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Please, Please, Please click on the blue links………..it is imperative to be fully informed and to remember the history of this President in order to understand what is happening to us and to our country. Our children and grandchildren will be the future victims of the policies of the progressive elitists on both sides of the aisle. Let us not pretend that everything is going to be all right while we silently ignore the push toward a secularist, collectivist “cradle to grave” nation.
February 10, 2014
Obama’s Loafer Nation
By Ed Lasky
President Obama has broken many promises. One that he has not broken is his boast that he would “fundamentally transform America.” He and his fellow Democrats are on the verge of doing just that by turning us into a nation of loafers.
A loafer is an idle person who lives off others. Barack Obama seemingly has no problem with such people. He might even relate to them. He does have a serious problem with his own work ethic, and finds work boring. He also denigrates the work of others who build businesses through dint of hard work and risk-taking (“You didn’t build that“); talks incessantly of “fat cats” on Wall Street; embraced the Occupy Wall Street Movement of squatters and pumped up their own inflated self-importance by telling them “You are the reason I ran for office“; and accuses doctors of running up the tab by, among other evils, taking tonsils out for money instead of diagnosing problems as allergies). He has yet to speak critically of union leaders, class action lawyers and others who run up the tab for all Americans because they are, after all, the Democratic Base.
But Obama and his Democratic Party allies seem to be gleeful about the rise of the loafer class. Recent revelations from the Congressional Budget Office bear witness to this phenomenon. When the CBO’s prognosis on the future of Obamacare revealed that the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs would be lost because the provisions of the law would create disincentives to working (as well as hiring) what was the response from the left side of the political spectrum?
“ObamaCare will give more of us more time away from work. This is a good thing.”
- It “will enable more than 2 million workers to escape ‘job lock.'”
- It “gives workers more choices, including the option to work less.”
- Because ObamaCare will make people less willing to work, companies will “have to pay more per hour to get those workers in the door.”
- One lawmaker even boasted ObamaCare will give parents more time to “tuck their children in at night.”
Jason Furman, Obama’s Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, also tried to spin these projected job losses into good news by saying ObamaCare would allow workers greater “choice.” Furman said, “This is not businesses cutting back on jobs. This is people having new choices.” If taxpayer-funded health insurance encourages some people to work less, “that, in their case, might be a better choice and a better option that what they had before.”
Then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi unwittingly revealed this goal years ago in a comment that unsurprisingly got little airplay in the mainstream media when she toasted the fact that the health care reform that she and her fellow Democrats forced down America’s throat would be a godsend for the “creative class”:
Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.
Yes…think about it! The lady from San Francisco does not think about the plumbers, contractors, accountants, sanitation workers and legions of other Morlocks toiling away for the benefit of artistic Elois and their patrons. Maybe performers can be hired to entertain government bureaucrats during over-the-top government junkets, or for IRS training films, or sculpt artwork that can be sold at outrageous prices to grace American embassies across the world for the delectation of Obama donors-ambassadors.
Well, these people’s choice to work less in order to qualify for subsidies to pay their health insurance premiums means that other people are paying for their liberation from work and from the responsibilities of being an adult and an American (at least what used to be considered an American). But such a goal is very attractive for loafers.
ObamaCare also makes it very appealing for children to be coddled by their parents. Instead of becoming fully-functioning adults, paying their own way in the world, they can stay under their parents’ insurance policies until the age of 26-further reducing the incentive to mature out of loafer-dom. Paul Ryan noted this sad state of affairs at the Republican National Convention:
College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.
More 27-year olds are living in their parents’ basements than with roommates-and this is true for college graduates, as well.
But what if the Democratic Party does not want them to be anything other than loafers? That can be a very appealing prospect for many people.
After all, Obama telegraphed his goal in 2008, making a Kinsley gaffe (a politician accidentally telling the truth) when he went off the teleprompter and told Joe the Plumber that his goal was to “spread the wealth.”
How have Obama and his fellow Democrats achieved that goal? Count the ways:
Endless extensions of unemployment insurance to anesthetize jobless Americans from the pain of reckless Democratic anti-growth policies;
Record high food stamp usage;
A record number on disability were getting the highest-ever monthly benefits;
Labor Force participation rates have declined; people not in the labor force are at a record 91.8 million;
Democrats are encouraging people to get on the government dole at an early age. High-school students are constantly exhorted to go to college.
John Kerry typified the view of liberals when he told a crowd of Ohio voters:
You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.
Barack Obama has repeatedly said that he thinks everyone should go to college — seemingly oblivious to the reality that college may not be appropriate for everyone. Millions of people have come out of college with degrees that do not lead to jobs but have led to unsupportable debt loads. Collectively there may be more than a trillion dollars in student loan debt — and it is a growing menace to the health of America. But the federal government has continued to feed the beast because colleges may not to lead to jobs but do lead to many more Democratic voters. Democrats have hinted of future plans to wipe away the debt of college students –effectively transferring the debt to taxpayers.
