Views on the News
August 15, 2009
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Hypocrisy is very obvious when Democrats accuse town hall meetings as being “AstroTurf” while they themselves import union thugs to manhandle and crowd out constituent questioners. An enormous groundswell of opposition to the Obama Administration is erupting throughout the land. Real Americans are shaking off their former apathy and reasserting their role in the workings of the national government. Many of those raising their voices and fists at the town halls have never been politically active. Their frustration was born earlier this year with government bailouts and big spending bills, then found an outlet in the anti-tax Tea Parties in April and has simmered in the punishing recession. The protesters have several concerns, but a unifying emotion is distrust of the government and federal intrusion into individual liberties or personal choices. White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina last week gave the order to "push back twice as hard." Let us not forget that the call to mobilize the DNC community activists, Organizing for America (OFA), came directly from the Barack Obama web site! Congressional Democratic leaders and the White House are "working in close coordination with" Soros-funded lobbying group Health Care for America Now (HCAN) and other union-backed groups in organizing a pro-ObamaCare public relations blitz this month. the national field director of the union-backed Health Care for America Now (HCAN) on August 4th apparently sent out a four-page, single-spaced, 2,500-word-plus "how to counter" ObamaCare opponents. Its underlying principle – turn out left-wing activists to drown out conservative citizens – has been accepted by members of Congress. “If they wanna organize, we’ll out-organize them,” said Congressman Jan Schakowsky, a former Chicago community organizer. The Big Labor hoodlums clad in identical purple shirts, the uniform of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members, own the “AstroTurf” mob label. SEIU members have committed to more than 1,000 members and staff working full-time in the field and dedicated 30% of the union's resources to the health care campaign. Already approximately $10 million has been set aside to build and mobilize public support in key states. At town hall meetings in St. Louis and Tampa last week, purple-shirted SEIU members engaged in physical confrontations with critics of the Democrats' health care takeover plans. Eric Holder’s Department of Justice signaled that properly directed violence would be overlooked when it dropped all charges against the three members of the New Black Panther Party who brandished weapons and intimidated white voters at a Philadelphia polling place last November. The notion that Americans may not want the federal government making health care decisions on their behalf appears to be truly beyond the comprehension of Democrats in Congress and the White House. So they have responded by slandering honest folks looking to have their voices heard. The arrogance which the Democrats have displayed by name-calling and discrediting these people reveals their insolence and hypocrisy. Obama turned his town hall meetings into a vehicle for him to vent since no dissenters were allowed inside the meeting to ask any embarrassing questions, while the large number of opponents protested outside the meeting away from the cameras. The recent “town hall” teleconference I attended could best be characterized as a folksie informercial with 8,500 listeners and hand-picked questioners and preselected questions. These devious partisan schemes have only served to energize the grassroots, who realize that as efforts on both sides of the issue intensify, the stakes for their freedom and the very future of their country are raised.
What the Democrats and their bullhorns in the Mainstream Media are telling us is that they are scared because they now know they've lost their monopoly on information. Kyle-Anne Shiver recounts how for 40 years, this Country has been blackmailed by angry Alinskyite protest into redistributing great chunks of wealth to aggrieved-status mobs under the pretense of charity or entitlement. The scales of grievance have now tilted so far to the left that it is the middle-class, which feels itself most endangered, most unable to make its voice heard in the Halls of Congress. Saul Alinsky, for his part, told the young radicals of the 1960s that they had to bring the middle-class into the revolution by the mid-1970s or give up altogether. Alinsky understood that power wasn't in the board rooms, but in the middle-class consumer's purse. It wasn't in the school board, but in the middle-class parent's expectations. Power wasn't even in Washington, but in the demands of the most populous group of Americans: the vast middle-class, whom he called the "have-a-little-want-mores," in keeping with his solely material worldview. Saul Alinsky's vision amounted to making the middle-class so "rubbed raw" with "discontent", making them feel so downtrodden that they would demand more government handouts for themselves and more government control in the hands of their political masters. Government controlling everything in the whole society was Alinsky's idea of "freedom" and "liberty." He disavowed the power of a single individual to affect change in his own life, and always, every single time, looked to collectivist power for strength. Alinsky's vision was, of course, Marxist, but with fascist elements thrown into the mix. What we are seeing now in town halls across this country are middle-class people demanding that their government drop any and every plan to convert America's healthcare system to one like those failing throughout socialized Europe and Canada. Anyone who honestly believed that a man, who had done nothing whatsoever in his entire life but go to school, shout slogans at rallies, and run for office could be an able president, have now been disabused of that fantasy. The American people are anything but mindless dolts, most especially our vibrant and diverse middle-class. We are seeing some of the same Alinsky tactics employed at town hall meetings, but by a group opposed to more government control, not demanding more of it. They are the anti-fascist, anti-socialist, anti-Alinsky folks, who would prefer to keep the liberties they have, even if it means sacrifice and suffering. This isn't what the leftists in charge expected to see. The Democrats envisioned the middle-class welcoming, with spread-wide-open arms of gratitude, these new power plays that would put more control into the hands of their beneficent bureaucracy. What the Democrats fear most is that ObamaCare will be cast as the first step toward the 1978 sci-fi movie “Logan’s Run” where government health care depended on end-of-life at 30. Instead, the Alinskyites are being met with 1776 Redux in these town halls, and all they can do is yell "Fascist" at the top of their lungs.
