Our Jewish friends are sufficiently oppressed these holidays, with Obama, so we thought to lighten the burden with news items to bring a chuckle and a smile. Let’s play “spin the Dreidel”.
A dreidel is a pointy, four-sided top which can be made to spin on its pointy base. There are Hebrew letters on each one of its sides, which stand for deep cabalistic notions but can also serve in small-time gambling.
Assuming you’re not a kabalist, you need to know this:
Nun stands for nes, miracle. If you roll a Nun you neither pay nor gain anything.
Gimel stands for gadol, great. If you roll a Gimel you win everything.
Hay stands for haya, was. If you roll a Hay you win half.
Shin stands for sham, there. If you roll a shin you lose everything.
Obama is a shonda and those who voted for him spun a sham. Here’s hoping Hillary Clinton and Hillary supporters spin a Gadol in the coming years.
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We found this comment at a website we visited – the Big Pink message comes through in this:
It is just hilarious to see how soon libs turn, how soon the glow of victory dims when reality shines its big light, and how easy it is to become mesmerized by a huckster reading a teleprompter.
Obama had no credentials for his job other than understanding Chicago-style politics. He has never made anything, he has never run anything, he has never added value to a system, he has no leadership experience, he has no governmental experience (to speak of), he has no military experience, he has no fundamental requirements for the job! Yet he talked you all into voting for him and now you want to cut and run.
Obama’s poll numbers are lower at this point than just three other presidents since polling began. Independents are running “right” as Obama and his henchmen(women) run “left.” Polls for those running at the state level indicate a huge shift in just six months after taking the oath of office. Obama’s personal polling data indicates he could not be elected today. Congressional leaders, i.e., the Dems, are laughing stock and sacrificing their colleagues up for election in 2010… for what?
I would say the Democrat Party is coming undone. Why? It tries to serve too many constituencies and can therefore please few of them. Most of you above prove it by your comments.
Soon it will not be a Republican who says repeats our message but Obama-loving-Hopium-guzzling-reality challenged Dimocrats themselves.
Barack Obama wasn’t ready to be president, and he better figure out what he’s doing before it’s too late.
As the first year of the Obama era draws to a close, the president is losing the battle for America’s hearts and minds. It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for him, given the disastrous state of the economy when he took office and the many smoldering international crises that keep flaring up. President Obama’s predecessors deserve plenty of blame for his woes—as Obama and his advisers never tire of reminding us. But their not-so-subtle digs at President George W. Bush paper over their own unforced errors.
There is a lot more to gladden Hanukkah hearts in the article. Part of the article (as well as an increasing amount of other articles published these days) begins to understand and circulate our argument about the Barack Obama “situation comedy” coalition versus the winning FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition. Here is a sample of how Obama is destroying the Democratic Party with his “situation comedy” coalition which excludes groups long ago assumed to be the Democratic base but now consigned to being called “racist”:
Voters over 65 were largely immune to the Obama magic during the campaign, and the prospect of trimming Medicare to help finance coverage expansion didn’t sit well. My guess is that President Obama figured emphasizing cost cutting would help bring a handful of Republicans to the table. Yet he failed to reckon with the fact that politicians of all stripes will abandon ideological commitments on a matter of political survival. So-called small-government conservatives in the House spent the Bush years fighting for federal spending directed at projects in their own districts. When elderly voters started calling in about the threat to Medicare, virtually all congressional Republicans simultaneously discovered that protecting Medicare from spending cuts was a bedrock principle of true Americanism. Again, one can complain about Republican hypocrisy, but it’s easy to imagine Democratic incumbents engaging in similar ideological acrobatics to gain an advantage.
Hanukkah hearts be happy and light:
It is the unforced errors that raise the question of whether Hillary Clinton was right back in 2008 when she argued that the White House was no place for “on-the-job training.” At the time, Clinton’s stinging attacks on Obama’s relative inexperience infuriated the insurgent candidate’s supporters, who damned the Clinton machine for its savage bullying. Yet there was an obvious truth behind Clinton’s rhetoric. As a major player during her husband’s administration, she had an opportunity to learn from the amateurish mistakes made during the Clinton White House, including a callous disregard for key congressional allies and the country’s moderate-to-conservative temperament on contentious social issues. More to the point, the army of ex-Clinton staffers were the ones who wouldn’t need on-the-job training. They already knew how to staff bureaucracies and how to make government work. Even now, a number of critical administration jobs remain unfilled. Republican opposition has something to do with this, but overwhelming Democratic majorities in Congress make this excuse more than a little unconvincing.