Michelle Obama recently urged high school students to grab as much taxpayer money as they can by applying for federal aid when they go to college. At T.C.Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia she told students that applying for federal student aid is easier than they think:
“Don’t leave money on the table,” Mrs. Obama said. “Almost everyone is eligible for some form of financial aid, and all you have to do to access that aid is fill out this one little form. It’s so simple.”
“Through FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid], the Department of Education provides more than $150 billion every year in low-interest loans, in grants that you don’t have to pay back, and work study programs that can help cover your educational expenses,”
As Dr. Susan Berry wrote at Big Government:
Mrs. Obama, however, emphasized that there are “thousands of dollars to help you and your family pay for college,” and that students could receive federal aid regardless of how well they perform in school or even if their families are not at poverty level.
“You don’t have to be the valedictorian. You don’t have to major in a certain subject,” the First Lady said. “You don’t even have to be at the very bottom of the income ladder to receive the money…”
Yet student loan defaults continue to skyrocket. One day the bubble will burst and Republicans will be handed the blame.
If the cliché that insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result is true, then the Obama administration is certifiable (that’s okay since mental health care is covered by Obamacare and by the time he finishes his second term many Americans will be seeking mental health professionals). Obama’s pick to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, former Congressman Mel Watt, has made clear his intention to spend taxpayer dollars to help otherwise unqualified home buyers to purchase homes. Formerly, one had to work and get a good credit rating to be able to take out a mortgage and purchase a home. Not anymore. There is a new sheriff in town and he is not interested in enforcing reasonable and sound credit standards and rules .
The administration is also pressuring banks, and cities to make it far easier for people to buy cars and homes –– regardless of how sensible and sustainable such purchases and loans may be or how solid the job prospects are for purchasers.
Obama has used his executive authority to gut workfare — one of the great bipartisan reform efforts over the years to transform welfare and get people off the government dole and into the workforce. Barack Obama also subtly changed the federal definition of “poverty” so that many people on welfare don’t have to “worry” about being dropped from the welfare rolls, secure in the knowledge that the checks from taxpayers will continue to flow.
So when Republicans declare their goal is to grow the economy and create more jobs and thus more taxpayers, they lose the loafer vote.
And when Democrats are in the forefront of legalizing marijuana even for non-medical purposes they gain the loafer vote. As the liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus wrote:
“…persistent cannabis use was associated with neuropsychological decline broadly across domains of functioning, even after controlling for years of education.” Long-term users saw an average decline of eight IQ points.
Once again, teenage toking was the problem. The decrease in IQ was linked only to those with adolescent marijuana use, not those who started in adulthood
Lassitude, lethargy and lack of motivation follow — sounds like a drug tailor-made for loafers.
Barack Obama was a member of the Choom Gang in his fancy Hawaii high-school. One wonders if those effects can persist?
Didn’t Obama make clear he was all out for the loafer vote — and that his goal was to create another class in America, the loafer class?
After all, wasn’t his animated campaign pitch “The Life of Julia” celebrating cradle to grave dependency on big government (the role of taxpayers was left on the cutting room floor)?
As Ethel Fenig wrote on American Thinker:
Julia would attend a government school complete with Head Start, go on to a government college thanks to government funds, start a business with government help, birth and raise a child supplemented with government funds and finally retire to a happy, healthy old age with her living and health care expenses all paid for with government funds.
Isn’t Julia’s perfect match, Pajama Boy, a poster child for the loafer life: lolling about in PJs, sipping hot chocolate, advocating Obamacare at Thanksgiving instead of, say, talking about his job?
Rich Lowry wrote in “Pajama Boy, An Insufferable Man-Child” about Julia and PJ Boy:
But it’s hard not to see Pajama Boy as an expression of the Obama vision, just like his forbear Julia, the Internet cartoon from the 2012 campaign. Pajama Boy is Julia’s little brother. She progressed through life without any significant family or community connections. He is the picture of perpetual adolescence. Neither is a symbol of self-reliant, responsible adulthood.
And so both are ideal consumers of government. Julia needed the help of Obama-supported programs at every juncture of her life, and Pajama Boy is going to get his health insurance through Obamacare (another image shows him looking very pleased in a Christmas sweater, together with the words “And a happy New Year with health insurance”).
The breakdown of marriage and its drift into the 30s mean there are more Julias and Pajama Boys than ever. The growth of government feeds off this trend, and at the margins, augments it.
In other words, they are loafers.
But wouldn’t Pajama Boy, though androgynous in a metrosexual way, be more suited as Julia’s mate? Barbie had Ken; Eve had Adam. Addicted to Other People’s Money, mainlined by Democrats, hooked at an early age they could have the politically correct two children and raise them as True Believers in Big Brother.
Brave New World!
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And so it begins…………….a new period in the life of a “right-wing nut”!!!! Following a lengthy discussion with someone whose opinion I greatly respect, it was suggested to me that I try to be a bit more positive in presenting my case for change this election.
