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BRACELET SOLIDARITY

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 23, 2010

In the event you were not aware of this, here’s a little Sunday morning tidbit to gnaw on: As if a standing ovation wasn’t enough … Our Vice President, along with the Speaker of the House, wore little rubber bracelets as a show of solidarity with Mexican President Felipe Calderon when he came to Washington to blast Arizona’s new illegal alien law last week.

Isn’t that delicious?

Two of the three most powerful people in the United States (at least on paper) darned anti-Arizona apparel that openly sided with a foreign head of state against citizens of their own country.

Yes, Vice President Bumble-Mouth and House Speaker Nitwit sent the message that they couldn’t care less about those who respect the rule of law in this country, but will wear symbolic bracelets (not unlike pre-pubescent girls) in honor of those who don’t.

With every poll continuing to show that the vast majority of Americans favor the Arizona law – and with high-profile critics of the law, including the Attorney General of the United States and the Secretary of Homeland Security, admitting they still haven’t read the thing – the dazzling arrogance of the likes of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi is breathtaking. Not only do they throw steaming excrement on American citizens by having the audacity to wear these insulting rubber bracelets, they do so in the chambers of the House of Representatives.

Why didn’t they just blow their noses in an American flag or declare California and Arizona “occupied territory” from the House floor?

What exactly are standing up for here? With whom or what exactly are they supposedly showing solidarity?

Those who endorse breaking American laws?

Those who crap on American sovereignty?

Those who have had more harsh words about law-abiding conservative Americans than law-breaking illegal aliens?

A foreign President who stood on American soil and actually had the tamales to lambaste an American law while our President stood close by, doing his best impression of a lawn ornament?

Unbelievable.

On second thought … very believable.

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PELOSI CALLS UPON ST. JOSEPH

Posted by Andrew Roman on March 20, 2010

If this wasn’t Nancy Pelosi, I might shake my head a little harder, a little faster.

It’s at the point now that Pelosi should only warrant mention on this blog if she actually does something noteworthy – like speak coherently or juggle pomegranates with one hand. Truly, if this wasn’t something coming out of the mouth of the most inept and incompetent House Speaker in my lifetime, I might actually be surprised.

I’m not.

Pelosi, apparently, is summoning higher authority in the hope that it will be enough to get ObamaCare passed.

From the woman whose purpose (among others) as a militant Leftocrat is to ensure that as many abortions take place as possible – in the name of “reproductive rights,” mind you – comes the revelation that Nancy Pelosi has been praying to Saint Joseph in the hope that he might sprinkle a little magic dust on the process.

On Friday, Madame Speaker said the following:

Today is the Feast of St. Joseph, the worker – particularly significant to Italian-Americans. And it’s a day where we remember and pray to St. Joseph to benefit the workers of America. And that’s exactly what our health care bill will do.

Along with a whole lot of blah, blah, blah about how the bill is gaining momentum and will be historic (there’s that word again), Pelosi went on to say that she has received letters representing “sixty leaders of religious orders” supporting this “life affirming legislation.”

Life affirming legislation?

It’s obviously no great analytical accomplishment on my part to showcase the absurdly obvious, but that’s still one hell of a ballsy assertion considering that the Catholic Church is adamantly opposed to abortion, and the bill that would become law – the original Senate version – would allow taxpayer dollars to fund the killing of the unborn.

If by “life affirming” Pelosi means everyone except those who have yet to emerge from the womb, those who’ll be dead soon, and those considered disabled, Pelosi may be on to something.

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PELOSI MAKES EVEN LESS SENSE THAN NORMAL

Posted by Andrew Roman on March 1, 2010

It’s unclear whether or not it will take a couple of hundred screeching yodelers yelling it from the mountaintops to make her see, or whether having someone beat her with a ten foot Gallup poll will finally do the trick.

Neon signs, subliminal messages and psychotropic drugs are also possibilities.

The question remains: What exactly is it going to take for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to realize that the American people do not want this health care bill passed?

What else has to happen – aside from plummeting popularity, collapsing poll numbers, the ouster of Democrats from office in key states, the tea party movement, and the fact that ObamaCare could not be passed when the Dems had super majorities in both Houses – for this women to get the hint?

Unfortunately, even if she could answer these questions, it is uncertain whether or not the public at large would be able to understand her.

No matter what she says – no matter what comes out of her mouth – she makes less sense than subtitles for an audience of blind people.

Indeed, there is an ever-growing need among Dems to somehow make ObamaCare a bipartisan animal. That way, when it crashes and burns as the utter and complete failure it will be – and the economy is all but destroyed, and more and more people are dependant on government – Dems can point fingers at the other side and accuse them of being obstructionists for not letting the bill go far enough.

It’s the same mentality that affords us such clear-minded thinking as, “The reason more kids are failing school than ever before is that we don’t spend enough on education” and “The reason poverty still exists is we haven’t spent enough on welfare programs.”

Of course, I’m not convinced that Nancy Pelosi is quite that complex. I actually think hers is more of a “Shut Up And Be Happy With What You Got” approach.

She is now peddling the idea that the health care bill is already a bipartisan venture – that the GOP has already left its mark on ObamaCare and should now agree to let the bill move forward to its inevitable passage.

Kim Hart and Jordan Fabian from The Hill write:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that Republicans have left their mark on the healthcare bill and should accept that the bill will go forward.

“They’ve had plenty of opportunity to make their voices heard,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning. “Bipartisanship is a two-way street. A bill can be bipartisan without bipartisan votes. Republicans have left their imprint.”

