The mask is slipping off.
Increasingly revealed to Americans is the “not very bright, Joker-smile, back-slapping, flim flam world” of Barack Obama.
The “Joker-smile” (our words from March of this year) inspired us to write from 2007 onward about the Obama Chicago Circus of Corruption/Crime. We wrote repeatedly about Obama The Clown, but we never thought he was funny. We knew Obama is a Chicago clown.
The multi-headed Hydra which is the Obama Chicago Culture Of Corruption is growing another head in Washington, D.C. and a special prosecutor is needed in Washington while Patrick Fitzgerald stabs at the Hydra in Chicago.
The Chicago Circus of Corruption has indeed moved-on to Washington, D.C. with Obama The Joker.
“This town deserves a better class of criminal. And I’m gonna give it to ’em.”
It was no surprise to us then that the 2008 film, The Dark Knight, was filmed in Chicago. Chicago, the cinematic stand-in for the mythical Gotham City, with a “mob bank” to open the film and a Joker “nurse” to propel the plot.
In The Dark Knight only one hospital is threatened and destroyed. Obama The Joker has a far bigger health care joke.
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George W. Bush was portrayed as The Joker in the pages of a prominent national magazine. But when The Third Bush Term – Barack Obama – is portrayed as The Joker Big Media declares it a “controversy” and the Hopium addled dig into their bag of tricks for “racism” tags.
We won’t be deterred by smear and fear merchants and Hopium pushers. We’ll discuss hospital personnel, mob banks, suicides, and Chicago Jokers and Thugs.
Americans are familiar with — if not altogether comfortable about — unelected officials exercising great authority over our lives. [snip]
If President Obama has his way, another such unelected authority will be created — a manager and monitor for the vast and expensive American health care system. As part of his health reform effort, he is seeking to launch the Independent Medicare Advisory Council, or IMAC, a bland title for a body that could become as much an arbiter of medicine as the Fed is of the economy or the Supreme Court of the law.
Many liberals/progressives are worried that with so much power a future American President (they presume a Republican president) could gut or destroy health care programs with IMAC appointments. Why do liberals/progressives presume so much power from a president? Here’s the answer:
Obama is recommending that the successor agency, IMAC, be smaller and potentially more decisive. Under his plan, the president would name five physician or health care-savvy members to serve for five-year terms on its board, picking one of them as chairman. Like the nominees to the Fed and the Supreme Court, they would have to be confirmed by the Senate.
Each year, IMAC would have two responsibilities. First, it would recommend to the president the updated fees Medicare would pay doctors, hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes, labs, home care and ambulance services, equipment manufacturers and all other providers. That is now done by Congress itself, and the lobbying by potent home-town individuals and institutions is one reason Medicare costs keep growing. In order to control costs, IMAC’s recommendations could not exceed the “aggregate level of net expenditures” under Medicare.
Second, IMAC would annually recommend a set of broader reforms to improve the quality or reduce the cost of medical care. On each report, the president would have 30 days to approve or reject the recommendations, but he would have to act on the whole package, not pick it apart.
If he approved, it would go to Congress, and the package could be overruled only by joint action of the Senate and House within 30 days. Absent that, the secretary of health and human services would order the changes into effect.
The proposed “legislative veto”, which seems to be part of this scheme, appears unconstitutional. But it is no stretch of the imagination to suggest that for Obama that is part of the attraction. The Obama IMAC board would exert a great deal of power.
Because Medicare looms so large in the overall health system, the changes mandated by IMAC would undoubtedly transform all private delivery systems as well. [snip]
But Congress will have to decide if it is willing to yield that degree of control to five unelected IMAC commissioners. And Americans will have to decide if they are comfortable having those commissioners determine how they will be treated when they are ill.
IMAC legislation is already drafted and circulating. As we wrote, some liberals/progressives do not like the idea at all. We agree that this is all part of the “kill/rob the old, rob the young” Obama policy.
The policy issue aside, Barack Obama’s and Michelle Obama’s entanglements with mob banks, doctors, and hospitals in Chicago means Obama should not be allowed an IMAC or even a cookie jar.
Consider some of Barack Obama’s Chicago ties.
We’re not talking about Rahm Emanuel’s attempts to intimidate members of Congress and the admonition by Darrell Issa that “While this type of scare tactic may work In Chicago, it will not work to intimidate me or other Members of the United States Congress.” Issa also wrote. “You’ve unfortunately reacted by once again resorting to the playbook of the Chicago political machine.”
