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09 17th, 2009

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?

09 3rd, 2009

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.

Ridiculous arguments…

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08 18th, 2009

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.)

07 10th, 2009

George Orwell was right (just a couple of decades off) when he wrote, “Who controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” Bristol, Rhode Island (where the nation’s oldest July 4th parade takes place) has banned the Rhode Island Tea Party group from participation in future Independence Day parades. Their crime? Passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution. Somehow I bet the irony of this is completely lost on the planning committee. Perhaps if they’d handed out ribbed condoms with the Constitution.