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OBAMA DOING HIS BEST HOWARD DEAN – THE STRAW MAN

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 23, 2010

In May, 2005, Howard Dean summed up, in no uncertain terms, how Democrats view Republicans – not just as people with differing values, but as morally bankrupt, heartless individuals who would sooner allow a baby to starve then have to part with their riches. On NBC’s Meet The Press, Dean infamously said, “Our moral values, in contradiction to the Republicans’, is we don’t think kids ought to go to bed hungry at night.”

That’s quite literally how most modern libs see conservatives. They truly believe that limited-government types actually want children go to bed “hungry each night” – just as they honestly think we don’t give a damn about the environment or the homeless. (Now is probably a good time to confess that a favorite pastime of mine is swiping baby food out of the shopping carts of young mothers in the supermarket so that the child will go hungry upon returning home. I also enjoy tossing trash all over the parking lot on my way back to the car after teasing a homeless man with a Big Mac – just as all of us right-wingers like to do.)

Yesterday, the President effectively tore a page from the Book of Dean, making it clear that the worst thing for “the children” of America are Republicans.

While attacking Republicans for opposing ObamaCare, the President said:

Would you want to go back to discriminating against children with preexisting conditions? Would you want to go back to dropping coverage for people when they get sick? Would you want to reinstate lifetime limits on benefits so that mothers like Amy have to work?

We’re not going back, I refuse to go back.

There isn’t enough straw in all the barns across America to construct the man Barack Obama is parading in front of us.

For President Obama, one either supports his big-government spending initiatives or wants nothing at all. One either approves of ObamaCare or wants to see America’s streets littered with the corpses of babies.

No one – repeat no one – wants to see children with pre-existing conditions discriminated against. No one wants to see insurance coverage dropped for people when they get sick.

What Republicans are opposed to is Obama’s out-of-control government spending. They are opposed to seeing crippling tax increases imposed on Americans to help pay for Obama’s unprecedented expansion of government. They are opposed to peddling the fairy tale that health care costs will go down when they can only go up. They are against moving the American health care delivery system – the envy of the world – under the ultimate control of the federal government. They are against the inevitable transition to a single-payer system (i.e., government-run health care) as private insurance companies drop off the map due to their inability to compete with an entity that can print its own money. They are opposed to the inevitable decline in health care that will occur when demand increases exponentially without an increase in supply.

This was quite an instructive moment yesterday.

The only things missing were the President’s welled up eyes, his quivering lip, and his on-cue monogrammed White House handkerchief.

After all, he was talking about “the children.”

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THE DEATH OF OBAMA’S “SNITCH” INITIAVE

Posted by Andrew Roman on August 17, 2009

Without hullabaloo, hype or a formal press release, the “Snitch On Your Fellow Citizen” campaign initiated on the official White House blog back on August 4th has died a quiet death. No retrospectives, commemorative magazines or all-star celebrity albums are expected in the foreseeable future.

The e-mail address set up specifically to collect “disinformation” about ObamaCare  – flag@whitehouse.gov – has formally been disabled. Those vigilant citizens anxious to forward juicy misnomers and untruths about the President’s health care plan to Obamacrat watchdogs were probably surprised to see their cyber tattle-tales bounced back to them undelivered today.

No, this was not a hack job by cyber-bandits dispatched by Dick Cheney.

Enterprising young Nazis did not breech White House firewalls.

Mike Allen at Politico writes:

Following a furor over how the data would be used, the White House has shut down an electronic tip box — flag@whitehouse.gov — that was set up to receive information on “fishy” claims about President Barack Obama’s health plan.

E-mails to that address now bounce back with the message: “The e-mail address you just sent a message to is no longer in service. We are now accepting your feedback about health insurance reform via http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck.”

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at a briefing shortly after the service launched: “We’re not collecting names from those e-mails. … All we’re asking people to do is if they’re confused about what health care reform is going to mean to them, we’re happy to help clear that up for you. Nobody is keeping anybody’s names.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, wrote a letter to Obama raising privacy concerns about what the senator called an “Obama monitoring program.”

Despite plummeting poll numbers, record-breaking deficits, continued high unemployment, failed economic stimulus, unpopular health care reform, an apologetic foreign policy, and a Vice President whom the public largely views as the crazy uncle who likes to take his teeth out at the dinner table, the first seven months of the Obama presidency have been a swimming success, don’t you think?

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GO SNITCH FOR US

Posted by Andrew Roman on August 5, 2009

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The White House is asking for help.

As talk show host Mike Gallagher pointed out on his radio program this morning, the Obama administration is asking Americans to step up to the plate and snitch on other Americans.

They’re dead serious.

Rest assured, this is not Obamaphobic paranoia on my part.