The article even includes this Hanukkah gift, long a Big Pink favorite:
Oh, Hanukkah celebrating hearts be light and happy today.
A senior Senate aide tells us that this report was fueled by a lot of “disinformation” from Reid.
“There is no deal yet and we’re nowhere near one,” says the aide. “Reid is leading a psych-ops campaign out of his leadership office to make people believe there is a deal. Here’s the real story: When Reid came out of conference, only options emerged, not a consensus. Instead of acknowledging this, he’s trying to create a sense of inevitability.”
“There are still two major problems for Reid,” says the aide. “One is the potential trigger in the Office of Personnel Management expansion. That would be a non-starter with at least one member. Two, Reid has problems with his Medicare buy-in idea, since it has not been fully defined to all members. We don’t know whether it will be a temporary program or a permanent Medicare buy-in program. And if premiums can’t sustain the program, will taxpayers be liable? No one knows. It’s being described as something that would be walled-off from Medicare, but there are many lingering liability questions that have yet to be answered.”
But we were told, “there’s a deal”. More fakery in the age of fake:
Two centrist Democrats at the center of the Senate’s tense healthcare reform negotiations insisted that there has been no compromise deal on the legislation despite Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) pronouncements.
“There’s no specific compromise. There were discussions,” Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said at a press conference Wednesday.
Reid announced Monday night that a working group of five liberal Democrats and give centrist Democrats had reached a “broad agreement” on how to bridge an intraparty divide on healthcare reform — and particularly on whether to create a government-run public option insurance program. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is currently scoring the new provisions to determine their costs.
According to Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), sending the bill to the CBO was about all the 10 senators agree to do. “We got to a point where we couldn’t go any further until we got scores,” she said. “There are a lot of things on the table still and until, you know, we hear back from CBO it’s going to be hard to see whatever I can support, for sure.”
Indeed, Landrieu said, “Until the package that was sent [is] scored, we don’t know what’s in it.”
These cautious appraisals from centrist Democrats mirror the reaction of liberal Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold (Wis.). Asked on Wednesday whether he could support the package before the CBO, Feingold said, “I don’t know yet. I have concerns myself still about some aspects of it, and, you know, I’m interested in seeing what the Congressional Budget Office numbers are.”
Here at Big Pink we are almost ignoring the fake health care debate and scam. We know health care died in Denver at the hands of surgeon Dr. Dean. The real battle will take place in 2010 when Dimocrats are brutally punished – and we cheer because only with a severe beating and a hemorrhage of Dimocratic blood will we get closer to getting back to the winning FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition.
Democratic leaders hit a rough patch Friday in their push for sweeping health care legislation, as they tried to fend off criticism of their proposals from a top Medicare official, Republicans and even members of their own party.
Slogging through a 12th day of debate on the legislation, the Senate found itself at an impasse over a proposal to allow imports of low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other countries.
Democratic leaders tried to kill or neuter the proposal, offered by a senior Democrat, Senator Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota.
Universal health care died in Denver. It is a painful scam we are witnessing today:
The Medicare official, meanwhile, said that total national health spending would increase slightly as a result of the Senate bill, put together by the majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada. President Obama has repeatedly said that one of his top goals is to slow the growth of health costs.
Richard S. Foster, the chief actuary of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said Friday that under Mr. Reid’s bill national health spending from 2010 to 2019 would total $35.5 trillion. That is $234 billion, or 0.7 percent, more than the amount projected under current law, he added.
To help pay for coverage of the uninsured, the bill would impose new fees on health insurance companies and manufacturers of brand-name prescription drugs and medical devices. Mr. Foster said the fees would increase national health spending by $11 billion a year because the fees “would generally be passed through to consumers in the form of higher drug and device prices and higher insurance premiums.”
Republicans said Mr. Foster’s report confirmed what they had been saying for months.
There are other problems:
Centrist senators raised concerns about a major new element of the legislation, which would expand Medicare to cover some people ages 55 to 64.
Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, said Democrats were moving to expand Medicare “without really understanding the ramifications.”
“I just don’t think it’s a policy we should embrace,” said Ms. Snowe, who discussed health care with President Obama in two private White House meetings in the last week.
The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, said Friday that he did not know details of the proposal put together by Mr. Reid in an effort to break an impasse over the legislation.
Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said Republicans were exasperated because they did not know any details of Mr. Reid’s proposal, which could affect one-sixth of the economy.
Responding to Mr. McCain on the Senate floor, Mr. Durbin said, “I would say to the senator from Arizona that I am in the dark almost as much as he is, and I am in the leadership.”
“Most of us know the fundamentals, but we don’t know the important details,” Mr. Durbin added. He said the secrecy was frustrating to Democrats as well as to Republicans.
