Flemington, NJ Tea Party

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Obama Modus Operandi

The M.O. of the Obama administration is becoming very clear:

1. Have a meeting with "key people"
2. Reach some sort of agreement (anything will do)
3. After the "key people" are gone, re-write the agreement to reflect your political goals
4. Announce the re-written agreement to the media
5. Claim an "unprecedented" achievement, a "watershed" moment, etc. etc.

For example: remember this story from the beginning of the week?

Obama trumpted this health care "agreement", and the media faithully echoed his words: 

"We cannot continue down the same dangerous road we've been traveling for so many years, with costs that are out of control, because reform is not a luxury that can be postponed, but a necessity that cannot wait.  ... That is why these groups are voluntarily coming together to make an unprecedented commitment."

But it seems the agreement was "spun way away from the original intent". This according to Richard Umbdenstock, the president of the American Hospital Association, one of the six groups that was a party to it.

According to Umbdenstock, the agreement "had been misrepresented". The groups, he said, "had agreed to gradually ramp up to the 1.5 percentage-point target over 10 years — not to reduce spending by that much in each of the 10 years.  There has been a tremendous amount of confusion and frankly a lot of political spin.

Umbdenstock is being diplomatic in the language he used. In plain English, the Obama administration appers to have simply lied about this agreement.

The Obama modus operandi is becoming very clear.  The administration exhibited the very same M.O. in the "Caterpillar tractor" incident, in which Obama claimed that the CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., James Owens, said that if the porkulus bill were passed, Caterpillar would be able to re-hire 2,000 laid-off workers.

Well, that turned out to be a lie also.  When Owens was asked by the press if that were the case, he said no, it was not. He said Caterpillar was going to have to continue laying people off regardless of the porkulus bill.  And that is exactly what happened.

Friday, May 15, 2009

President Palin’s First 100 Days

Great piece by Victor Davis Hanson, in which he savagely satirizes Obama by describing President Palin's "first 100 days" in office:

“Ted Stevens may have gotten off,” wrote Bob Herbert in the New York Times, “but he taught our Sarah something first — like using $100-a-pound beef for her state dinners. And what’s this $50 mil for her inauguration gala? Since when do you fly in your favorite pizza-maker from across the country on our dime? Or send the presidential 747 for a spin over the Big Apple for a third-of-a-million-dollar joyride? 

Read the whole thing at:

White House projects higher deficits - figures dwarf the $17 billion in savings Obama proposed last week

This story is actually from a few days ago, but I think it illustrates the contempt in which this administration holds the American people.  

As the Obama budget deficit rockets ever skyward, more phony "savings" are declared by the White House.  Last time, our intelligence was insulted by the "$100 million" in savings. (President Obama, Please Don't Insult Our Intelligence - 4/21/09)

This time it's $17 billion in "savings", versus a projected budget deficit of $1.8 trillion.  And most of those "savings" will never come to pass, because they represent budget items that President Bush attempted to cut but which the Democrat Congress retained.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sure was right the other day when he called the place a circus! 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Documents Confirm Treasury Bullied Banks (Into Accepting TARP Money)

(From PowerLine blog)

It has been widely reported that Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Fed chief Ben Bernanke summoned the CEOs of America's nine largest financial institutions to a meeting on October 13, 2008, at which they were told that their banks would be required to accept TARP money and give the federal government an ownership interest in their institutions, whether they wanted to do so or not.
These chilling reports have now been confirmed by Treasury documents that were obtained by Judicial Watch through a FOIA request.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Obamanomics, or "$3 Trillion and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt"

Great summary from PowelineBlog.com on how the stimulus, porkulus, TARP, etc. etc., has done nothing to help ease unemployment.  Wasn't that the point?

New "Soda Tax" May be Needed to Pay for Less Expensive Health Care

From the "What's Wrong With This Picture" file:

"Senate leaders are considering new federal taxes on soda and other sugary drinks to help pay for an overhaul of the nation's health-care system."

So let's all make sure to drink lots and lots of unhealthy sugary drinks, so we can pay for our less-expensive health care.  The more sugary stuff we drink, the more unhealthy we'll be, and the less expensive our health care will become!

The full story is here:

Monday, May 11, 2009

First Stealth Step to Health Care Rationing by Obama?

It appears that the first stealth step towards health care rationing has been taken by the Obama administration.

In a CNN article entitled "Private sector signs on for health care reform", which talks of a supposed "$2 trillion savings [in health care costs] over 10 years", the following language also appears, in the fifth paragraph:

'An official pointed to possible savings from ... changing incentives so providers are rewarded for providing "better" care, as opposed to "more" care. Hospitals are now "financially penalized for providing more efficient care by current law," the official said.'

It's necessary to interpret these words, because the plain meaning is not clear. To my mind, the only logical interpreation of so-called "better" care, as opposd to "more" care, is less care. 

In other words: health care rationing.

Read the full article here: