Views on the News
September 12, 2009
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Obama is trying to exploit his cult of personality to “boil the frog” by adding health care to the spectrum of crises that this nation faces, but the American people no longer believe the messenger. Obama is a practitioner of the Cloward-Piven strategy to exaggerate political crises to disrupt then overwhelm the government processes thus effecting radical changes. The constant stream of huge, 1,000 plus page legislation is designed to overwhelm legislators, limit debate, and force passage prior to any due diligence reviews. Each of these changes may not be radical, in and of themselves, but the incremental expansion of the size and role of government is insidious and destructive. Distortion, obfuscation, and distraction are all tactics employed to keep political opposition off balance and distracted from the shortcomings of existing legislation. Town Hall pushback, multiple versions of the health care legislation, and czar exposure and resignation are all examples of distraction from the big picture of socialized medicine. Meanwhile the White House fails to recognize the authenticity and decency of its political opponents, and dismisses them as misinformed and misguided. The public no longer sees Obama as someone who does not understand the problems the American people are facing and suspect he is trapped inside the beltway bubble. Once he falls out of touch with the gritty reality facing a majority of families in this country, it is difficult, if not impossible, to generate the starry-eyed adoration and trust again. Once you see the man behind the curtain, you can never think of him as the all powerful Wizard of Oz again!
(“Van Jones’ Toxic Dump on Obama and Environmentalism” by Carol Platt Liebau dated September 7, 2009 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/CarolPlattLiebau/2009/09/07/van_jones%E2%80%99_toxic_dump_on_obama_and_environmentalism
“Welcome to the Bubble” by Nicolle Wallace dated September 7, 2009 published by The Daily Beast at http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-09-07/welcome-to-the-bubble/?cid=hp:mainpromo5 )
The American economy is recovering despite everything done by Obama and the Administration to impede recovery with increasing government spending. The most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has 87% of the public somewhat or very dissatisfied with the economy. The unemployment rate is likely to go above 10% for all 2010. Whatever GDP growth may occur, there is no evidence of new-job creation. Gold's price has risen above $1,000, suggesting inflation is swimming below the economy's flat surface. China is stockpiling gold and worrying out loud about the weak dollar. A U.N. panel said this week the world should abandon the dollar as the world's anchor currency. Rather than letting the private sector create jobs and wealth, the Democrat Congress has taken money from the private sector and tried to boost the economy with government spending. The only “stimulus” felt was in public sector hiring since every other sector outside of government continues to lose jobs in this economy. The “stimulus” hasn't worked, and it won't work in the future. America's economy will eventually rebound all by itself, because left alone markets self correct. Its free-market foundation is strong enough to withstand even the wildest left-wing attacks, as long as the attacks are followed by corrective policies. However make no mistake that this recovery won't be due to Washington's actions. With unemployment rising, consumer spending flat, budget deficits in the stratosphere, and Obama's plans to impose even higher taxes on U.S. businesses and investors, don't be surprised if economic growth is slower and weaker than in previous recoveries. The major impact of the Democrat legislation has been to elongate the recession and elongate the “crises” that are supposed to be fixed, while delivering little in the way of tangible results!
