Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption! Cowardice! – We Have Met The Enemy

Corruption breeds corruption. After years of inbred corruption, Americans are witnessing the full flower of corruption.

In 2005 Republicans oozed out their own version of this year’s “Slaughter Rule”. Nancy Pelousy, Henry Waxman, and Louise Slaughter herself went to court to oppose the ugly Republican contrivance utilized to pass a raise in the debt ceiling. Pelousy, Waxman, and Slaughter argued in court that the Republican procedure was a violation of the Constitution, Article I, Section 7, and that an actual vote was required on an actual bill. Now, in March of 2010 Louise Slaughter, Nancy Pelousy, and Henry Waxman, bathe themselves in the same corrupt waters.

“The bad news for present purposes is that they lost the case. The D.C. Circuit in Public Citizen v. U.S. District Court upheld the procedure. Upheld in this case does not mean endorsed. The Court did not say the self-executing rule was constitutional. It said it could not reach the question due to the standards of deference that apply between departments of government: If the presiding officers of both houses of Congress attest that their respective chambers have passed a piece of legislation, the Court is required to accept those representations as conclusive.

That doesn’t mean it is proper for government officials to execute a procedure that violates the Constitution, nor does it mean that a presiding officer should attest something that is not true. It does, however, suggest that it may be an uphill battle to get a court to declare the process null and void.”

Eric Massa is right when he saidThe leadership of the Democratic Party have become exactly what they said they were running against.”


Chicago Clown

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Barack Obama is celebrating “Sunshine Week”:

“As Sunshine Week begins, I want to applaud everyone who has worked to increase transparency in government and recommit my administration to be the most open and transparent ever, an effort that will strengthen our democracy and ensure the public’s trust in their government. We came to Washington to change the way business was done, and part of that was making ourselves accountable to the American people by opening up our government.

Obama can’t be trusted by friend nor foe. When Obama says “sunshine” we look out the window and see clouds. Obama’s “sunshine” in this case, clouds over the Raw Story report that “Obama agencies invoking secrecy provision more often than under Bush”. So much for Sunshine.

From the Washington Post news section:

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.

Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health-care bill to be passed.

The tactic — known as a “self-executing rule” or a “deem and pass” — has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.

“It’s more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know,” the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. “But I like it,” she said, “because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.”

The Washington Post Editorial Page:

“WE UNDERSTAND the administration’s sense of urgency on health-care reform. But what is intended as a final sprint threatens to turn into something unseemly and, more important, contrary to Democrats’ promises of transparency and time for deliberation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Monday that she is leaning toward a parliamentary maneuver under which the House would vote on a package of changes to the Senate-approved reform bill, and the underlying Senate bill would then be “deemed” to have passed, even though the House had never voted on it. That may help some House members dodge a politically difficult decision, but it strikes us as a dodgy way to reform the health-care system. Democrats who vote for the package will be tagged with supporting the Senate bill in any event. Why not be straightforward about it?

Dodgy? Try calling it what it is: Corrupt! Arrogant! Incompetent!

“More worrying is that Congress and the country have yet to see the changes, for which Democrats hope to win quick House approval and which they then hope to speed through the Senate under a procedure that would bar filibusters. These changes — the so-called reconciliation bill — are not all minor “fixes”; some could have far-reaching consequences. Such changes deserve to be fully understood and debated before they are voted on. [snip]

The health-care debate has been going on longer than a year, and House members want to get it over with. They don’t want it hanging over them during the Easter recess. President Obama wants progress to have been made before he leaves for Indonesia on Sunday. These are understandable desires, but they don’t outweigh the need for a reasonable process on a matter of such importance.

It’s not the Lord that cometh. It’s a thief in the night. A murderer in the dark. Dirty business takes place in the dark of night, in the shadows of the day.

The conservative Cincinnati Enquirer uses the correct word “Arrogant”.

“Now, despite the deep reservations of a majority of Americans, congressional leaders plan to ram through their proposal this week – bypassing normal congressional procedures.

It is a distressing prospect. [snip]

Among themselves, Democrats cut a series of backroom deals that in any other context would be considered criminal payoffs and bribery.

Here’s how blatant it’s become: Last week, President Obama nominated for a federal appeals court the brother of a wavering Democratic House member from Utah.

This disgusting process, which Democrats brazenly wish to bring to conclusion this week, is being done with little regard for the opinions of a clear majority of Americans who, while they may believe health care reform is necessary, think this particular approach will take our nation down the wrong economic path. [snip]

Supporters of the Democratic plan can spin it any way they wish, but polls have consistently shown that a majority of Americans oppose their heavy-handed approach to reform. Americans may favor general principles such as universal coverage, but they are distrustful of the way this bill has been crafted and how it will change their relationship with their health care providers.[snip]

The legislation has major problems that have not even begun to be discussed in a serious way, and if Democrats have their way will not be debated at all. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, for example, calls the Senate bill “racially discriminatory” because of provisions that “in addition to being unconstitutional, will not improve health care outcomes for minority patients.”

And despite denials, the bill has worrisome implications for Medicare. According to an Associated Press news account, much of the reform bill is “financed with Medicare cuts the government’s own experts say could be unsustainable.”[snip]

Its blatant abuse is yet further damning evidence of congressional leaders’ arrogant, condescending attitude toward the people they ostensibly were elected to serve.”

Obama Hopium addicts, mostly boys on Big Blogs, believe the American people will not care about “process”. After all, they argue (and we agree with them on this point only) Americans have not cared about legislative “process” in earlier years. Let’s be the first to disabuse these Hopium addicts of their delusion. While we agree that Americans have never cared about legislative “process” in years past – Heath care is not just any ordinary chunk of legislation. Americans do and will care about their health care and Americans do and will care about the “process” Congress abuses to pass health care.

“Reconciliation” and other legislative tricks have been used many times before on budgetary matters. But never before have such legislative tricks been employed to change so much of the fabric of the country and on such a personal issue of such importance to each and every American. Because of the personal nature of the health care issue, “process” does indeed matter to Americans.

When John Kerry said “I voted for the bill, before I voted against it” – that was process too. Americans cared.

If the House Dimocrats “deem” the bill passed, Americans will “deem” House Dimocrats dead in November.

The liberal Seattle Times Editorial page is now a “NO” vote:

“THE health-care dance in Washington, D.C., has gone on long enough. Congress needs to focus on the economy and set health care aside.

This is a change of position for us. This page supported Barack Obama for president, enthusiastically. We have supported the health-care effort until now. We still support universal coverage as a social goal.

But the longer the fight goes on, the more it feels that the timing is all wrong. The economy is wounded. Employers are hurting. The time to think about loading employers with new burdens is when they are strong. Not now.