The White House is quite literally requesting you to serve as informants against fellow citizens. They’re asking that the vigilant among us comb through blogs, websites, printed literature, fortune cookies, bathroom wall scribbles and any other sources of “disinformation” out there regarding the Obama health care initiative and bring them to the attention of the White House. 

The request comes directly from the White House website blog.

There is even a new e-mail address specifically created to accomodate those requests.

From the White House Blog, Macon Phillips writes:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

I had no idea that the White House actually had a crack staff of web detectives, cyber slueths and information specialists compiling lists of “disinformation” sources on the Obama health care reform plan – a plan that will effectively eliminate the free market health care delivery system in this country as we know it while lavishing incalculable debt on generations to come. 

They must be overloaded.

In all honesty, I’d like to help.

Thus, in an effort to do my part, I am voluntarily turning myself in to flag@whitehouse.gov as one of those sources of “disinformation” I was asked to keep an eye open for.

Here is the letter I have just sent in its entirety:

Dear Flag,

I wish to alert you, as per your request on the WhiteHouse.gov blog dated 4 August 2009, to another blog that has published “disinformation” in regard to President Obama’s health care reform initiatives. The blog is called “Roman Around,” and it is written and maintained by one individual – Andrew Roman.

Since I am, in fact, Andrew Roman, this information is firsthand and should be considered reliable.

At this time, I voluntarily turn myself in (while throwing myself onto your tender mercies) as a direct provider and distributor of such “disinformative” content. I am contacting you of my own free will, being of sound mind and body, as well as an ardent supporter of the free market and private sector.

As one who fully supports the Constitution of the United States, and the Founders’ intent, I must also inform you that I will continue to be a willing and enthusiastic supplier of this health care “disinformation” on the “Roman Around” blog, as well as other forums, bulletin boards, e-mail lists and neighborhood telephone poles.

I can assure you, I have not been “called to action” by right-wing activists, nor have I been recruited by anyone to launch unfounded attacks on President Obama. I am, however, an admirer of this nation’s founding documents, and believe that life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are not (and cannot be) fostered by government intervention into a health care delivery system that is still – at least for now – the envy of the world and unparalleled in terms of quality and quantity.

If you have any problems accessing my blog, please let me know. If you type “Obama farce” or “Destroying our nation” in a Google search window, you should find your way there.

Thank you for your time.

Yours truly,

Andrew Roman

http://andrewroman.net

P.S. – Tell the President he can smoke anywhere in that house he damn well pleases, as far as I’m concerned. And if he is arrested for it, there’s no need to worry. The cops will know he is black going in. (See Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)

I’m still waiting for a reasonable response to my question as to why the already existing government health care initiatives, Medicare (for people 65 years of age or older) and Medicaid (for low income and resource families), could not have been modified and/or “fixed up” first before a complete overhaul of the entire system was considered.

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IT IS NOT A RIGHT

Posted by Andrew Roman on July 15, 2009

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I’d like to think that there must be – has to be – among clear thinking Americans, a festering anger waiting to explode into full-blown take-to-the streets outrage. In the hearts and minds of Americans who value the free-market system – the very one that has built this nation into the most successful the world has ever known – there must be a bubbling animus on the brink of detonating.

As the nation continues to be reinvented thanks to its 21st Century Marxist makeover, I simply cannot believe how much my country has been transformed in six short months. And save for a few notable moments over the course of that span (like the hundreds of April 15th Tea Parties held across the nation), there have been agonizingly few public displays of fed-up Americans making themselves heard … and a whole host of reasons why they should be.

With the promised Obama transformation of a country founded on limited government and individualism in full-swing, the tenets of self-reliance and liberty are being pushed aside in favor of a more powerful, intrusive state. It is simply inconceivable to me that reasonable Americans, with any sense of the liberty they are privileged to possess, or with any real understanding of how that liberty exists inversely to the amount of government involvement in our everyday lives, could ever consider the nationalization of health care a legitimate path to follow.

But here we are the day after House Dems disclosed a 1,000 page plan for a mammoth expansion of government-backed health care insurance, dangling a $1.5 trillion price tag, slated to boost taxes on the “wealthiest households” over the next ten years, and all I can think is, “This is America?”

Indeed, I know there are tens of millions like me who cannot begin to believe that the health care system that is the envy of the world – the system that provides the medicines that save countless lives and the doctors that provide the highest quality care on earth – could ever (or should ever) be reconstructed to replicate the inefficient European models that Obamacrats are so enamored with. What is it that is so damn appealing about the rationing of what will evolve into sub par, assembly-line health care?

Indeed, it is an inevitability once the government sets the rules.

A small percentage of Americans who wish to have health insurance do not; that should be enough to have the best and brightest minds figuring out how to improve the system, not overhaul it. As usual, liberals don’t seek to elevate those at the bottom to better their circumstances; they wish to punish those at the top for having more.

