Opie’s Final Days

Jay Carney, whom some close associated and I gave him the nickname “Opie”, is leaving as White House press secretary. I give him credit in lasting longer than I thought in such a thankless job. As much as we mocked him for his job as news spinner and propagandist for the administration, he did do better than another press secretary we dubbed Sergeant Schultz for his use of obliviousness as a tool for deflection of difficult questions or issues.

ObamaCare Update: CLASS Canceled

Obama Administration Cuts Major Part Of Health Care Reform Law: CLASS Long-Term Insurance Program Canceled

But a central design flaw dogged CLASS. Unless large numbers of healthy people willingly sign up during their working years, soaring premiums driven by the needs of disabled beneficiaries would destabilize it, eventually requiring a taxpayer bailout.

After months insisting that could be fixed, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finally acknowledged Friday she doesn’t see how.

“Despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time,” Sebelius said in a letter to congressional leaders.

Had those who voted for ObamaCare actually read the bill and conducted an objective analysis, they would have seen what a farce the bill, now law, was and still is. They would have come to very conclusion that analysts of the time came to: an unsustainable program. The fact that they chose to ignore analysts in the administration who told them CLASS was an unsustainable program is simply more evidence that the ObamaCare supporters and the administration were more interesting in imposing their political agenda than doing what was in the best interests (and constitutionally permitted) for the country.

Now if only the SCOTUS would rule that the individual mandate is unconstitutional (which any one with a common sense understanding of how a republic like ours works and has read the constitution knows) I’ll be satisfied. Better still is if the whole boondoggle were repealed and replaced with common sense solutions that don’t tax everything in existence as the current plan does.

Obama Birth Certificate, Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA

Obama Birth Certificate Released by White House

Maybe the mostly right wing conspiracy theorist nuts will now let the silly notion of Obama not being a citizen drop. Sure Obama should have simply revealed the birth certificate sooner just to shut the idiots up but I suspect he and his party used the issue to try and discredit all opposition as being tied to the fringers. Now if only the left wing nuts would get over their equally silly obsession with Bush the country might actually be able to have reasonable political dialogue and debate. I do give credit to a CNN reporter this morning for correcting a man claiming birthers were all right wing nuts by pointing out it was the Clintons who started the whole issue. Rarely have I seen a CNN reporter do that with left wing guests.

AP Sources: Leon Panetta to Take Over Pentagon; David Petraeus to CIA

resident Barack Obama plans this week to name CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan, would take the CIA chief’s job in a major shuffle of the nation’s top national security leadership, administration and other sources said Wednesday.

So Panetta gets to fail upwards. If he couldn’t handle the CIA, as evidenced by recent intelligence failures regarding the uprisings and changes in the Middle East, how can he possibly handle an even more complex organization, the Department of Defense? On the plus side, Petraeus at least will likely be able to fix Panetta’s mess at the CIA given his success at CentCom. (I still find it ironic that a leftist president supports Petraeus considering the left wing’s trashing of the General during the Bush administration with names like Betray Us and worse.)

Funny how the silence echoes to a storm

Perhaps the Obama administration should be wary of the growing storm they are feeding.

I don’t really feel like writing much tonight other than to say I am contemptuous and scornful of the lefty loonies trying to dismiss the genuine anger and concern the American people have over health care “reform”. Somehow they seem to think they can out “wing nut” the right wing “wing nuts” from the Bush era, which would be something of a feat. Unfortunately they seem well on the way to succeeding in that regard. So now we have a  thugs that think they can intimidate the public into silence, at the behest of the White House, planning to try and stop the citizenry from expressing their outrage at assorted town hall meeting by bringing their own people to stack the events into Obama’s favor and drown out any opposition. Then we have delusional politicians who simply dismiss the people’s anger as some  incitement by some mysterious GOP led vast right wing conspiracy. LOL. Sure. You keep telling yourselves that when your voted out of office for not listening the citizenry, you scumbags.

Facts are facts. People don’t like Obamacare, which they (Congress, et al) continue to lie about even though they seem to have forgotten that a number of citizens have done something they have not: READ IT! People certainly don’t like the public option with it’s shifty mandatory “end of life” consultations, cutting $150 billion from Medicare, prohibiting the sale of private health insurance starting in 2013, a 2.5% tax on any not accepting a bureaucrat approved health care plan, among other thing.[1]  People most of all don’t like elected leaders acting like they are untouchable dictators for life or some form of royalty allowed to crush the masses whenever they feel like it. Outr leaders refuse to explain their actions or hold themselves accountable for failing to do their jobs with the best interest of their citizens at heart, not the government or their political affiliation.

[1] Don’t believe these claims about the bill? Don’t listen to the demagogues or the MSM propagandists. Read it for yourself here and decide. You’ll probably end up telling Obama and his clowns to sod off with their lies afterward.

I’m so looking forward to the 2010 elections when these scumbags can be made to pay for their arrogance by throwing them out of office.