Yes, dear friends … from the party that brought you the toe-tapping, “I voted for the bill before I voted against it,” comes the latest donkey hit “Bipartisan without bipartisan votes.”

It’s got a great beat and you can definitely dance to it.

It should be noted, for the record, that the “public option” wasn’t “stripped from the bill” because of Republicans, as Pelosi contends.

That doesn’t even make sense.

The Dems have had an inescapable majority in Pelosi’s House of Crud throughout the thirteen months of the Messianic Age. What possible effect could the GOP have had on the bill or its contents?

Honestly … What part of the 2000-plus page health care bill is a Republican creation? Which sections are GOP babies? What exactly was the GOPs contribution to the bill during the ‘who-did-it-and-ran” health care “debates” late last year?

What utter nonsense.

This is all about Pelosi’s impotent leadership coupled with a very unpopular agenda.

To top it all off, Madame Speaker also said that Democrats need ‘courage” to pass health care.

If the bill is such a good idea, and if it will do much to solve America’s health care problems, and if the American people will unquestionably benefit from the bill’s passage, and if it will keep health care so affordable for everyone without compromising quality, why do the Democrats need “courage” to pass it?
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I’M CONVINCED – NANCY’S GOT TO BE SMOKING SOMETHING

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 15, 2010

There are times when I do, in fact, wonder if medical marijuana has been approved for members of Congress on the sly. If so, Democrats must be suffering from every illness under the sun because all of them are over-medicating. In Lib-world, everyone is the walrus. 

Heading up the “Glazed Eyes and Empty Head” list is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who truly sounds as if she’s just been dumped out on the street by the Twinkie Truck – or that she may be in need of better pot. Today, she said that whatever talk there is of Republican “momentum” heading into the midterm elections later this year is nothing but “hype and hyperbole.” 

Jordan Fabian of The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room writes: 

In a fundraising e-mail to Democratic supporters, Pelosi said that the Democratic agenda is moving the country forward and the Democrats toward victory this fall. 

“Republicans are in full blown ‘spin mode’ attacking the President and claiming he has lost support,” she wrote. “But that is just hype and hyperbole. You and I know better — together we are moving America forward.” 

Hype and hyperbole? 

Like, for instance, the promise that “earmarks” will be a thing of the past? Or the promise that debates on health care will be televised on C-Span? Or the assertion that the unemployment rate will not go above 8%? Or the lie that two million jobs were saved or created by Bammy’s Spendulous atrocity? 

Republican momentum is hyperbole? 

Every single poll is wrong?

Maybe Nancy isn’t inhaling and ought to.

Madame Speaker, do the names Bob McDonnel and Chris Christie have any meaning to you? And how’s that “Ted Kennedy” senate seat looking these days? 

  

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HAPPY JACK CAFFERTY AGAIN?

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 13, 2010

On Sunday, I posted a piece in praise of CNN’s Jack Cafferty – commentator, curmudgeon, Bush-hater.

(I know, I know … I double-checked to see if any icicles had been reported as forming in hell).

Cafferty’s staunch opposition to “Bush’s War” is well known. A good portion of his past huffings, puffings and grumblings, you’ll recall, were directed toward the “war criminals” of the previous administration. Donald Rumsfeld, you’ll remember, was an “obnoxious jerk.” When Fox News’s Brit Hume interviewed then-Vice President Dick Cheney, Cafferty commented it was “a little like Bonnie interviewing Clyde.”

Clever.

To his credit, however, he had the gumption to lambaste the Obama administration for going back on campaign promises to televise debates on health care reform.

Said Cafferty:

How dare they? President Obama and Democratic leaders, have decided to bypass a formal House and Senate Conference Committee in order to reconcile those two health care bills. Instead, White House and Democratic leaders will hold “informal” – that’s another word for secret – negotiations, meant to shut Republicans and the public out of the process.

Good for him.

Well, as unbelievable as this is going to sound – and after checking my vital signs – I have to tip my hat once again to Cafferty for calling it like it is.

This time, according to Mr. Happy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a “horrible woman.”

Said Mr. C:

Things are tough – very tough – for millions of American in this country, but you’d never know it watching the way Congress spends our tax money on themselves. CBS News has a stunning report on the all-expense paid trip of at least twenty members of Congress to the Copenhagen Climate Summit last month.

The bi-partisan delegation, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was so large, they needed three military jets, two 737s and a Gulfstream V. Some members of Congress brought along their spouses, their kids. There were also Senators and staff members who made the trip to Denmark – most of them, flying over commercial.

Pelosi refused to answer any questions about costs for this, or where they all stayed, even though she was the one who decided who went. Her office says only that it will “comply with disclosure requirements.”

It’s a disgrace.

The national unemployment rate is 10%. Employers cut more jobs than expected just last month. We got the numbers on Friday. People are suffering in this country.

California, Pelosi’s home state, is faced with a twenty-billion dollar budget deficit.

This nation’s hurting, but Nancy Pelosi can use three military jets for a December trip to Copenhagen and then refuse to answer any questions about it.

What a horrible woman she is.

What he said.

Just another delectable slice of the post-partisan “hope and change” pie.

Thus far, without question, the best thing – the only thing – to come out of Obama’s Messianic Age is the ongoing exposure of the fraud of modern liberalism

… oh yeah, and the “Barack the Magic Negro” parody.

I invite Americans to keep watching. It’s only going to get  better.