Right now, Congress needs to focus on the economy. [snip]

President Obama has promised that any health-care bill he signs will not add one dime to the deficit, which already has swelled beyond anything since World War II. The president has put himself in a position where he cannot keep that promise. He has let each house of Congress come up with its own health-care bills.

The result has been chaos: The public option is in then out; the Medicare buy-in for 55-year-olds is in, then out. When the congressional dance stops, the Senate may have 60 votes, but for what? It will satisfy neither Obama’s frugal promise nor progressives’ lavish hopes. Already the Democratic Party’s former chairman, Howard Dean, says the bill is not worth passing in this form.

You know he’s right when you hear statements that something has to be passed, for political reasons. This issue is too important for that. It should wait for a unified proposal and an economy on the mend.”

The Seattle Times is not a conservative newspaper or conservative mouthpiece. The Seattle Times is aware that today Obama incompetents acknowledge there won’t be much job creation for the rest of 2010 and indeed unemployment might grow. The public will continue to reject Barack Obama and his policies.

The Daily News is a lefty paper too, which supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton (to their never ending shame). The Daily News, like Mad Magazine, is bailing out on Obama’s health scam:

“Health reform: Down the stretch it comes. President Obama has gone so far as to postpone an overseas trip in a last-ditch push to get a comprehensive reform bill to his desk.

He shouldn’t waste his energy.

Not with unemployment justifiably the nation’s top concern and the possibility of a double-dip recession still looming. Remember how Obama said, in his State of the Union reboot, “Jobs must be our No. 1 focus in 2010“? Well, apparently he doesn’t.

Not with the American people abandoning the President’s prescription in huge numbers. Just one in four voters supports the reform bill as written; half want Congress to start over. Compare that with the popular support other major pieces of social legislation enjoyed before passage, like welfare reform (68%), Medicare (63%) and civil rights (60%).

Not with health care costs having risen 73% over the last decade – with Medicaid growing at 21% a year – and showing no signs of coming down to Earth. Controlling costs is the absolute, unconditional, a-blind-man-could-see-it prerequisite for expanding coverage.

Not with American health care quality actually quite impressive in many respects, including world-leading rates for patients surviving cancer and among the shortest wait times for hard-to-find treatments and surgeries.

Not with a half-dozen accounting gimmicks built into the legislation – including the fact that federal budget projections are based on 10 years worth of tax collections and just six years of spending increases.

Not with the Senate, lacking even a single Republican vote, having to resort to reconciliation, a little-used parliamentary maneuver, to get it through. Sure, it’s been used before – but not on anything that has such limited public support.

Not after all the cynical back room deals – deals Obama has committed to removing – having frayed the public trust. With legislation of this magnitude, that is not a renewable resource. [snip]

But reality has come a-knocking, quite persistently, and it’s saying: Enough already. Fix what’s broken, then move on.”

Whether or not there are constitutional questions left unresolved, the Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption! is increasingly obvious:

“Many of our members would prefer not to have voted for the Senate bill,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut. Once the Senate legislation is “deemed” to have passed as part of the rule governing debate, the House would vote only on the follow-up health care measure, known as a budget “reconciliation” bill.

However, using such a dicey procedure to enact President Barack Obama’s biggest domestic initiative — the most far-reaching social policy change in decades — could inflame a public that’s already annoyed at the legislation’s tortured path and disgusted with Congress. [snip]

Michael McConnell, a professor of law at Stanford University, wrote Monday in The Wall Street Journal that such procedures are unconstitutional. He cited a 1998 Supreme Court ruling that once one house of Congress approves an “exact text,” the other house must pass “precisely the same text” before the president can sign it into law. That’s been the generally understood principle of how a bill becomes a law for centuries.

However, Pamela Karlan, a professor of public interest law at Stanford, wasn’t so sure. “It’s kind of complicated,” she said, because, she and others said, it’s not entirely clear what “same text” or “exact text” means.”

Time’s Karen Tumulty explains “bending the rules” further. Dimocrat Steny Hoyer in 2003 had this to say about bent rules such as the one he now supports:

What kind of lack of confidence does that display? What kind of process in pursuit of effectiveness does that mean that we are adopting? What kind of demeaning of democracy is the objective of efficiency resulting in? [snip]

Mr. Chairman, clearly we can do better, and we owe the American people, this institution and ourselves. In these discussions on legislative process, I have always been forthright. When Democrats controlled the House, we did not always provide for fair debates.

Not much has changed, Steny.

Jason Altimire today has condemned the “deem” cowardice strategy. Perhaps Altimire is waking up to the editorial board revolt. Perhaps Altimire will help to get C-SPAN cameras into the House Rules Committee hearing room which will debate the rules such as the “Slaughter Rule”. Whether Altimire “does” something is unknown, but Altimire is emitting words:

“Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), a member of the Blue Dog and New Democrat Coalitions, said that the plan to pass the plan using the so-called “deem and pass” procedure is “wrong” and unpopular among his constituents.

There’s a lot of discomfort with the reconciliation process, the self-implementing rule, where you wouldn’t have a formal vote on maybe the most important policy of the past 40 years,” he said on Fox Business Network. “I have a big issue with the way they’re doing the process. I think it’s wrong and my constituents don’t like it.”

Altmire, a no vote on the House’s healthcare bill in November who is now undecided, is seen by many as critical to passage.”

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Like thieves in the night, the Obama Dimocrats will attempt to pass Obama’s health scam. Obama Dimocrats will not vote on the Senate bill itself because they are afraid. [The same Dimocrats, like 2×4 Chuck Schumer, who made sure there was no convention vote in Denver.]

To Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption! – add Cowardice!

The Cowards will shoot you in the back not face to face. It’s the Obama way. The Chicago Way – Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption! Cowardice!

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81 thoughts on “Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption! Cowardice! – We Have Met The Enemy

  1. Big PhaRma loves the scam:

    http://www.politico.com/politicopulse/0310/politicopulse208.html

    COMING SOON – The drug industry, which has held off running ads until officials sign off on the final reconciliation bill, is growing more comfortable with the emerging legislation and is preparing a substantial pro-reform ad buy in 43 Democratic districts, according to a senior industry source. The amount and timing of the buy have not yet been set and hinge largely on action in the House. Still, the development is a substantial step forward from Monday morning, when industry officials, coming off a tough weekend of negotiating with Democratic staffers, said there were no ads in the works. The movement should also help appease the White House, which has been leaning on the industry to provide Democrats air cover, according to industry sources.

