Friday, January 29, 2010

Unbelievable! Or Is It?

I'm watching Obama address the House GOP conference.

Obama on the GOP ideas for health care:

"You guys can't say that you can give health care coverage to 30 million people and it won't cost a dime...."


Is that not EXACTLY what Obama has publicly stated numerous times about the democrats health care bill? That their bills will cover everyone and not only NOT cost more, but will be REDUCE the deficit?


Or is it?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

SOTU Fact Check

A little compare and contrast of the SOTU address last, from Calvin Woodward over at My Way News:

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama told Americans the bipartisan deficit commission he will appoint won't just be "one of those Washington gimmicks." Left unspoken in that assurance was the fact that the commission won't have any teeth.

Obama confronted some tough realities in his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, chief among them that Americans are continuing to lose their health insurance as Congress struggles to pass an overhaul.

Yet some of his ideas for moving ahead skirted the complex political circumstances standing in his way.

A look at some of Obama's claims and how they compare with the facts:


OBAMA: "Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected. But all other discretionary government programs will. Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't."

THE FACTS: The anticipated savings from this proposal would amount to less than 1 percent of the deficit - and that's if the president can persuade Congress to go along.

Obama is a convert to the cause of broad spending freezes. In the presidential campaign, he criticized Republican opponent John McCain for suggesting one. "The problem with a spending freeze is you're using a hatchet where you need a scalpel," he said a month before the election. Now, Obama wants domestic spending held steady in most areas where the government can control year-to-year costs. The proposal is similar to McCain's.


OBAMA: "I've called for a bipartisan fiscal commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. This can't be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem. The commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. Yesterday, the Senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. So I will issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward, because I refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of Americans."

THE FACTS: Any commission that Obama creates would be a weak substitute for what he really wanted - a commission created by Congress that could force lawmakers to consider unpopular remedies to reduce the debt, including curbing politically sensitive entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. That idea crashed in the Senate this week, defeated by equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. Any commission set up by Obama alone would lack authority to force its recommendations before Congress, and would stand almost no chance of success.


OBAMA: Discussing his health care initiative, he said, "Our approach would preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan."

THE FACTS: The Democratic legislation now hanging in limbo on Capitol Hill aims to keep people with employer-sponsored coverage - the majority of Americans under age 65 - in the plans they already have. But Obama can't guarantee people won't see higher rates or fewer benefits in their existing plans. Because of elements such as new taxes on insurance companies, insurers could change what they offer or how much it costs. Moreover, Democrats have proposed a series of changes to the Medicare program for people 65 and older that would certainly pinch benefits enjoyed by some seniors. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted cuts for those enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans.


OBAMA: The president issued a populist broadside against lobbyists, saying they have "outsized influence" over the government. He said his administration has "excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs." He also said it's time to "require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my administration or Congress" and "to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office."

THE FACTS: Obama has limited the hiring of lobbyists for administration jobs, but the ban isn't absolute; seven waivers from the ban have been granted to White House officials alone. Getting lobbyists to report every contact they make with the federal government would be difficult at best; Congress would have to change the law, and that's unlikely to happen. And lobbyists already are subject to strict limits on political giving. Just like every other American, they're limited to giving $2,400 per election to federal candidates, with an overall ceiling of $115,500 every two years.


OBAMA: "Because of the steps we took, there are about 2 million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. ... And we are on track to add another one and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year."

THE FACTS: The success of the Obama-pushed economic stimulus that Congress approved early last year has been an ongoing point of contention. In December, the administration reported that recipients of direct assistance from the government created or saved about 650,000 jobs. The number was based on self-reporting by recipients and some of the calculations were shown to be in error.

The Congressional Budget Office has been much more guarded than Obama in characterizing the success of the stimulus plan. In November, it reported that the stimulus increased the number of people employed by between 600,000 and 1.6 million "compared with what those values would have been otherwise." It said the ranges "reflect the uncertainty of such estimates." And it added, "It is impossible to determine how many of the reported jobs would have existed in the absence of the stimulus package."


OBAMA: He called for action by the White House and Congress "to do our work openly, and to give our people the government they deserve."

THE FACTS: Obama skipped past a broken promise from his campaign - to have the negotiations for health care legislation broadcast on C-SPAN "so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies." Instead, Democrats in the White House and Congress have conducted the usual private negotiations, making multibillion-dollar deals with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders behind closed doors. Nor has Obama lived up consistently to his pledge to ensure that legislation is posted online for five days before it's acted upon.