And to end on an amusing note: The People’s Cube

Hail to the Republic 1: CBO Knocks Obamacare

And Biden still suffers from foot-in-mouth disease.

I must admit finding some amusement in the fact that once more the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is leveling blow after blow on these insane policies trying to be pushed by the Obama administration and the leftist fingers in Congress. The latest target: Obama’s health care “reform”.
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House Passes “Economic” Stimulus Package

And another step towards the Socialist Nanny States of America continues. That or someone is fond of the failed idea Keynesian economics.

House Passes Economic Stimulus Plan

Zero Republicans voted for the bill, being joined by eleven Democrats in their opposition. So much for President Obama vaunted bi-partisianship for this pork fest special interest pay-off. My only hope is the Senate cut as much of the garbage and pork instilled in this bill by corrupt politicians at the behest lobbyists and neo-socialists.

Remember to Read the Stimulus!

Examples of pork and other assorted unnecessary spending in the bill:

  1. Billions for the DoD for facilities maintenance and upgrades. This should be part of the normal military budget.
  2. Billions for broadband internet. Laudable but should be part of the regular budget. For that matter, should the government be in the business of broadband internet?
  3. Billions for DH&HS. Again should be part of the budget, not an economic stimulus program.
  4. Millions for STD prevention. Laudable, but having nothing to do with economics, I’m afraid.
  5. Billions for carbon capture demonstration project. Once again laudable, but should be part of budget not the stimulus bill.
  6. Billions to states to help “balance their books”. The federal government should not be involved in supporting the fiscally irresponsible state governments.
  7. A billion dollars for Amtrak. Privatize this elephant already and quit throwing good money after bad.

You know this thing is a failure for the future when only about 12% of the bill will actually have any future stimulative effect on the economy according to the experts.

10 steps (and nothing else) I think would better serve the economy:

  1. Permanently reduce taxes on personal income.
  2. Assistance and aid for mortgage debt. Force renegotiation of home values to actual levels rather than the overinflated levels.
  3. Passing usury laws against credit card companies slashing interests rates to levels in line with the banking industry (i.e. 4-5%) and requiring payments count at least 90% towards principle debt, not interest.
  4. Extend unemployment benefits.
  5. Extend and expand business and skills retraining programs.
  6. Permanently cut corporate tax rates to 15%-20% for in country corporations and make corporate taxes on those who transfer jobs/production facilities overseas 30-35%.
  7. Temporary tax breaks on businesses for payroll, insurance, et. al., to encourage keeping jobs until economy is better.
  8. Investment into infrastructure. (Which is in the stimulus bill.)
  9. Temporary freeze on all government workers pay. Politicians should take a pay cut (if not take any pay at all). Everyone should have to shoulder the burden of the bad economy.
  10. Pass a balanced budget amendment.

Not a complete solution, of course, but at least it’s a far more reasonable start than the “stimulus bill”. It’s not the role of the government in a capitalist based economy to create jobs, nor is its to support failing companies or political entities hiding as an array of NGOs and non-profits.

And in closing a little humor:

Cry, comrades, cry.

For the time of the socialist is nigh.

Now we may all live well,

But they’re not gonna tell

That our grandkids will live

In financial hell.

More Stimulus Package Info

The feeding frenzy continues in Washington and I continue my on going research on the stimulus bill and news related to it and keep finding things that I find disturbing,

Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates Electronic Health Records for Every Citizen without Opt-out or Patient Consent … ( WASHINGTON Jan. 23 — The Institute …)

The Institute for Health Freedom (IHF) warns that the economic stimulus bill mandates electronic health records for every citizen without providing for opt-out or patient consent provisions.

I’m of the opinion that the American citizens should each decide for themselves whether their records be made electronic. The government, banks, and other secured computer systems are incapable of keeping peoples information private and secure as if as evidenced by recent stories involving hacking of major credit card companies, VA records, and so. I even found a security hole at a major national bank (which I also promptly reported to the bank) the other day that could be easily exploited by hackers and others assorted financial and identity thieves. So, yeah, I am completely opposed to placing people’s medical information online without consent or recourse, especially when mandated by a government and medical industry rife with unethical individuals.

Medicaid Expansion. The House bill expands Medicaid eligibility to cover unemployed workers whose income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Line and expires in two years. The problem is I doubt come 2011 the government (state or federal) will willingly throw potentially millions of Americans off the roles out of fear of the political retaliation said Americans will inflict in elections. Another somewhat disturbing idea is that this essentially sets the frame work for a de facto socialized medical program to be forced upon the American public.

Medicaid Loopholes for Illegals and Children. In effect there are loopholes established allowing children and illegals to get Medicaid without parental notification (former) or proof of citizenship/worker visa (latter). The government can’t say children are a parents responsibility except when it doesn’t fit whatever social agenda the government is pushing. Illegals deserve medical care when needed, but also need to be sent back to where they came from once they’ve been treated and reviewed for any possible eligibility for asylum. In effect they undercut parental rights and authority as well allowing illegals to sponge off the U.S. taxpayers.