Obama loving Durbin is “in the dark” alright. Wait until next years when he finds himself with a greatly diminished group of Dimocrats – he will crawl around the floor crying “We need Hillary. Hillary was right!”
The lying fools and dummies at Obama loving websites still don’t fully understand the damage they have done to the Democratic Party. But even the lying fools and dummies are making a list and spinning the Dreidel:
The White House, aided by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), is working hard to crush an amendment being pushed by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) to allow for the reimportation of pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, Senate sources tell the Huffington Post.
As a result, the Senate health care debate has come to a standstill: Carper has placed a “hold” on Dorgan’s amendment and in response, Dorgan tells HuffPost, he’ll object to any other amendments being considered before he gets a vote on his.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) is a lead co-sponsor of Dorgan’s amendment. She said she’s confident that, as of now, they have the votes they need. “I think that’s why we’re not having this vote,” she said, smiling. The amendment has the support of a number of other Republicans, including Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Charles Grassley (Iowa), John Thune (S.D.) and David Vitter (La.).
Opponents of the amendment worry that many more Republicans may join the amendment not because they agree with it, but because they want to put the health care bill in jeopardy.
So the White House and the drug makers are trying to persuade as many Democrats as they can to oppose the amendment despite their previous support for it.
“I don’t think that’s going to get my vote,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said when HuffPost asked about the reimportation amendment. He said that even though he is a supporter of reimportation, he is concerned that if it passes it could blow everything up.
“I’m not messing around with anything without 60 votes. Nothing,” he said. “And I’m a co-sponsor of the amendment.”
Dorgan knows he is in trouble in the Dakotas. Dorgan knows he needs to do a publicity stunt to try to save himself.
Obama killed universal healthcare when he was in Illinois and now he intends to continue to protect Big PhaRma:
Within a decade, reimportation would save consumers roughly $80 billion and the federal government $19 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But that would mean $100 billion more in lost revenue than the powerful Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) lobby agreed to bear– in exchange for being supportive of the overall health reform effort.
Earlier this year, the administration struck a deal with PhRMA and the Senate Finance Committee limiting the industry’s hit to $80 billion over ten years. The deal has never been officially confirmed, but the Huffington Post reported at the time that the White House agreed to oppose re-importation. The Senate Finance Committee bill, as well as the merged bill sent to the floor by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), stuck to that deal.
Along with its pledge of support, PhRMA offered to spend $150 million on ads backing reform. Most of that money stands ready to be used to kill reform, should it come to that. A Democratic aide said that the threat of PhRMA ads is being used by opponents of Dorgan’s amendment as a reason to sink it.
Similarly, if Republicans end up providing the winning margin for the importation amendment, a source involved in the negotiations said the drug makers will come after the GOP “with a vengeance — and not just on health care.”
Grassley, a longtime supporter of reimportation, said that the amendment is running into trouble “[b]ecause of the PhRMA agreement with the White House. This thing can pass and they don’t want egg on their face with PhRMA. And I understand there’s going to be a side-by-side [alternative amendment] and it’s probably one of these issues where it will obfuscate the issue, but that not one single pill will get into this country if that side-by-side is adopted.”
Thune, another co-sponsor of the amendment, said he was unsure how many fellow Republicans would come along. “It remains to be seen. Everybody’s close to the vest on this and I think that’s why the Dems don’t want it voted on. They don’t know how many votes their side has to deliver to defeat it. They’ve got a lot of people on their side that would normally vote for it,” said Thune.
Thune is from the Dakotas and Dorgan is from the Dakotas and this is all about Dorgan losing in the Dakotas. Dorgan is in big, big trouble in his reelection fight (losing 55% to 36%).
Big PhaRma, fighting side by side with stooge Barack Obama, wants all that IRS enforced customer base. Right now Obama’s Health care scam and insurance company bailout is on life support:
There’s no certainty that PhRMA would walk away from the entire bill if the amendment passed, because it contains a basket of other goodies the industry won from the White House – not to mention about 30 million newly-insured consumers. “Who knows what people are going to do? It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen,” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Finance Committee, said Friday.
Asked about the state of the amendment, he said: “Limbo.”
The lobby is fighting the amendment as hard as it can, along with Carper, the senator from Delaware, which is home to a range of pharmaceutical interests.
But be cheerful Hanukkah hearts. Sit back and watch the Hopium guzzlers and Obama enablers who know gnash their teeth and rend their sackcloths and wash themselves in ashes.
