“A Critical First Step”

March 31, 2010

As difficult as it was, passing the health care bill is only “a critical first step” in overhauling the system so that it “works for all Americans,” President Obama told NBC’s Today show. “It is not going to be the only thing,” Obama told Matt Lauer. “We are still going to have adjustments that have to be made to further reduce costs.”

The Today Show

So there you have it: Better than 1000 pages of law that no one really understands; shameful deals made in back rooms (the rooms used to be smoked-filled but, in today’s more health-conscious environment, congressmen just shot up some meth before going to meet with Reid and/or Peolsi); a vast health care bureaucracy of over 100 new agencies, boards, and commissions; 19 new taxes—and Mr. Obama says this is only a “critical first step.”

What’s next, an animal health-care plan, an army of boy guides to help little old ladies across the street, safety seminars on the danger of running with scissors?

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the health care overhaul signed into law last week costs too much and expands the government’s role in health care too far…

USA Today

Two thirds say it costs too much and expands the role of government too much? Where’s the consensus; where is the will of the people?

Surgical team tests to determine how many copies of Obama's thousand-page health care bill can be inserted in patient's rectum before he is tempted to register as a Republican.


“It’s the Economy, Stupid”

February 26, 2010

During Bill Clinton’s campaign for president, James Carville posted these words in Clinton’s office. Clinton was running against George Bush the Elder whose re-election was considered a slam dunk after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, ending the Cold War, and the stunning speed and success of Operation Desert Storm. Carville wanted to remind Clinton there was one issue on which the seemingly invulnerable incumbent was very vulnerable. Turns out he was right.

Yesterday, our current president in a callous disregard for American priorities ignored not only Carville’s sage words but also the opinion of the American public. Current polls show that over half of all Americans consider the economy the most important issue facing American today: double-digit unemployment; underemployment estimated as high as 30%; a 1.4 trillion-dollar deficit, and a population deeply concerned that our current economic woes may be a harbinger of permanent change—that the American economy will never recover its former luster, and that we are descending into second-world status. There is deep-seated concern among Americans that, whatever our station in life, prospects for our children and grandchildren are much poorer than were ours.

So what does our genius Community Organizer, part-term Senator, and totally half-assed neophyte president do? He calls a “summit” on his stalled health care miasma.

On Thursday, he met with 40 “congressional leaders” to carry on a “dialog” about what could be done to save his health care plan. He had the chutzpah to tell these congressmen that his health care overhaul was “absolutely critical” to a sustained economic recovery without saying a word about why.

Hey, they made it, not I.

Adding insult to his dog and pony show, Mr. Obama spoke for 4 of the 7 hours of the “dialog.”  If the remaining time were equally divided, each of the benumbed congressmen would have had less than 5 minutes to state his or her case. Not that it would have made any difference because Obama clearly wasn’t listening. He wants his health care bill and he wants it NOW. His ever-faithful sidekick, Harry Reid told reporters, “It is time to do something and we are going to do it.” Well Harry, go do it then. You obviously don’t give a shit what the people or many of your congressional colleagues think anyway. If you have the votes to fuck us, then fuck us. Otherwise please shut up.

The Republicans, when given a few small opportunities to speak, were typically Republican—that is, Discount Democrats. ‘Oh, these are good ideas,’ they say hollowly, ‘but we can do it cheaper.’ Guys, how about asking the fundamental question here? “What is the problem we’re trying to solve?” Sure, health care is expensive, and sure some people can’t afford it but I have this nagging suspicion that it’s expensive and unaffordable because the government’s already too involved in the health care business.

And while we’re talking about it, why am I already getting stuck with the bill for people who can afford chrome wheels and 60” LCD TV’s but “can’t afford the high cost of health care.” I think a lot of those 30 million people who are “uninsured” are uninsured by choice. Why should they shell out $400-$500 a month for health insurance? They already know that if they get anything from an earache to a myocardial infarction they can check in to any emergency room and get it taken care of for nothing.

Barry, you’ve made health care reform the centerpiece of your administration. Please, please, keep up the good work because the more you talk about health care while people are standing in lines waiting for jobs, the less likely you’ll get re-elected.

By the time you’re thrown out of office, there will be plenty of “community organizing” jobs available, mostly as recruiters for the People’s Liberation Army.

Enjoy That Big Screen TV

January 6, 2010

High-definition, big-screen televisions are selling well. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are delighted. No, Harry and Nancy don’t see this as a boost to our economy. Like just about everything else we buy, few HDTV’s are made in the United States anyway.

What delights Harry and Nancy is that most Americans are going to be watching the college bowl games, NFL playoffs, and the new season of “Big Love” rather than paying attention to the skulduggery currently rampant in congress.

Even the blind, deaf, and dumb are aware that congress is on the verge of passing its ‘greatest accomplishment ever,’ the health care bill. (The blind, deaf, and dumb are able to smell the bill from as far away as Ketchikan).

In another example of the hubris of King Harry and Queen Nancy, they’ve decided that the easiest way to jam this bill down our throats is to ignore the democratic process entirely. In other, words, “Fuck the Republicans, and fuck the voters.”

Badges? Badges! We don' need no steenking badges.

The facts as we know them today: No Senate Republican supports the Senate’s health care bill; one House Republican supports the House version; about 40% (for you graduates of America’s public schools, that’s less than half) of the voters support either, or both, bills.

Civics 101: The House and Senate have passed similar, but not identical, versions of the health care bill. Under normal congressional rules, representatives of the House and Senate would hold formal public hearings to reconcile the differences between their bills. Then identical bills would be prepared and voted on separately in each chamber. If passed by both chambers, and signed by the president, the health care bill then would become the law of the land.