  2. For a whole chunk of Hillary voters – fairly low income but employed – life’s about to get worse. They’ve relied on skipping out on medical bills to get by, and now they will be forced to buy health insurance they cannot afford with high deductibles which they also can’t afford. So, they’ll have less money for everything and they’ll get less health care in the process.

    It’s class war, all over again.

  3. It’s sooo funny, because anyone who watched the primary knows Obama doesn’t give a rat’s a** about health care. Hillary just pushed him on the issue. He has been completely lazy in trying to pass any reform bill. And, he decided early on to make deals with the very people who need reforming (or just plain cutting off!) so he could lazily pass something called “health reform”, which he apparently thought the public would applaud him for. The one item the clear majority of the public agreed on, public insurance, he took off the table with his secret deals from the get go. And, because of his horrible performance on this issue, the Dem’s still haven’t passed it, and therefore I have people telling me “I know Obama’s life’s passion is health care, but he should really be focusing on jobs.” LOL. Obama’s life passion is Obama.

  4. Speaking of individual greed as many a lawmaker’s motive — there’s also individual fear. Fear that the corporations will not only withhold contributions, but actively manipulate news to discredit him (as with the Clintons, Gore, Palin).

  5. I don’t think I can take much more of the Israel bashing. Obama has given every anti-Semite in the world card blanche to pile on. The preliminary plan for 1600 apts in a predominatly Jewish area of east Jerusalem is a non event. It is being used as a ruse to ruin Bibi’s coalition so Livni can goive the rest of the country away to the terrorists. I am deeply saddened by Hillary’s involvemnt in this.

  6. Just dropping in for a second.

    jbstonesfan,

    Keep the faith.

    ———–

    Mrs. Smith,

    You are still my hero.

  7. Democrats cut a series of backroom deals that in any other context would be considered criminal payoffs and bribery.

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    Not finished reading the post, but I just don’t understand…

    Most congressmen are lawyers, and yet, the DNC can give away votes of Hillary to the Fraud in the Primary. They can give all the votes that were not Hillary’s to him, even when he wasn’t on the ballot.

    Nancy, Reid and Obama can give favors for votes……….and why isn’t this illegal just because it’s political?

    How can they get away with illegal actions????

  8. One more question to add for anyone that has an answer, what is the difference with what Blago did (trying to ‘sell’ Obama’s seat for a political favor…allegedly) and what Reid, Nancy and the Fraud are doing? Selling favors for ‘yes’ votes.

  9. mj
    March 16th, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    It’s sooo funny, because anyone who watched the primary knows Obama doesn’t give a rat’s a** about health care. Hillary just pushed him on the issue. He has been completely lazy in trying to pass any reform bill. And, he decided early on to make deals with the very people who need reforming (or just plain cutting off!) so he could lazily pass something called “health reform”, which he apparently thought the public would applaud him for. The one item the clear majority of the public agreed on, public insurance, he took off the table with his secret deals from the get go. And, because of his horrible performance on this issue, the Dem’s still haven’t passed it, and therefore I have people telling me “I know Obama’s life’s passion is health care, but he should really be focusing on jobs.” LOL. Obama’s life passion is Obama.
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    100% correct!! Especially, “Obama’s life passion is Obama.” Truer words have never been spoken.

  10. While Alfred is sprouting wings for being in the air more than in the OO where the problems are solved here is the welcomes that Hillary receives every day from foreign leaders she meets.

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    FOREIGN MINISTER MARTIN: Well, Secretary Clinton, it’s a great privilege and pleasure for me to meet with you again this St. Patrick’s week and to say how much we appreciate the time that you have made available for us to discuss a whole range of issues. And 12 months ago, I think we met here and the key issue on that occasion was prospects for the completion of devolution of policing and justice in Northern Ireland. And we spent some time discussing the North at that meeting.

    I want to thank you for the constant personal engagement of yourself and your Administration to that issue. I think you have injected leadership and momentum to the process, and particularly during critical times. And getting that call at 3:00 a.m. in the morning was a very welcome one, may I say. And – but nonetheless, I think the – as I said earlier, it is important that American dimension has been consistent, it has added value to the peace process in Northern Ireland. And in the context of the Hillsborough Agreement, it added significant value to facilitate a resolution of the issues between the parties in Northern Ireland.

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    JanH
    March 16th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Just dropping in for a second.
    jbstonesfan,

    Keep the faith.

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    Mrs. Smith,

    You are still my hero.
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    Good hearing from you, JanH. I hope situations are slowly resolving themselves for you and you come back to us soon. Nothing much has changed here. The ankle-biters still come in groups of 2 or 3. Reminds me of an old joke. The fella changing a lightbulb needing two friends helping him turn the ladder..
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    ““Obama’s life passion is Obama.” Truer words have never been spoken.”
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    Hillary supporters knew it 24 mos ago. Yeah, we’ve been here that long. Not too late to have figured it out, though.
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  12. Mrs. Smith
    March 16th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    #
    JanH
    March 16th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Just dropping in for a second.
    jbstonesfan,

    Keep the faith.

    ———–

    Mrs. Smith,

    You are still my hero.
    _________________________________

    Good hearing from you, JanH. I hope situations are slowly resolving themselves for you and you come back to us soon. Nothing much has changed here. The ankle-biters still come in groups of 2 or 3. Reminds me of an old joke. The fella changing a lightbulb needing two friends helping him turn the ladder..
    ____________________________

    ““Obama’s life passion is Obama.” Truer words have never been spoken.”
    _______________________

    Hillary supporters knew it 24 mos ago. Yeah, we’ve been here that long. Not too late to have figured it out, though

    Yeah, who are you directing that at since I have said such about Obama since he first entered the race?

  13. mj,

    It’s sooo funny, because anyone who watched the primary knows Obama doesn’t give a rat’s a** about health care. Hillary just pushed him on the issue.

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    MJ, I watched the primary from the beginning and I can tell you, I never saw him really “give a rats’ a**” about anything but knocking Hillary out of the nomination…it was almost as if this was his sole purpose. He had NO signature issue and still doesn’t…the man is in over his head and it shows big time.

    I went to dinner last weekend with a person that I hadn’t seen since 3rd grade…one of those scary smart individuals. He was a Hillary supporter that believed her when she said to vote for the democrat party and not the republicans. He said the republicans are like rabid dogs now and he truly believes the country would be in a better shape now if Hillary would not of been cheated out of it.

    I met several new people today that were Hillary supporters (women) and refused to vote for the democrats in 2008 but don’t yet trust the republicans…so I don’t know but the republicans maybe overstepping with all that “rabid dog syndrome” that they are in now.