(“Other People’s Money” dated September 4, 2009 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorial.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=336955542241664
“Thank Obama for the Weak Recovery” by Donald Lambro dated September 10, 2009 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/DonaldLambro/2009/09/10/thank_obama_for_the_weak_recovery?page=2 )
Obama failed to convince Congress that they should ignore their constituents in their Town Halls and should follow their “Chosen One” into nationalized health care. Obama thinks there is no political problem he cannot overcome with yet another nationally televised address. Unfortunately Wednesday night he delivered the “Same Speech, Different Day” with the same misleading, disingenuous arguments for a socialized government health care system. The overwhelming majority of Americans, by the definition of denied care, do not face a health-care crisis. Most polls show that about 80% are "very" or "somewhat" satisfied with their health plans. Those in the greatest need are often the most satisfied – 90% of insured Americans who suffered serious illnesses are satisfied with their health care. On health care, the American public brims with satisfaction, though most are concerned about rising costs. So perhaps this is the crisis: rising costs that will eventually overwhelm state and federal budgets and consume more and more of individual paychecks. But this is precisely the area where current Democratic approaches are least credible. To tell us, with a straight face, that he can insure millions more people without adding to the already skyrocketing deficit, is world-class chutzpa and an insult to anyone's intelligence. Obama abandoned his pledge to reduce the government's health costs long ago; now he aims only at budget neutrality. But every pending health-reform bill in Congress would increase both short- and long-term deficits, failing even on Obama's modified terms. While Obama has made cost control a centerpiece of his public message, only about 20% of Americans believe Obama will keep his promise not to increase the deficit with health reform. It is still confusing what “plan” Obama refers to when there are three in the House and two in the Senate, each with content very different than the other. Again Obama tried to paper over political and policy realities by speaking in broad strokes, and it’s always the specifics that have caused him problems. When he said, "While there remain some significant details to be ironed out," derisive laughter was heard directed at the President from the opposition side of the chamber, since Obama still has no answers! The White House is arguing that ramming through a controversial bill is safer for Democrats than not passing anything. Our national media know Obama's numbers are plummeting, and simply cannot accept this as the popular will. The media are frustrated that the buckets of luster they have dumped all over Barack Obama are vanishing before their eyes. The polls are looking worse, and worse. The latest CNN poll asked whether the public approved or disapproved of how Obama was handling the federal budget deficit: 36% approved, and a whopping 63% disapproved. The American people have seen the $9 trillion in estimated deficits in this decade… the final numbers assuredly will be worse. Unprecedented deficits are a reality that can't be papered over with yet another nationally televised speech -- to children or adults.
(“Listening to a Liar” by Thomas Sowell dated September 8, 2009 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/09/08/listening_to_a_liar .
“Obama vs. ‘Hyperpartisans’” by Brent Bozell dated September 9, 2009 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/BrentBozell/2009/09/09/obama_vs_hyperpartisans
“Obama’s Crisis: Credibility” by Michael Gerson dated September 9, 2009 published by The Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/08/AR2009090802958.html?hpid=opinionsbox1 .
“Obama’s ‘Gift’ Has Stopped Giving” by Lee Cary dated September 10, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/09/obamas_gift_has_stopped_giving.html .
“All sizzle, no substance” by Michael Tanner dated September 10, 2009 published by New York Post at http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/all_sizzle_no_substance_YCmYbWLLsBfaMNaXgSs0UP
“Listening to a Liar: Part II” by Thomas Sowell dated September 10, 2009 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/09/10/listening_to_a_liar_part_ii
“Speaking of Misinformation” dated September 11, 2009 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=337562347635294 )
Both political parties claim moral high ground and agree on the overall goal of high quality health care available and affordable to all, but the big difference is how to achieve this goal. There is general bipartisan consensus for a number of health care areas:
· Requirement to have insurance - Every American will be required to have insurance or pay a penalty.
· Health insurance exchanges - An exchange would be an online marketplace where people could easily compare health insurance plans and pick one that fits their needs.
· No more pre-existing conditions - Health insurers couldn't refuse to cover people who have a serious medical problem, such as diabetes, or experienced a major event like a heart attack.
· Preventative care - Increased emphasis on preventative care and disease management as ways to curb rising health-care costs.
· Payment reform - Doctors and hospitals are rewarded based on the outcomes of their care and not on the actions taken to get there.
· Primary care physicians - Reform plans include bonus pay, better scholarships and loan repayment plans for those who become primary care physicians.
· Capping out-of-pocket costs - Many plans already include a limit on out-of-pocket costs a person can incur in one year, a move meant to avoid health-care related bankruptcies.
· Subsidies - Reform plans include people on the lower end of the income scale should get help in purchasing insurance.
· Tort Reform – Required to control spiraling insurance costs or physicians will continue to practice expensive "defensive" medicine or simply leave states that do not enact tort reform.
These are irreconcilable political philosophies that separate conservatives and liberals:
· Conservatives think that the individual is generally responsible for his or her own situation in life. They have faith in the individual to make rational decisions regarding important issues. They also think that the individual in the private market is better able to allocate economic resources than government bureaucrats.
