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Having a problem picking which bit of nonsense to write about

So, instead, I’ll just pitch a lot of it out here.  Call it “clearing the browser tabs” if you will.

ObamaCare is a giant redistribution scheme.  I know most readers here have known or figured that out long before now.  But it appears the media is suddenly discovering it as well.

Oh, and this … this is just funny (in a sad sort of way) because it lays out all the other promises that were made by Obama to ease the passage of their redistribution scheme:

President Obama has said a lot of things about health care reform, not just that if you liked your health insurance plan, you could keep it. In a prime-time news conference in July 2009, his rationales for a new law stacked up like planes on an airport runway during a holiday weekend: It would provide “security and stability” for families; it would “keep government out of health care decisions”; it would prevent insurers from “dropping your coverage.” He said the program “would not add to our deficit,” that it would “slow the growth of health care costs in the long run,” that it would be “paid for” but not “on the backs of middle-class families.” Most important, he said, “I want to cover everybody.”

Security and stability for families.  Ha!  Millions with cancelled insurance.  Keep government out of health care decisions – you know, like keeping your doctor if you want to.  Prevent insurers from dropping your coverage?  In fact it demands insurers drop your coverage if it isn’t coverage of which ObamaCare approves, thus the millions with cancelled insurance.  “Would not add to deficit?”  Well, that’s if the redistribution works properly and you don’t count all the cost of the government bureaucracy added to make it work (unless those 19,000 IRS agents are working for free).   Slow the growth of health care costs in the long run?  Not with the size of the Medicaid expansion and the subsidies they plan.  “Paid for” but “not on the backs of the middle class”.  It’s going to be paid for on the backs of the young – who are mostly middle class, if they can maintain that.

What a freakin’ joke.

Meanwhile the apologists for ObamaCare have found Kentucky and are touting it as proof ObamaCare is loved and wanted.  Why?   Because over 56,000 have signed up.  Irony no?  Kentucky – a state the folks in the North East like to point to as Hillbilly heaven actually has a working website.    But, of course, if you actually look at the numbers, they don’t at all support the premise that ObamaCare is working at all (certainly not as it’s advocates said it must work to succeed):

“Places such as Breathitt County, in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky, are driving the state’s relatively high enrollment figures, which are helping to drive national enrollment figures as the federal health exchange has floundered. In a state where 15 percent of the population, about 640,000 people, are uninsured, 56,422 have signed up for new health-care coverage, with 45,622 of them enrolled in Medicaid and the rest in private health plans, according to figures released by the governor’s office Friday,” the Post wrote. “If the health-care law is having a troubled rollout across the country, Kentucky — and Breathitt County in particular — shows what can happen in a place where things are working as the law’s supporters envisioned.”

So first, not even 10% have enrolled, and of those that have enrolled, only 20% are “billpayers”, i.e. people who will actually pay for their own health care insurance and subsidize the other 80% of those who are on Medicaid.  In other words, out of 640,000 eligible, 56,422 have enrolled, and of those 56,000, 45,622 are going to be Medicaid recipients.

And liberals call this “success”.   Seems it would have been a lot easier just to expand Medicaid, because that’s primarily what’s happening here.  Other than the Medicaid bunch, less than 1% of those 640,000 have sought out insurance on a system the Democrats point to as working well.

Then there is this story about the green movement’s rank hypocrisy when it comes to environmentally friendly nuclear power.  What arguments do they use against nuclear power (an power source that actually works as advertised)?  The very same arguments they have used to argue for wind, solar, etc, of course:

Having demanded policies to make energy more expensive, whether cap and trade or carbon taxes, greens now complain that nuclear energy is too expensive. Having spent decades advocating heavy subsidies for renewable energy, greens claim that we should turn away from nuclear energy because it requires subsidies. And having spent the last decade describing global warming as the greatest market failure in human history, greens tell us that, in fact, we should trust the market to decide what kind of energy system we should have.

Why, or more importantly, how anyone of any intelligence takes them seriously any more is beyond me. But this is so typical of that movement.

As for the “Iran deal”, Victor Davis Hanson gives you a peek behind the curtain:

The Iranian agreement comes not in isolation, unfortunately. The Syrian debacle instructed the Iranians that the Obama administration was more interested in announcing a peaceful breakthrough than actually achieving it. The timing is convenient for both sides: The Obama administration needed an offset abroad to the Obamacare disaster, and the Iranians want a breathing space to rebuild their finances and ensure that Assad can salvage the Iranian-Hezbollah-Assad axis. The agreement is a de facto acknowledgement that containing, not ending, Iran’s nuclear program is now U.S. policy. . . .