  14. “I met several new people today that were Hillary supporters (women) and refused to vote for the democrats in 2008 but don’t yet trust the republicans…so I don’t know but the republicans maybe overstepping with all that “rabid dog syndrome” that they are in now.”

    Well, yeah, confloyd, the Republicans are worse than ever. They are not a viable alternative. They are no good choices. I will say, the House has actually passed some fine legislation, but the corporate Senate and the corporate President have quashed every effort to actually improve life for the average joe. It’s really not what I expected after the fall of Bush and the Repubs in ’06, but it is what it is.

    By the way admin, Bill Clinton is quoted on Huffpo as saying passing this bill will make Hillary “the happiest person in America”, and him the second happiest. What do you make of that?

  15. “the country would be in a better shape now if Hillary would not of been cheated out of it.” Definitely.

  16. Elsewhere someone has demanded proof that the following are really in the HC bill. Does anyone have a convenient cite handy?

    To be forbidden to buy drugs from Canada where prices are cheaper

    To be forced to buy insurance with fines if they don’t

    To have not even a public option to buy from

    To see $500 billion cut from Medicare

    1950democrat at gm

  17. mj,
    By the way admin, Bill Clinton is quoted on Huffpo as saying passing this bill will make Hillary “the happiest person in America”, and him the second happiest. What do you make of that?
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    I have to say, I will be waiting for admin’s take on this. Why is it always Bill C. speaking for Hillary…I guess its not proper for the SOS to comment on this?

  18. Another company (hospital) dropped its coverage for the workers (healthcare). There aren’t even jobs in healthcare (allied careeer).The people doing the job of 3 with lower wage/few benefits and longer hours…gee, where have I heard this before?? I think this is why I had to go to 3 union meeting at the hospital before I even finished my orientation…this was 2 years ago… I guess someone for rid of card check.

  19. “I have to say, I will be waiting for admin’s take on this. Why is it always Bill C. speaking for Hillary…I guess its not proper for the SOS to comment on this?”

    I don’t know but it makes me a little sick.

  20. turndownobama
    March 16th, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    Elsewhere someone has demanded proof that the following are really in the HC bill. Does anyone have a convenient cite handy?

    To be forbidden to buy drugs from Canada where prices are cheaper

    To be forced to buy insurance with fines if they don’t

    To have not even a public option to buy from

    To see $500 billion cut from Medicare

    1950democrat at gm
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    Most of the above information, I read in the Senate bill, when it was posted online. It is very common knowledge and has been in news reports that $500 billion dollars will be cut from Medicare, no public option, and mandated coverage with fines, if one does not adhere to the law (this was online. The information will become part of our tax return and will be monitored by the IRS).

    Try FiredogLake, The Confluence, and Admin’s links. The information is all there.

  21. http://spectator.org/archives/2010/03/16/specter-opens-door-on-white-ho

    Print Email The Obama Watch
    Specter Opens Door on White House Felonies
    By Jeffrey Lord on 3.16.10 @ 6:09AM

    “There’s a crime called misprision of a felony. Misprision of a felony is when you don’t report a crime. So you’re getting into pretty deep areas here in these considerations.” — U.S. Senator Arlen Specter on March 12, 2010

    “Right now, they’re doing the ‘I won’t confirm or deny,’ and for us, it leaves two possibilities. One is the promise of transparency in this administration is just shot. The second one is even worse, which is either Sestak is lying or the administration has done something wrong and is covering it up…” — U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa on Friday on March 12, 2010

    “The ‘stonewall strategy’ functioned from the very first episodes of the cover-up. It was instinctive, from the very top of the Administration to the bottom. It was also ad hoc, developed in small reactions to the flurry of each day’s events…we found ourselves trying to hold a line where we could.” — Nixon White House Counsel John Dean in his Watergate book Blind Ambition

  22. JanH
    March 16th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
    Just dropping in for a second.

    jbstonesfan,

    Keep the faith.

    ———–

    Mrs. Smith,

    You are still my hero.
    **************
    I am with you Mrs Smith, JanH great to hear from you and wbb…sooo right about immigration

    *************
    jbstonesfan
    March 16th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I have been trying to get my head around Hillary’s support of the Frauds agenda with Israel lately myself. I have been working a lot and have only read some on this. Admin, what do you think?

  23. Obama: You will see ‘premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent’ under Obamacare
    David Gibberman

    When House Speaker Pelosi said that ObamaCare will allow Americans to realize their dream of being an artist, photographer, or writer without having to work a day job to have health insurance, some of us wondered whether ObamaCare also will cover other expenses, such as for housing and food, that force people to work a job they may not like while they pursue their dreams. Now we know the answer: yes it will.

    Monday in Strongsville, Ohio, President Obama said that ObamaCare will reduce health insurance premiums by “3,000 percent.” Considering that a 50 percent decrease in premiums would mean that we’d be paying half as much as we now pay for health insurance and that a 100 percent decrease in premiums would mean that we’d be paying nothing for health insurance, President Obama is telling us that insurance companies will actually start paying us money to keep our health insurance.

    If your current health insurance policy costs $5,000 a year, insurance companies will pay you $145,000 a year (2,900 percent multiplied by $5,000). If you’re fortunate enough to be paying $25,000 a year for health insurance, insurance companies will pay you $725,000 a year. There’s no word whether you can purchase a more expensive health insurance policy to increase the amount of money that insurers pay you each year.

    Just think, America: These are the people telling us that they know best how to run 1/6 of our economy.

    See it here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUd-slJc-GY

    Comments:
    Another example of Obama Unplugged (from his teleprompter). And I expect the Obama-worshipping “mainstream” media will dutifully ignore this latest Obama gaffe as it does the rest. Anyone care to speculate as to what would happen if Sarah Palin had said the same thing? You can bet it would be front page news in every liberal media outlet in the country and late night comedians would be talking about it for months.

    This is like back at the beginning of his never ending campaign when he said “10,000 people just died in a storm in the midwest” when only about 3 people died. this is also the same as obambi and the media thinking that by winning 52% of the vote that he won by a landslide and has a mandate from the people that he is god and we want him to change America in to a third world country.

  24. Aliens must have gotten to him again
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    Oh, No: Kucinich Is a Yes
    —Ace
    Via GPollowitz on Twitter — Howard Finemann reports Kucinich is switching No to Yes.

  25. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/7450237/Barack-Obama-threatens-to-withdraw-support-from-wavering-Democrats.html

    Barack Obama threatens to withdraw support from wavering Democrats
    Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform.

    The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.

    A one-night presidential appearance can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds which would otherwise take months to accumulate through cold-calling by campaign volunteers.