OBAMA: "The United States and Russia are completing negotiations on the farthest-reaching arms control treaty in nearly two decades."

THE FACTS: Despite insisting early last year that they would complete the negotiations in time to avoid expiration of the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in early December, the U.S. and Russia failed to do so. And while officials say they think a deal on a new treaty is within reach, there has been no breakthrough. A new round of talks is set to start Monday. One important sticking point: disagreement over including missile defense issues in a new accord. If completed, the new deal may arguably be the farthest-reaching arms control treaty since the original 1991 agreement. An interim deal reached in 2002 did not include its own rules on verifying nuclear reductions.


OBAMA: Drawing on classified information, he claimed more success than his predecessor at killing terrorists: "And in the last year, hundreds of al-Qaida's fighters and affiliates, including many senior leaders, have been captured or killed - far more than in 2008."

THE FACTS: It is an impossible claim to verify. Neither the Bush nor the Obama administration has published enemy body counts, particularly those targeted by armed drones in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. The pace of drone attacks has increased dramatically in the last 18 months, according to congressional officials briefed on the secret program.


Associated Press writers Jim Kuhnhenn, Jim Drinkard, Erica Werner, Robert Burns and Pamela Hess contributed to this report.

Read the original here.

(Note: Normally I would never take anything from the AP. Their reporting is about as respectable as the tripe they spew at MSNBC. But I think this was pretty solid, so from my copy/paste to your brain ~Philo :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Alright, I did It

I sat through the SOTU address. What did I get for my time? Not much really. Sounded like the last time he was there. Same message. Same BS no one really believes. Sycophantic jack rabbit Pelosi apparently got a Thorazine shot this time around, or she pulled an glute muscle and had to take it easy.
Anyways, on to the fall....On to the fall.......Tell your friends..... tell your family......Vote...Vote...Vote.....

Newspeak, Obama Style

This is from an opinion piece written by Ben Shapiro over at CNSnews:

President Obama’s friends call him the smartest man ever to occupy the White House (a dubious claim in light of the fact that John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson all had better intellectual credentials or were far superior writers, or both).

According to his supporters, his command of the English language is supposedly unparalleled (when using a teleprompter, presumably).

There’s only one problem: Obama is addicted to utilizing language that he has carefully tailored or perverted to obfuscate the truth. In other words, he uses double talk on a routine basis.

In order to understand what Obama truly tells us when he speaks to us, it is necessary to grab our Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring and decipher precisely what he means when he uses his pet phrases. This, then, is a list of his favorite linguistic flourishes—and just what he means when he uses them:

“Hope and change”: Socialism at home, surrender abroad. Obama uses this talismanic formula when he wants to activate his base, which responds to it like a jukebox when you drop in a nickel.

“False choice”: A very real choice Obama wants to pretend doesn’t exist. He uses this when he puts on his “pragmatic administrator” mask. Instead of facing up to the reality that we sometimes have to choose between scientific advances and morality, or between civil liberties and national security, or between environmental regulations and economic development, Obama pretends he can solve these conflicts through some sort of Hegelian synthesis only he is wise enough to comprehend.

“Deficit reduction”: Deficit increases. Obama suggests that he will cut the rate at which the deficit is growing—something he has never actually achieved—and acts as though this is actual deficit reduction. It’s the equivalent of a woman spending $2,000 on her credit card, then informing her credit card company that though she won’t pay off her debt, she’ll only spend $1,500 next month.

“Let me be clear”: Let me lie to you.

“Make no mistake”: See “let me be clear.”

“Unprecedented”: When he’s doing something beneficial for the American people, Obama claims he is the first to ever think of it; when he’s doing something harmful, he seems to always find a precedent for it in FDR or LBJ.

“This isn’t about me”: This is completely about me.

“Hitting the reset button”: Refusing to learn from the mistakes of the past and acting as though a fresh start requires utter naivete.

“Reaching out to the other side of the aisle”: Totally rejecting all ideas from anyone outside the Obama-approved bubble. Then suggesting that subsequent political impasses are their fault, and that they ought to bend down and grab their ankles to establish a new tone in Washington.

“Failed policies of the past”: Don’t blame me! Blame Bush!

“Teachable moment”: I screwed something up, now I’ll brag about it.

“Tax cut”: Redistribution of money from those who pay a disproportionate amount of taxes to those who pay none.

“Transparency”: Deliberate opaqueness, hiding crucial facts from the American public.

“Accountability”: Don’t worry, I’ll fire someone.

“Stimulus”: Payoffs to friends.

“Shovel-ready jobs”: Jobs that no one wants and that last for two months.

