Once again the Obama administration is up to no good.
On September 10, the Wihte House announced that the communications director for the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), Yogi Sergant, would be "reassigned" to another position. The reason:
Yosi Sergant (with Obama's blessings) tried to use a government agency to unduly influence the public and to promote Obama's legislative agenda. All of this came to light because of a phone call placed by Sargent to artists -- including a rep for Russell Simmons -- who were asked to help Obama push his health care agenda. A political no-no.
Everything went well until the White House and the media learned the phone call was secretly taped by one of the participating artists. Yosi's "reassignment" was announced just days after another White House radical, Van Jones, resigned under fire.
You can read the transcript of the phone call and listen to the audio HERE.
After denying any wrongdoing, the White House issued a formal memo for White House staff to let them know that "Government agencies are not supposed to be engaged in political activities."
Gee, you would think the White House staff already knew that rule?
White House spokesman Bill Burton told ABC News, "It is the policy of the administration that grant decisions should be on the merits and that government officials should avoid even creating the incorrect appearance that politics has anything to do with these decisions."
Burton also said that White House officials were "enacting specific steps to make sure such a call never happens again."
Or at least to make sure that no one is secretly recording such a call.
I touched on this subject yesterday, but I will repeat it today for those of you who missed it: Obama's Health Care Reform is not free. In fact, young adults, ages 19 to 26, will be expected to "dilute" the expense of covering older people by buying the coverage whether you want it or not.
Barack Obama has made this clear, but some people aren't listening. So pay attention to the following from the Washington Post:
Drafting young adults into any health-care reform package is crucial to paying for it. As low-cost additions to insurance pools, young adults would help dilute the expense of covering older, sicker people. ...this group could even wind up paying disproportionately hefty premiums -- effectively subsidizing coverage for their parents.
If ObamaCare passes, all of us will be expected to pay for health insurance or incur a penalty of $975. According to the WaPo, paying the premium for ObamaCare, which is expected to cost more than $100 per month, would be more expensive than just paying the penalty.
Understand that even if you don't have a job, you will be forced to pay for something that most of you don't need (right now) because you're young and healthy. But if you don't pay for health insurance, you will be fined a hefty fee.
A scatterbrained ACORN worker in San Bernardino gives prostitution tax evasion tips to a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp (so what else is new?). But as an added bonus, the ACORN worker, who admits to committing every illegal act under the sun, confesses to murdering her husband (yea, right). She sounds just a little grandiose and delusional.
A dozen people with automatic weapons -- two carrying assault rifles -- showed up outside a pro-health care reform rally next to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Arizona where President Obama was speaking, according to the Huffington Post.
HuffPo just posted this video of a man carrying weapons legally outside the event. The man, who is black, said "Because I can do it," when asked why he was armed. He had a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder. Two police officers stuck real close to him.
After a week of lying and covering up his tracks, a leaked internal White House memo shows that Barack Obama did indeed go behind the backs of Americans to carve out a deal with the big pharmaceutical companies.
This is the same Obama who promised during his campaign to use the power of the government to drive down the costs of drugs to Medicare recipients. According to the memo, Obama agreed to protect the pharmaceutical companies from Congressional efforts to bargain for lower prices for drugs or to import lower priced drugs from Canada. Please read that last sentence again and let it sink in.
In return, the big drug companies agreed to cut $80 billion in projected costs to taxpayers and Medicare recipients over the next 10 years. That's $10 billion per year that the big drug companies don't mind coughing up because they stand to make hundreds of billions more per year from the outrageously high prices of drugs.
Democratic House Representative Lloyd Doggett of Austin, Texas was besieged by constituents outside a grocery store over the weekend. Doggett, who plans to vote for Obama's Universal Health Care Reform, tried to talk with the people who helped put him in office, but he was shouted down by chants of "Just say no!"
As Doggett got into his car to leave, the car crowd surrounded the vehicle and wouldn't allow his driver to get out of the parking lot. All the while the crowd chanted "Just say no!"