We’re not talking about Emanuel’s mau-mau (“plain old Chicago arm-twisting“) of the networks and cable news outlets to get air time for Barack Obama by talking not to the networks but rather to their corporate masters and owners like General Electric (NBC/MSNBC) and Disney (ABC).
No, we’re talking old fashioned Dark Knight, Joker-type mob banks. We’re talking a potential next Senator from Illinois – Giannoulias. Remember him? We discussed Giannoulias on September 10, 2007 in Barack Obama’s Mob (quoting the New York Post):
Alexi Giannoulias, who became Illinois state treasurer last year after Obama vouched for him, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator’s Oval Office bid.
Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael “Jaws” Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution.
Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links that several top Illinois Dems, including the state’s speaker of the House and party chairman, refused to endorse him even after he won the Democratic nomination with Obama’s help.
Giannoulias was the bank’s vice president and chief loan officer for most of the more than $15 million in loans.
What we wrote about in 2007, is only now making broadcast news.
And of course there were all those doctors investing in Rezko schemes. Ali Ata who testified against Obama Godfather Antoin “Tony” Rezko, was also indicted after writing letters with false information in “order to secure more than $10 million in loans for Rezko-related business ventures”. In these “ventures” doctors were all over the place:
“Federal prosecutors describe both men — without identifying them by name — in court papers outlining charges against Rezko. The Tribune confirmed their identities through sources familiar with the ongoing federal corruption probe. Civil suits over the same transactions also identify them by name. Both are well-known business leaders.”
“One is Glenview entrepreneur Joseph Aramanda, who gave at least $10,000 to Obama’s 2004 campaign and has overseen Rezko pizza franchises.”
“The other is Dr. Paul Ray, chairman of the urology division of Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, who gave $6,500 to Obama. Ray has invested in a Rezko real estate development firm and also engaged in 2004 deals to purchase pizza parlors in Wisconsin that were formerly owned by a Rezko firm.”
Does anyone want Obama’s doctor friends in charge of American healthcare?
“Aramanda has been publicly identified as “Individual D” in the pension fraud case against Rezko. He allegedly worked with Rezko to fraudulently obtain $250,000 in consulting fees on a state pension deal, but has not been charged with any crime.”
“Ray, who earns nearly $347,000 as chairman of Stroger Hospital’s urology division, also has partnered with Rezko in several ventures.”
“One civil lawsuit over Rezko’s companies contains corporate documents that say Ray personally invested about $1 million in Rezko Enterprises LLC, giving Ray a 2.6 percent stake in that property development firm.”
“And Ray heads a tax-exempt nonprofit called Urology Education and Research Foundation Inc. that has invested $600,000 in Rezko real estate and business enterprises, according to the charity’s 2004 public tax filings. The foundation took donations from pharmaceutical companies to study the efficacy and safety of drugs.
Does anyone want Obama’s doctor friends in charge of American healthcare? Friends like father and son Cook County Hospital board serial presidents John and Todd Stroger:
The relevant history here reaches back farther, to March 2006. That’s when Todd Stroger helped weave the web of lies by which the Democratic machine deceived voters. The pols hid the fact that a stroke had devastated his father, John Stroger. That greased the skids for Todd to take his dad’s job. It was shabby exploitation of John Stroger by a party he helped build.
That serial dishonesty invited still more public distrust after Todd Stroger took office. Many citizens watched him cut health workers — but not enough of the patronage hacks in his administration — while larding the county payroll with even more of his friends and family members.
The Stroger deceptions by Dimocrats in Chicago came straight from the heart of Barack Obama.
Obama’s first dubious endorsement of a lightweight came during the primary season when he cut TV ads plumping for Alexi Giannoulias, then 29, the vice president of his family’s bank who decided he’d like to be state treasurer. The endorsement was widely seen as key to Giannoulias’ primary victory.
Obama was upfront about why he got involved: Members of the Giannoulias family were early and strong backers of his U.S. Senate campaign and “I think it’s important to reciprocate,” he told a reporter.
But Obama did not reciprocate for Forrest Claypool.
Claypool was the overwhelming favorite of reform-minded Democrats in his race against incumbent John Stroger (Todd’s father) and had headed Obama’s transition team after Obama was elected to the Senate in 2004.
Old-guard candidate John Stroger, meanwhile, had endorsed Comptroller Dan Hynes instead of Obama in the Democratic Senate primary.
When Obama decided not to endorse either candidate, his spokesman intoned, “The senator believes that the voters should make up their own minds in this race.”
As you know, then, John Stroger suffered a stroke, won the primary and retired for health reasons. The Democratic Central Committee thumbed its nose at critics and selected Todd Stroger to take his place on the ballot, rejecting more senior, qualified candidates such as U.S. Rep. Danny Davis of Chicago and veteran county Commissioner Bobbie Steele.