“Green jobs”: Imaginary jobs.

“Saved or created”: Old Obama language used to futz the numbers on jobs.

“Recovery”: Continued economic stagnation.

“Jobs funded”: Jobs Obama will take credit for, even though he has done nothing to either save or create.

“It won’t happen overnight”: It will never happen.

“Progress”: Redistribution.

“Cynics”: Anyone who doesn’t believe in the Obama radical agenda. Obama uses this word to disparage his critics as angry and lacking in basic qualities of human kindness.

Watch for these phrases while marveling at Obama’s supposed rhetorical brilliance. They shouldn’t be taken at face value, because Obama isn’t a master of pure artistry of the English language—he’s a master at manipulation above all.

Couldn't agree more.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Quick Aside....

I have a relative who works as one of the personal chefs to our great Governor, Jenny Granholm. She pays him and several other chefs to come out to their residence and cook for them, Monday through Friday. Apparently they eat out on most Saturday nights, but she pays them extra to all come out first thing Sunday morning and cook breakfast.
When she goes to Mackinaw for one of their "Formal State Meetings" she pays for all of their expenses. Of course this means that WE are paying a crew of approximately 4-6 chefs to feed her and her family 6-7 days a week and on trips.

P.S. Ever see the commercials for those expensive ceramic knives? She bought all her chefs a set for Christmas.

Just thought my fellow Michiganders would like to know...

Why The Republicans Will Blow it. Again.

I've had something floating around in my head for the last couple weeks. Something that Newt Gingrich said that seemed to clarify the current schism in the republican party.

"You can be a perfect minority. You'll still be the minority.."
~Newt Gingrich

Something along those lines anyways. But the point he's making is worthy of close examination. Gingrich, one of the main movers and shakers of the republican take-over of Congress during Clinton's presidency certainly knows his politics. And the point he's making is valid. After all, what good does the "perfect" party do you if you can't get anything done? But what Gingrich and the rest of the republican establishment are missing here is that the American people are not interested in a "middle of the road" republican party.
Gingrich may not understand but we do. Moving the republican party more to the center, regardless of the number of (R)'s you gain, is just another way of making the republicans like democrats.
When the establishment republicans, like Newt, backed Scuzzyfozza for the NY 23rd they showed just how out of touch they still are. The "Tea Party" movements around the nation were not a call for a more moderate, compassionate republican party, but a more conservative, traditional party.
Will the republicans continue to make great gains in the Congress? Without a doubt. Obama and his crew have jumped the shark, and there is no return for most of them.
But I would hazard a guess that Obama himself is probably pretty safe. If the republicans gain a majority in the House and Senate, Obama will almost certainly win a second term, as the electorate will be sufficiently satisfied that his far left liberal agenda will no longer be a threat to them.
But what good does it do America if, come Obam's next election, the republicans hold a solid Congressional majority of compassionate moderates and centrists?
The republican establishment needs to understand that the anti-Obama movements in the nation are not pro-republican movements. They need to understand that the American electorate isn't interested in a "compassionate" conservative unless as the "lesser of two evils". If they want to run a real candidate, and not just make gains from liberals failures, they need to act and act now. If establishment republicans fully and openly embrace true conservative candidates they will discover what we, the America middle class have known all along: that issue by issue we are solidly in the conservative camp.
Gingrich and his crew played an important role in American politics. But their time is gone. For the good of the party and the good of the nation, they need to relinquish control of the party to the true inheritors of middle America, the conservatives. So long as they refuse to recognize this fact, they will gain victory only through the liberals' losses and popularity only through being the lesser of two evils.

Duping Americans, One Chat Comment At A Time

Few outside of history students know that the original liberal fascist, Woodrow Wilson, had a massive network of domestic spies during WWI. Fewer still are aware that Wilson's admin. paid upwards of a quarter of a million people to travel around the nation and give "impromptu" speeches in support of Wilson's policies.
If you take comfort in the knowledge that Wilson is long dead, take comfort no more. These tactics are alive and well today, fostered by the latest liberal fascist to taint the White House, albeit in a more appropriate, modern form:

DoJ hires bloggers as propagandists and sock puppets"

"Those of you wondering how DOJ uses your tax dollars to enforce our nation's laws might be interested to learn that Eric Holder has apparently hired former Democratic campaign bloggers to work at the department in what appears to be a secret propaganda unit......Their job is to place "anonymous comments, or comments under pseudonyms, at newspaper websites with stories critical of the Department of Justice, Holder and President Obama...."

From the American Thinker and The Muffled Oar.