Sit back Hanukkah holiday-ers as you read this comment from Hopium guzzlers:
F*cking Barack Obama, the man has become everything i despise about our current political system. Who knew? who knew he would become such a complete disaster.
Big Pink readers knew you dumb cluck.
Oh, Happy Hanukkah and the wailing to be heard in 2010:
Given the disproportionate share of voters age 55 and older likely to comprise the electorate in next year’s mid-term, passage of health care reform legislation would pose a serious risk to Democratic majorities in the House and Senate according to a new survey released today by Resurgent Republic, a non-profit conservative organization that gauges public opinion toward government policy proposals.
Oh, Happy Hanukkah, even Ron Brownstein is singing from the Big Pink songbook.
As 2010 approaches, President Obama is displaying a familiar strength, a familiar weakness, and a new vulnerability that could tip next year’s midterm election.
The familiar strength is his standing among racial minorities. [snip] But, overall, minority voters will likely cast a smaller share of votes in 2010 than in 2008 (or 2012). For congressional Democrats, that prospect raises the stakes on reconnecting with white voters now radiating discontent.
This takes us to Obama’s familiar weakness: his difficulties among white voters without college educations. He’s not the first Democrat with that problem. Although such working-class whites anchored Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition, no Democratic presidential nominee since 1988 has carried more than 44 percent of them, according to exit polls; Obama captured a meager 40 percent.
Oh, we wept with joy when we read that Brownstein analysis. Brownstein finally talks about the white working class and FDR and the winning coalition. Is Brownstein reading Big Pink and waking up to the Mistake in ’08?
Oh, Happy Hanukkah, when mentioning the white working class is not followed by “racist”:
Just 38 percent of noncollege whites approved of Obama’s performance in the latest weekly Gallup average. Partly, his problem is stylistic, says pollster Geoff Garin, the top strategist during the 2008 Democratic primaries for Hillary Rodham Clinton (who crushed Obama among working-class whites). “Obama has a particular problem with them, not because of his race but because he has a very intellectual long-term approach to things and is not the kind of politician who tries to connect with the immediacy of people’s problems,” Garin said.
Oh, we will have to write more about this Brownstein fellow who finally, finally, finally, understands the Mistake in ’08 we here at Big Pink have been writing about since 2007.
We’ll have to write more about this Brownstein fellow who echoes us so late in the day. Here is some more juicy non-Tiger Woods stuff:
The president’s difficulties extend beyond manner. Polls show most working-class whites doubt that his flotilla of federal initiatives will help them. In a recent survey by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, only one-third of noncollege whites said that their families would be better off if health care reform passes. In a Garin poll for the Economic Policy Institute, just one-fifth of working-class whites said that Washington’s response to the recession had benefited them. Many more identified Wall Street and large banks as the big winners. Their view, Garin says, is that Washington is reserving its “urgency” for “people at the top.”
These attitudes threaten Democrats in 2010. Nationwide, about 30 percent of whites over 25 hold college degrees, according to new census figures. The share of whites with college degrees runs below that national average in 241 House districts; Democrats now hold 128 of them and Republicans 113. Those Democratic seats, particularly in interior states, present big opportunities for Republicans: Those districts include 25 of the 39 that my colleagues at The Cook Political Report rate as most vulnerable to a GOP takeover.
There is a lot more, but we’ll discuss them in a later chapter of our long term project Mistake in ’08.
Even Stuart Rotherberg asks Are Democrats Trying To Follow Past GOP Leaders Off The Cliff? Big Pink readers know the answer is a huge “YES!”
Big Pink readers will also not be surprised by this scam either:
A loophole in the Senate health care bill would let insurers place annual dollar limits on medical care for people struggling with costly illnesses such as cancer, prompting a rebuke from patient advocates. [snip]
As currently written, the Senate Democratic health care bill would permit insurance companies to place annual limits on the dollar value of medical care, as long as those limits are not “unreasonable.” The bill does not define what level of limits would be allowable, delegating that task to administration officials.
Adding to the puzzle, the new language was quietly tucked away in a clause in the bill still captioned “No lifetime or annual limits.”
Oh, be of good cheer this Hanukkah. The flim-flams and the flim-flammers are getting exposed. Just think of how gloomy last year at this time was when there was a tiny Pink light in the window and everyone else was expecting to hear celestial choirs and a Mess-iah in January. One year later the Pink light is surrounded with millions of Pink lights.
One year later and the “celestial choirs” are now rightly heard as screeches and lies. One year later and the Big Pink argument of the winning Hillary Clinton and FDR coalition is finally heard and beginning to be understood. One short year later.
Imagine what next year will bring!
Happy Hanukkah to all.
Spin that Dreidel.