· Liberals believe in communal responsibility for the individual because the individual is constrained by his or her circumstances. They believe that the free market often provides an “unfair” result for certain critical commodities and services. Liberals distrust of the judgment of the individual responding to the economic forces of the market; but they have faith in the judgment of enlightened government bureaucrats and liberal politicians.
Obama has chosen to adopt an approach endorsing broad principles, but outsourcing the detailed implementation planning and bill creation to Congressional Democrats. The big open question is what is the rush? Obama wants to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation's medical care for a program that would not take effect until 2013! If this is such an urgently needed program, why wait for years to put it into effect? If the public is going to benefit from this, why not let them experience those benefits before the next Presidential election? If it is not urgent that the legislation goes into effect immediately, then why don't we have time to go through the normal process of holding Congressional hearings on the pros and cons, accompanied by public discussions of its innumerable provisions? The only reason why Obama wants to rush his massive government takeover of medical care passed into law is because he can’t afford for the public to read and understood what is in it.
(“Starting point: Where Republicans, Democrats agree” by Matt Canham dated September 4, 2009 published by The Salt Lake Tribune at http://www.sltrib.com/Features/ci_13263234
“Philosophical Gap on Health Care” by Armstrong Williams dated September 10, 2009 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/ArmstrongWilliams/2009/09/10/philosophical_gap_on_health_care?page=2 )
There are definite
improvements that Congress can propose that will address the underlying
problems in health care, without destroying the good parts of the existing
health care system. The health-care reform
debate centers on how to lower the cost of care, and who should ultimately
control health-care decisions. Roughly
60% of all health care in America is employer-provided, so the third-party
payment structure has divorced the consumer, the patient, from the real cost of
services. Government has caused the
problems we face in health care, because our tax code incentivizes
employer-provided health care, rewards health insurance companies by insulating
them from accountability, and punishes those who lack employer-provided care. Allowing
competition across state lines would drive down cost tremendously. The solution to this problem is patient
must stop punishing Americans who buy their own plan by forcing them to
purchase their care with after-tax dollars, making it at least one-third more
expensive than employer-provided care. Individuals
should be able to take their employer's plan, or turn it down and select
insurance of their own choosing without any tax penalty. Americans agree
that no one should go bankrupt because of a chronic disease or pre-existing
conditions like multiple sclerosis or breast cancer. Although legalized in 2006, some states have not
created high-risk pools, and some need to be restructured to ensure timely
access to care. Most Americans recognize
that the quality of health care in the U.S. is excellent. Thousands of foreigners come to America to get
care each year; in 2008, some 400,000 people traveled here for treatment. The five-year survival rates for all cancers
beat the rates in Canada, Europe and England. The problem is that some in America cannot
access this care. All Americans are
already have access to health care, since anyone in the country can walk into
an emergency room and receive care regardless of his or her ability to pay. The political disagreement is not whether to
cover everyone, but how to do so. The
president and Congressional Democrats want nothing short of a complete takeover
of the entire health-care system by Washington politicians. It would be nice
if the Administration looked closely at the Massachusetts health care results,
since their reforms almost perfectly mirror the plan of Obama and congressional
Democrats. Those reforms reveal that the
Obama plan would mean higher health insurance premiums for millions, would
reduce choice by eliminating both low-cost and comprehensive health plans,
would encourage insurers to avoid the sick and would reduce the quality of
(“How to Insure Every American” by John Shadegg and Pete Hoekstra dated September 4, 2009 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204731804574390683768374864.html
“Massachusetts’ Obama-like Reforms Increase Health Costs, Wait Times” by Michael Cannon dated September 5, 2009 published by Real Clear Politics at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/09/05/obamacare_increases_costs_wait_times_98176.html )