    Mr Obama’s threat came as the year-long debate over his signature domestic policy entered its final week.

    Mr Obama is personally telephoning congressmen who are still on the fence this week, in between several personal appearances devoted toward swinging public opinion.

  26. gonzotx
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Obama: You will see ‘premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent’ under Obamacare
    David Gibberman
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    3000%! 3000 fucking percent?!! ROFLMAO!!!

  27. That is really too bad about DK. Guess he was full of hot air the entire time. Not one politician can be taken seriously. They have all proven to be sell-outs, cowards, spineless, corrupt, liars, deceitful,and every other negative word that one can think of. They really don’t care at all about the American people. They are all controlled by the insurance and drug companies. Don’t forget B.O.T.S will be after them.

  28. Found this cite. Still looking for Canada drugs and $500B amount.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100315/ap_on_bi_ge/us_health_care_overhaul_primer
    Once the exchanges open, most Americans would be required to carry health insurance or pay a fine.
    ….
    Seniors have been understandably worried about the health care plan, much of it financed with Medicare cuts the government’s own experts say could be unsustainable.
    ….
    But the fines could turn into a big headache for many employers, particularly since they may not be able to tell if their workers are getting benefits from the government. For example, a company with 100 employees that fails to provide coverage could face a fine of $140,000 under the plan Obama unveiled Feb. 22.

  29. Mitchell cancels visit as U.S.-Israel tension deepens—Obama’s foreign policy is imploding before our eyes. The reason is obvious. This is an existential battle for Israel. How would we like it if the shoe was on the other foot–if the Prime Minister of Canada promised to annihilate the United States, was building a nuclear weapon to that end, and our closest ally whom we had depended upon for years for mutual protection was tying our hands from doing what needed to be done in order to protect our people. I support Bibi, not the coward traitor and bigot Obama.

    The most serious crisis in US-Israeli relations–ever. The trust is gone. Thanks to Obama.

    ——————————————————————————–

    U.S. envoy George Mitchell has indefinitely postponed a planned trip to the Middle East in the midst of what Israel’s ambassador to the United States has called “most severe crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations” in decades. Mitchell had planned to travel to Israel to wrap up preparation for a new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, but after Israel’s announcement last week of the construction of 1,600 new housing units, it’s unclear when, or if, those talks will begin.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the controversial Ramat Shlomo building project on Monday and vowed to press on with the project. “Construction will continue in Jerusalem as this has been the case over the past 42 years,” he said.

    Hundreds of Palestinians rioted in East Jerusalem today, hurling rocks at security forces who countered with stun grenades and rubber bullets. Tensions were fuelled by the reopening of landmarked synagogue in Jerusalem’s old city and construction projects near the al Aqsa mosque compound. The Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip declared Tuesday a “day of rage and alarm” over the Israeli projects.

    Netanyahu is under strong pressure to continue the Ramat Shlomo project from his conservative governing coalition. Obama administration’s strongly condemned the decision over the weekend, as well as the timing of it during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the country.

    Bombshell: The AP reports that Taliban No. 2 Mullah Abuld Ghani Baradar was in negotiations with the Afghan government at the time of his arrest in Pakistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai was reportedly furious over the arrest and the role of U.S. intelligence in facilitating it.

  30. Obama is anti-semitic. This can be seen in his policies toward Israel and the people he has associated with over the years including Wright, Farrakan and the rest. His mouth may deny it, but there is no denying what is in his malignant and abandoned heart.

  31. Wbboei,

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0310/From_CNNs_lower_third_Jewish_lobby_runs_America.html?showall

    CNN’s practice of running viewers’ Twitter feeds at the bottom of its screen put some jarringly raw anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment on cable during an interview with Wolf Blitzer, a reader pointed out to me today, and the segment above illustrates.

    As Wolf Blitzer and Rick Sanchez talked about the crisis in U.S. Israel relations, captions included, “Israel is greedy,” and “Jewish lobby runs America.”

    The items are authentic replies to Sanchez’s Twitter feed and come with attributions to their Twitter authors, but the source isn’t immediately obvious to a viewer unfamiliar with the social network, and it’s hard to imagine CNN intends to air conspiracy theories about the “Jewish lobby” (not even the “Israel lobby”!).

  32. Anyone who was in the undecided column is someone who will vote yes, if a yes vote is needed. If they have enough votes, they will switch to no for cover. (Who is kidding whom–there is nothing to be undecided about at this point). Therefore, the undecideds should be targeted even if they move to no after they have enough votes to pass. Targeted for forced retirement and pariahood. When it comes to those big pharma ads, the counter ads should attack the ugly un-Ameriecan process by which this bill was passed in the face of overwhelming opposition of the American People. I have never seen a more incompetent group of people than those running the Republican Party. They should be put out to pasture. Totally ineffective.

  33. it’s hard to imagine CNN intends to air conspiracy theories about the “Jewish lobby” (not even the “Israel lobby”!).
    ———————————-
    Admin: I think CNN have a bias against Israel. Several years ago, CNN reporter Christiane Amapor did an attack piece on the Israeli lobby, and Israel policies in occupied territory. It was a very biased piece. If they would broadcast a program like that then it is quite possible that they would knowingly broadcast the Twitter feed. But if that is true then it is passing strange that the twitter feed would be shown at the very moment that shithouse lawyer Rick Sanchez is interviewing Vulf Blitzer, who was a lobbyist for the Israel lobby years ago. The other possibility is that CNN is so stupid that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. And when you throw Rich Sanchez in the middle of all this, the possibilities for a screw-up are not arithmatic, but exponential.

  34. wbboei
    I have never seen a more incompetent group of people than those running the Republican Party.

    ==================

    Unless all of them, Dem, Rep, and Obama, are in the pay of the insurers/pharma (or terrified of them).

    Since when does the GOP _really_ oppose big business? (Except maybe Palin and McCain.)

  35. Thanks you, Gonzotx…
    _______________________________

    With subtle shift in nuance, Hillary Clinton reiterates U.S. stance on Israel

    By Glenn Kessler
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    In the face of bipartisan concern over U.S. criticism of Israeli policies, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday reiterated the administration’s demand for a “full commitment” to peace talks from Israel but also ever so slightly bolstered her rhetorical support for the Jewish state.

    Clinton told reporters in Washington that the United States has an “absolute commitment to Israel’s security” — a shift in nuance compared with her characterization Friday of the United States as a “strong supporter” of Israel’s security. She also hailed the “close, unshakable bond” between the two countries, in contrast to her comment Friday that “our relationship is durable and strong.”

