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Obamacare will not Add a Dime to our Budget Deficit?

Does anyone besides the President believe this? In my previous post, I addressed Obama’s outrageous claim that he would not sign a bill that added one dime to the budget deficit. Syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell echo’s this same thought with the same incredulity:

To tell us, with a straight face, that he can insure millions more people without adding to the already skyrocketing deficit is world-class chutzpah and an insult to anyone’s intelligence. To do so after an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office has already showed this to be impossible reveals the depths of moral bankruptcy behind the glittering words.

Did we really need CBO experts to tell us that there is no free lunch? Some people probably did, and the true believers in the Obama cult may still believe the president, instead of believing either common sense or budget experts.

Again, either Obama is approaching a state of being delusional about what he believes or he thinks we are too dense not to see the falsehood and shout ‘Lie!’.


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Obama on Health Care: Pusher of Contradictions or Lies?

Building on my post the other night that Obama’s ‘high stakes’ health care speech was a broken record of collectivism and contradictions, I will high light again that he stated he would NOT sign any bill that would “…add a dime to the federal deficit.”

Amazingly, as far back as July of this year, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the (one of many) house bill on health care would add billions to our deficit:

WASHINGTON — House Democratic legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system would add more than $230 billion to the federal budget deficit over the next ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the official scorekeeper of legislation on Capitol Hill.

That assessment means the legislation violates one of main principles that President Barack Obama has set for any health-care legislation: that it do nothing to increase the deficit. The report is likely to increase doubts that centrist Democrats have expressed about the $1 trillion package, and could stall action in the House.

The $239 billion gap is identified in a report sent late Friday by CBO to House Democrats. CBO analyzed the House bill as it was brought before the Ways and Means Committee.

The article even states Obama’s same ‘promise’ back then in July on no new deficit spending (sounds like Bush41, doesn’t it? “read my lips: no. new. taxes.”)

If Obama knew this going into his speech last night, why does we keep saying it? Does he think he can say that because hebelieves in his own mind that the CBO’s report is false and he only lives in the subjective reality of his head? Or is it arrogance that he thinks we are all as uneducated and gullible as the inner city Chicago-ians that he spent years ‘organizing’?

As President of the United States, we expect that he would be aware and briefed on all major aspects of ‘his’ health care agenda and not be telling us what amounts to lies with some bogus concept of plausible deniability (The Democrats did it- not me!).

Maybe that congressman that called him a liar during his speech was channeling the American public and was more accurate than the President, pundits, and media want to admit.

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Obama Speech: Same Old Tune

Obama’s speech to Congress changed nothing in the health care debate. I am constantly amazed at the untruths and disconnects that he clings to.

-He says he will not sign a bill that adds one dime to the deficit. Great! If he was serious, that would mean his approach is dead.

-He says that if you want to keep your current insurance or doctor, you can. Once they give a business a ‘free’ option to dump one of their fastest growing costs, they will in a heartbeat! Does he think we are stupid and don’t see the indirect outcome here?

-He says the ‘worst’ mis-information is around death panels. I have lived in Canada and my wife’s grandmother WAS DENIED TREATMENT DUE TO HER AGE. It’s an objective fact. When bureaucrats decide if you are ‘productive’ or worthwhile-enough to warrant government treatment or not, they have the power of life or DEATH over you.

Obama continues to be an ‘idea’ guy whose lack of real world experience and wisdom constantly shows his dis-jointed, collectivist and theoretical worldview and rookie mistakes. Then he leaves the heavy lifting of the policy to a highly leftist Democrat party and seems baffled when its socialism is rejected by the American public and contains horrific or anti-American provisions.

Here’s an informed citizen’s solution for workable health care reform:

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The Stimulus is a failure, not a Success, Biden

Vice president Biden has come out recently touting that the ‘Stimulus’ spending bill has somehow worked to ‘stimulate’ our economy, and worked faster than expected!

Does anyone really believe this? Or him?

In a series of articles I researched across the spectrum, the amount of stimulus ‘cure-all spending’ that has been spent thus far is less 15% of the total and will not exceed 25% by year end. Yet, here is Biden, master politician that he is, saying that it’s working- and working faster than expected. But how could this be if next to none of this monstrous amount has ACTUALLY been spent?!

If it’s the BILL that worked, then they GROSSLY overshot or exaggerated the amount of our tax dollars that needed to be wasted and/or given away. This would also show again how horribly inefficient and slow the government is to react to crises. 

If it’s the ECONOMY that has made significant recovery this quick, then he shows that hey are clueless again because that means it happened/was driven by other forces like the private sector, not their beloved Soviet-style, central government planning.

Another indications of Biden’s/The White House’s economic ‘brilliance’ :

Biden: “…the [stimulus] plan has created or saved 500,000 to 750,000 jobs so far.”

The jobless rate has gone way beyond what they said the ‘stimulus’ plan would stop (8%) and was continuing to increase at the time of his speech! That’s incredibly bright and nuanced of him! Multiple millions of jobs lost and he touts a micro amount of jobs with a unverifiable ‘saved’ clause to even get to that small of a number ( like 10 green ‘jobs’ created and 740,000 ‘saved’).

No matter how you slice it, an American of average wisdom would call his ‘stimulus’ speech an insult to their intelligence or just plain dishonest.

The ‘Stimulus Plan’ should be immediately repealed and the rest of the $787 billion should be immediately sent back to the tax payers to spend as they see fit. Why won’t that happen? It does nothing to grow government power or control the individual.

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Obama Gets Schooled

President Obama has run smack into the checks and balances that protect a democracy from tyrannical behavior by the government. The frightening thing is that the White House seems baffled by the ‘resistance’ that their actions have provoked.

The Political Myth: The President was going to merely exhort the youth of America to well in school. Those parents that don’t want their children to hear this speech are hyper-partisans and fringe lunatics.

The Facts: The President was not just doing a speech. The White House was originally going to send out ‘lesson plans’ through the US Education Department to our children. The Washington Times  actually covers what the government was trying to do before the Main Stream Media white-washed the coverage into the political myth-statement above:

Among the activities the government initially suggested for prekindergarten to sixth-grade students: that they “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.” Another task recommended for students immediately after listening to the speech: to engage in a discussion about what “the president wants us to do.”

Why in the heck would President of the United States be trying to give out lesson plans to our schools?! This is something you’d expect in a third world dictatorship. My children DO NOT need to thinking about what they can do for a far left socialist like Obama. They need to thinking about what they can do for THEMSELVES as far as reading, writing, and math. Other presidents have addressed school kids, but did not send them propaganda packets to fill out like Obama.

Besides the appearance of propagandizing America’s youth and disrupting the first day of school, the White House throws gas on this fire by trying to bypass our elected school boards and go straight to school principals! Unbelieveable. If you have nothing to hide, way the end-run around the elected education boards and processes in place for this sort of material? And they are baffled as to why parents are upset about this approach! Here’s a summary of this issue by the American Daughter Blog:

 Ignoring school superintendents, Obama wrote to school principals announcing his forthcoming speech to school children. This is a serious breach of protocol. All communications should be routed through the Superintendent of Schools for each district. 

Not only was this bad manners bigtime, it has implications for states’ rights and local rights that go far beyond the one event. School districts are overseen by a School Board, usually elected by the citizens of the district. Voters expect that board to ensure an education that reflects their values and goals for their children.

If you don’t believe the blog, go and Google the Dept of Education’s statement on this fiasco. Note that it is listed as going directly to principals:


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