The stench of same-old-same-old from John Stroger’s years of cronyism and bloat hung over the process, and Obama had every excuse to distance himself from it.
Instead came this letter–a body blow to Claypool Democrats and the idealists whose fantasy about Obama is that he will transcend the grubby machinations and tawdry favor-swapping of party politics–followed by word from Obama’s office that he will appear on stage at a pro-Stroger rally Monday night.
What about the forgotten (except by us) Chicago suicide?
Orlando Jones, the godson of former Cook County Board President John Stroger and an insider in county politics, has been found dead on a Michigan beach from what authorities say is a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Cook County political insider was found Wednesday night, just as a corruption inquiry targeting him was heating up.
Police found the body of Orlando Jones on a beach in Union Pier, Mich. As CBS 2’s Rafael Romo reports, Jones had close ties to the Stroger family. [snip]
Jones rose to the level of chief of staff for former president John Stroger, who was his godfather. [snip]
Jones left his position in county government to create a lobbying firm in association with Tony Rezko, who has been indicted on fraud charges.
In Barack Obama And The Chicago Suicide we listed (via the Chicago Sun-Times) investors in Obama pal Rezko’s deal – does anyone want any of these people in charge of American healthcare?:
The list of investors in Obama pal Rezko’s deal included Anthony Licata, the project’s attorney, Tony Rezko Fighting federal corruption charges, Daniel Mahru Rezko’s former partner, Orlando Jones and Chicago Police Board member Art Smith, trucking mogul Michael A. Tadin, Dr. Paul Ray, chief urologist at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, Joseph Scoby Executive at UBS O’Connor, an investment company, Victor J. Cacciatore, once extorted for $5 million by Chicago mob, Joseph P. Cacciatore, one of Victor Cacciatore’s sons, and Michael Seibold, a former insurance executive; as well as Dr. Mamdouh Bakhos Suburban cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Michel Malek a Chicago neurosurgeon appointed to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board at Rezko’s request, and George LoCasto a Manager with UBS O’Connor
Does anyone want Obama’s doctor friends running American healthcare? Or Michelle (no belle) Obama’s doctor
crooks friends? From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Rep. Bobby Rush has called for a congressional hearing into allegations that the University of Chicago Medical Center refused treatment to low-income, uninsured patients.
The issue has been a widespread problem in hospitals throughout the country, Rush said in the May 25 letter to Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Rush said “the pervasive impact of patient dumping are felt especially in more recent times, when so many Americans suffer under extreme economic hardship and diminishing access to health care.”
At issue is the hospital’s Urban Health Initiative, which steers patients who lack private insurance — primarily poor blacks — to other facilities.
The move puts Rush at odds with several people in President Obama’s inner circle. First lady Michelle Obama, as an executive at the U. of C. Hospitals, helped create the program. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett signed off on the program when she was the hospital board’s chairwoman. White House senior adviser David Axelrod was hired to promote the program. And Obama’s buddy Dr. Eric Whitaker currently runs the program.
In February, the American College of Emergency Physicians said it was concerned that the policy was “dangerously close to patient dumping” and “reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick’ wealthy patients over poor.”
Michelle Obama, Susan Sher, and Jackie Norris:
First lady Michelle Obama has replaced her chief of staff with a longtime Chicago friend in a major shakeup of the East Wing Staff.
Jackie Norris, who bonded with Obama during the 2008 primary campaign, has been replaced by Susan Sher, who worked with Obama at the University of Chicago. Sher had been providing legal advice to the administration as well as working on health care reform.
In Michelle Obama Shakeup Shakedown, Barack Obama Shakedown Shakeup we quoted Obama enabler David Brooks:
All smart analyses of the Obama administration begin with Chicago. That’s where the top members of the administration were tested and formed. The Chicago mentality is the one they take with them wherever they go.
Does anyone want Obama’s doctor friends and medical stooges anywhere near, let alone in control, of American healthcare?
In Blind Hope Hits a Wall – The Mulligan Man On Day 1 we wrote:
Big Media will not investigate their tool – Barack Obama. The economy will be looted. Obama will be the Mulligan Man forever.
The voters will eventually fight back.
But for the next few months, the rats will loot and feed.
The Obama Crimelords are in still in charge – but the people are revolting and finally fighting back.
Obama The Joker and his henchmen Dimocrats will soon find the joke is no longer funny.
Soon Obama The Joker and his henchmen Dimocrats will find out that the joke is on them.