...the program is marked by Mr. Cain’s most distressing hallmark: wishful thinking that borders on fantasy...Based on my single encounter with Mr. Cain, at a meeting with National Review’s editors, I would have hesitated to hire him to run a pizza company, much less the country.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Cain upsets Perry at Florida straw poll
– USA Today
Hermain Cain wins Florida
straw poll in stunning victory
– Miami Herald
Our friends over at Pundit Press believe that this powerful statement earned Cain a great deal of support...
Maybe Morgan Freeman can play President Cain in a movie!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Department of Health and Human Services is trumpeting new survey results showing a huge increase in the number of young adults with health insurance as sign that [Obamacare] has been a success.According to a survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly one million adults under the age of 26 gained health insurance in 2011. As a result, the percentage of adults between the ages of 19 and 25 with health insurance rose from 66.1% in 2010 to 69.6 this year.One of the major provisions of [ObamaCare] allowed young adults to remain on their parents' health insurance program until age 26. That provision went into effect last September.
...overall that improvement has not been large enough to make up for the steady loss of insurance coverage due to high unemployment and rising insurance premiums. The percentage of Americans without insurance has continued to climb since the passage of [Obamacare] and is now at 17.4 percent among all Americans.
Of course more young people are getting health insurance - people like me are paying for it. My insurance went up 17% this year because of the provision in Obama care where young adults, up to the age of 26, can be covered by their parents plan.
The annual Milliman Medical Index (MMI) measures the total cost of healthcare for a typical family of four covered by a preferred provider plan (PPO). The 2011 MMI cost is $19,393, an increase of $1,319, or 7.3% over 2010...Employees' share of the total cost is at an all-time high, having increased from 36.8% in the first year of the MMI (2005) to 39.7% in 2011.
Medical costs for employees and employers continue to rise steadily:
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
I’m a sap, a specific kind of sap. I’m an Obama Sap.When the president said the unemployed couldn’t wait 14 more months for help and we had to do something right away, I believed him. When administration officials called around saying that the possibility of a double-dip recession was horrifyingly real and that it would be irresponsible not to come up with a package that could pass right away, I believed them.I liked Obama’s payroll tax cut ideas and urged Republicans to play along. But of course I’m a sap....we will get neither short-term stimulus nor long-term debt reduction anytime soon, and I’m a sap for thinking it was possible.Yes, I’m a sap. I believed Obama when he said he wanted to move beyond the stale ideological debates that have paralyzed this country. I always believe that Obama is on the verge of breaking out of the conventional categories and embracing one of the many bipartisan reform packages that are floating around.But remember, I’m a sap...I was hoping the president would give a cynical nation something unconventional, but, as you know, I’m a sap.Being a sap, I still believe that the president’s soul would like to do something about the country’s structural problems....I still believe in the governing style Obama talked about in 2008. I may be the last one. I’m a sap.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Cross-posted at the Left Coast Rebel
The many truths in this piece have been repeated across Blogistan thousands -- if not millions -- of times since the 2008 election. By almost every measurement, historical metric, and otherwise, Barack Obama is an absolute failure as president of the United States of America.
Maybe that's why Europe still loves him so?
This piece is so seemingly unlikely in that it heralds from the Obamanation's home town of Chicago, Illinois.
Steve Chapman, writing today at the Chicago Tribune:
Obama stepping aside?
I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he’s willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013.
That might be the sensible thing to do. It’s hard for a president to win a second term when unemployment is painfully high. If the economy were in full rebound mode, Obama might win anyway. But it isn’t, and it may fall into a second recession — in which case voters will decide his middle name is Hoover, not Hussein. Why not leave of his own volition instead of waiting to get the ax?
It’s not as though there is much enticement to stick around. Presidents who win re-election have generally found, wrote John Fortier and Norman Ornstein in their 2007 book, “Second-Term Blues,” that “their second terms did not measure up to their first.”
I don't think this will ever happen because this bunch -- Chief Obama and the cronies that surround him -- will never give it up. Not to mention the billion-dollar campaign surrounding the re-election effort and all of the begging hands connected at the hip to Obama's wealth-spreading schemes.
It's still quite fascinating to witness the capitulation of the left side of things these days. They were all-so-gullible in being the useful idiots for this man's socialist cause and are now collectively gnashing their teeth weeping in dismay as "their man" and the entire progressive agenda is torn apart by both the economic conditions they have created and the unsurprising backlash and subsequent national consensus on what is happening.
"What went wrong?," Team Obama, the Democrat party, leftists, socialists, Kook-Aid drinkers far and wide ask.