Americans instinctively rebel against the Democrat Health Care reform proposals because they do not think government can run any business efficiently and effectively, least of all the nation's complex health care system. They also believe that with the government running up trillions of dollars in new debt, we cannot afford to add yet another huge entitlement program to its bills. Americans further are deterred because of the belief that a new federally regulated health care system will rob us of the freedom to make our own medical decisions without government interference and because of the often unintended consequences that invariably flow from the nanny state. Increasingly, as people considered what the Democratic-run Congress and Mr. Obama were contemplating and the idea of passing a trillion-dollar-plus health care plan (the real cost of which will be much larger) they quickly came to the conclusion that this did not make any fiscal sense. Last month, the White House said the government will run a $1.5 trillion deficit this year, followed by a $1.5 trillion deficit next year, a $1.12 trillion deficit the year after that, and a nearly $1 trillion deficit the year after that. Before Mr. Obama, the deficit never exceeded $500 billion. With the U.S. economy still in a recession and the government plunging more deeply into debt, enacting a new, monstrously expensive social-welfare spending plan sounded crazy. When a new CBS News poll asked voters if the government or private health insurers "could do a better job of providing healthcare coverage," just 36% chose government while nearly half, 47%, said the government "would do a worse job." Mr. Obama's failure as a communicator and a salesman also contributed to the downfall of his health care goal. His attacks on the health-insurance industry backfired. Polls show that most Americans are satisfied with their private coverage. His attacks on surgeons as greedy, profit-conscious doctors fell with a thud. All too often, his statements about the costs of certain medical procedures proved to be untrue. He claimed AARP, the senior-citizens lobby, had endorsed his plan. It has not. Obama's obsession with health care / health insurance complexities only serves to threaten to undermine the already shaky economic recovery.
(“Health Care Reform on Life Support” by Donald Lambro dated September 8, 2009 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=36210 )
Nearly eight months into the Obama Administration, the campaigner who was long on rhetoric and short on particulars is beginning to fill in the details on what will be known as the Obama Doctrine. The first aspect of the Obama Doctrine is a natural outgrowth of his lifelong associations where he learned that America is inherently bad and must apologize for its many evils. American contrition has always been a central tenet of the Obama agenda. This “transgressor” line of thinking is what makes Obama believe in direct talks with rogue states believing that the credibility lent by a sincere apology, coupled with the magic of the president’s oratory will change the minds of even the worst characters on the world stage. The second tenet of the Obama Doctrine is to set American defense policies which appeal to his political base. Obama first used this strategy when announcing the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, with no plan for the terrorists’ alternative detention or trial, but sent a message to his base that he was undoing Bush-era counterterrorism policies, even if only in spirit. The much more transparent use of his pacify-the-base strategy is the current investigation of CIA interrogation officials, appointing a special prosecutor to investigate potential CIA interrogation abuses. The victory of U.S. troops in Iraq has shifted the central front in the War on Terror back to Afghanistan. thus making Afghan strategy the great question of the Obama foreign policy. Inherent in the muscular rhetoric about Afghanistan was the idea that fighting there would not be as difficult as in Iraq, since Afghanistan was the purposeful war, dominated by Coalition Forces until the Iraqi “distraction.” Obama took a calculated risk that by being hawkish on Afghanistan he would appear credible on national security and that following through would not be too difficult. The difficulties in Afghanistan have put the president in an unexpected position, since the fight was more than he bargained for. The Obama Doctrine is a mix of contrition, petty politics and question marks about the president’s resolve in fighting what he personally described as America’s central war front. Obama’s policies are characteristic of a society in the sun-setting stage of its hegemony; a situation that, if Obama gets his way, may not be far from reality.