Understanding that any one individual candidate or public official can not possibly fulfill every voter’s dream, and admitting that I am not as educated on every political issue or candidate as I would like to be, or should be, I offer only this…………………………… that in my somewhat exhaustive search to understand the character, the beliefs and the values of the various individuals who are either in office or running for office, I have very methodically come to the conclusion that the current leadership is the direct antithesis to that which I believe in morally and ethically.
To those very points, I begin by presenting the following article which provides so much more than a simple narrative…………………they are words from real people who were real recipients of the real character of the “real” Romney………………..
The highlights of the last day of the convention, for me, were the ordinary people who spoke of the impact of Mitt Romney in their lives. I wish these speeches had been prime-time, and that every wavering voter could see them. This is what kindness looks like. This is the supposedly uncaring, greedy, rich bastard in action.
Grant Bennett, a fellow volunteer pastor at the Romney’s Massachusetts church, explained that while building his business and earning his millions and raising five boys, Romney volunteered two evenings a week and every weekend — ten, fifteen, twenty hours a week — in acts of personal service and pastoral counseling.
He met with those seeking help with the burdens of real life…unemployment, sickness, financial distress, loneliness…single mothers raising children, couples with marital problems, youths with addictions, immigrants…individuals whose heat had been shut off.
Typical of Mitt Romney, he let others give the sermons. He did the work. He did not delegate kindness: Mitt shoveled snow for the elderly, brought meals to the sick. He led by example. “Mitt’s response to all who came was compassion in all its beautiful varieties. He had a listening ear and a helping hand.”
“I treasure every minute we served together,” sums up Bennett.
I can hear Democrats scoffing. Bennett obviously loves Romney as his mentor and friend. That is just the point. Bennett worked with Romney for “thousands of hours over many years” and took over the job when Romney left. Romney earned Bennett’s love and respect and loyalty by his empathic, compassionate love of and service for his fellows.
Then we heard from Pat and Ted Oparowski. “Evening ,folks. My wife and I are people of modest means. I made my living as a professional firefighter for 27 years.” There followed rip-your-heart-out testimony about the many tender kindnesses of Mitt Romney to their 14-year-old son, David, dying of cancer, thirty years ago. The cameras panned over an entire convention hall in tears.
I felt keenly that these bereaved parents were on stage because they want the country to benefit from the blessings a deeply good and kind President Romney will bring to us all. Love of family, gratitude to Mitt, and love of country brought them to that stage.
“The memories are still painful, but we wanted to share them with you, because David’s story is part of Mitt’s story, and America deserves to hear it. …the true measure of a man is revealed in the …quiet hospital room of a dying boy, with no cameras and no reporters. This is the time to make that assessment.”
Romney arranged a fireworks party on the beach to bring David a time of joy; he gave him solace and respect by helping David write a will, to leave his prized possessions to his best friend and brother. “How many men do you know who take time out of their busy life to visit a terminally ill fourteen-year-old?” asked Pat, the boy’s mother. “We will ever be grateful to Mitt for his love and concern.”
Next, we hear from another congregant who became a personal friend of the Romneys, Pam Finlayson. She started with a simple but telling anecdote. Mitt Romney, captain of industry, folding laundry in a spontaneous act of helpfulness. If only people would hear Pam talk, Democrat caricatures of Romney as a cold-hearted man, out of touch with ordinary people, would be seen as the shameful lies they are.
I knew Mitt was special from the start. We didn’t own a dryer, and the day he stopped by to welcome us, I was embarrassed to have laundry hanging all over the house. Mitt wasn’t fazed. In fact, as we spoke, without a word, he joined me and started helpfully plucking clothes from round the room and folding them. By the time Mitt left, not only did I feel welcome, my laundry was done!
Pam and her husband had a very ill premature baby.
As I sat with her in intensive care, consumed with a mother’s worry and fear, dear Mitt came to visit and pray with me….I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back. I could tell immediately that he didn’t just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl…
When Thanksgiving rolled around, Kate was still struggling for life. Brain surgery was scheduled, and the holiday was the furthest thing from our minds. I opened my door to find Mitt and his boys, arms loaded with a Thanksgiving feast. Of course we were overcome. When I called to thank Ann, she sweetly confessed it had been Mitt’s idea, that most of the cooking and chopping had been done by him. She and the boys had just happily pitched in.
It seems to me when it comes to loving our neighbor, we can talk about it, or we can live it. The Romney’s live it every single day.
… It is with great excitement and a renewed hope, to know that our country will be blessed as it is led by a man who is not only so accomplished and capable, but who has devoted his entire life quietly serving others. That man is Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney is known in his personal circles for his lifelong acts of reaching out a helping hand — ordinary, human to human, personal acts of kindness that are all about empathy and fellow-feeling.