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THIRTEEN AGs SAY “NOT SO FAST” – LET’S TALK CONSTITUTION

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 31, 2009

One can predict some of the words and phrases Obamacrats will use: obstructionists, partisans, ideologues, Obama-haters, so on.

No soothsayers needed. Pretty standard stuff.

Defenders of the Constitution will be attacked as corporate marionettes, accused of bending over for insurance companies and pharmaceutical interests. Republicans in general will be (and have been) accused of viciously and callously standing in the way of fundamental human decency by endorsing what will undoubtedly lead to the deaths of billions and billions of Americans. The bodies of the uninsured will litter the streets of the United States as heartless right-wing fat cats step around their rotting corpses, laughing the sinister laugh of the victorious, as they visit their own doctors where all the real medicine is kept.

Left-wing blogs will explode with mendacious outrage and rice-pudding indignation. The words “Nazi,” and “corporate shill” and “desperate” (among others) will soak up enormous amounts of bandwidth as pajama-clad basement-dwelling blogosphere leftocrats rat-a-tat away, condemning the patriots who fight to bury Obamacare by standing up for the Constitution.

It’s what so many of us who have questioned the absurd claims of ObamaCare have been waiting for. It’s what so many of us who have questioned the constitutionality of it all have been hoping would come to fruition.

It’s a very good first step.

As many as thirteen state Attorney Generals – all Republicans – have said that the Nebraska sweetheart deal won by Senator Ben Nelson in exchange for his support of this health-care reform monstrosity is unconstitutional and must be removed from the bill.

From the Associated Press, via Fox News:

Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska’s political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to The Associated Press Wednesday.

“We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed,” South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and the 12 other attorneys general wrote in the letter to be sent Wednesday night to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision,” they wrote.

There is also a great deal to explore regarding the constitutionality of mandating citizens to purchase a free-market service or good – in this case, health insurance – from a private entity, as presecribed in the bill.

One thing at a time, though.

The letter was signed by top prosecutors in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington state. All are Republicans, and McMaster and the attorneys general of Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania are running for governor in their respective states.

Last week, McMaster said he was leading several other attorneys general in an inquiry into the constitutionality of the estimated $100 million deal he has dubbed the “Cornhusker Kickback.”

Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint of South Carolina raised questions about the legislation, which they said was amended to win Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s support.

“Because this provision has serious implications for the country and the future of our nation’s legislative process, we urge you to take appropriate steps to protect the Constitution and the rights of the citizens of our nation,” the attorneys general wrote.

Here’s the funny part … House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina called the letter was “a political ploy.”

Damn right it is.

“This threat stinks of partisan politics,” he said in a statement. “If Henry McMaster wants to write federal law he should run for Congress not governor.”

If it stinks, I like the smell. I hope it comes out in a candle.

I can’t even begin to tell you how comical it is to hear a Democrat decry “partisan politics.” What on earth could be more partisan than having a holdout Senator or two vote for a bill not on its own merits, but as a result of party-unifying bribery? (Is anybody in there, Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu?)

Surely Mr. Clyburn is aware that all Senate Democrats voted for the bill. By definition, isn’t that partisan politics?

Clarity, please.

Clyburn needs to think before he speaks. He snidely remarks that South Carolina Attorney General McMaster should run for Congress if he wants to “write federal law.”

Clever.

Perhaps Clyburn ought to think about actually representing the people – you know,do his job – if he wants to remain in Congress.

At last look, nearly six in ten Americans don’t want this bill passed.

Nice work, Pubs. Don’t let up.

See what happens when they actually set their minds to something?

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NANCY HEADS HOME EARLY

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 19, 2009

Wanted: A touch of global warming.

All hyper-exhalers, flatulence aficionados, fossil fuel enthusiasts, raw data manipulators and dirty coal warriors are free to apply.

Lots of openings available.

Location: Anywhere in Copenhagen.

It is a shame that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi couldn’t stay a bit longer. She was certainly welcome to. Clearly, she was among friends. Unfortunately, sandwiched by snow storms on either side of the Atlantic – and with only a small time window in which to operate – Pelosi was forced to leave the global warming summit in Denmark earlier than she might have liked to.

CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry writes:

In a strange twist, a Washington snowstorm is forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to make an early departure from a global warming summit here in Denmark. Pelosi told CNN that military officials leading her Congressional delegation have urged the 21 lawmakers to leave Copenhagen several hours earlier than scheduled on Saturday.

The Speaker said she has agreed to the new travel plan so that lawmakers can get back to Washington before much of the expected storm wallops the nation’s capital.

Just imagine how much worse it would have been in Copenhagen if not for the army of greenhouse-gas emitting planes and vehicles that inundated the city during the global warming summit. Thanks to localized man-made warming, a cold weather catastrophe of historic proportion was probably averted. What could have been a crippling ice storm turned out to be a simple snow event. A few more private jets and Hummers thrown into the carbon footprint mix, and it might have been nothing more than a heavy rain.

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THE DISASTER OF DEMOCRAT ANALOGIES AND METAPHORS

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 9, 2009

Along with liberal conceptions of how to suitably defend the country, bolster economic growth and safeguard liberty, Democrats often best exhibit their political ineptness when attempting to create effective analogies and metaphors to help sell their ideas. Invariably, when an untenable lefty policy needs defending, or a boost in public support is required, liberals will customarily attempt to affirm their own positions by inappropriately equating opposing positions to the most unfavorable, distasteful or incongruous things.

