My old computer petered out on me but my wonderful son bought me a new laptop so I’ll be snarking again in no time!
If you’re against Obama’s (insert issue here) in this case, health care plan you’re a racist. Sadly, it’s become such a tired, frivolous, and common refrain, its lost its real and profound meaning. True racism is an ugly, vile thing but the accusation has become trivial. It’s nothing more than an impotent battle cry when the left can’t debate an issue or respond to people’s concerns. Here’s a sampling (note there isn’t even ONE example to prove their accusation or explanation WHY opposing Obamacare is racist):
Janeane Garofalo at the 9:30 Club on August 21, “It was just so much easier when we could just call them racists. I just don’t know why we can’t call them racists, or functionally retarded adults.” Okay, maybe it wasn’t fair to start with her since she epitomizes the angry, arrogant harpy.
Jimmy Carter (the worst president in my lifetime) told Brian Williams at NBC, “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man…I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country.” Well, maybe all this criticism just reminds President Malaise about his own failure.
Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation wrote, “But the specter of race–and of conservatives challenging not just President Obama’s policies, but his legitimacy as president–is unavoidable…you saw it in the “march” on Washington, where signs protesting healthcare reform were mixed with racist and deeply offensive posters.” I’m guessing she wasn’t referring to these.
Howard Dean, Charlie Rangel, the majority of the Black Congressional Committee, the angst-ridden columnists (why is it those doing all the hand wringing about “race” are on the left?), Michael Sean Winters, Maureen Dowd, and Stan Goff to name a few. It’s at all levels on the left, from bloggers to national columnists.
When they can’t find real racism, they simply make it up. When reporting on a town hall meeting Contessa Brewer at MSNBC fretted, “A man at a pro-health care reform rally just outside, wore a semiautomatic assault rifle on his shoulder and a pistol on his hip…there are questions about whether this has racial overtones. I mean, here you have a man of color in the presidency and white people showing up with guns strapped to their waists or to their legs.” What Ms. Brewer failed to mention and what the cameraman cleverly edited from his shot is that the man in the story was black.
Everyone knows the media tilts left and when a story has people of 2 different races they’re going to bring up race. They can’t help themselves. It’s as predictable as leaves changing color in the fall. But what kind of person foments racial tension where none exists? It’s disgusting and must take a truly twisted and ugly soul. I don’t remember anyone crying sexism when Hillarycare was rejected. Besides the president IS half white, why can’t I just oppose the white half?
Being against government run health care is voting against their own best interests. How can ANYONE else decide for me what’s in my own best interest? Health care is very personal and should never become a congressional budget item. Even if, God forbid, I was unable to make decisions for myself, I’d at least want them made by those who know and love me rather than some government appointed panel who spent the morning debating how much a year of life is worth. The same people who’ve spent decades shouting “Keep your laws off my body!” now want laws to control mine. The “right to choose” is only for abortions, I guess. I’m sure some of these people have the best of intentions but we all know where that leads.
I know we’re supposed to believe “death panels” don’t exist in Obamacare, but how could it not be an eventual outcome? The more people depending on a program, the less money there is for each person using it. Even one of the president’s medical advisors ruminated about this, writing care shouldn’t be given people “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia”". No government program has ever cost less than projected. I’d defy anyone to find one that didn’t cost much more. Or an entitlement program that isn’t going broke. Yet we’re supposed to believe THIS one will save money. And it won’t cost the working people anything!
Then what will happen is what always happens, the “evil” rich won’t be able to pay for “free government health care for all” (regardless of how much they’re taxed) and the burden will be placed on the shoulders of the middle class. Costs will need to be cut. Decisions WILL have to be made about who and what the government will cover. As Obama himself said, “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.” If this goes the way other entitlement programs have, this country will be so dependent on government health care that we’ll be in no position to object to increased taxes or reduced quality. That’s hardly in my best interest or the best interest of my fellow Americans.
According to the US Census the US population is over 304,000,000. Of those, depending on which survey is used, 70% to 80% are happy with their health care. Americans are sensible enough to realize our system isn’t perfect and there are steps we can take to improve it, but it’s not necessary to have a complete government takeover of 1/6th of our economy to facilitate change. Considering those pushing this program can’t even be honest about how many people don’t have health care, something easily researched (most using the government’s own information), how can we trust them with the truly important stuff?
President Obama insists he only wants a government option to increase competition, he doesn’t actually want to take over health care. But, it wasn’t all that long ago he didn’t want a government takeover of banks or the auto industry, either. Oh, I know these companies are “run” by “citizens” (even if appointed by the government) but they’re still pretty tightly controlled by the Obama administration and his hand-picked czars. We used to call that fascism and the last time it was tried on a large scale it didn’t work out so well for the Italians.
Well, like in Italy, I guess it will work out pretty well for the elites who will be keeping their tax payer funded PRIVATE insurance. According to John Conyers, not only are they not subjected to the same programs they design for us, they don’t even have to read the bill that enacts it: “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” Keep in mind, these are the intelligensia, the elites who assume they know what’s best for everyone, especially those of us who continually vote against our own best interest. These are the people who think a 15 year old is old enough to decide on her own that she should have an abortion, no parental notification necessary. Surely as a middle-aged farm wife whose raised two sons and has a bit more life experience than your average 15 year old, I’m at least capable of making my own health care choices and deciding what’s in my own best interest…even if I’ve never had an abortion.
from the pro-government health care side.