I'd say it's pretty obvious. Too Big of a Socialist To Fail has resolutely failed. And we are now paying the price and so is the man and his collective apparatus. We will heal but it will take some time. The debt will remain as will much of the damage done but America will have learned her lesson, if not for at least a decade or two.
Then, like a dog returning to its own vomit, we will try the easy-way-out.
More at Memeorandum.
Updated: Why not report this scathing post to AttackWatch.com?
Friday, September 16, 2011
I was shocked to see the [Ford] commercial. It is very rare to see a major American corporation take a pro–real-capitalism and anti-crony-capitalism stand and use it in their marketing. I saw this the first time on TV and it blew me away. As Milton Friedman liked to point out, business leaders tend to be against capitalism. It makes them compete and they sometimes fail. Business prefers being coddled and protected.
It expresses my view, for sure. I’m not in the market for a car, but if I were, I would not consider a GM or Chrysler, and would consider a Ford for no reason other than it stood alone and tall.Ford is onto something here. Big time.
...feels like something more than just a sales pitch, too. The statement that America is about taking risks and enduring failure rather than expecting government to bail everyone out sounds more like a big thumb in the eye of the Obama administration, whose latest jobs bill keeps extending unemployment benefits, and which continues to propose spending billions on subsidies for businesses that can’t succeed on their own — like Solyndra.
This made my day in so many ways.Proof:
I think this is really going to strike a nerve with the American public and just may increase Ford's sales.Why?Though it has been beaten out of us for decades, our independent rugged-individualist nature draws us to hate cronyism, crony capitalists and the corporate-welfare, "too big to fail" system that caters to them.Are you listening, GM, Chrysler et al.? Next time it just may be good business to say NO to Uncle Sam.
Sitting and looking sincere and serious, Chris says: "I wasn't going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government. I was going to buy from a manufacturer that's standing on their own: win, lose, or draw. That's what America is about is taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta' pick yourself up and go back to work. Ford is that company for me."A Ford spokeswoman confirmed that Chris is an actual Ford owner and that those are his real words (the ad series is all unscripted).According to a government report, taxpayers will lose $14 billion in the bailout.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Longtime New York City Democratic analyst Hank Sheinkopf says there is no doubt the voters were trying to send a message to the White House and Democrats should see Tuesday’s results as a bellwether for 2012.“The Democrats said no to Obama, no to his economic plan, and no to his position on Israel,” Sheinkopf told ABC News. “It’s major smack at Democrats, a definite rejection of President Obama and it’s a warning that says if Catholics in the most blue of blue states can vote for the Republican they can do it in other states as well and the Democrats may have real trouble.”
Reporting from Washington— Democrats suffered a stunning blow Tuesday as voters in New York's 9th Congressional District chose a novice Republican to replace disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner in an election that became a referendum on President Obama.With more than 90% of precincts reporting, Bob Turner, a retired television executive best known for producing "The Jerry Springer Show," had 53% of the vote in unofficial returns, election officials said. Democrat Dave Weprin, a state assemblyman from a politically connected family, had 46%.
Turner’s victory is regarded as an upset given the Democratic history of the 9th district, which takes in portions of Brooklyn and Queens, as well as the fact that President Obama carried the seat by 11 points in 2008.“New Yorkers put Washington Democrats on notice that voters are losing confidence in a President whose policies assault job-creators and affront Israel,” said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) in a statement after Turner’s win.
There is no spinning this for the left, no way top dress it up as other than a complete repudiation for the president and his supporters in the Congress.Only an incumbent who is indifferent to re-election will back Stimulus 2.0 or indulge the president's Alinskyite rhetoric, much less his pattern of anti-Israel actions.
NY1 TV says Dems did very well in local races in contrast to Congressional race, more proof the NY-09 race had national implications.
In 2010, a bad year for Democrats, Weiner defeated Turner by 20 points. The wave of anger at the president and his policies that brought about Republican control of the House seems even more intense today.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Image: Jimmy Hoffa Jr. and Barack Obama
Cross-posted at the Left Coast Rebel
I saw the headline at Drudge today and frankly, the first thing I thought to myself was, "Jimmy Hoffa?" "I thought he has been 'missing' for a couple of decades -- or three."
Wrong Jimmy Hoffa, this is junior we are talking about here; the same one that is inseparably attached to Dear Leader's hip. I guess I forgot Jimmy Hoffa junior runs the Teamsters now.
Jimmy Hoffa stumping for Obama this Labor Day, quoted at Real Clear Politics:
"We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They've got a war, they got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner. It's going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We're going to win that war," Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd.
"President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong," Hoffa added.
Obama addressed the crowd shortly after Hoffa.
Do you think the incendiary violent rhetoric above is the most disturbing aspect of this story? Or, do you think that Obama's appearance and speech immediately after Hoffa's violent, incendiary speech is more disturbing? I vote for the latter. By appearing with and supporting this man -- Hoffa -- Obama puts a Presidential-stamp-of-approval on Hoffa's words.
I wonder what fair-minded Americans will think about that?
Related: If you want a crystal-clear glimpse of just how controlled the media is here in the United States -- it gives the USSR's Pravda a run for its ideological money -- read this New York Times/AP "news story" about Obama's Labor Day speech.
Not. One. Mention. Of. Jimmy. Hoffa's. Violent. Remarks.
Updated: Incestuous from the start, a little nugget from the past. Apparently in 2008 Obama pushed hard for ending federal oversight of the Teamsters.
From the WSJ, May, 2008:
Ain't that nice. Barack Obama -- the same man that leaves no stone unturned in his quest for federal oversight over every minute aspect of our individual lives, economy, freedoms and privacy -- saw it fit to end oversight over a notorious labor group with a colorful-criminal past.Sen. Barack Obama won the endorsement of the Teamsters earlier this year after privately telling the union he supported ending the strict federal oversight imposed to root out corruption, according to officials from the union and the Obama campaign.It's an unusual stance for a presidential candidate. Policy makers have largely treated monitoring of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as a legal matter left to the Justice Department since an independent review board was set up in 1992 to eliminate mob influence in the union.
Sen. Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton, has declined to take a stance on Teamsters oversight. During his eight years in office, President Bill Clinton took no action to end the special board. Democratic presidential nominees in 2000 and 2004 -- Al Gore and John Kerry -- didn't address the issue, according to Teamsters officials.
Happy Labor Day, Jimmy Hoffa.
The Tea Party says hello to your best-bud Obama, too.
Updated x2: Leslie Eastman blogged about this before me (way to go) and gets an Instalanche to boot! Leslie notes that Hoffa's speech was intended to rile up the union-thug-Detroit audience before Obama hit the stage.
Mission (not) accomplished.
I left because I was appalled at the headlong rush of Republicans, like Gadarene swine, to embrace policies that are deeply damaging to this country's future...
...the GOP now thinks it is only fair that public-sector workers give up their pensions and benefits, too. Hence the intensification of the GOP's decades-long campaign of scorn against government workers. Under the circumstances, it is simply safer to be a current retiree rather than a prospective one.
...domestically, they don't want those people voting. You can probably guess who those people are. Above all, anyone not likely to vote Republican. As Sarah Palin would imply, the people who are not Real Americans. Racial minorities. Immigrants. Muslims. Gays. Intellectuals.
There were only 44 million Republican voters in the 2010 mid-term elections, but they effectively canceled the political results of the election of President Obama by 69 million voters.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa, accusing them of fighting for ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi and holding them in makeshift jails across the capital.Virtually all of the detainees say they are innocent migrant workers, and in most cases there is no evidence that they are lying. But that is not stopping the rebels from placing the men in facilities like the Gate of the Sea sports club, where about 200 detainees — all black — clustered on a soccer field this week, bunching against a high wall to avoid the scorching sun.
Here's the ABC News Headline:
A 24-year-old Cincinnati father died from a tooth infection this week because he couldn't afford his medication, offering a sobering reminder of the importance of oral health and the number of people without access to dental or health care.
Collins said she intends to write to President Obama and Congress to tell them what happened to Willis.“We have got to make a difference with our health care,” she said. “With people losing their jobs, they’re having to make serious choices – do I eat, or do I get my medicine? It’s crazy. And this is America.”
- Young Man Dies, Leaves Daughter Fatherless After Foolish Decision to Forgo Cheap Medical Treatment
- 18 Months After Obama Health Care Bill Becomes Law, Stupid People Are Still Dying
- Man With Rich and Famous Uncle Flouts Doctors' Orders, Pays Ultimate Price
- Tragic Stupidity Offers Opportunity for Activist Journalism
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana ... said at a [Congressional Black Caucus] event in Miami that some in Congress would “love to see us as second-class citizens” and “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me ... hanging on a tree.”
...in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long, and they feel so betrayed by government, and ... when they hear ... a-, a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn't buy it. And when it's delivered by — it's true that when it's delivered by a 46-year-old black guy named Barack Obama, then that adds another layer of skepticism ...You go into some of these small towns in, in, Pennsylvania, a lot, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced 'em. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate, and they have not. So it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to their guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or ... uh, anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations...
Friday, September 2, 2011
Boy meets girlBoy endorses girlBoy is told he must love another manGirl finds out, gets madBoy confirms cheating, blames GirlBoy destroys girl, claims girl is not the victim.