Senator Barbara Boxer – don’t ever call her ma’am – in commenting on the possible public funding of abortions in the Senate version of the health care bill, brilliantly compared the limiting or denial of abortion coverage for women to inhibiting men from accessing Viagra. Nothing illustrates someone’s depth of thought more astutely than comparing erection pills to the taking of an unborn human life.

From the MercuryNews.com:

“Why are women being singled out here? It’s so unfair,” Boxer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “We don’t tell men that if they want to … buy insurance coverage through their pharmaceutical plan for Viagra that they can’t do it.”

And she came up with that all by herself.

Senator Harry Reid – Senate Majority Leader – in commenting on the health care reform debate, judiciously compared opposition to ObamaCare to those who were against the abolition of slavery. Nothing embodies someone’s sagacity quite like comparing those who question proposed government policies to those who enslaved other human beings.

From Fox News:

“Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, ‘slow down, stop everything, let’s start over.’ If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right,” Reid said Monday. “When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said ‘slow down, it’s too early, things aren’t bad enough.'”

It’s hard to believe his approval ratings are in the thirty percent range.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – swastika connoisseur – in commenting on the growing fervent opposition across the country to a government-run health care plan, skillfully compared the murders of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978 to this summer’s conservative tea parties and town hall meetings. Nothing epitomizes a person’s ability to clarify a position like comparing the murder of two innocents to concerned citizens exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful assembly.

From United Liberty:

Pelosi, responding to a question about anti-Obama sentiment, said that partisans on all sides of an issue have the right to voice their opinion. But after pausing, she added: “I have concerns about some of the language that is being used, because I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it created a climate in which violence took place.”

The tears on her face, by all accounts, were real … and without a trace of salt.

Congressman Charles Rangel – tax cheat – in commenting on the War on Terror, guilefully compared the War in Iraq to the Holocaust. Nothing demonstrates keen insight like comparing America’s brave fighting men – the very soldiers who liberated the Iraqi people from the murderous reign of Saddam Hussein – to the regime that rounded up and murdered six million Jews.

From NewsMax:

“It’s the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country,” Rangel told WWRL Radio’s Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter. “This is just as bad as six million Jews being killed. The whole world knew it and they were quiet about it, because it wasn’t their ox that was being gored.”

And yet, to this day, conservatives still give this man a hard time. Go figure.

State Senator Barack Obama – still a few years away from becoming the Democrat candidate for President – in commenting on World War II-era race relations in America, articulately compared the United States of America to Nazi Germany. Nothing typifies a mastery of the nuances of American civilization like comparing the United States of the 1940s and 1950s to the murderous, totalitarian Third Reich.

From Moonbattery:

Barack Obama has further established his credentials as a truly unhinged moonbat radical by comparing America to Nazi Germany. LGF quotes from The One’s ruminations on the Supreme Court, which he has chastised for not being sufficiently radical on the subject of “spreading the wealth around”:

“… just to take a, sort of a realist perspective … there’s a lot of change going on outside of the Court, um, that, that judges essentially have to take judicial notice of. I mean you’ve got World War II, you’ve got uh, uh, uh, the doctrines of Nazism, that, that we are fighting against, that start looking uncomfortably similar to what we have going on, back here at home.”

A triumph of thought! And he couldn’t even balance himself on the surface of the water yet.

These aren’t simple policy disgareements. These aren’t cohesive arguments directed toward the opposition defending a viewpoint. These are, first and foremost, vicious attacks equating opposing opinions with those of genocidal tyrants and slave masters. These are deliberate attempts to marry honest dissent with evil so that conventional wisdom can be reshaped and redefined. These are calculated comments by well rehearsed flame throwers intent on smearing the other side in the worst possible way. After all, once a high profile Democrat tosses a “Nazi Germany” or an “Adolf Hitler” into the arena, it immediately begins inoculating itself into the mainstream of conventional wisdom.

That’s because the news media and entertainment complexes are already in bed with liberalism. No viagra needed.

And speaking of Baraba Boxer’s insipidity, she attempts to do the opposite of the others – that is, equate something that she doesn’t see as detestable (killing an unborn child because of its inconvenience) with something completely and thoroughly unrelated (overcoming male dysfunction). The evil, in this case, is in the opposition not accepting that both of these things fall under the same awning of basic health care. Thus, if guys can have access to impotence medicine, women should certainly be able to coat-hanger the unborn.

Remember, to a liberal, conservatives aren’t just wrong, they’re bad – with ulterior motives. Conservative impulses are sinister.

Liberal impulses, by contrast, are born from warm, fuzzy-bunny hugs and swaying daisies.

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TEN YEARS OF OBAMA/PELOSI CARE – CRUNCHING THE REAL NUMBERS

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 6, 2009

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House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi

From the “Who Didn’t See This One Coming?” file …

Like a big-government liberal salivating at the thought of siphoning more of my paycheck, or an Obamacrat pecking incessantly at my liberties, it’s been gnawing at the sensibilities of clear-thinking Americans for the better part of ten months. It is imperative, the American people have been told time and time again, that health care reform happen as soon as humanly possible. It’s something that needed to happen yesterday, so the story goes; and if not for the racists and money-hoarders on the other side who use talk radio as the vehicle to spread their vitriol, everyone would be already be covered with top-flight, inexpensive, world-class health-care.