But Harry and Nancy have done a head count and realize they don’t need to follow time-honored rules or traditions of democracy. They’ve got all the Democrats they need in both houses, so here’s what they’re planning: They will hold private, “informal” negotiations which will exclude not only the Republicans but the press, including C-SPAN. In private, they will cobble together a compromise, announce it to the public and cram it through both houses before anyone, particularly the voters, has a chance to weigh the bill on its merits.

Remember, these are the same folks whose exalted leader said, while arguing health care reform with Hillary Clinton on Jan 31, 2008:

That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.

Barack Obama
quoted by Fox News

I Was Drunk

December 28, 2009

One of the hottest YouTube videos this week is Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont) delivering a speech on the Senate floor. This speech allegedly was made sometime during the Senate debate on health care.

Mr. Baucus appears to be drunk.

Some of his defenders say he was ‘exhausted,’ from his non-stop battle championing health care reform. Others claim the video is a forgery or ‘taken out of context.’

I think the video is a brilliant ploy on Mr. Baucus’ part.

Sooner or later Mr. Baucus and all Democrat senators are going to be asked by their constituents, “Why in hell did you ever vote for this outrageous piece of shit?”

There are four possible answers:

  1. I was taken in by the wry humor and charisma of Harry Reid.
  2. I was seduced by Nancy Pelosi.
  3. I’m a fucking moron.
  4. I was drunk.

I think #4 will resonate well with the ranchers and independent thinkers of Big Sky Country who know that sometimes a fifth of Jack is the best answer to a conundrum.

“The public be damned!”

December 21, 2009

“The public be damned!… I don’t take any stock in this silly nonsense about working for anybody but our own.”

William Vanderbilt
President, New York Central Railway, 1882

When he died in 1885, William Vanderbilt was the richest man in the world. Vanderbilt would be largely unremembered today had he not responded “The public be damned!” to a newspaperman’s assertion that ‘the public has a right to know:’ The phrase “The public be damned!” has come to be associated with the Robber Barons, railroad men and industrialists who largely ran the United States during the 1880’s.

Today “The public be damned!” best describes the United States Senate where they are determined to pass “Health Care Reform” despite poll after poll taken during the month of December clearly showing the public is against the Senate plan.

The public be damned even though a recent Pew Foundation poll shows that only 23% of seniors favor the health care proposal. Fifty seven percent of seniors also think the changes being considered by the Senate would weaken Medicare.

The public be damned even though a CNN poll taken December 2-3 showed 61% of voters opposed to the Senate proposal.

The public be damned while an ABC News-Washington Post poll shows only 25% of the public “strongly support” the Senate proposal.

The public be damned even when an NBC-News-Wall Street Journal poll shows only 32% think the plan is “a good idea.”

The Senate be damned!

Coming tomorrow:  Not a god damned word about health care.

Bend Over and Grab Your Ankles—This Won’t Hurt Much

December 20, 2009

The driving snowstorm did not stop the U.S. Senate from convening and working on legislation to reform U.S. health care.

Chris Michaud

If you do not think Harry Reid and the US Senate are working overtime to fuck you while your attention is diverted elsewhere consider the following:

  • Saturday, Washington DC was hit by the its largest snowstorm in six years
  • Except for “essential personnel,” the entire federal government in Washington will be shut down on Monday, December 21. Federal employees have been told to stay home
  • Washington drivers who were foolish enough to venture out often had to abandon their cars after they became lodged in snow banks
  • By mid-day Saturday all of Washington’s above-ground public transportation was shut down.
  • Washington’s Reagan Airport wasshut down mid-day Saturday and did not re-open until Sunday afternoon
  • Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty declared a ‘snow emergency’ and asked that Washington residents remain in their homes
  • Suburban schools in the Washington area will be closed Monday
  • Shopping malls in the Washington Metro area were virtually vacant Saturday afternoon
  • Due to Amtrak delays, a government plane was dispatched to pick up the two senators from New Jersey

And yet, despite the fact that the rest of Washington was shut down, the Senate was in session, “working on” the health care bill. The storm was so bad that babies were being delivered in the bedrooms of homes around the DC metro area and yet the Senate could not suspend, even for 24 hours, its “vital” work on health care.

Why their diligence in the face of a blizzard? Delaying the health care bill by 12 hours, or 12 days would make not a whit’s difference. This storm provided the perfect opportunity to do business out of the scrutiny of the media, the lobbyists, the proponents, and the opponents of this gargantuan change in our way of life. While a few battled their way through snowdrifts to keep an eye on what the charlatans of Capitol Hill were doing, most were stuck in their residences or cars, unable to report on the scandalous deal making and  back scratching that are being cobbled together to pull “health care reform’ off before any of us has a chance even to call our senators.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant…for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

Declaration of Independence
referring to King George III

If You Were in Charge, to What Would You Devote Your Attention?

November 15, 2009

CNNpollThe data above were taken from a CNN poll conducted about two weeks ago. Suppose you failed 7th grade math; suppose you were a congressman. How difficult would it be for you to figure out which of the above issues was most important to the American public?

Suppose you were a genius and actually finished the 12th grade. How difficult would it be for you to derive from the above graph that one issue and one issue alone was almost as important to the American people as all other issues combined?

What has Congress been working on for the past two weeks? (A: In case you’ve been snoozing, Health Care).

What does it appear the American people think Congress should have been working on for the past two weeks? (A: In case you’re a congressman, or as dumb as one, The Economy).

Do you think Congress really gives a shit what you want?