Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mr. Karl Rove Speaks His Mind

Apparently Rahm Emmanuel was right about the majority of people that constitute his party's base. Anyone in this country, or any other country for that matter, who truly believes this boondoggle will actually cut the deficit probably has an extra chromosome.

Brought to you by the completely incompetent asshats

who are now in charge of your health care benefits.

Wasn'ts ure whether to give this it's own post, or put it with the Liar post, but I"m runnin' out of room there.

After a year of crippling delays, President Barack Obama's $5 billion program to install weather-tight windows and doors has retrofitted a fraction of homes and created far fewer construction jobs than expected.

In Indiana, state-trained workers flubbed insulation jobs. In Alaska, Wyoming and the District of Columbia, the program has yet to produce a single job or retrofit one home. And in California, a state with nearly 37 million residents, the program at last count had created 84 jobs.

The program was a hallmark of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a way to shore up the economy while encouraging people to conserve energy at home.

The most brilliant President EVAH thought installing windows was the way to bring the economy back. He really needs to go back to being a Community Agitator, and quit trying to act like he any kind of clue as to how to run anything.

H/T JammieWearingFool

Friday, March 26, 2010

Leave it to the Dems

Someone invents a machine that can literally raise the dead, and they tax it.

"The Senate Finance Committee bill includes a broad provision taxing all manner of medical devices. This tax includes such frivolous luxuries as pacemakers, stents, artificial heart valves, defibrillators, automated wheelchairs, mechanized artificial limbs, replacement hips and knees, surgical gurneys, laparoscopic equipment and the like."

Why would they tax such things? Apparently because this particular industry didn't bow down before His Ass-holiness:

The medical device industry had its day at the White House, as did the insurance industry, the drug makers, the nurses and the doctors. But, unlike all these other groups, the medical device industry refused the deal. This posture enraged the tyrants in the White House, who vowed to punish the industry with cuts imposed by Congress. The result was a decision by the revenue-hungry Senate Finance Committee to extract billions in funds from the industry.

So, the result will be that virtually every piece of advanced surgical equipment will be subject to a price increase to meet the levy from Washington. No matter that these devices often make the difference between life and death and that, in effect, taxing them raises the cost of vital treatments. The vengeful White House will have its pound of flesh from the medical device industry for daring to be independent and refusing to knuckle down to administration pressure.

This tax, imposed in a spirit of haughty arrogance, falls on totally inappropriate objects. Valves, prosthetic limbs, pacemakers, hearing aids and such are essential therapies that make life longer, better and less painful. To tax them makes no sense — except in the world of sharp elbows and interest group politics that grips this take-no-prisoners and show-no-mercy White House.

The End Game

I am somewhat surprised that they are openly admitting this quite so soon.

It won't take long enough to suit me, mother fucker.

Liar-in-Chief, Part Deux

WASHINGTON — Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.
Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.

Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.


P.S. Obama Caught Lying To Netanyahu?
If this is accurate, and it seems to be, this is deplorable.
We know what Obama said to Netanyahu Tuesday evening:

The Israeli prime minister arrived at the White House on Tuesday evening brimming with confidence that the worst of the crisis in his country's relationship with the United States was over.
When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: "I'm going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls."
As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. "I'm still around," Mr Obama is quoted by Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. "Let me know if there is anything new."
Did Obama fly to New York, as it appears to be where they had dinner that night? Did Obama just get caught in a flat out lie to a foreign leader?

Hat tip Riehl World :


P.P.S.: Lets not forget this gem:

And from the sounds of the roaring coming from the audience, I'd say that his ignorant base totally bought it!

Of course, Gibbs had to later admit that the President "mispoke" The "most articulate President EVAH" has now "mispoke" more than W did. And it's truly amazing how many of this administrations numbers (job losses, GDP to debt ratios, in fact, any economic statistic that show anything favorable!) have had to be corrected a few days Friday night newsdumps, no less.


Oh hell, why stop now?


A personal favorite of mine:

During the campaign, Obama insisted that he would not resort to an individual mandate to achieve universal coverage. In fact, he repeatedly ripped Hillary Clinton's plan for proposing one. "To force people to buy coverage," he insisted, "you've got to have a very harsh penalty." What will this penalty be, he demanded? "Are you going to garnish their wages?" he asked Hillary in one debate.

No new taxes on employer benefits.

Obama took his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, to the mat for suggesting that it might be better to remove the existing health care tax break that individuals get on their employer-sponsored coverage, but return the vast bulk--if not all--of the resulting revenues in the form of health care tax credits. This would theoretically have made coverage both more affordable and portable for everyone. Obama, however, would have none of it, portraying this idea simply as the removal of a tax break. "For the first time in history, he wants to tax your health benefits," he thundered. "Apparently, Sen. McCain doesn't think it's enough that your health premiums have doubled. He thinks you should have to pay taxes on them too."

Fast forward a year, and guess what? Forty percent tax on your health benefits, baby, forty percent. A liar AND a thief; it was McCain's idea to start with.


To Be Continued, beyond any doubt.


That didn't take long:

Because I just knew that if DOJ was going public with the information late on a Friday afternoon, it would be bad for AG Holder. The Obama Administration has had a Friday document dump almost every week for a year, where they try to bury bad news. Yesterday's was no different.