According to Washington’s Holey Trinity – Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid  – the American people cannot afford another nanosecond of having to deal with the current capitalist, greed-uber-alles health care delivery debacle that leaves millions and millions to die while fat cat insurance companies roll in the dough. Recall that the health care “crisis” was recently called a “Holocaust” by Florida Congressman Alan Grayson. Recall that those who spoke out against the government takeover of health care at town-hall meetings all across America were said to be swastika-carriers by the Speaker of the House.

(You gotta love that German National Socialist imagery).

As critical as the passing of a health care reform bill is supposed to be to the welfare of the American people, none of it (oddly enough) is to actually be implemented until either 2013 or 2014, depending on the version of bill. (So much for urgency). Three years, it seems to me, is a mighty long time, especially when a “crisis” as far-reaching as this is afoot, but I’m obviously missing something. Still, considering the “seriousness” of the situation, potentially, we’re talking about alot of dead bodies littering the streets.

Proponents of Democrat health care reform have been feeding the American people the notion that all plans to completely overhaul the system are not only going to save trillions and trillions of lives, but it will be cost-effective. In fact, according to the Holey Trinity, it won’t cost Americans an extra nickel.

Senator Harry Reid

Senator Harry Reid

Of course, being one of the unsophisticated lock-steppers awaiting his daily marching orders from my talk radio overlords, that never made an iota’s worth of sense to me – nor did it to tens of millions of Americans who spent the better part of the summer and autumn speaking out in opposition to such a blatant erosion of liberty. It ate away at common sense. Without increasing the amount of doctors in the country while (supposedly) adding thirty million Americans to the insurance rolls, the idea that costs would not increase was about as coherent as Joe Biden sober.

Making things all the more deceptive for clarity-loving, clear thinking Americans was the fact that, according to all versions of the bill, revenues for the overhaul would begin to be collected almost immediately.

In short, taxpayers would begin footing the bill now, while the health care “Holocaust” would be allowed to fester for three years under the Pelosi version of the bill (four years under Reid’s version) until the actual rescuing of suffering Americans by the federal government could begin.

Naturally, members of the exalted Trinity (and their mouthpieces) would find every opportunity to gravitate toward hot microphones demanding that those of us in the skeptic’s camp do the math and see that over the next ten years, everything, indeed, checks out cost-wise.

“We’re telling you, it all works out,” they would say.

“Here’s a calculator, do the math. It’ll cost no one a penny extra,” they would contend.

“Look at how things shape up over an entire decade! Your concerns are unfounded!” they would claim.

But here’s the reality of the situation: The only way to conduct an honest analysis of the costs of the Holey Trinity’s attempt to nationalize the American health care system is to run the numbers for a ten year period that includes both spending and revenue collection.

And when the real numbers are crunched … it is not pretty.

Benjamin E. Sasse & Jefferey H. Anderson, in comparing the House version of the bill with the Senate version of the bill, write in the New York Post:

Each bill is routinely “scored” for its 10-year costs from 2010-19. Yet this includes several years when the spending wouldn’t yet have kicked in. According to the Congressional Budget Office, fully 99.9 percent of the Pelosi bill’s costs would hit from 2013 onward. Similarly, 98.3 percent of Reid’s spending would come after 2014.

If you start the tally when the bills’ spending would actually start, then the bills’ real 10-year costs become clear — and are remarkably similar.

The CBO reports that, in their true first 10 years, the House bill would cost $1.8 trillion, and the Senate bill would cost $1.7 trillion. Pelosi would raise Americans’ taxes by $1.1 trillion over that period, while Reid would hike them by $1 trillion.

And the House bill would siphon about $800 billion from Medicare to spend it elsewhere, while the Senate bill would suck out about $900 billion.

And if we discount the bills’ claims to divert hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare (which is already on the edge of insolvency), the CBO says the House bill would raise our national debt by about $650 billion in its real first decade, while the Senate bill would up it by $740 billion.

So, the bills would either sock older Americans by taking huge sums of money from Medicare — or hit future generations with huge tax hikes to cover the shortfall.

Whether it’s our grandparents or our grandchildren, someone is going to pay.

If there aren’t alarms blaring in your head after ingesting those nuggets, it may be time to have a work crew brought in to clear away any cranial cavity blockages.

Numbers have a funny way about them.

Is there anyone who truly believes that the elderly are not going to have their health care substantially rationed under government-run health care? Or that future generation upon gfuture eneration will not be paying for this mess long after the Holey Trinity have moved on to the next world?

Count on both.

Seniors will see their health care – to the tune of $900 billion – quite literally, given to someone else. In other words, benefits will be extracted from a segment of the electorate that is not particularly smitten with President Obama – seniors – and redistributed to that portion of the electorate that still is – the young and the poor.

The only thing as certain as the astronomical costs and sub-par medical care this bill will bring is the fact that not a single member of Congress will ever trade in his or her own health care plan for anything they bestow upon the masses.

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THE COMPETITIVE OPTION

Posted by Andrew Roman on October 27, 2009

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Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman

I’ve decided that, in the spirit of Nancy Pelosi’s renaming of the “Public Option” to “Competitive Option” or “Consumer Option” – evocative of dropping “War on Terror” for “Overseas Contingency Operation” – I would, too, try to make things more palatable for the American citizenry by renaming some of the other “less-than-favorably-perceived” realities that permeate American life. After all, substance is altogether irrelevant in the think tanks and policy barns of the American leftocracy.

Rather, it’s all in the name.

In other words, if it sounds unobjectionable, it can’t be all that bad.

To that end, I thought I’d have a go at some Tuesday morning inanity – for kicks.

Thus, with the light of liberalism to guide me – and drawing from the deep well of contemplation that characterizes the American left – I submit some of these changes now.