    Such distinctions may seem minor, but they carry weight in the Middle East, where every line and comma is scrutinized. The office of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu immediately issued a statement saying that Israel “appreciates and respects the warm words” from Clinton on “the deep bond between the U.S. and Israel, and on the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.”

    Netanyahu has yet to formally respond to administration demands that he reverse an East Jerusalem building project — announced during Vice President Biden’s trip there last week — that soured relations between the two allies. Administration officials say they expect him to call Clinton this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday. But he has given no indication that he will take the steps requested by the administration, which some U.S. officials have suggested will test his commitment to the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Meanwhile, hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated Tuesday in East Jerusalem and its surrounding neighborhoods, defying police and soldiers to protest Israeli policies in the holy city. Demonstrators hurled stones at the Israeli security forces, who responded with rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

    The administration’s tough stance on Israel, relayed in a lengthy phone call from Clinton to Netanyahu on Friday, has generated a torrent of statements in recent days from pro-Israel groups and lawmakers. Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), the minority whip and the House’s only Jewish Republican, called White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to express his outrage.

    … Emanuel probably authored the statement that brought on the outrage in the first place and the dictator ordered Hillary to telephone Bibi and deliver the message. Did the Dicktator think Bibi would just rollover crouched in a fetal position? It isn’t a secret BO is pro-Palestine.

    “This attempt to curry favor with the Arabs by bullying Israel is not a wise move,” Cantor said.

    Other lawmakers, including some Democrats, also weighed in, with comments running the gamut from tough criticism to carefully worded concern. Some said the administration was right to bristle at Israel’s actions.

    “The administration had real justification for being upset with the timing of the settlements announcement,” said Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. But, he added, “we need to disentangle bilateral relations from the peace process.”

    Many pro-Israel groups acknowledged that Israel had made a mistake, but they also said that Clinton’s phone call reopened wounds that had healed by the time Biden left the region. (…. really? Who ordered Hillary to contact Bibi and chastize him? This is not something obviously Hillary would do on her own..)

    The powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is to hold its annual conference in Washington next week, said Sunday that “the Administration should make a conscious effort to move away from public demands and unilateral deadlines directed at Israel.”

    The American Jewish Committee said that the “sustained harsh criticism of Israel by senior Administration officials is unprecedented and could leave the impression of a cooling of our nation’s relationship with Israel.”

    An umbrella group, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, noted what it called the “continued incitement by the Palestinian Authority,” including a public celebration last week of Dalal Mughrabi, a militant who took part in a 1978 attack that killed 37 Israelis and an American.

    But J Street, a relatively new organization that has been courted by the White House, insisted that the Jewish community broadly supports a “bold new approach” such as Obama outlining the parameters of a peace deal — a step the Israeli government opposes.

    The tension between the United States and Israel follows expressions of concern by U.S. military leaders that the lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is hampering their efforts in the rest of the Middle East.

    …. and who is the CIC of the Military ordering the generals? Lamest excuse ever!…

    In January, staff officers from the U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in much of the region, gave a briefing on that theme to Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, military officials said, confirming a report on Foreign Policy.

    “Clearly, the tensions, the issues and so forth have an enormous effect,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, head of Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. “My thrust has generally been . . . to encourage that process that can indeed get that recognition that you talked about, and indeed get a sense of progress moving forward in the overall peace process, because of the effect that it has on, particularly, what I think you would term the moderate governments in our area.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/16/AR2010031602078.html?hpid=moreheadlines

    Special correspondent Samuel Sockol in Jerusalem and staff writer Craig Whitlock in Washington contributed to this report.

    …I trust Hillary gave the WH an earful on this self-inflicted donnybrook…

  36. Nothing Clinton about this Fraud!

    Someone is jonesing…
    **********************
    Ingrid Martin Channels Joe the Plumber, Debates Obama After Health Speech
    Posted: 03/16/10742 Comments + Join the discussion »TEXT SIZE:AAAPRINT SHARE During his speech in Strongsville, Ohio, on Monday afternoon, President Obama highlighted the struggle of Natoma Canfield, a cleaning woman from the nearby town of Medina who is fighting cancer without benefit of health insurance. But it was another woman, Ingrid Martin, an out-of-work health care sales representative, who caught his attention — and debated him on the merits of his health care plan for two minutes after his speech.

    Martin has been unemployed for almost six months. Her last job was with HealthSmart, a privately held health care benefit management organization. She has health insurance through her husband, who is a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic.

    “When national health care became a real threat over the summertime, I was laid off,” Martin said in an exclusive interview with Politics Daily. “They went from six sales reps down to two, east of the Mississippi, and I happened to be one of the last ones. And the big problem now is after 24 years of being in this industry, I’ve sent out resume after resume, and nobody is hiring right now. I think they’re all terrified of what Obamacare’s going to do.”
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    Martin said she opposes Obama’s health care plan for philosophical, not parochial reasons, and after his speech, she caught the president’s attention.

    “I didn’t clap and I didn’t smile, and I just sort of held firm to my beliefs and held my tongue so I didn’t get into any trouble,” she recalled. “And I think that, being in the front row, he noticed that because when he came down off the stairs and started shaking hands, when he got to me, he said, ‘Thanks for coming,’ and he looked at me and said, ‘Are you OK?’ And I said, ‘Yes sir, I just don’t support your bill’.”

    Martin said she then entered into about a 2-minute debate reminiscent of Obama’s meeting with another Ohioan, Joe Wurzelbacher (aka “Joe the Plumber”), telling him she worries about the long-term implications of his sweeping legislation. She told the president he was focused on insurance reform, as opposed to the rising cost of health care, which she believes to be the fundamental problem. Martin stressed her view of the need for tort reform. She also noted: “He said things like, ‘Medicare is not going to be affected by this bill,’ which is not right.”

    When Obama said that his bill addressed her concerns, “I just kind of shook my head and said, ‘I don’t believe it does’ — oh my gosh, I’m calling the president a liar,” she added with a nervous laugh. Obama then took Martin’s business card and promised to send her information on the bill. While she was not persuaded to change her mind and support Obama’s policy, she was impressed with him for engaging her. “He took the time to stop and listen, which I appreciated,” she said.

    White House officials had no comment on the exchange between the president and Martin, but did confirm for Politics Daily that it took place. Besides its similarity to Obama’s exchange with Joe the Plumber two years ago when Obama was a candidate, the situation reminded some longtime White House observers of two previous presidents, including Bill Clinton, who would often spend the most time working the “rope line,” speaking to dissenters, almost as though he believed he could change America’s mind one voter at a time. Monday’s event also brought to mind George W. Bush’s penchant for speaking in front of friendly audiences composed of people who’d been vetted by his advance team for their loyalty to the president’s program. Ingrid Martin was able to attend the rally because a friend, whose husband is a Strongsville police officer and was on the presidential detail, invited her. “I was probably the only one in the room who didn’t support” health care reform, she said.