Everyone who knows Romney in the church community seems to have a story about him and his family pitching in to help in ways big and small. They took chicken and asparagus soup to sick parishioners. They invited unsettled Mormon transplants in their home for lasagna.
One Saturday, Grant Bennett got up on a ladder outside his two-story [house] intent on dislodging a hornets’ nest. . . .The hornets went right at him, and he fell off the ladder, breaking his foot. . . .About nine thirty that Sunday night, Romney reappeared. Only this time, it was dark out. Romney was in jeans and a polo shirt instead of his suit, and he was carrying a bucket, a piece of hose, and a couple of screwdrivers. “He said, ‘I noticed you hadn’t gotten rid of the hornets,” Bennett recalled. “I said, ‘Mitt you don’t need to do that.’ He said, I’m here, and I’m going to do it. . .You demonstrated that doing it on a ladder is not a good idea.'” Romney went at it from inside the house, opening a window enough to dislodge it. Soon the hornets were gone.
When a neighbor’s 12-year-old son died, Romney organized the effort to build a playground in his name and then led the cleanup crew to maintain it. When a neighbor’s house caught on fire, he organized neighbors to run in and save his belongings.
Two sons of Mark and Sheryl Nixon broke their necks in a car accident on their way home from a Mormon youth activity …. Both Rob and Reed Nixon were quadriplegics. After hospitalization and rehabilitation, the boys were home with their parents on the morning before Christmas when Mitt and Ann Romney showed up with their sons. The Romneys did not know them personally but had heard about the accident and the need to remodel their home to make it more accessible for the two sons. The Romneys brought a stereo for Rob and a check for Reed. Mitt told Mark Nixon he would pay for his sons’ college educations if necessary, and he continued to give the family support financially. … “What is more important to me than the dollar amount is that Mitt could have sent the checks in the mail instead of taking time out and coming over to see us,” Mark Nixon says. “I’m much more impressed with the family values he demonstrated and what it says about who Mitt is.”
And then there is this extraordinary story. When a partner at work told Romney his 14-year-old daughter had snuck off to a rave party in New York, taken ecstasy, and disappeared, Romney shut down Bain and organized 200 employees to fly down to New York to find her. Thanks to Romney’s signature leadership and competence, they did. But it all began with Romney’s core character: his loving concern, self-confidence, and taking responsibility himself to get things done right.
Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott. He hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with New York City police. …Romney and others from Bain Capital trudged through Manhattan, even scouring Central Park, and talked with everyone they could – prostitutes, drug addicts – to try to develop leads.
The man who helped save my daughter was Mitt Romney. Mitt’s done a lot of things that people say are nearly impossible. But, for me, the most important thing he’s ever done is to help save my daughter.
These are the sorts of good deeds Ann Romney was referring to in her convention speech, when she said her husband does not believe in boasting about how he helps people.
This is important. I want you to hear what I am going to say. Mitt does not like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point. We are no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don’t do it so that others will think more of them. They do it because there is no greater joy.
Democrats want us all to know that Mitt was born rich, as if that disqualifies him from being an excellent president. Romney inherited a fortune from his father, who was an all-American rags-to-riches story, a working man who never graduated college and went on to head American Motors. But listen to this: Mitt Romney turned around and gave away every dime he inherited to charity, honoring his father’s memory by funding a school of management in his honor. I’ve never heard of anyone who has done that — give away his entire inheritance.
Mitt earned his own wealth, and he has always been generous with his money. Both Mitt and Ann have volunteered and given prodigiously their whole lives. Mitt and Ann gave away 13%-19% of their income the last two years. That is two to three times the norm for philanthropy.
Giving to their church heads the Romney list. The Democrats want to make tithing sound like a bad thing, something required and therefore meaningless. The Mormon church should be honored and famous for its charitable efforts. From 1985 to 2009, for example, Mormons donated over a billion dollars to humanitarian aid in 178 countries.
In addition to giving to and through the Mormon Church, the Romneys’ main donations are to cure cancer, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis; to help the blind; and to help disadvantaged inner-city youths and disabled youths. They have given to libraries, to AIDS victims, to Harvard. In addition, Romney in 1997 created and led the Bain Capital Children’s Charity Ltd., which spends more than $1 million annually on youths. Romney served for years on Boston’s City Year, a group that works to help at-risk kids stay in school and graduate.
The Romney family commitment to help underprivileged children dates back to when Ann and her five boys saw a vehicle carrying a group of boys to a Massachusetts Department of Youth Services detention center. Ann became a remarkable volunteer.
She was a director of the inner-city group Best Friends, for teenage girls. She was a volunteer for the Ten Point Coalition for urban youths and for Families First, a parent education program. She was a volunteer instructor of middle-school girls at the multicultural Mother Caroline Academy in Boston.
She served on the board of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, again focusing her work on at-risk youth. By 1996, she was a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Board of Stand for Children.
During the 2002 Winter Olympics effort, she co-chaired the Olympic Aid charity, which provides athletic activities and programs for children in war-torn regions.