The scourge of cancer (the second leading cause of death in the United States) shall now be referred to as Spirited Cellular Reproduction. I call for murder (prohibited by the Sixth Commandment) to be forever known as a Natural Resource Stabilizer. Child molestation shall henceforth be called Age Neutral Gratification. And I ask that everyone come together and start referring to rape as Vigorous Intimacy Awaiting Approval.

They’ll be easy enough to remember after you say them a few times – like pronouncing the name of Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. After the first hundred or so tries, it’ll just roll off the tongue.

Did I make it all better?

This, of course, is the liberal modus operandi: Don’t call it crap – although the shape, size, color, consistency and smell all suggest it. Don’t think of it as waste – although more useful things have dropped out of the backsides of horses and cattle. Pretty bows, silky ribbons and rainbow colored wrapping paper will not change the fact that inside the box is a load of excrement just waiting to attract a bevy of migrant flies.

In an appearance at a Florida senior center, the Democratic leader referred to the so-called public option as “the consumer option.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., appeared by Pelosi’s side and used the term “competitive option.” Both suggested new terminology might get them past any lingering doubts among the public—or consumers or competitors.

Desperation, thy name is liberalism.

It is unclear whether Pelosi will follow through on changing her title from “House Speaker” to “High Priestess of Washington.”

Unofficially, of course.
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NUMBER 35 WITH A BULLET

Posted by Andrew Roman on October 26, 2009

In July, on PBS’s News Hour, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said:

I think there’s a lot of interest in taxing the insurance companies because people really do see across America. They know that (the insurance companies) have caused the problem we have with their anti-trust exemption … and the immoral profits. They’re making billions of dollars in profits while they’re cutting off benefits that they are entitled to.

Last week, Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid, said:

They are so anti-competitive. Why? Because they make more money than any other business in America today… What a sweet deal they have.

It’s a common theme from the Left.

Insurance companies are all about their disgustingly gross profits and are willing to see Americans drop dead and rot in the streets to preserve them. One could only deduce, listening to Democrats go on and on about the obscene money being pulled in by these insensitive corporate greed merchants, that the industry as a whole must be one of the most lucrative in America, if not the most lucrative. If anyone in the United States is swimming in profits, it has to be the fat cat insurance companies.

Democrats say so.

Well, it’s not even close.

In fact, insurance companies ranked an unimpressive 35th on the Fortune 500 list of most profitable American industries.

Calvin Woodward, from the Associated Press writes:

Quick quiz: What do these enterprises have in common? Farm and construction machinery, Tupperware, the railroads, Hershey sweets, Yum food brands and Yahoo? Answer: They’re all more profitable than the health insurance industry. In the health care debate, Democrats and their allies have gone after insurance companies as rapacious profiteers making “immoral” and “obscene” returns while “the bodies pile up.”

Ledgers tell a different reality. Health insurance profit margins typically run about 6 percent, give or take a point or two. That’s anemic compared with other forms of insurance and a broad array of industries, even some beleaguered ones.

Profits barely exceeded 2 percent of revenues in the latest annual measure. This partly explains why the credit ratings of some of the largest insurers were downgraded to negative from stable heading into this year, as investors were warned of a stagnant if not shrinking market for private plans.

To be precise, insurance companies posted a 2.2% profit.

For those keeping score at home, that’s .6% less profitable than being a member of Congress, all of whom received an average 2.8% pay raise from last year.

And that includes Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Just out of curiosity … I wonder where Jesse Jackson’s shake-down/race-based extortion enterprise ranks this year?
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LOSING LOVE AGAIN, NANCY? (TOO BAD IT DOESN’T MATTER)

Posted by Andrew Roman on October 19, 2009

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

From the “I Wish It Mattered, But It Really Doesn’t” file…

Interesting, yes … but largely irrelevant. (I’ll explain in a moment).

Although tempting, the question to ask isn’t why do only 34% of residents of the Golden State approve of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s performance. The question isn’t why do 44% percent of Californians say they outright disapprove of Pelosi. The point isn’t even trying to get to the bottom of why 22% have no opinion at all. Unfortunately, until the majority of voters in her district vote to oust her from office, state wide poll numbers mean nothing.

The real question is: How in hell do 7% of Californians who identify themselves as Republicans say they approve of Nancy Pelosi?

Jordan Fabian at The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room writes:

A poll released over the weekend shows that only 34 percent of Californians approve of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) job performance, down 14 points from March.

39 percent of “non-partisans” approved of her while 37 percent disapproved, with 24 percent responding that they had no opinion.

Pelosi’s job approval had sunk to similar lows in October and December 2007 during President George W. Bush’s second term.

Numbers, numbers, numbers.

Indeed, like Pelosi’s, George W. Bush’s approval rating often came close to scraping shoe tops during his second term. However, a cohesive case could be made as to why he had the support he had – his prosecution of the War on Terror being the largest factor.

In contrast, what on God’s green earth has America’s Official Observer of Swastikas done to warrant any support? What precisely has she accomplished – apart from crying at the microphone, expressing her fears that angry conservatives could unleash terror on unsuspecting, good-intentioned progressives – that could even elicit a reasonable argument of support from “Republicans?”

Despite firm Democrat control of the House, her ineffectiveness is becoming legendary – on par with the President’s own impotence. Yet, more than half of Democrats in California still approve of her job performance.

That’s expected, of course – although her approval numbers, even among friendlies, has dipped since March.