At the risk of drawing the barrage of poison arrows I will surely take (and I am more-than-prepared to be branded a heartless, soulless, miserable excuse for a human being) the “health care” situation in this country simply isn’t the dire, cataclysmic national predicament it is made out to be.

Sorry.

The belief that the American health care system is in bad enough shape to warrant a complete change in the way it works from top to bottom is categorically untrue. No evidence exists, and no reason can justify (other than the need to appease liberal emotion) such a catostrophic change.

Is it imperfect? Can it be improved?

Undoubtedly.

To say otherwise would be a lie.

Still, the American health care system – flawed as it is (like any other system developed by human beings) – is simply the best on earth. And if one factors automobile-related deaths and murders out of the equation, Americans have the longest life expectancy of any nation on the planet. It is free enterprise and competition that enable life-saving innovations to take place.

And despite the media spin, the socialization of American health care is not just about taxing the “wealthiest” among us to pay for the distressed few who are without health insurance – because that, too, is a misnomer (which I will explain in a moment).

It is really about the bewildering Democrat notion that health care insurance is as fundamental an American right as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The orifice from which this preposterous concept was drawn from must be as deep as it is wide, because no matter how many hysterical whine-time leftists claim it is so, health care insurance is not a right, nor is it something to be provided by government to the public at large, like police or fire protection.

What next?

The right to have one’s electricity paid? The right to have one’s rent taken care of? The right to a job? The right to have the expensive name-brand chocolate pudding over the generic store-name brand?

And, of course, as with all Obamacratic initiatives, there is no time to waste on frivolous debate and political grandstanding. Those who would oppose health care coverage for someone like a single mom with six kids from the inner city are heartless, cold-blooded, politically-motivated right-wing zealots anyway. These transformations, so we are told, are necessary measures that require implementation as soon as humanly possible, lest millions of people start dropping like anvils in the streets of America.

In reality, Dems are looking to rush this through before Americans get wind of what’s really in there.

From Erica Werner of the Associated Press:

Under the House Democrats’ plan, the federal government would be responsible for ensuring that every person, regardless of income or the state of their health, has access to an affordable insurance plan. Individuals and employers would have new obligations to get coverage, or face hefty penalties.

The legislation calls for a 5.4 percent tax increase on individuals making more than $1 million a year, with a gradual tax beginning at $280,000 for individuals. Employers who don’t provide coverage would be hit with a penalty equal to 8 percent of workers’ wages, with an exemption for small businesses. Individuals who decline an offer of affordable coverage would pay 2.5 percent of their incomes as a penalty, up to the average cost of a health insurance plan.

The liberal-leaning plan lacked figures on total costs, but a House Democratic aide said the total bill would add up to about $1.5 trillion over 10 years. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private calculations.

Three House committees will begin voting on the bill Thursday. Changes in the legislation are likely to satisfy a group of moderate and conservative Democrats who are withholding support.

The 1,000-page bill is unlikely to attract any Republican backing, and business groups and the insurance industry immediately assailed it as a job-killer.

The business groups also warned that the U.S. health care system could be damaged by adding a government-run insurance plan and a federal council that would make some decisions on benefits, as called for in the legislation. Thirty-one organizations signed the letter, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable representing top corporate CEOs and the National Retail Federation.

And of course, the idea that “taxing the wealthy” (at the heart of a liberal’s conception of “fairness”) will somehow make this fairy-tale, one-and-a-half-trillion-dollar government phony band-aid an effective elixir to help curb the ills of the current American health care system is as disingenuous as anything that has ever escaped the lips of any Obamacrat anywhere.

This fantasy-land leftist snow job is predicated on the theory that employers, medical providers and “the rich” will be footing the bill, keeping it all “affordable” to regular, everyday Americans.

But medical providers will almost assuredly raise their rates. Employers will then be forced to cut salaries, or even jobs. The “wealthy,” who create and own the businesses that employ people, will scale back operations as their costs grow.

And in the end, who will wind up paying?

The very people Obamacrats are trying to “help” with their socialization of the American health care system – the everyday taxpayer.

Thus, costs go up while quality of care goes down.

Plus, if “everyone” is to be covered, limitations are inevitable – from time and resources, to medications and providers. The bureaucracy that would be guaranteed to follow would be almost incomprehensible.

Rationing is guaranteed.

In short, $1.5 trillion doesn’t just grow on the trees of the wealthy. This potentially economy-crushing disaster cannot be paid for by just taxing the so-called “rich.”

And if there is anyone who really believes that the cost of such a destructive plan will cost only $1.5 trillion, I’d like to offer you a tunnel to go along with that bridge the Dems are peddling.

The bottom line is, this is not about health care reform, or even fixing the economy.

This is only about having more people dependant on government.

Nothing else.

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