doctor or nurse in the future? What effect will Obamacare have on church run Nursing Homes and Hospitals? Once we give this away – it’s gone for good. Once the government takes over, doom is assured. Think People!

Yes, I feel we need to do something. I’d love to see everyone have adequate health care. I don’t know how to do it, but I do know that this is NOT the way. Can’t we come up with a plan that will help just those who truly need help? Why does this administration want to control everyone’s healthcare? If something is free it quickly becomes valueless.

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My life won’t be complete until I have one of these –

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Avaialable in both the Determined version (shown above) and the Happy version (below)

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You can actually order one now from Amazon now!