Obama's Medi-Scare Campaign is using precisely the same fear tactics perfected by climate fraud peddlers to take over American medical care. James Lewis found the similarities as astonishing and for a very good reason: Both global frauding and Medi-Scare are pure stage-craft, made up by Hollywood mediots who are desperate to empower the Left, because that is the only thing that gives meaning to their empty lives. Amazingly neither climate fraud nor Medi-Scare do anything to fix the dire "emergency" they are trying to scare us about. There is no emergency: There is no global warming doom coming up, and there no crisis in American medicine. Charles Krauthamer nails the ObamaScare simply on the facts: "... today's ruling Democrats propose to fix our extremely high-quality (but inefficient and therefore expensive) health-care system with 1,000 pages of additional curlicued complexity -- employer mandates, individual mandates, insurance company mandates, allocation formulas, political payoffs and myriad other conjured regulations and interventions -- with the promise that this massive concoction will lower costs. This is all quite mad. It creates a Rube Goldberg system that simply multiplies the current inefficiencies and arbitrariness, thus producing staggering deficits with less choice and lower-quality care. That's why the administration can't sell ObamaCare." According to The Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheres, “the warming of the Southern Oscillation (El Nino and related temperature changes) has always come 5-7 months before global temperature changes in the last 50 years. The authors calculate that El Nino and similar ocean temp changes account for about 70 percent of the global temperature changes.” Everything else is pure illusion, tomfoolery by politicians and mediots who stand to profit from suckering us. The American people may finally be catching on to the fact that Obama is nothing but the Wizard of Oz. Remember how Dorothy's Wizard turned out to be just a little old stage magician, named Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs? Our Wizard calls himself Barry Soetoro Barack Hussein Obama, who like the Wizard of Oz couldn't make up his mind about his real identity either. Behind Obama the actor, the ham who loves to strut in the limelight, there is nobody -- just a starving ego and a bottomless hunger for self-glorification. Once Dorothy figured out there was a little old stage magician behind the screen, the power of the illusion collapsed. Medi-Scare and Global Frauding therefore show nothing but Obama Wizz-Bang conjuring up completely imaginary dangers and imaginary solutions -- on the way to becoming The Glorious Messiah of the New World Order. Like Dorothy in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the solution for us ordinary folks is to understand that the Wizard is nothing but a stage act, completely cobbled up to fool the audience. Remember Saul Alinsky Rule #1: It doesn't matter how much power you have, but how much the enemy thinks you have. The purpose of media propaganda is to convince us that Barack Obama is all-powerful, all-wise, all-benevolent and All We Need To Do to stop it is do not fall for the scam.
Having now seen the specifics of an Obama agenda rolled out over the last six months, Americans are perhaps beginning to understand some of the changes that weren’t so obvious as they joyously cast their votes for a candidate largely celebrated by the media as the man who would rescue us from the state of ruin we had arrived at under the evil Bush. These changes include spending plans and projected deficits in numbers that are impossible to even imagine; the creation of a European-style nanny-state with myriad new entitlements paid for by the “rich,” thereby fulfilling Obama’s famous “spread the wealth” campaign promise; a Democratic juggernaut to bulldoze through plans to radically alter the relationship between patient and doctor; an industrial nationalization policy that turns taxpayers into involuntary owners of broken car companies and insolvent banks; rewarding the very same unions responsible in part for wrecking some of these nationalized basket cases with big ownership stakes while trampling on creditor property rights; the conversion of our economic system into a statist economy having far more in common with socialism than with capitalism; and perhaps the biggest change of all, a president who travels the globe offering apologies for his country’s disrespectful and insensitive behavior, while embracing tyrants and bowing to white-robed kings. The recent polls are suggesting clearly that Americans are rapidly souring on some of these changes, just as the stock market delivers a no-confidence vote on the administration’s plans for a Brave New World. A recent CNN poll gave Obama a C-minus after 200 days in office, whereas at the end of his first one hundred days, he got almost universally a B-plus. Rasmussen reports found 57% of voters oppose a single-payer health care system while only 32% favor this public option. 52% believe such a system would lead to lower quality of care and 45% say it would lead to higher health care costs. There is another important poll looming ahead: the 2010 elections. Obama has finally revealed his vision for health insurance in his analogy with the under-performing Post Office, who in turn announced their federal subsidy was not enough and they lost another $7 Billion this year.