    “I was lucky enough to be escorted in to the center this morning by a Secret Service man and put in a nice, warm, cozy waiting room while others were waiting in the rain,” she added. “And we were escorted out to the floor and about 12 feet away from the podium. Right dead-center, right in the front row.”

    Nothing about his exchange with Martin seemed to discourage the president. Afterward, Obama told ABC’s Jake Tapper in a one-on-one interview, “I believe we are going to get the votes; we’re going to make this happen.”

  37. gonzotx
    March 17th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Plain to see, Martin’s been blacklisted from the HC industry because she speaks the Truth. Watch, BO will find employment for her in the HC industry and maybe get lucky and buy her silence.

    djia:

    Looks like BO bought DK after all. He owes DK big time. Remember, DK turned over his votes to BO in Iowa. Perhaps a promise sending jobs to OH? All the talk.. nothing but hot air..

  38. yep and DK will soon find out what big pink has been saying for years now..

    Obama can’t be trusted by friend nor foe

  39. Read it and weep:
    Reform effort finds its fall guys in Congress
    John Kass
    Not even three or four pipes full of Hopium could have convinced me that the Congress of the United States would ever start looking like the Chicago City Council.
    But now, with the Chicago Way White House twisting arms for its federal health care legislation, Democrats in Congress and Chicago aldermen are beginning to share a remarkable resemblance.
    They’re starting to look like fall guys.
    “The Congress? They’re acting like aldermen. Like fall guys. And we know all about fall guys in the city of Chicago,” said Jim Laski, a former Chicago alderman and former federal inmate who is now a WGN radio talk show host.
    more at:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0317-20100316,0,3195139,full.column

  40. Correct Wbboei. And the Obama stooge Roland Martin wrote an op-ed in support of Obama’s loathsome treatment of Israel. Blitzer, imo, another self-loathing Jew who overcompernsates for his Jewishness by running stories that always have a negative slant towards Israel. Just take a look at who founded the netrwork and it’s pretty understandable.

  41. Donna Brazile threatening challenges to dems who vote no on health care:
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    What better way could there be to ensure their re election than to have this racist tub of lard issuing hollow threats against them. That is best free advertising they could ever get.

  42. Threatening primary challenges to congressmen? That’s what broke John Lewis from Hillary to Obama. Then they primaried him anyway — and he won impressively!

  43. From the standpoint of strategy, Obama made a Faustian Pact with big business which is not in the interests of the American People. He did this at a time when he was riding high in the polls, and he believed he could peddle anything he wanted and they would buy it. Later, he got cold feet about the deal o big business made the deal public. Thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest the toxic bill, and the corrupt process by which it was being sold–using the American People’s money to bribe their representatives into doing something which is hostile to their interests. Then we had the New Jersey, Virginia and Scott Brown elections which demonstrated that Obama has become a paper tiger. He tried to regain the offensive with the health care summit but all it did was reiterate the flaws in the legislation and intensify the opposition against it. He has refused to listen the the American People and 70% of the electorate in swing districts say they will vote to defeat any congressman or senator who votes in favor of this toxic bill. This is Hobson’s choice for Obama and either way it goes he will soon be the most hated man in America. A friend of mine has African American children and she says she feels terrible for them because she fears they will be judged by the misdeeds of the first Black President. And the more Obama and his thugs bribe and threaten legislators, the lower they will go in public opinion. He has put himself, his party and his race in a no win position–damned if it passes and damned if it does not. It did not have to be this way.

  44. says, sure, threats, now that is the American way. The Chicago way is akin to the Detroit City Council way with Monica Conyers….she is now sentenced to jail for bribery. Wbboei, your description of Donna Brazilla is so accurate.

  45. Threatening primary challenges to congressmen? That’s what broke John Lewis from Hillary to Obama. Then they primaried him anyway — and he won impressively!
    ————————
    I would have voted against him. When he championed the civil rights cause he was part of a group. When he betrayed Hillary he stood alone. The test of a man’s character is what he does when he stands alone and looks peril in the face. Does he stand firm on his principle or does he blink? In the case of John Lewis, we know the answer/

  46. The tiny elfin man is changing his vote from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ for a ride on AF1. As another PUMA mentioned, he is a real cheap date:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich waited until Democrats had won last November’s health care reform vote before casting his ballot against it on the House of Representatives floor.

    This time around — pressured by everyone from President Obama to Moveon.org — the Cleveland Democrat had no luxury to dawdle before taking a stance. He announced at a Capitol news conference this morning that he’ll vote “yes” on the bill’s latest draft.

    http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2010/03/rep_dennis_kucinich_to_vote_xx.html

  47. Obama fluffer Jack Cafferty:
    http://caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/16/should-pelosi-be-allowed-to-push-health-care-through-house-without-a-vote/

    Just when you think you’ve seen it all in Washington… along comes something like this:

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may try to pass the controversial health care reform bill without making members vote on it. Unbelievable.

    Pelosi says she might use a procedural tactic where the House will vote on the package of fixes to the Senate bill… and then that vote would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health care bill to be passed.

    Politically speaking, this is beyond sleazy. It’s meant to protect Democrats – especially those up for re-election in November – from having to make a tough vote. Pelosi says of this process, “I like it… because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.” In Nancy Pelosi’s world, accountability is a dirty word.

    The Senate bill, of course, contains many provisions that are unpopular among some House Democrats – including language on abortion funding and taxes on high-cost insurance plans.

    This tactic has been used in the past – but never for something as big and important as the nearly $900 billion health care reform bill.

    Republicans are jumping all over this – and rightfully so. They’re painting it as a way for Democrats to avoid taking responsibility. Some even suggest it’s unconstitutional.

    Meanwhile President Obama is campaigning relentlessly – calling on lawmakers to pass health care reform, “I want some courage. I want us to do the right thing.”

    The irony here is if Nancy Pelosi gets her way, it won’t take much courage at all on the part of our so-called representatives.

  48. Here is what Obama is feeding off of by his intergenerational transfer of wealth” But the point is with this dictator no one is safe–even if you are 40. People need to understand that if they are between 40 and 50 they are at risk under his agenda.
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    Age discrimination has crept into the lives of working professionals as young as 40.
    August 26, 2008
    By Abby M. Locke
    FILED UNDER: Age Concerns, Assessment, Overqualified, Age, Wardrobe.

