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Archive for January 15th, 2010

What if George W. Bush had done that?

Posted by iusbvision on January 15, 2010

Politico:

A four-hour stop in New Orleans, on his way to a $3 million fundraiser. 

Snubbing the Dalai Lama.

Signing off on a secret deal with drug makers.

Freezing out a TV network.

Doing more fundraisers than the last president. More golf, too.

President Barack Obama has done all of those things — and more.

What’s remarkable is what hasn’t happened. These episodes haven’t become metaphors for Obama’s personal and political character — or consuming controversies that sidetracked the rest of his agenda.

It’s a sign that the media’s echo chamber can be a funny thing, prone to the vagaries of news judgment, and an illustration that, in politics, context is everything.

Conservatives look on with a mix of indignation and amazement and ask: Imagine the fuss if George W. Bush had done these things?

Indeed. Add to the list breaking promises about transparency while claiming the most secretive process in history is the most open, breaking his tax pledge in the campaign in mere weeks of attaining office, having a fiscal responsibility summit that was a lobbyist convention, having a jobs summit with far left special interest and no Chamber of Commerce, or NFIB or any small business allowed to attend, having a banking summit to encourage them to give loans to small businesses when government rules (such as the benchmark lending rate and others) encourage exactly the opposite, campaigning against lobbyists and then signing an order relaxing lobbyist restrictions…

… this is a list that could go on for the entire page.

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Prager University: It is actions that matter; not thoughts or often even intentions

Posted by iusbvision on January 15, 2010

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Dennis Prager: Why Do Leftists Hate Christians & Sarah Palin

Posted by iusbvision on January 15, 2010

Brilliant commentary from Dennis Prager

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Candidate Obama vs. President Obama

Posted by iusbvision on January 15, 2010

House Conference Chair Mike Pence:

Even as he campaigned on a platform of change and transparency, an examination of Barack Obama’s comments during the election-and his actions since taking office-indicates that on both politics and policy, the President has changed his tune on numerous issues of relevance to the proposed government takeover of health care, which may lead many to wonder where exactly he stands:

 

Then:  “Senator McCain wants to pay for his plan by taxing your health care benefits for the first time in history.”

– Barack Obama, speech in Roanoke, Virginia, October 17, 2008

 Now:  “This reform will charge insurance plans a fee for their most expensive policies…”

– Barack Obama, address to a joint session of Congress, September 9, 2009

 

Then:  “You will not have to change [health insurance] plans.  For those who have insurance now, nothing will change under the Obama plan-except that you will pay less.”

– Obama campaign handout, “Questions and Answers on Health Care Plan”

Now:  “I mean-when I say if you have your plan and you like it and your doctor has a plan, or you have a doctor and you like your doctor that you don’t have to change plans, what I’m saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform.”

– Barack Obama, White House press conference, June 23, 2009

Then:  “Massachusetts has a mandate right now. They have exempted 20 percent of the uninsured because they have concluded that that 20 percent can’t afford it.  In some cases, there are people who are paying fines and still can’t afford it, so now they’re worse off than they were. They don’t have health insurance and they’re paying a fine.”

– Barack Obama, Democratic primary debate, February 21, 2008

Now:  “Under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance…”

– Barack Obama, address to a joint session of Congress, September 9, 2009

Then:  “If they cannot afford [health insurance]…what are you going to do about it?  Are you going to fine them?  Are you going to garnish people’s wages?”

– Barack Obama, Democratic primary debate, January 31, 2008

Now:  “For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.”

– Barack Obama, trying to explain tax penalties for refusing to purchase government-forced health insurance, interview with George Stephanopoulos, September 20, 2009

 

 

Then:  “I can make a firm pledge.  Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

– Barack Obama, Rally in Dover, New Hampshire, September 12, 2008

Now:  “The one commitment that I’ve been clear about is I don’t want that final one-third of the cost of health care to be completely shouldered on the backs of middle-class families who are already struggling in a difficult economy.  And so if I see a proposal that is primarily funded through taxing middle-class families, I’m going to be opposed to that because I think there are better ideas to do it.”

– Barack Obama, White House press conference, July 22, 2009

Then:  “It turns out that Senator McCain would pay for part of his [health care] plan by making drastic cuts in Medicare…even though Medicare is already facing a looming shortfall.”

– Barack Obama, speech in Roanoke, Virginia, October 17, 2008

 Now:  “The only thing this plan would eliminate is the hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud [in Medicare]…”

– Barack Obama, address to a joint session of Congress, September 9, 2009

 

Then:  “The Obama [health care] plan will cost between $50-65 billion a year when fully phased in.”

– Obama campaign handout, “Questions and Answers on Health Care Plan”

 Now:  “Add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years…”

– Barack Obama, address to a joint session of Congress, September 9, 2009

 

Then:  “What we will do is, we’ll have the [health care] negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”

– Barack Obama, town hall meeting in Chester, Virginia, July 21, 2008

 Now:  “At a certain point you start getting into all kinds of different meetings-Senate Finance is having a meeting, the House is having a meeting….I don’t think there are a lot of secrets going on in there.”

– Barack Obama, trying to explain closed-door health care negotiations, White House press conference, July 22, 2009

At best, the significant changes in position show the differences between lofty campaign rhetoric and the realities of governing; at worst, they reveal an Administration willing to abandon many of its key campaign promises in order to pass its government takeover of health care.  Regardless of whether or not one agrees with the President’s policy positions-either those outlined “then” or “now”-many may wonder what exactly the President believes in-and, given his repeated reversals, why the American people should believe in him.

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Nutty Journalist Quote of the Day! Florida Journalist can’t hide his hate.

Posted by iusbvision on January 15, 2010

John Guerra is a small time journalist at The Key News in Key West, FL.

A factually accurate press release from Florida Congressman Connie Mack, about how crooked the health care legislation is, generated this RESPONSE from one of those who believes he has the monopoly on virtue and tolerance. 

Guerra:

I don’t believe one word you or other conservatives say. The Republican Party is now a mentally ill group of people who want nothing more than to destroy Obama’s first term no matter how much the country needs his policies. I despise your party’s activities and the hatred you spew on Fox and other sounding boards for the insurance companies. Please don’t you dare get him killed, which is the underlying goal of you right wing nuts.

Of course, JFK was assassinated by a communist but is he presented as some “nut job?”

This is exactly the kind of knee jerk, ignorant emotionalism that I have come to expect from journalists and even when they aren’t this emotional, usually they are this ignorant, unlike some college professors who come up with brilliant rationalizations for their emotionalistic thinking that is divorced from reality.

How did Guerra get this way, odds are he came to his view at university as this is exactly the type of radicalism promoted by much of academia today. See the Following….

https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/iu-school-of-journalism-humiliated-by-bogus-bill-oreilly-study/

https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/the-story-of-stuff-marxist-indoctrination-video-for-kids/

https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/the-duh-generation/

https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/the-lefts-last-argument-shut-up/

https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/the-story-of-the-nigerian-teacher-who-moved-to-america-only-to-have-her-black-students-call-her-an-oreo/

Why are conservatives so mean?
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