The United States has the most expensive health care costs compared to other countries. I’m not sure expense is a legitimate argument. Peter J. Pitts points out, in an article debunking Michael Moore’s SICKO, “…systems such as those in the United Kingdom and Canada are cost-based rather than patient-centric models.” You get what you pay for. Shouldn’t someone look beyond the rhetoric and slogans and find out WHY our health care costs more?
Of course we’re also told we have lower life expectancy even though we pay more. As with all things leftist, we’re only getting half the story. According to the study they cite (by June and Dave O’Neill, economists at Baruch College), the gap isn’t due to a lack of care, but lifestyle. “Americans are more likely than Canadians to die by accident or by homicide. For men in their twenties, mortality rates are more than 50 percent higher in the United States…”
None of those touting the public option are willing to discuss what’s better about the American health care system. The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) in their brief, “10 Surprising Facts About American Health Care” points out that we have better survival rates for common cancers, better access to treatment for chronic conditions, and (partly because Americans are responsible for the majority of health care innovations) we have better access to “important new technologies”.
It’s probably an irony the left doesn’t want to admit, but according to the NCPA study, the poor in the US are healthier than their Canadian counterparts. Evidently health care nirvana can only be found by compromising the health of those being promised universal health care heaven. It also appears finding such paradise doesn’t make the residents very happy. “More than 70 percent of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and British adults say their health system needs either “fundamental change” or “complete rebuilding.” Every recent poll here suggests Americans wallowing in private insurance hell are very happy with their health coverage. The devil is in the details.
(Next: People who oppose this are voting against their own best interests.)
I think I’ve figured out why the left is having such a problem with those who oppose the government health care take over. Most are just ordinary citizens, deeply concerned about their country and its whiplash-inducing, rapid shift to the left. Some met at Tea Parties. Others are neighbors, friends, and coworkers. They communicate through email, websites, and phone, sharing information about planning meetings, upcoming town halls, and other events.
Then, they all show up: mom, dad, kids, grandparents, friends, neighbors (in the hundreds) with homemade signs. Many have never done anything like this before. This is their chance to be heard by their elected representatives. For participating in the democratic process they’re called un-American, Nazis, and angry mobs. From the president’s representatives on down they’re told their anger is “manufactured”, their protests are “well orchestrated”, they’re paid operatives of the insurance companies and other “right wing” lobbyists.
Evidently, this kind of public participation is no longer considered grassroots by the power elite and their sycophants on the left. So what they do consider “grassroots”? Health Care for America Now! (HCAN) seems a good place to start since they describe themselves as “a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people…” and have their headquarters on K Street in Washington D.C. While K Street THE place for lobbyists, I’m sure HCAN’s location is purely coincidental since the left would never accuse ordinary Americans of something they’re doing as well.
I also noticed they’re supported by President Obama, the vice president, and over 190 (mostly democrat) members of congress. Okay, so the new and improved grassroots is organizations with millions of members, made up of other organizations with millions of members that unintentionally hang with lobbyist in D.C., and have the endorsement of the president and other democrat elites. Well, no wonder! The loyal opposition is just ordinary people making signs at their kitchen tables with poster board and Sharpies.
And what about all this merging of these self-proclaimed grassroots organizations? While they seem to support only democrats and work to get them elected I’m sure, just like the K street location, this is mere coincidence. What is it that makes them “grassroots” but grandma and the ladies she plays Bingo with just angry, right wing mobs? There’s got to be something special about these groups that makes the rest of us mere pretenders.
At the top of HCAN’s coalition list is ACORN. Most of us only think of ACORN as the organization where the Community Organizer in Chief honed his skills and the nation’s premier vote fraud organization. Who else could be indicted in several states just for seeing to it that underrepresented Disney characters, dead people, and even dead cats are registered to vote? Well, at least the American people got something for their $53 million. According to their website they have over 400,000 member families and 1,200 chapters in 110 cities.
Not to be outdone on the grassroots hit parade is Moveon.org. Originally begun during the Clinton administration, Moveon’s main goal was to put an end to the impeachment of the horniest president in history. So what if interns young enough to be his daughter wanted to use his penis as a pogo stick? Before they morphed into the pro-Obama health care for all grassroots organization they are now, they were one of the most vocal anti-war organizations during the Bush years (luckily, war is now okay and they’ve moved on).
But who could forget the “General Betray Us” ad? Never mind General Petraeus hadn’t yet uttered a single word. Why would anyone believe a man who’d devoted nearly 40 years serving his country, a recipient of numerous awards (including two Distinguished Service Medals and a bronze star for bravery), a man with a PhD in international relations over an organization supported by the likes of George Soros, Peter Lewis, and Hollywood icon Steven Bing? Besides, they have 5 million members and are another “family of organizations”.