Charitable giving does reveal who a person is. Romney went to the NAACP to deliver this message, in a speech that received several standing ovations, but I doubt anyone there knew that the Romneys have been helping the black community for many years.
Some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African-American community, and to address the NAACP. Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between.
But there is another reason: I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president. I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color – and families of any color – more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president.
The opposition charges that I and people in my party are running for office to help the rich. Nonsense. The rich will do just fine whether I am elected or not. The President wants to make this a campaign about blaming the rich. I want to make this a campaign about helping the middle class.
I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My campaign is about helping the people who need help.
The Democrats are right in one thing. Mitt Romney is not an ordinary person.
Romney is an unusual man in every way — unusually ambitious, unusually capable, unusually wealthy, unusually kind, unusually compassionate, unusually generous, unusually dedicated to serving his community and country. He is an unusually wonderful friend and neighbor.
He has earned a level of love, loyalty, respect, and admiration most of us only imagine — has earned them by his good deeds. Not just in his church, but everywhere he has participated. He worked in business and created jobs — not for a hundred, not for a thousand — for over a hundred thousand other families. Then Romney moved on to public service, where he worked without pay, to save the Olympics after 9/11, and to be governor of Massachusetts.
As governor of Massachusetts, he won intense respect and loyalty from Secretary Jane Edmonds, a liberal Democrat and a black woman, whom he chose as cabinet secretary for education and workforce training. Jane Edmond’s speech was another highlight at the convention:
He is the real thing. Authentic. Honest, transparent, and inclusive. …I wanted to be around him… where my energy, skills and talents would be channeled, along with others, towards the public good. ….The governor was in office, not for himself, or to promote himself, but for the people….During the four years I served in the cabinet, I saw him up close and personal. …He is an amazing steward and leader. … Unselfish leadership….Motivated by doing good for others. That is how I see Governor Romney. He is authentic….He brought out the best in me, and as President, he will bring out the best in our country.
Now Mitt Romney wants to be president of the United States. We are very lucky people to get the chance to elect a man of this moral caliber.
Karin McQuillan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, wrote mystery novels set in Kenya, was a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, and contributes regularly to American Thinker.
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Are you, or is someone you know and love, age 55 or older??? Are you, or is someone you know, still on the fence about whom to vote for in this election??? I ask you then to please consider reading this timely article and viewing the video which follows.
The facts that need to be before the American electorate are seldom found in the mainstream media these days and it would be unwise and unethical of the voting public to go to the polls relying solely on the narrative of the MSM talking heads. If we do not do whatever is in our power, and within our own individual capabilities, to determine the veracity of what is being disseminated over the airwaves and in the print media and social networks then shame on us! We will be contributing to a future devoid of critical thinking along with individual freedom for the next generations of Americans to self-determination. The video is an astounding visual of the 159 agencies the “Health” Care bill creates……………………..and I promise you, you will never see those details on the nightly news!!
Who Should Americans Trust as the Medicare Messenger?
By Allen West
Candidates running for election who love to use fear mongering and scare tactics to persuade voters are usually hiding their incompetency. This election cycle is no exception, and it has never been more apparent than when it comes to debating the issue of Medicare. President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill are constantly telling Americans that Republicans want to “End Medicare as we know it.” However, just by saying it does not make it true. Republicans understand that America has a responsibility to its seniors to preserve and protect Medicare and we are committed to our future generations of Americans.
What seems to get lost in the scare tactics is the simple undeniable truth that Medicare is on a pathway to bankruptcy. The Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees report has these programs going “belly up” in 2024 and 2033 respectively. Just look at the numbers. Americans pay $110,000 -$115,000 into Medicare, but receive closer to $300,000 in benefits. This simply cannot sustain itself. In addition, Medicare is rife with widespread fraud, making the system even more insolvent.
While many on the left want you to believe Republicans will end Medicare, it is the Democrat-controlled Congress that enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with plans to slash $716 billion from Medicare over the next ten years. This is not a political talking point but comes directly from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation. These cuts to Medicare cannot be disputed. President Obama and the Congressional Democrats want to use Medicare as a “slush fund” to pay for their massive government expansion into healthcare. Unfortunately, the money meant for seniors’ health care will go directly into creating 159 new government agencies and bureaucracies.
The cuts include $517 billion to Part A (Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund) and $247 billion to Part B (Supplemental Medicare Insurance Trust Fund) as follows:
– $294 billion payment cuts to hospitals
– $156 billion cuts to Medicare Advantage affecting 25 percent of seniors nationwide
– $39 billion cuts to skilled nursing
– $17 billion cuts to hospice care
– $66 billion cuts to home healthcare
– $33 billion cuts to other providers
– $11 billion cuts resulting from the Independent Payment Advisory Board (the 15-member panel of unelected government bureaucrats making Medicare price control decisions).