Aside from the details of this new Sword of Damocles pact, one wonders about the following: In the case of violations, will it be easier for Iran to return to weaponization or for the U.S. to reassemble allies to reestablish the sanctions? Will Israel now be more or less likely to consider preemption? Will the Sunni states feel some relief or more likely pursue avenues to achieve nuclear deterrence? Will allies like Japan or South Korea feel that the U.S. has reasserted its old global clout, or further worry that their patron might engage in secret talks with, say, China rather than reemphasize their security under the traditional U.S. umbrella?

The president’s dismal polls are only a multiplier of that general perception abroad that foreign policy is an auxiliary to fundamental transformation at home, useful not so much to create international stability per se, as to enhance Obama influence in pursuing his domestic agenda. Collate reset, lead from behind, “redlines,” “game-changers,” ”deadlines,” the Arab Spring confusion, the skedaddle from Iraq, Benghazi, the Eastern European missile pullback, and the atmosphere is comparable to the 1979–80 Carter landscape, in which after three years of observation, the opportunists at last decided to act while the acting was good, from Afghanistan to Central America to Tehran.

There is not a good record, from Philip of Macedon to Hitler to Stalin in the 1940s to Carter and the Soviets in the 1970s to radical Islamists in the 1990s, of expecting authoritarians and thugs to listen to reason, cool their aggression, and appreciate democracies’ sober and judicious appeal to logic — once they sense in the West greater eagerness to announce new, rather than to enforce old, agreements.

Nothing of any substance gained, but certainly, with the easing of sanctions, relief for Iran and most likely problems ahead should the US want to see sanctions resumed or added to in the future.  Pitiful.

But Insty has the silver lining in all of this – “Obama, bringing together Democrats and Republicans, Saudis and Israelis in opposition to his policies. He’s a uniter, not a divider!”

Finally, reality continues to take it’s toll on Barack Obama:

Only four out of 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama can manage the federal government effectively, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way.

Well deserved numbers as I see it.  He has lied and he’s proven he’s incompetent.  The only discouraging part of it all is somehow, 47% of those taking the poll somehow have convinced themselves that even in the face of overwhelming facts to the contrary, he’s honest and trustworthy.  I imagine a lot of them live in Maine.

~McQ

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28 Responses to Having a problem picking which bit of nonsense to write about

  • Michael Tomesky…or whatever…writing for the Collective at the Beastly day, declared that Bibi doesn’t know history, and is ignorant of Iran.  Imagine…!!!

    I believe that this puke is about 13.  Which puts him right up there with most of the Obami.  Except, or course, for Kerry, who has been selling out American and Israeli interests for decades.  A very practiced hand.

    • The Left celebrates ending sanctions on a nation that lynches gays, stones women and wants to exterminate Jews, but they boycott Chick-fil-a.

      • “It’s another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican – and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.
        “The State Department has for a long time wanted to do this. It came up when I was an ambassador. I explained the folly of this and it went away. But now they seem determined to do this. The perception is [with this action] that the United States is showing a lack of appreciation for the relevance of its diplomatic partner in the Vatican.”

        Yah, well, those damned Catholics want to keep Sandra Fluck from getting her free birth control pills.  They are the real danger…!!!  How many Americans does the Vatican hold prisoner again…?  I lose count.

  • I’ll share my experience with Obamacare with you Bruce, just to prove how wonderful it really is. I filled out the application on Oct.6 after a few days of trying. My application was accepted and it took until Nov. 20 to be approved. I looked at the exchange and find that the Bronze plan for me will be $469 dollars a month with a deductible of $6500. I have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a few other things wrong with me physically. Before the ACA I paid $189 a month with a deductible of $1500. The Platinum Plan, which is the coverage I had before the ACA will cost $873 a month with a low deductible of $2500. It really does help the people who need it, you people just hate Obama because he’s black or something.

    • Dude, that old plan was a rip off and they were screwing you over.  Now it’s all better! See! Hooray!


       

      • I’m sure it was a “substandard” plan from Bad Apple Insurance Corp.
        “What a friend we have in Baracula”.

    • The old plan was $189 X 12 + $1500 = $3768 yer year or $314 per month max
      But “ObamaDoesn’tCare how much it costs” is such a deal
      $469 X 12 + $6500 = $12,128 or $1,010.66 per month max for your health care on the Bronze Plan
      The Platinum plan is only $1,081.33 per month max
       

  • I feel a “pivot” to jobs coming.

    • Pres. ScamWOW has done more pivoting than that skinny chick in The Black Swan.