Similar events are occurring with frequency outside the offices of Democrats in other cities. Americans are fed up with the Obama administration's attempts to force Socialism down their throats.
One woman held up a sign that read "NO GOVT. COUNSELOR IN MY HOME!" -- alluding to the provision in the health care reform bill that calls for a government counselor to visit patients over 50-years-old and counsel them on "end of life" options (euthanasia) as an alternative to expensive surgery or treatments that could prolong their lives.
It's helpful to note that Democrats like Doggett and their families will not have to give up their insurance coverage to join ObamaCare as Americans will be forced to do.
Barack Obama is rapidly becoming the most hated president in recent history as posters of his likeness covered in clown makeup are popping up all over Los Angeles.
Obama's 'Cash 4 Clunkers' rebate program aims to take your clunker off your hands in exchange for $3,500 - $4,500 cash towards a newer more gas-efficient auto -- as long as your clunker doesn't get 18 miles to the gallon. But here's the twist, the engines in these so-called 'clunkers' must be destroyed on the lot, by the dealer, before the government will pay the dealers.
So what's occurring all around the country is that perfectly good cars that were driven to school, to the grocery store and to doctor's appointments yesterday are being destroyed today.
Here's a video documenting the destruction of a late model Volvo's perfectly good engine. The dealer drains the oil and antifreeze from the Volvo, then a sodium silicate solution is poured into the engine. As the engine is revved, the solution solidifies into glass and the engine seizes up and blows.
As you watch this video, hopefully you're not one of those moms who could use a perfectly good running car to take your kids to school, or to a doctor's appointment. And I hope you don't run a charitable organization that could have used that Volvo as a donation or a tax write off.
If you're thinking this is a great incentive to get junk cars off the road, remember that, as with all government programs, this one also has the potential for abuse.
I hear that used car dealerships which normally sell cars for under $4,500 are now busy destroying the engines on those cars and turning the paperwork in to the government for reimbursement. Don't believe me? Try buying a used car for under $4,500 anywhere in the city.
Just an example of more wastefulness courtesy of the Obama administration that we will end up paying for in the long run.
As MM points out, the Obama administration's ambitious 'Cash for Clunkers' federal rebate program failed after only 3 days.
It wasn't just the fact that the program ran out of money to buy back junk cars in exchange for gas efficient ones in only 3 days -- it's worse than that. The truth is, the Obama administration doesn't have a clue what they're doing.
The cash ran out because there was a woeful lack of planning, budgeting and strategizing on the part of the administration. Once again we get excuses from the White House as to why their bills or programs just don't work:
The Obama administration is attempting to use the fact that the program was popular with consumers as evidence that it was a “success,” but that only serves as evidence of government incompetence. Unfortunately for Obama & Company, many people are aware that sometimes “too successful” is far more expensive than “didn’t work at all.” READ MORE...
So add the 'Cash for Clunkers' program to the growing heap of failures for the Obama administration. And then try to imagine what ObamaCare will be like if it passes.
A car dealer responds to this post after the break...Read more »
There's no chance that Barack Obama's universal health care initiative will get the votes needed to pass any time soon. But in the event that the bill does (by some miracle) make it through Congress, here's who ObamaCare will hurt the most:
Your elderly relatives:
Anyone over 65 in need of life-saving surgery will be offered the euthanasia option instead
The disabled and infirmed:
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuele's brother, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, is a "top health advisor" to Obama and holds two key positions within the Obama administration. Dr. Emanuel thinks doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously in upholding their duty to care for the elderly and disabled with little regard to the cost. Dr. Emanuel believes that "communitarianism" should dictate who gets treatment as a means of cutting costs.
He believes medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled and those who have a better chance of recovering to become productive citizens. For instance, patients with dementia (people who the Obama administration refers to as "mentally retarded") can not be expected to contribute to society, and therefore would not be approved for any costly surgery. Instead, the government would recommend euthanasia. Go here to read more.