There are plenty of other “grassroots” organizations that are part of the HCAN family: Center for American Progress, NAACP, La Raza, etc., but I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about the labor unions because they are the life-blood of the Democrat Party. Interestingly enough, their members are exempt from the plan being foisted on the rest of the country: “In the case of health insurance coverage maintained pursuant to one or more collective bargaining agreements between employee representatives and one or more employers ratified before the date of the enactment of this Act shall not apply…”
One wonders why groups who have no dog in the fight would be so passionate about an issue. The SEIU is so concerned about American citizens having health care far inferior to their own that they felt compelled to beat the crap out of a black conservative attending one of these town halls. They boast of being the largest and fastest growing union in the country. Many members are government employees. How quaint. We pay their salaries, they rough us up. Other unions joining HCAN include the AFL-CIO with 11 million members (when I think of knee-capping as an art form this is who I think of), the UAW (although how they qualify as “grassroots” with only 513,000 active members, I don’t know), and the NEA with 3.2 million members.
Okay, so the new definition of grassroots is large organizations, millions of members strong, made up of other large organizations with millions of members, an accidental office on K street, endorsed by the president, congress, and other prominent democrats, coincidentally only work to get democrats elected, be flexible enough to breathlessly flit to the next trendy cause du jour and unapologetically embrace issues and causes that were taboo when the “other side” was in charge, or be a member of a powerful labor union, unafraid of confronting a fellow citizen or two with a few of your larger union buddies.
I’ve GOT to get a new Newspeak Dictionary!
The Community Organizer in Chief is suddenly against community organizing. It appears that the main job of a community organizer is to organize groups of people (communities of like-minded individuals, if you will) to protest against things they don’t like. Evidently, it’s not such a good idea anymore. The man who wanted his supporters to “get in their face” when talking to people about voting for him, now wants those same citizens to report on their fellow citizens who are just as passionate about keeping government out of the health care business as he was about getting into the White House.
Meanwhile, our elected officials in Washington are doing everything they can do malign their constituents. They could listen to the very real concerns of the people they work for, the ones who pay their salaries and fund their excellent PRIVATE health care. Obviously it’s easier to call them “angry mobs”, “Nazis”, “right wing extremists”, and the ever popular fall back…representatives (or dupes) of the “evil” insurance companies.
But surely those stalwart watchdogs in the media, sensing the level of distrust and concern of the people, are busy combing through the house bill, parsing the words of the president and his representatives looking for “inconsistencies”. Right? Because when people on the left were unhappy with Bush, there was one investigative story after another. I won’t hold my breath. Obama’s sycophants in the press are too busy getting all warm and tingly at the prospect of thousands of new Joe the Plumbers to crucify.
The biggest problem this little menage a trois has is that this truly is a grassroots movement. It’s the mechanic who services your car, the ladies your gran has lunch with on Wednesdays, the family down the street, someone who volunteers at your kid’s school, the couple who go to the same gym as you do. They can shout vast right wing-corporate-Wall Street-conservative-freeper-Christian conspiracy until they’re blue in the face but that still won’t make it true.
Last week it was Ms. Pelosi waxing stupid, this week it’s Ms. (oops, I mean “I’ve worked so hard to earn the title”) Senator Boxer. Those people protesting at town hall meetings have to be fake because – get this – they’re too well dressed! Is there a protest dress code? You can’t be “genuine” unless you’re in torn jeans, tie die and smell like pot, sweat, and patchouli oil? Really, Ms. Boxer…did it ever occur to you that the country is made up of all kinds of people and not all of them dress like A.N.S.W.E.R.
Nancy Pelosi (living proof that Botox kills brain cells) is blaming “evil” insurance companies for the health care bill debacle. Never mind that 89% of the population are perfectly happy with their coverage. No, the public has been fooled by those evil $10 co-pays. The mundane Ms. Pelosi in her usual inarticulate manner, has her villain, “It’s almost immoral what they are doing…Of course they’ve been immoral all along…They are the villains. They have been part of the problem in a major way.” Cue Snidely Whiplash.
When all else fails, Obama resorts to campaigning, instead of leading…and blaming Bush for all the economic ills the country is now suffering (never mind we had a Democratic congress for 2 years prior and they’re the ONLY ones who can pass legislation, distribute funds, etc.).
But, according to Rasmussen, the presidential approval index now sits at -10. Maybe it’s time to try a new strategy, taking responsibility and just doing the job he was hired to do. The thrill is gone!
It appears the Equal Rights Amendment isn’t dead after all. Get ready for the rallies and bra burnings, girls. Sheila Jackson Lee said the United States should join 27 other countries, including Rwanda, Algeria, China, and Afghanistan. Yeah, because it’s worked so well for women in those places.
Well, she did insist on a “place holder” in Afghanistan. I mean, they still have a long way to go but the words are there and words speak louder than actions…oh, wait. And we’re SO downtrodden in this country, unlike those bastions of womens rights in Rwanda. I just hope I’m not invited to any bonfire rallies with chanting harpies. Not to add fuel to the fire, but I just bought a lacy push-up bra that I’m not ready to part with yet.