    Forty years old doesn’t sound very old. And it isn’t. But if you’ve passed that milestone, you may already be feeling the effects of age discrimination.

    There was a time when age discrimination conjured visual images of men and women aged 60 and older. But the increasing pace of technological change, globalization and economic instability means age discrimination has crept into the lives of working professionals as young as 40.

    Here’s what they’re facing: A recent study released by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College indicated that many companies have reservations about hiring older workers based on preconceived notions — namely, that they have reduced energy and higher salary expectations and are unwilling to learn new technology.

  49. Isnt’ it great that Cafferty thinks Obama has no influence on Pelosi’s strategy. He’s the white, er, black, er, gray knight above the fray — while all the dirty work is hers. Poor little Obama, trying to get everyone to do his thing to prevent her villainy … “don’t make us get tough.”

    [JanH, let me know if you’re still here, and I’ll lay off the italics.]

    Meanwhile President Obama is campaigning relentlessly – calling on lawmakers to pass health care reform, “I want some courage. I want us to do the right thing.”
    The irony here is if Nancy Pelosi gets her way, it won’t take much courage at all on the part of our so-called representatives.

  50. Hay, Jack, where were you at the convention? When they started the vote, Hillary was getting a lot of them. Then Polosi stopped that, and sent them all to their rooms. Magically O started winning.

    When you tolerate in a democracy, un democractic acts, people will use them over and over again.

  51. Age discrimination has crept into the lives of working professionals as young as 40.

    ———-
    Anyone at any age is going to be at a disadvantage if they are not tech savvy.
    Most jobs rely heavily on computer programs and anyone that doesn’t know their way around Office, email and more complicated programs will not be able to keep up with the work force.

    I am already waaaaaaaaaaaaay past 40 and I am on the computer most of my waking day. I am lucky I love technology and have a very strong interest in it and it is also why I am not pushed out of jobs by the twenty-somethings.

    You have to change with the times and also not expect to break the bank with your salary demands in a bad economy.

  52. marie3548
    March 17th, 2010 at 8:46 am
    The GOP has a site set up to email teh one and your representatives about the health care.

    http://tinyurl.com/ygrvrfm
    —————-
    Thanks Marie. I have done it.

    This is the easiest thing WE CAN DO TO FIGHT this health care deform bill. I AM EMAILING THE LINK MARIE PROVIDED TO ALL MY FRIENDS. My email urges them send the following well written LETTER TO THEIR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES. I ask them to sign it DEMOCRAT, so their representative knows this is not a partisan act on their part. And it tells them it takes less than ONE MINUTE and they must act IMMEDIATELY.

    Here is what the letter says:

    The American people have spoken. The health care bill that you are preparing to vote on is unacceptable. Now you must decide whether to hear our voices and vote no, or to join in a party-line vote that would fundamentally reshape American society and could end your career. As a concerned citizen, I am urging you to scrap the current health care bill and consider a solution that truly strengthens our health care system without sacrificing our financial future.

    If you ignore the will of the citizenry and join with Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid in voting for a health care bill that the American people do not want and cannot afford, then I will devote all the time, energy, and money that I can to ensuring that you are defeated in this November’s Congressional elections.

  53. Borrowing from Monty Python – “And now, for something completely different”:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/8570398.stm

    A man who assaulted a female police officer with his penis has been fined.

    Marium Varinauskas, 28, tried to strike the officer on the head with his penis when she was called out to his flat, but she got out of the way.

    Lithuanian Varinauskas admitted a charge of assault at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and was fined £600.

    The court heard he had been drinking heavily and could not remember committing the offence at his home in Aberdeen.

    Police were called to his home by his girlfriend, who had complained about him being drunk last November.

    They arrived to find the self-employed engineer sitting on the sofa wearing a pair of underpants.

    Fiscal depute Elaine Lynch said: “The accused got to his feet and was standing over the police officer exposing his penis and thrusting it in her face, forcing her to take evasive action to avoid getting struck.”

    Defence solicitor John Hardie said: “He was sitting on the couch drunk with his pants on.

  54. tdo: Heh. Do those congressmen WANT Obama’s kiss of death?
    ——-
    One does have to wonder….

  55. jbstonesfan wrote:
    March 16th, 2010 at 4:28 pm
    I don’t think I can take much more of the Israel bashing. Obama has given every anti-Semite in the world card blanche to pile on. The preliminary plan for 1600 apts in a predominatly Jewish area of east Jerusalem is a non event. It is being used as a ruse to ruin Bibi’s coalition so Livni can goive the rest of the country away to the terrorists. I am deeply saddened by Hillary’s involvemnt in this.
    ________

    Unfortunately, some of my Jewish friends who were Hillary supporters don’t support her now. They are angered and dismayed by her actions this past week and support of Obama’s policies.

  56. Unfortunately, some of my Jewish friends who were Hillary supporters don’t support her now. They are angered and dismayed by her actions this past week and support of Obama’s policies.

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    Maybe the anger blame should be placed on those responsible, the people that VOTED for the FRAUD and the FRAUD himself.

  57. For those feeling a little pessimistic about the health care bill, Congressman Paul Ryan does a good job of explaining the game of “inevitability” that the Dims are trying to play at this time; an example being people like a jubilant John Larson boasting that the votes are locked up only to later be contradicted by James Clyburn.

    The “inevitability” game is designed to put the Republicans on defense and to demoralize the opponents of the bill. The bill’s passage is far from a sure thing at this time.

    This technique was also used by the fraud’s campaign during the primaries in order to depress voter turnout in states that had later elections.

    The Ryan interview can be seen on Greta van Susteran’s website.

  58. The “inevitability” game is designed to put the Republicans on defense and to demoralize the opponents of the bill.

    ================

    Also it suggests thoughts like, “Better they do it now without Stupak, than later with him.”

  59. I got a news item for all those of you who are supporting our current medical system as being the best in the world.

    I did a new patient today at my new job. This 325 lb man came in for cat scan of his chest for chest which was centered sub sternally and radiated to the left and it was also accompanied by shortness of breath.

    The CT was ordered without contrast because the little hospital (verge of bankrupcy) did not have a doctor in house so contrast could not be given. So this exam was done and it is the wrong test for the problem. The test should have been a chest ct using PE protocol to rule out pulmonary ebolism. THIS IS WHAT IS GOING ON FOLKS….WRONG TEST…WRONG PLACE….WRONG DOCTOR.
    So the insurance will be billed for this wrong test and the patient thinks he got taken care of. This is so wide spread its not even funny. I hated to do this study knowing it would NOT make a difference in this man’s diagnosis. We do not have the best medicine in the world although it might be the best at making money.

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