In the health care debate, Barack Obama is getting away with the rhetorical equivalent of murder. Health reformers have never had a clear mandate for major reform, because dissatisfaction with the current system is met by personal satisfaction. An ABC News/Washington health care poll found that about eight-in-ten Americans are satisfied with the quality of their care and their insurance. 55% of Americans even express satisfaction with the personal costs related to health care (including 61% of the insured). The overall truth of ObamaCare is that it constitutes a government takeover of healthcare that runs contrary to the laws of economics and creates so many perverse incentives and dangers of political over-reach and abuse that it is unacceptable, unfit for a free people. All the bills put in place a bureaucratic infrastructure and a set of legislative mandates accompanied by a set of perverse incentives and fiscal pressures that over time (a very short time) will transmute and morph through bureaucratic interpretations, rules and regulations into the nightmare people foresee it to be. To pay for the bulk of his proposed remake of the health care system, the president has a two-part plan. Half the money would come from tax increases, and the other half from reduced spending on Medicare. Obama proposes to come up with improvements in the vast Medicare system that will allow him to extend health care coverage to millions of currently uncovered people, make no cuts in existing Medicare benefits, and save money in the process. Obama is proposing squeezing hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicare, which when Republicans proposed it in 1995, it was called a 'draconian cut, but now, it's called 'savings.' Obama's proposal -- no details yet on precisely how he'll find all those "savings" and "efficiencies" -- is even more striking when you consider that during the campaign he attacked Sen. John McCain for allegedly planning reductions in Medicare spending. What's more, the president insists his plan won't hurt a bit. Only about one third of adults believe health care legislation will personally “benefit” them, while 65% believe the final legislation will make “everything more complicated” rather than “simpler.” Obama promised he would change how those benefits are delivered so that they're more efficient. Sooner or later, Obama will pay a political price for his plan to cut Medicare.
The politicians writing the health care bill still refuse to answer basic questions about how it will be paid for and how it will affect patients. Dr. Tom Coburn laments that the fact is that President Obama and the vast majority of members who support the reform bills would set up a single-payer health-care system if they could start from scratch. In the meantime they will settle for creating a public, government-run option in the context of our current employer-based health-insurance system. The truth is that the health-care bills under consideration will dramatically increase the deficit, take away patient choice, and set the stage for a total government takeover of health care - the single-payer model many Democrats have long dreamed of. The independent Lewin Group estimates that 114 million Americans will be forced to give up their current health-care plans as the government-run plan puts everyone else out of business. Here are a few questions that Congressional proponents have been loath to answer:
· Why do we need to increase spending on health care by at least $1.6 trillion and steal prosperity from our children and grandchildren when we spend nearly twice per person what other industrialized nations spend on health care?
· What programs will you cut and whose taxes will you raise to pay for health-care reform?
· What earmarks or pet projects that you have sponsored will you sacrifice to help finance the cost of health-care reform?
· Will you vote for a public option that requires taxpayer-funded abortion?
· If the public option is so wonderful, will you lead by example and vote for a plan to enroll you and your family in the public option?
· Will you vote for a plan that will allow a board of politicians and bureaucrats to override decisions made by you and your doctor?
· If you support a “comparative effectiveness” board, what qualifies you, as a politician, to practice medicine?
· How will a government-run public option perform better than other failing government programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Indian Health Care?
· If increasing spending on health care was the solution, why hasn’t it worked yet?
· Are you more committed to doing reform right or quickly? Would you consider backing a thoughtful alternative to the public option? If so, which one?
The choice is between the public option and an option that can win the support of the public, no matter how long it takes to write.
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatcher. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, remarked that with a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people's money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us. The last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:
· Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.
· Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.
· Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
· Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.
· Enact Medicare reform.
· Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren't covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. This "right" has never existed in America. Health-care reform is very important. Whatever reforms are enacted it is essential that they be financially responsible, and that we have the freedom to choose doctors and the health-care services that best suit our own unique set of lifestyle choices. We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health and should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health.
The more the President flails around with barrages of new programs, taxes, mandates, and business takeovers, the warier businessmen become about hiring new workers. Thomas E. Brewton identified Obama’s first official economic act as the $787 billion stimulus package, which was by many multiples the largest such program in history. When it was enacted, the unemployment level was approximately half the present 9.4%. Payrolls have declined every single month since then, including the most recent month, July 2009. The same can be said for real GDP, which has declined for the last four quarters straight. Months' or years' time is needed to clear challenges by environmentalists and other special-interest groups, not to mention planning and letting of contracts. The Obama administration is recreating the atmosphere of FDR's Hundred Days blitz of new Federal agencies, huge tax increases and continual business bashing. Businessmen are so frightened and unsure of what might come next that they stopped hiring workers. Jerry Bowyer explains: “America isn't hiring precisely because of government policy. Small business owners, who are usually the first into and the first out of the job pool, are standing by the fence and watching. They are paralyzed by regulatory uncertainty.” There is a very good case that we'd be out of this recession by now if we had done nothing special. In the 10 recessions after World War II, federal spending was correlated to worse employment figures. In the Great Depression, huge and unprecedented spending increases were followed by huge and unprecedented unemployment levels and duration. Jobs aren't languishing despite the government's best efforts; they're languishing because of them.
* There is so much published each week that unless you go out of your way to find it, you will miss important breaking events. I package the best of this information into my “Views on the News” each Saturday morning for your reading pleasure and to fill in factual vacuums.
If you are sick and tired of government and politics as usual, read my web site with its individual issue analysis and recommendations sections at: http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com . Individual issue updates this week include:
· Civil Rights at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/civilrights.html
· Elections at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/elections.html
Week’s Best Articles:
· “Protest for Me, But Not for Thee” by Kyle-Anne Shiver dated August 9, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/08/protest_for_me_but_not_for_the.html .
· “Obama as the Wizard of Oz” by James Lewsi dated August 10, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/08/obama_as_the_wizard_of_oz.html .
· “Obama Down, Economy Up” by Steven M. Cohen dated August 10, 2009 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=35868 .
· “Ten Questions Politicians Won’t Answer” by Tom Coburn dated August 10, 2009 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZDM5NDJkMDA2ODJlNmMxY2VhYmI2NGJhZGEwZGFlNjU= .
· “The Real AstroTurf” dated August 10, 2009 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=334799734876274 .
· “Will Obama pay the price for cutting Medicare?” by Byron York dated August 11, 2009 published by The Washington Examiner at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Will-Obama-pay-the-price-for-cutting-Medicare-8088240-52913592.html .
· “Government Actions Cause Unemployment” by Thomas E. Brewton dated August 11, 2009 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2009/08/11/government-action-causes-unemployment/ .
· “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare” by John Mackey dated August 11, 2009 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204251404574342170072865070.html .
· “ObamaCare is a Logical Impossibility” by Larry Hunter dated August 11, 2009 published by Social Security Institute at http://socialsecurityinstitute.com/blog_post/show/218 .
· “Leftist Hate Crimes” by Ben Johnson dated August 11, 2009 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=35897 .
· “How to Fix a Recession” by Randall Hoven dated August 12, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/08/how_to_fix_a_recession.html .
· “’Brown Shirts’ vs. Purple Shirts” by Michelle Malkin dated August 12, 2009 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2009/08/12/brown_shirts_vs_purple_shirts .
· “The whining class” by George Nethercutt dated August 12, 2009 published by Politico at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/26024.html .
· “ObamaCare Likely to Emulate Post Office” by Lowell Ponte dated August 12, 2009 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/lowell_ponte/ .
· “The Health Care Reform Paradox” by David Paul Kuhn dated August 13, 2009 published by Real Clear Politics at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/08/13/the_health_care_reform_paradox__97866.html .
· “Connect the Dots on ObamaCare” by Geoffey P. Hunt dated August 13, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/08/connect_the_dots_on_obamacare.html .
· “Obama considers real America ‘the enemy’” by Chris Adamo dated August 13, 2009 published by Renew America at http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/adamo/090813 .
· “Protestor warns: ‘You have awakened a sleeping giant.’” Dated August 13, 2009 published by The Houston Chronicle at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/health/6570918.html .