But …

None of this really matters, except for the fact that it makes juicy water cooler fodder.

None of this relevant in the grand scheme of things because the entire state of California does not elect Nancy Pelosi to the House – only her district does (the 8th District), which include almost all of San Francisco.

Her job description as Speaker of the House of Representatives means she matters on a national level, but as long as 50.1% of District 8 voters give Pelosi the thumbs up, the rest of the state’s numbers, while interesting, mean nothing.
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IT WAS LAROUCHE

Posted by Andrew Roman on August 13, 2009

It was HIM!

It was HIM!

As Obamacrats – in consort with the main stream media – continue to do everything they can to shift attention from ObamaCare to those speaking out against it, the attempts to paint these people as fringies, demagogues and, yes, racists are well underway.

It is Marginalization 101.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says that racism is at the heart of the town hall protests.

MSNBC’S Chris Matthews believes that “some of the people are upset because we have a black president.”

Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks that “45 to 65% of the people who appear at these groups are people who will never be comfortable with the idea of a black president.”

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said town hall protestors were “carrying swastikas and symbols like that.”

And so on.

It couldn’t possibly be because ObamaCare stinks.

Libs would have us believe that only people who take to the streets calling for the end to war are patriotic dissenters. Only those who rally against the dangers of global warming are genuinely concerned citizens called to a cause. Only those who carry “BUSH: WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE” signs with an “X” over the word “ALIVE” are legitimately redressing their grievances. Only protestors who carry posters of George W. Bush’s face with the words “F— YOU, MOTHERF—ER!” underneath are compelled to do so for appropriate reasons. Only activists who display “CHRISTIAN FASCISM” signs with a swastika in place of the letter S can be taken seriously.

Otherwise, it is all “manufactured.”

It isn’t “grass roots,” it’s “astroturf.”

Ever since Pelosi exposed what was clearly a ubiquitous “swastika” culture running through the ranks of the “astroturfers” who disrupt townhall meetings, much has been made of a poster depicting President Obama with a Hitler moustache. This stupendously stupid poster is evidence, according to the pro-Obama set, that the folks showing up at these town hall meetings are nothing more than hate-filled, angry, pitchfork wielding right-wingers – quite possibly organized and dispatched by Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter.

In covering the growing outrage over Obamacare, the alphabet channels have made love to the poster.

To read it or hear it from the mainstreamers, these vehemently anti-Obama displays are happening with enormous regularity across the country. In fact, one could understandably infer that swastikas abound at these town hall meetings, and that posters featuring Obama with his Hitlerian cookie duster are plastered as far as the eye can see.

Yadda, yadda.

Of course, it is as political as it is disingenuous, all meant to cast conservatives in a negative light – even though a considerable portion of those opposed to the Bama-langa-ding-dong health care proposals are Democrats.

The problem is … the Obama-with-a-moustache poster was not created by a conservative. It originated with the Lyndon LaRouche movement.

Remember him? The eight-time Presidential candidate who ran as a Democrat in seven elections (and once as a member of the US Labor Party)?

From today’s Washington Times Inside The Beltway column:

NBC, MSNBC and CNN have showcased a controversial image of President Obama depicted as Hitler during recent news coverage of contentious town-hall meetings and health care reform.

“They run dialogue and video over this poster and clearly imply that either Rush Limbaugh or ‘conservatives’ in general are behind the image, which they use as a symbol of extremism. But look closely, and you discover the real credit. It goes to the Lyndon LaRouche political action committee. You can see it. It’s right there,” Seton Motley tells Inside the Beltway.

The Media Research Center communications director and blogger calls the coverage “pathetic journalism” that fails to inform the public about the origins of the image or important health care legislation.

“Are these major news organizations willfully ignorant? They make a slap at the right when this Obama-as-Hitler poster is clearly coming from the left. It’s absurd, and it’s dangerous. The public is not getting the real story,” Mr. Motley says.

The LaRouche folks deny nothing.

“The image of Obama with a toothbrush mustache was initiated by LaRouche PAC organizers. The captions vary: ‘Is This Your President?’ was one; a recent one was ‘I’ve changed.’ ” spokeswoman Nancy Spannaus tells Beltway.

“Lyndon LaRouche and his organization have declared war against Obama’s so-called health care reform because it is a direct copy of the policy Hitler declared in October 1939, when Hitler issued the order for euthanasia against those determined, by a board of medical experts, to have ‘lives unworthy to be lived,’ ” Ms. Spannaus says.

“LaRouche has also put forward the clear alternative: cancel the bailout and HMOs, implement bankruptcy reorganization of the financial system, and return to the Hill-Burton system that made our health care the best in the world.”

Dan Gainer at the great NewsBusters website writes:

For eight years in America, protest was in and all the cool kids did it. We had flamboyantly dressed Code Pinkers demonstrating at conventions and in sessions of Congress, calling Marine recruiters “traitors” and protesting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Then there were the crazies from Acorn stalking Wall Street executives at their homes. And anti-war lefty Cindy Sheehan got so much news coverage from the major networks and top newspapers that they practically had to create a bureau to handle her antics.

Through it all, the left whined that President George Bush was a fascist – with “BusHitler” a common term among the foam-at-mouth Birkenstock set. (Google Bush and Hitler and you’ll get more than 1 million hits including a bunch of Photoshopped images of Bush in a Nazi uniform with a Hitler mustache.) We were supposed to bear with it. Dissent was patriotic we were told. Those hate-spewing anti-war activists really loved our soldiers – especially when they were mocking the war right outside a veteran’s hospital. And the endless stream of Nazi comparisons were just free speech, after all.