The Democrats’ approach thus far has been to deny the facts, demonize its opponents’ solutions, and essentially do nothing. The Republicans, on the other hand, are working to solve the problem before it becomes unsolvable. The House-passed budget plan does not affect Medicare for anyone 55 years of age and older. When younger Americans become eligible, Medicare will provide a premium-support payment and a list of guaranteed coverage options, including a traditional fee-for-service option. Medicare will be determined by a competitive bidding process, helping drive down prices and improving the quality of care for our future seniors. All of this will allow recipients to choose a plan that best suits their needs.
The facts are that the House-passed budget championed by Congressman Paul Ryan actually increases spending on Medicare over the next 10 years. Through all the mudslinging and the political platitudes about who really wants to protect and preserve Medicare, the question is very simple. Whom shall Americans trust in this critical debate?
Will Americans trust those who stated, “We must pass the bill in order to know what is in the bill?”
Will Americans trust those who said the healthcare bill will only cost the American taxpayers $940 billion only to find out it now costs closer to $1.7 trillion?
Or will Americans trust those who said the individual mandate was not a tax, only to find out in order for it to be declared constitutional, the mandate must in fact be a tax?
The facts are clear. Americans should trust Conservatives. We’ve put forward a plan that protects Medicare exactly as it is for today’s seniors and preserves Medicare for our future generations.
Congressman Allen West proudly and humbly serves the constituents of Florida’s 22nd district, encompassing parts of beautiful Broward and Palm Beach Counties along South Florida’s coastline.
With only 42 days left until the election that will determine the future for our children and grandchildren, time is of the essence. I am on a mission to share the “best of the best” political articles and videos from some of the many websites and blogs that I read each day. It is my hope that the information they contain will provide food for thought as you weigh the merits of each of the arguments for any given topic. Clicking on the imbedded links will assist you in gathering more information about specific details as well as clarifying the veracity of the author’s message. The following article touched on a subject which frustrates me a great deal. The author of this piece gives voice to the concerns that I have about the moral neglect in the media to seek the truth, and to report and interpret information in an honest and fair manner.
The second article is also well worth the read, in my very humble opinion.
A Few Questions for ABC-NBC-CBS-NYT-NPR-CNN-WASHPO-LAT
You’re the elite, the cream of the national press corps (That’s pronounced “core” rather than “corpse,” which the president botched recently, but which you all found far less important than the “e” that’s not at the end of potato when a Republican VP stumbled). Thanks for coming. I invited you here to ask when’s the last time any of you fearless pros asked the president as direct and challenging a question as these two hardballs he faced last week at Univision, the Spanish language network:
“I think up to 100 Mexicans might have died (in Operation Fast and Furious) and also American agent Brian Terry. There’s a report that 14 agents were responsible for the operation, but shouldn’t the attorney general, Eric Holder…have known about that and if he didn’t, should you fire him?”
“You promised [immigration reform] and a promise is a promise. And with all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise.”
Those are some respectful zingers doing just what the press is supposed to: holding political leaders accountable for their words and actions. So, can you think of any tough question you’ve put to him lately? As in, sometime this term?
You don’t really want to look like lap dog sycophants, do you? Good. Then here are a few suggestions:
Ask him if his policies toward the Middle East may have contributed to current violence there.
Specifically, did his decision to pressure Mubarak out of Egypt and to forcibly remove Qaddafi from Libya enable radical elements hostile to the US to rise to power?
Ask him if his overall approach to engaging the Muslim world has produced positive results.
Ask him why, after the attacks on Egyptian, Libyan, and other embassies, his administration immediately asserted the fiction they were spontaneous demonstrations of religious grievance at an obscure internet clip critical of Mohammed.
Ask why for over a week it denied there was a deliberate targeting of America by terrorist groups on the anniversary of September 11th. Ask him if it’s true the State Department had warnings of likely attacks in the Middle East at least 48 hours before they occurred.
Ask him, with or without warnings, why are American embassies in some of the most dangerous places on earth essentially unguarded? Will secretary of State Clinton be held accountable for this failure to protect American personnel?
Speaking of Obama team players, will any of you professional skeptics ask Harry Reid if he plans to apologize to Mitt Romney for falsely accusing him of paying no taxes for 10 years? And if he doesn’t, then why not?
Will any of you ask the president how he can serve all Americans, as he pointedly told David Letterman is his job, if he doesn’t even know what the national debt is or what he has added to it?
When the president declares he “saved the auto industry,” will you ask him if he thinks Ford Motor Company and the American plants of Toyota, Honda, and Nissan aren’t also part of the American auto industry?
Ask him—if Chrysler and GM couldn’t pay their bills–what he thinks would have happened if bankruptcy law had been allowed to operate in a normal way? Would Americans’ demand for cars have been less? Wouldn’t Chrysler’s and GM’s assets have been sold in an orderly way to leaner competitors or start-up companies, who would have created new jobs and joined other suppliers to serve the American market?