      He pivots like a laser.  Damn good thing, too.  We wouldn’t have all these new jobs in the recovery, but for Baracula!

  • More than half a year after the IRS targeting scandal broke in May, federal investigators have still not contacted any of the 41 conservative groups represented in the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) lawsuit against the IRS.
    Though the FBI and IRS both launched investigations into the wrongdoing, and Eric Holder’s Justice Department vowed to cooperate with the FBI probe, none of these agencies have contacted the ACLJ’s clients to figure out what happened.
    “It’s now been more than six months since the public revelation of the IRS targeting scheme. The Obama Administration — including the White House — has repeatedly promised that an investigation would ensue and that we would get to the bottom of this unlawful and unconstitutional scheme. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be happening. To date, not one of our 41 clients has been contacted by the FBI, the Justice Department or any other federal investigative agency,” ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow told The Daily Caller.

    Time for Eric Holder and James Comey to resign.

  • “It’s kind of like Jimmy Carter all over again.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/11/26/former-iranian-hostages-the-deal-stinks/

    Except worse.  Hostages are one thing.  Nuclear weapons are another.

  • I’m pretty sure the following is the result of my Mother’s medicare plan aligning with the ACA.
    They dropped coverage for one of her diabetic medications, but don’t fret she now has coverage for all kinds of birth control drugs.

  • So McQ-

    Are YOU going to be the “voice of reason” this Thanksgiving and discuss the benefits of Obamacare around the table?
    THAT’S actually what I find most offensive of all. Everything is political with these cretins. We can’t be free for even one minute from their relentless propaganda, not with our families, not in our homes. And the idiots who do it! Willingly devaluing themselves from human to mere propagada-spouting automatons. I couldn’t stand to be at a holiday table with them.
    Here’s my tips for how to handle your obnoxious propaganda-spouting relative this holiday:
    1- A gentle rejoinder that the holiday table is no such place for this kind of thing
    2- If continues, a slightly less gentle rejoinder to please be quiet
    3- If persists, an omimous “I’m warning you, knock it off”
    At that point, if the family member is so clueless or rude that they still prattle on, you can move with a clear conscience  to stage 4 – Throw hot gravy in their face.
    I dunno about any of you, but politics are strictly verboten at my holiday tables – have been since I was a kid. It’s all about watching football and Godzilla movies :)

    • Oh yeah, we’ll be discussing the ‘benefits’.    Won’t be much fun though, they’re not impressed with any of it.

    • Letting the only forum for discussion be the media & schools is great for the kids.  You’ve been well trained.

      • You have kids sitting at the regular table with the grownups?

        Shoot, I can remember that was the big step, when one got invited to sit with the adults instead of the kids table in the kitchen.
        Then there was the whole hierarchy of what was and was not acceptable conversation (as established by the ‘senior’ maiden aunt of the family, who had culture and etiquette and manners and such).

        • I don’t have kids, but when I was a kid, we knew to behave.  Although if my smart ass remark was funny enough, my father would let it pass.  As for etiquette,  my mother wasn’t much of a cook so we didn’t need much sophistication past remembering which hand to use for the fork and which one the knife and which direction to pass the food.

          • Ah, this dear old bird did things like take we many unwashed heathen childrens to the symphony once a year.   Where my younger sister was sure to point out the statues were naked….

            The Texan branch of the family is too small to require a children’s table….maybe if the sons get to work making their mother happy by having grandchildren, but I don’t think I’ll live to see the like again myself.

             

    • Say what you will about the Scientologists, at least they don’t bother everyone at the dinner table with talking points from Xenu.

    • I absolutly intend to discuss this with my Obama-loving in-laws.

  • IT’S COME TO THIS: Dana Milbank: Obama’s photo policy smacks of propaganda. Funny, a reference to Obama and Stalin used to mean you were a doubleplusungood racist bitterclinger.
    —InstaPundit

    Yep. People are seeing they have permission from the surrounding society to say truthful things about our lying broken child, Pres. ScamWOW.
    He made it worse, and it will come back to bite him.
     

  • “President Obama should drop the charade of democracy and rule directly through executive orders.”
    Chawley Rangel, as quoted by Allen West.
    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/11/rep-charlie-rangel-demands-americans.html

    It’s like I’ve said…Scratch a Collectivist, find a totalitarian.  Right, Erp?

  • http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/11/27/heres-how-your-president-thinks-of-thanksgiving/

    Happy Thanksgiving! (my favorite holiday) and a Blessed Hanukkah!

  • In the legal profession, we have a term for this kind of agreement…
    “Nothing”.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/11/is-there-even-an-iran-nuke-deal/

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