Obama’s New Record:Third Fastest Unapproval Drop Evah

31 08 2009

From Gallup, Obama today reached 50% unapproval rating and if he drops one more point, will be the 3rd fastest approval drop of U.S. President’s since World War II. Only Ford and Clinton dropped faster.

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HR 3200

29 08 2009

Here is the link to HR3200 – the trainwreck of a bill that will change America – more taxes; penalities for those who don’t comply; $10 billion subsidy for unions; insurance to non-US citizens; real time access to your finances; mandated Advance Death Care Planning; and $30 billion Prevention and Wellness fund.





More ObamaCare Penalties

29 08 2009

Did you know in HR 3200 you will be taxed 2.5% of your gross income if you do not have “acceptable coverage”? obamabear

You cannot “opt” out of healthcare. Well actually they do have a few categories where you can opt out – being in a religious sect is one of them.

This is not a joke. If you are a millionaire – there is not a provision for you to get out of this travesty. Being self insured with your own wealth means you have to pay a 2.5% tax for that privilege.

And remember, Democrats are counting millionaires who are rich enough to never need a pesky thing as insurance as among the “uninsured.”

And for employers, they face a $100 per employee per day penalty for not providing “acceptable coverage.”

Here is the link to the section of the bill.

And remember, Obama said no taxes will go up on singles making less than $200,000 or couples making $250,000. That is a lie if you are rich and you never needed health insurance. Get ready to pay – want it or not!





The Tale of Two Media

27 08 2009

What a fascinating post on Hot Air by Green Room blogger Karl. He took a look at how the media covered two tragedies in the lives of two people who recently died.

Both Ted Kennedy and Robert Novak died of brain cancer. Novak is tied to the Valerie Plame case – the “outted” CIA agent from the Bush administration. Kennedy is tied to an accident at Chappaquiddick, on Martha’s Vineyard – a car accident after a party, where the car he was driving was submerged in 7 feet of water, trapping his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy freed himself, left the scene with Kopechne trapped in the car, and didn’t report it to authorities until the next morning. Kopechne died of asphyxiation.

In review: Plame is alive; Kopechne is dead.

Here are his findings of how the media covered this:

The Associated Press mentioned Chappaquiddick in the 7th graf of the Kennedy obit; Plame appears in the 2nd graf of the Novak obit (which later had to be correctedregarding the Plame case). Reuters mentioned Chappaquiddick in the 18th graf, but mentioned the Plame case in the lede. The New York Times mentioned Chappaquiddick in the 14th graf, Plame in the lede. The Washington Post put Chappaquiddick in the 9th graf, Plame in the 2nd graf(andthe second sentence). The Chicago Tribune and the L.A. Times put Chappaquiddick in the 12th graf, Plame in the lede. USA Today put Chappaquiddick in the 19th graf, Plame in the 6th graf. The Hill made no mention of Chappaquiddick, but put the Plame case in the second graf. Roll Call put Chappaquiddick in the 25th graf, Plame in the 12th. The NY Daily News put Chappaquiddick in the 13th graf, Plame in the 9th graf.

Not every media outlet followed the pattern. The Politico put Chappaquiddick in the 24th graf, but put Plame in the 30th. The Wall Street Journal placed Chappaquiddick in the 6th graf, and Plame in the 11th. But these were the exceptions proving the rule.

It always amazed me over the years how the Chappaquiddick accident resulted in nothing more than less than a year’s license suspension for Kennedy. I wonder what would happen if I did the same: partied, drove, crashed, left, sobered, slept, reported. I doubt I’d be a United States Senator.

A few years ago I went to Martha’s Vineyard and stood by the ferry to Chappaquiddick. I thought of Mary Joe. I explained to the kids what happened – it is good that they know. I couldn’t help but notice the distance is not very far from the main island to Chappaquiddick island – the water not very deep. I probably could jump in and open a submerged car door. If I was sober.

It is the epic tale of two media – two standards.





The Wee Weed Pee

25 08 2009

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Broken Promises: The Series

25 08 2009

Minority Leader Boehner has a great run down on several of Obama’s broken promises on healthcare reform – ops I obameter_promiseBrokenmean health insurance reform. Here is one from the bill:

Pages 116-128; Sections 221-225 – The House Democrats’ bill establishes a new government-run health plan that, according to nonpartisan actuaries at the Lewin Group, would cause as many as 114 million Americans to lose their existing coverage. Moving these Americans from their current plan into a government-run plan violates the President’s oft-stated promise that “if you like your current coverage, you can keep it.” Both the Associated Press and ABC News have already debunked this pledge, noting that White House officials have acknowledged the President’s rhetoric shouldn’t be taken “literally.”

If we are not to take the President literally, how are we supposed to take him? Wee-weed?





The $35,000 A Week Vacation

24 08 2009

One of the perks of being a millionaire is you get to take neat vacations. You fly your own plane or have first class sweattickets. You book the suite on the cruise or in the five star hotel. You made it – you spend it.

So our millionaire President is taking his vacation. Announced months ago – he is renting a vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard (a home owned by Republicans) for a reported $35,000 – $40,000 a week.  He’ll pay for this himself – we just have to pay for the transportation and the staffers – the usual stuff we usually do for Presidents.

I wonder: is this a good time for him to pay a weekly vacation rental that is more than many Americans make in a year?

They wondered this too. They also wondered if this New England getaway for the rich and famous would not be a good image during these tough economic times. We know they wondered this, because they added two “average Americana” destinations as a pre-vacation.

A funny thing happened on the way east to Martha’s Vineyard. They went west to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

The problem with adding “stops” to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon is that the gimmick was obvious. Plus costly to the taxpayers. We just paid to fuel up Air Force One, fly out the cars and helicopters and all the protective peeps, so Obama could touch down and watch Old Faithful for a little bit and step to the side of the south rim, so he would not look elitist. Think of the carbon footprints…

I would like to see a poll ask:  “did anyone fall for that?”

Now what would be super is for him to take his wife out for a nice dinner during their vacation…sorta like he did when Obamahe flew her from D.C. to NYC for a date, with the taxpayers funding the transportation and security. Maybe they could fly from the Vineyard to someplace like New Orleans for a bowl of jambalaya or something. Taxpayers will pay to get you there and protect you – he just has to cover the cost of the food. That would make as much sense as stopping at the canyon on the way to the vineyard did. She could help their cause though, in trying not to look too elitist. She could wear the same outfit she wore at the canyon.