Will you ask if it isn’t it more accurate to say he saved the ruinous pay, benefits, and pensions of the United Auto Workers that GM and Chrysler employed, and did it by lawlessly ripping equity out of the hands of secured creditors and bondholders and gifting it to the labor unions?
And, isn’t it true that the happy talk a while back about GM paying back its loans was highly misleading, as in essentially false? That wasn’t income from auto sales, was it, just federal stimulus grants that GM turned around and handed back to the government? And don’t taxpayers still hold a major chunk of GM ownership in billions of devalued stock? And isn’t the company’s survival still very much in doubt?
Will you ask him if this is really a success story, or likely a terribly costly, vote-buying boondoggle that just hasn’t played out yet?
Those are just a few starters. If you all think about it, there are a lot of fastballs you could throw over the left edge of the plate—if your peripheral vision reaches there.
For those of you who would like to test the waters of the “alternative” media and discover “independent” thinking versus “group” thinking please read the following article which will present a great number of media sites to check out:
July 14, 2012
Yes, Virginia, There Is Truth in Media
A smart, savvy high school student recently asked me to recommend some sources for real news, or what is commonly found in new media — truth. For most readers, it is a long-held foregone conclusion that mainstream media is little more than a mouthpiece of the left — celebrity wannabes clinging to the coattails of the ruling class elite. And yet, far too many of our youth and, far more startlingly, right-of-center adults are still dangerously unaware that the mainstream media of old is a wholly unnecessary exercise in head-banging frustration. Yes, Virginia, there really is another media. The media. Maybe it’s time we spell out how to get there.
For all the lessons youth have crammed down their throats by leftist teachers, MTV, Steven Colbert, and even Planned Parenthood, the ideals of conservatism are largely, if not entirely, left to parents. This is not exactly a news flash. But it does make it all the more alarming that so many adults are still in the dark when it comes to finding reliable, truthful news without spin and without the taint of progressivism. There really is a media that exposed the coming fundamental transformation at the hands of a composite fraud long before youth voted for him in droves in 2008, and long before David Maraniss came along and made even old media scratch its collective head for the first time in years. For Maraniss, it’s one thing to expose embellishment (lies) for the sake of narrative — a deception that is practically the left’s modus operandi — and there’s missing the forest for the cover of a few trees. Because the truth is, the ultimate Barack-Barry-Soetero-Hussein-Obama fraud, as Maraniss fails to report, is that Obama didn’t actually write his auto-biography (autobiographies), so much as close friend and terrorist Bill Ayers did, as has been exhaustively and expertly established by author Jack Cashill, at American Thinker and elsewhere. If this is news to you, it’s time you had a blueprint for finding real media, no matter your generation.
Dictating thought is virtually protocol to the left, so I don’t presume to borrow their pulpit. New media thinks far too much of your ability to reason, as do I, to consider offering anything more than friendly suggestion on your new path to information. I certainly don’t have the blueprint, and this is far from an exhaustive list. The only thing to really remember is there is no path to truth, and certainly to conservatism, through old media. We can talk fair and balanced until the cows come home, but there’s simply none to be found between the right and wrong. Compromise with communists still begets only communism, if only in very small and incremental doses.
First, let’s get one big question out of the way — why are we still having this conversation? Why are so many smart friends, under no delusions of mainstream impartiality, still wading through old media looking for glimmers of hope amid the inept, and nearly defunct, cesspool? How is it that a friend was aghast to only just discover honor killings and female genital mutilation under Islamic law? How can Republican friends, by no means Obama supporters, herald Mrs. Obama’s garden, wholly unaware that the Obamas plant the illusion of personal responsibility with one hand and sow millions of new food stamp recipients with the other? Why, on the day John Roberts betrayed the Constitution and the American people, did I leave a lunch meeting almost more distraught over my companions’ reactions than Roberts’s decision itself? One lunch partner was equally devastated by the Court’s decision, but resigned to his fate. What can I do about it? Two admitted that they simply can’t stomach mainstream news of any kind, and are thus all too happy to concede willful ignorance, which they prefer to call ignorant bliss. And my last lunch partner, in what seemed a scene from the Twilight Zone, asked, “What’s ObamaCare?”
If I may, let’s begin with making sure both parent and child know one simple truth about the old media company they still keep. Take again, for example, ObamaCare — a tyrannical tax behemoth and an egregious constitutional breach of the limits of federal government, passed by the vilest political maneuvering in history, against the will of the people. Unless ObamaCare is repealed in its entirety, doctors will flee or practice medicine according to bureaucratic dictate, private insurers will implode, joblessness will increase, and states’ rights and what we know of individual liberty will be a thing of the past as much as actual medicine. ObamaCare makes every person from his birth to his death property of the state, and the IRS the enforcement mafia. This is fact. Not that you would ever know ObamaCare was anything more than free health care from the land of magic government fairies for the gazillions of poor and put-upon denied medical care, according to old media.