(“Obama’s Summit Flop” by Jackson Diehl dated September 7, 2009 published by The Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/06/AR2009090601186.html
“The Emerging Obama Doctrine” by Joseph Ashby dated September 8, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/09/the_emerging_obama_doctrine.html )
There are better ideas for improving this country than ObamaCare, budget-busting government growth and the economy-killing “cap and trade” global warming tax. Unsurprisingly, they are ideas that conservatives have been proposing all year and on which the national mainstream media has imposed an electronic blockade. The canard that “Republicans have no alternative” is a “Big Lie” and has been applied to everything from the faux-stimulus to Obama’s bloated budget to health care:
· Health care: There is no “crisis” in American health care, no matter how many times the president and other liberals insist that there is. Everyone wants to bring down the cost of health care, but the Democrats’ only answer to the issue is to put the government in charge. The only idea that will clearly reduce health care costs is tort reform: limiting the bonanza-seeking lawsuits that trial lawyers bring to get huge contingent fees. Congressman Tom Price has proposed his Empowering Patients First Act (HR3400) to put control over health care back into the patients’ hands through pooling mechanisms (association health plans and individual membership accounts, also expanding federal block grants for qualified pools), by allowing individuals to shop for health insurance across state lines, and providing a private insurance voucher option for Medicaid and SCHIP beneficiaries. It also assists job-to-job portability of health insurance, and would establish “establish doctor-lead quality measures.” Senator Jim DeMint has a parallel measure in the Senate, his Health Care Freedom Plan (S1324).
· Get Government out of Business: Last June, Obama said “"I don't want to run auto companies, and I don't want to run banks." To make sure this becomes a reality, Senator John Thune’s Government Ownership Exit Plan Act, S-1242 would prohibit further purchase of private entities’ stocks and bonds and establish a firm date (July 1, 2010) for the sale of all government-held ownership of all private companies.
· Stimulate the Economy: The latest “stimulus” has created a “jobless economic recovery.” Congressman Louie Gohmert has proposed a real “stimulus” bill (HR 143) that creates a two-month tax holiday, allowing the typical American family to $2000 that would otherwise be paid to the government, funded by the un-spent $350 billion in bailout money. Gohmert’s stimulus plan is real, cost-effective, and naturally an anathema to Democrats because it put economic power in the hands of the voters, not the government.
· Reducing Federal Spending and the Deficit: Last May, President Obama said, “The long-term debt we have accumulated is unsustainable.” Those statements are correct. So how did the president address those enormous problems? By the only remedy liberals ever think of: borrowing, or just printing, and spending more money. Just last week, the White House budget office revised its estimate of the resulting federal deficit over the next decade, increasing the estimate from $7 trillion to $9 trillion. The White House admitted that unemployment would exceed 10% this year, and that the recession was deeper than it had thought and projected a decrease in the Gross Domestic Product of 2.8%. Obama’s answer is, of course, to increase federal spending. Congressman Jim Jordan has a better plan to cut the Obama deficit by $6 trillion and balance the budget by 2019. Some of the details included: cessation of spending the remaining “Obama stimulus” and bailout money, mandating a 1% per year reduction in non-defense spending and fully funding the Pentagon budget. The plan didn’t reduce Medicare benefits or even touch Social Security.
· Energy Independence: Even Barbara Boxer has given up on passing the economy-killing “cap and trade” global warming tax this year. The Democrats’ plan would have made no new energy supplies available to boost our economy. There are 104 nuclear power plants in the United States today, providing about 20% of our electricity. Congressman Rob Bishop’s “American Energy Act” (HR-2828) provides for the construction of 100 more in the next twenty years and would enable the safe storage and recycling of nuclear waste. The proposal also would also create a “Renewable and Alternative Energy Trust Fund” out of federal revenues garnered from leases and already-existing taxes on offshore drilling and oil development in ANWR, and also would spur the development of America's alternative fuels by repealing the prohibition on government purchasing fuels derived from sources such as oil shale, tar sands and coal-to liquid technology.
Obama claims to reach out for bipartisan ideas but automatically discards any legislation from any Republicans in either the House or Senate.
(“The RIGHT Alternatives” by Jed Babbin dated September 8, 2009 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33432 .
“Health Care: The Conservative Alternative in the House” by Tom Price dated September 8, 2009 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33426 .
“Health Care: The HSA Solution” by Louie Gohmert dated September 8, 2009 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33435 .
“Health Care” The Conservative Alternative in the Senate” by Tom Coburn and Richard Burr dated September 8, 2009 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33425 .
“Economy: The Conservative Alternative” by John Thune dated September 8, 2009 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33428 .