As talk show host Dennis Prager says often, “First state the facts, then give your opinion.”

I like that line.

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CLASSY NANCY, CLASSY

Posted by Andrew Roman on August 6, 2009

She is the third in line to the Presidency of the United States.

Here was the exchange:

Reporter: Do you think there’s legitimate grassroots opposition going on here?

Pelosi: I think they’re astroturf. You be the judge. They’re carrying swastikas and symbols like that to town meetings on health care.

They’re” carrying swastikas, Madame Secretary?

Is it a movement now?

And what other “symbols like that” are you referring to?

Pictures of the Founding Fathers?

Facsimiles of the Constitution?

American flags?

If the national debt could be reduced by one dollar for every pairing of a swastika and Goerge W. Bush that appeared on college campuses, rallies, protests and other leftist love-ins during the pre-Messianic era, the country could very well be operating in the black.

From the “It’s So Obvious, I Shouldn’t Have To Say It” file … It goes without saying that it is altogether inappropriate for anyone to compare an American President to Adolf Hitler, regardless of what side of the aisle the charge comes from. That one or two isolated cases of people carrying signs with swastikas have been documented at recent town hall meetings hardly qualifies as a trend – and is yet another attempt at distracting the attentions of the American people away from a very unpopular course of action.

After all, if the word “nazi” can somehow become identified with opposing Obama’s health care plan in the nation’s cognitive schema, then Democrats have done their job.

To be fair … one of the swastika signs in question didn’t even accuse the President of being a Nazi; it only asked if Obama was really willing to go down the path of having the government takeover health care. It had a swastika with a line through it, and the word “Obama” with a question mark after it – not exactly substituting the “s” in “George W. Bush” with a swastika, but questionable, I suppose. (Government-run health care and fascism are not synonymous).

Another sign actually had a Hitler-like moustache drawn on the face of Barack Obama.

Stupid, to be sure … but only one case out of tens of thousands of people who have spoken up against the Obama health care debacle at these town hall meetings.

Disgraceful, Madama Speaker. Disgraceful.

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NANCY – BOX OF ROCKS OR MISUNDERSTOOD? (VIDEO CLIP)

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 4, 2009

There are apparently a hell of a lot of babies being made in this country.

Last July 4th, President Bush marveled at how our country had grown from 13 colonies to a nation of 300 people. In seven months time, we have exploded to the point that a half-billion Americans a month are losing jobs – according to Nancy Pelosi. At this rate, by next July 4th, there will be two-and-a-half-billion people out of work here in the United States.

I’m no economics guru, but I would think this is something to avoid, no?

It’s been out there for more than a week, but for those who haven’t already seen it, here’s a funny little clip – 19 seconds long – of our Speaker of the House going a bit math-numb.

Note that when President Bush did it, he was an idiot. When Nancy Pelosi does it, she is simply misspeaking, and vindictive conservatives need to settle down and stop being so damn petty.

Reporter: The economic recovery package is going too fast? And maybe it won’t be ready by the President’s Day recess?

Pelosi: Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs. I don’t think we can go fast enough …

Come on. Tell me the truth.

Is this Joe Biden in drag?

*cough*

Okay, everyone misspeaks. The point is, not all gaffes seem to get the same kind of coverage, do they?

Fancy that.

Leno? Letterman?

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Update:  February 4, 2009  11:42 PM

Fair is fair.

Jay Leno, did, in fact, mention Pelosi’s magic math during his Tonight Show monologue.  

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ANOTHER HALF-T … WHY NOT?

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 2, 2008

As David Letterman used to say, back when he wasn’t so bitter (and actually funny), “Wake the neighbors, phone the kids…”

It’s Stimulus Package time – starring Nancy Pelosi and the Cap-Hill Gang!

Can I get a great big “yippee?” Or an arm-waving “woo hoo?”

Here we go … tossing around “billions” like I throw remote controls at the TV set watching the New York Mets play (or the Jets this past Sunday).

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is talking $500 billion – or half a trillion, if you want to exacerbate your disgust.

From Reuters, via Yahoo:

nancy_pelosi66U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi met leading governors on Monday to discuss the size and shape of an economic stimulus package that one Democratic aide said was likely to cost around $500 billion.

The aide, who asked not to be identified, said the legislation would include a middle-class tax cut, billions of dollars for road, bridge and mass transit construction, expanded aid to states and investments in renewable energy.

Speaking to reporters earlier, Pelosi said she hoped the job-creating legislation, which she did not detail, would be ready for President-elect Barack Obama to sign when he takes office on January 20.

“We’d like to have it ready for the president-elect,” Pelosi told reporters before meeting Govs. Ed Rendell, a Pennsylvania Democrat, and Jim Douglas, a Vermont Republican. “I think we will be coming to some agreements today.”

At $500 billion, the measure would dwarf the $168 billion economic stimulus that was enacted last February, which consisted mostly of tax rebates for families and small business tax benefits.

Yes, the first stimulus package (government issued checks) did so much to remedy the economic ills of the United States, didn’t it? What a brilliantly conceived plan that was.

So, where are we now in terms of total bailout, stimulus, band-aid money? Six trillion? Eight trillion? I lost count when the mayors of American cities were crawling in for handouts.

And what’s this about “job creating legislation?”

The federal government is going to be in the job creating business? That’s how we make things better?

Government job creation?

Oh, Lord … help us.

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