Favorite snippet from Andy:

This is rich. As I pointed out when DOJ first rolled out this bunk,

When the Bush administration used the immigration laws to boot terror suspects out of the country, the Left and its fellow travelers like CAIR claimed this was racial profiling masquerading as counterterrorism. Now, in the age of Obama, we learn ... that “immigration fraud” counts as a “terrorism case” — so the group can boost the numbers and claim that the same Justice Department (under the Bush administration for most of the period covered in the report) has done a great job of combating terrorism in civilian court.

H/T Ace
Updating to add yet another downward revision of perviously released numbers...on the weekend, of course:

The US economy expanded less vigorously than previously estimated in the final three months of 2009, but still showed its biggest rise in six years.

According to the US Commerce Department, the economy expanded 5.6 per cent between October and December, down from an earlier estimate of 5.9 per cent published last month.

The downward revision, slightly worse than the 5.7 per cent expected by economists, was driven by a decline in business investment and inventories. Consumer spending was also less than originally thought...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

What we can look forward to, Part 1

Higher Premiums

Why, you ask? Well......

You must buy a policy that covers ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services; chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

You’re a single guy without children? Tough, your policy must cover pediatric ervices. You’re a woman who can’t have children? Tough, your policy must cover maternity services. Don't drink, smoke, have adrug habit? Tough, your policy must cover substance abuse treatment. (Add your own violation of personal freedom here.) (Section 1302). I would also add that if you live in California, and don't need a sex change? Tough, your policy must cover it.

Think you’d like a policy that is cheaper because it doesn’t cover preventive care or requires cost-sharing for such care? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer policies that do not cover preventive services or offer them with cost-sharing, even if that’s what the customer wants. (Section 2712).

You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).

One of the biggest reason medical coverage is so expensive in many states, many Liberal states, oddly enough, is that these sorts of regulations are forced on them. All the hell they had to do was deregulate these restrictions, and prices woud have dropped dramtically, without spending a God damn dime.

Oh, and do your parents or grandparents have a nice Medicare B package, that they worked hard for and which allows them benefits than just the basic not-very-good-at-all standard Medicare package? Tough, that's one of the parts of Medicare they're gutting to help pay for this shit sandwich.

That one alone makes me want to kill someone.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Here's to you, Mr Jefferson

They think we're fools, Mr. Jefferson indeed.

Thanks so much, Vail Spot!!

My God, when you've lost Howard Stern....

Hat Tip Vail Spot!!

Here's my shocked face....

Good ol' Al, and his thoughts about how the Dems don't need to follow rules.

And here’s that noted statesman, Democrat Rules Committee member , mind you, Representative Alcee Hastings, on the importance of rules:

I wish that I had been there when Thomas Edison made the remark that I think applies here: “There ain’t no rules around here, we’re trying to accomplish something.” And therefore, when the deal goes down, all this talk about rules, we make them up as we go along.

Kinda makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it, seeing how seriously they take their oaths to uphold the Constitution?


The latest posting from the Treasury Department shows the National Debt has increased over $2 trillion since President Obama took office.
The debt now stands at $12.6 trillion. On the day Mr. Obama took office it was $10.6 trillion.

President George W. Bush still holds the record for the most debt run up on his watch: $4.9 trillion. But it took him over four years to rack up the first two trillion dollars in debt. It has taken Mr. Obama 421 days.

2 trillion in 421 fucking days. I don'teven think I could spend money that fast.

The fine Dems in this 111th Congress- Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

To hear Democrats tell it, the CBO projects the legislation would cost a mere $940 billion over the next 10 years. The CBO said no such thing: that figure pertains only to provisions aimed at expanding health insurance. Other spending provisions bring the cost to $1.2 trillion.

Then there’s the additional $208 billion that Democrats plan to spend on physicians who participate in Medicare. Democrats moved that into a separate bill to reduce the apparent cost of the main health care bill. Including that spending in the estimate completely wipes out the Obama plan’s professed $138 billion of deficit reduction. After correcting for that gimmick (and accounting for how the two measures would interact), the CBO estimates really indicate that the Obama plan would increase federal deficits by $59 billion over the next 10 years.

Even worse, Democrats hid another $1.5 trillion by preventing the CBO from scoring the legislation’s hidden taxes. At present, when Congress takes money from workers and gives it to private insurers, the CBO counts that as a tax. The Obama plan’s "individual mandate” would force workers to give money directly to private insurers, which the president’s economic advisers admit is also a tax. If history is any guide, those hidden taxes would cost roughly $1.5 trillion – but you won’t find any such estimate in the CBO’s score.

H/T Legal Insurrection


Nearly half of all the new individual mandate taxes will be paid by Americans earning less than 300 percent of poverty ($66,150 for a family of four.)

What the fuck happened to the ol' "no new taxes on anyone making less than $250,000" promise from Comrade Obama?

I ain't nuthin' but a hillbilly that has to take her shoes off to count above 10, but $60,000 seems like one hell of a lot less than $250,000 to me.

What a lying sack of ......sumpn'.

But wait, it gets better:

*IRS agents verify if you have “acceptable” health care coverage;

* IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage;”

* IRS can confiscate your tax refund; (in fariness, I'd think they could already do this?)

* IRS audits are likely to increase;

* IRS will need up to $10 billion to administer the new health care program this decade;

* IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and collect billions in new taxes from Americans

H/T Ace

Best. Sign. Ever.

H/T Hillbuzz and Instapundit