“Energy: The Conservative Alternative” by Rob Bishop and Cynthia Lummis dated September 8, 2009 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33427 )
Thanks to Obama's and Nancy Pelosi's massive political overreach, which has frightened and angered conservatives and many independents, they've launched a thousand tea parties and town hall meetings and put new life in the conservative movement. The Tea Party Express, a caravan of buses, speakers and entertainers who have been holding protest rallies in cities and towns across the country, is heading to Washington, D.C. where on Saturday, anywhere from 20,000 up to 200,000 demonstrators are expected to march on the Capitol in a full-scale political offensive to persuade lawmakers to reject the health care overhaul bills that are pending in the House and Senate. A large force of conservative and libertarian organizations is helping sponsor the event, including Tea Party Patriots, ResistNet, the National Taxpayers Union, Young Americans for Liberty, the Ayn Rand Center, Heartland Institute, Free Republic, Institute for Liberty, the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks officials said. A lot of people are unified in one time at one place with one voice saying, 'Enough is enough.' " This movement started after (CNBC business analyst) Rick Santelli gave his 'rant' in February and the things that he was saying spoke to so many people across this country They don’t want to pay for their neighbor’s houses if they can’t afford them anymore. They don’t want to bailout things and organizations and individuals who haven’t been fiscally responsible. The group says it expects demonstrators to travel from all over the country to attend the event. The health care issue and the town halls have truly galvanized them and brought everybody together. The people coming out to our rallies believe very firmly that the administration is trying to shove this legislation down people's throats. These protestors think the government is spending money it doesn’t have, and they think that generally that government is spending too much, the debt is too big, the deficit – which is $1.5 trillion -- is out of control, and anger over the government health-care proposal, the cap-and-trade tax, the bailouts and excessive taxes and spending, is all around the basic concept that we can’t spend money that we don’t have. But whether the marchers reflect a small minority’s continuing anger over the more liberal direction the country began taking in the 2008 election or something deeper that could have repercussions in 2010 and 2012 is one of the questions the march may begin to answer. Watch reality on Fox News and contrast with liberal spin on the Mainstream Media. The key message is that the “Silent Majority” is “Silent, No More!”
(“Taxpayer March expects big draw’” by Kristi Joudan dated September 6, 2009 published by The Washington Times at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/06/taxpayer-march-expects-big-draw/?feat=home_headlines .
“Tea Party Express roars to D.C.” by Donald Lambro dated September 8, 2009 published by The Washington Times at http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/08/tea-party-express-roars-to-dc-tour-anticipates-500/?feat=home_headlines .
“Organizers Predict Thousands of Tea Party Activists Will Attend Saturday’s March on Washington” by Pete Winn dated September 10, 2009 published by Cybercast News service at http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/53780
“ObamaCare Restarting Conservative Movement” by Richard Viguerie dated September 10, 2009 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/viguerie/obamacare_conservative/2009/09/10/258618.html
“The spark that has triggered rebellion” by Ellen Sauerbrey dated September 12, 2009 published by American thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/09/the_spark_that_has_triggered_r.html
“A march today, but is it a movement?” dated September 12, 2009 published by Politico at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27058.html )
* 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.
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Other Good Articles This Week:
- “Why Should We Want Politicians to Redesign Our Healthcare?” by David Gibberman dated September 7, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/09/why_should_we_want_politicians.html .
- “It’s Still the Economy, Stupid” by Daniel Henninger dated September 9, 2009 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203440104574402584266716204.html .
- “Eight years and many still don’t get it” by Kyle-Anne Shiver dated September 11, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/09/eight_years_and_many_still_don.html .
- “Why Obama Won’t ‘Hit the Reset Button’ on Health Care” by Monte Kuligowski dated September 11, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/09/why_obama_wont_hit_the_reset_b.html .
- “Our National 9/11 Schizophrenia” by Victor Davis Hanson dated September 11, 2009 published by National Review Online at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/09/why_obama_wont_hit_the_reset_b.html .
- “An Obama Speech in 13 Easy Steps” by Rich Lowry dated September 11, 2009 published by Real Clear Politics at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/09/11/an_obama_speech_in_13_easy_steps_98267.html .