Now think for a moment that following Robert’s decision, not one conservative, or any of the majority of this country that opposes Obamacare, took to the streets to pillage. Not one conservative occupied anything, nor demanded the fruits of another’s labor. John Roberts didn’t receive death threats, and no one camped on his front lawn and threatened his children’s lives. This seems like good company to keep. And yet, it is those who oppose government-run health care, wealth redistribution, runaway entitlements, rewriting the Constitution, crippling taxation, and tyranny over liberty who are the uncivil according to old media: Republicans, conservatives, Sarah Palin, Christians, opponents of illegal immigration, the Tea Party, gun owners, the military, and pro-life advocates. Truth be told, barbaric behavior is the sole property of the left, and that includes its media. This is not company you wish to keep, let alone those from whom you should receive information — any information.
So — here goes. It is not my intention to highlight any particular new media, much of which has been around for some time — print, blog, radio, or otherwise — and with none of which I have any association, other than American Thinker, which I unashamedly believe to be one of the best op-ed sites around. Once you really begin to find your way around new media, click on other links you find listed from site to site, and find your own favorites. Old media does make for some near-hilarity as it attempts to deny bias and spin the economic and jobless misery it aids and abets. Think Andrea Mitchell stammering her way through economic fallacy. Brent Bozell has been hard at work for many years exposing the inanities. For the highlights, peruse his site, NewsBusters.
Read the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and bookmark it on your computer for easy access. It is an especially useful source for college students who will notice all too soon to which media most of their professors are beholden. Investor’s Business Daily is another excellent op-ed site. Michael Ramirez’s brilliant cartoon on that same page puts the absurdity of liberalism in perspective as well as any editorial. These are some personal blog favorites you might consider: Lucianne, Michelle Malkin, Mark Steyn, Drudge Report, Badblue, Fox Nation, Legal Insurrection, HotAir, Breitbart’s Big Government, Townhall, Daily Caller, Real Clear Politics, Gateway Pundit, Red State, Right Wing News, Pajamas Media, PowerLine, and American Thinker. You certainly won’t agree with every conservative, nor should you. But it will be an education no matter what you eventually call your comfortable new media home. And you will find you are among more friends than the MSM led you to believe you had.
There are phenomenal writers at American Spectator, Weekly Standard, National Review, American Conservative, and Human Events, to name a few in print medium. All have websites. A few of my favorite writers include Quinn Hilyer, Paul Rahe, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, Andrew McCarthy, Shelby Steele, John Fund, Katie Pavlich, Kimberley Strassel, and Dinesh D’Souza.
Study Islam and the threat of sharia law under the tutelage of the great Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch, Pamela Gellar at Atlas Shrugs, or Brigitte Gabriel at Act! For America.
The organizations working on behalf of conservatives are an invaluable resource: the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, the Hudson Institute, Cato, FreedomWorks, Ludwig von Mises Institute, John Birch Society, Hoover Institution, and Hillsdale College, to name just a few. Read Hillsdale’s Imprimis newsletter. And read conservative authors — the greats, such as Frédéric Bastiat; Milton Friedman; Hayek; de Tocqueville; William F. Buckley, Jr.; and anything by Thomas Sowell. If you don’t know where to start, try Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society, Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, or Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny.
Follow — or better yet, join — the TEA Party. Know what it really stands for — not just the imbecilic, racist picture old media and Saturday Night Live paint. Listen to Rush Limbaugh. No matter what you believe him to be, Limbaugh is still the standard-bearer of truth in the muddied political world. Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, and Dennis Miller are other good conservative radio choices. Just beware the conservative who speaks from the borrowed grandiose Greek columns so loved by Barack Obama. They can be a bit of a distraction, considering that the message of conservatism itself speaks volumes.
Because conservatives are not as humorless as the old media would like you to believe, enjoy the brilliant satire of David Burge at Iowahawk (as well as his Twitter feed), I Own The World, Weasel Zippers, Sunny TV, and the incomparable wit of Mark Steyn. Call it civil disobedience.
Finally, beware what is easily mistaken — likely the intention — for reliable media. Those who claim to be above the fray — who shirk “divisive” labels, claiming moral, middle high ground — Third Way, Americans Elect, NO Labels. Many of them claim conservatives among their ranks, but they are progressive fronts — as incapable of real compromise as any leftist, despite their rhetoric. For that matter, write off any organization that has “open” anywhere in its title. It is almost always funded by George Soros.
With a few noted exceptions (Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, or Allen West, for example) even most teens are smarter than those elected to rule — excuse me, serve — and that includes at least five Supreme Court justices. You deserve a media that respects your intelligence, protects your liberty, and speaks truth to power, even if it takes a bit more effort to seek it out. It’s really quite simple — without the media, you would never know what the old media is keeping from you. And our representative republic simply will not survive such ignorance.
It’s a brave new media world out there, but don’t just take my word for it. I will never lead some to that water, but thinkers, like you, will glory in the refreshment. Enjoy your journey.