Saturday, September 13, 2014

Nancy Pelosi Just Might Be Insane!

PJ Media ^ | September 13, 2014 | Bryan Preston 

The Democrats’ leader in the House, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, is either dishonest, drunk, or losing her mind.
Soopermexican caught this tweet from Pelosi, which he calls “brutal stupidity.”
Nancy Pelosi ✔ @NancyPelosi
An American family can't just change their address to
avoid paying taxes. @HouseGOP, why can corporations?
Let's put the #MiddleClassFirst!
1:54 PM - 12 Sep 2014
As the multimillionaire Pelosi surely knows, individuals and corporations (which are artificial people under the law) can change their addresses and thereby change their tax burdens. It happens every day. I know that from personal experience. I moved from high-tax Maryland to low-tax Texas a few years back and gave myself a very nice raise and bought a bigger house than I’d had up north even though my salary at the time didn’t change much. Dollars go farther in Texas than they do in California, in part because Texas doesn’t tax its citizens violently and with prejudice. That’s why so many of Pelosi’s fellow Californians and their companies are fleeing her state for Texas. It happens every day.
So, brutal stupidity. Or she’s just lying to her low-information voter base. Or she’s drunk or has lost her mind and is raving crazy loony tunes nuts. You make the call.
We’re not done yet, though, as you’ll see on the next page.
The Daily Caller has a video clip of Pelosi saying this to Bill Maher.
“It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate,” Pelosi told Maher. “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.”
Pelosi says this at a time when the Islamic State really does threaten civilization, Putin really does threaten Europe, and let’s not forget Iran and its nuclear ambitions. And the president she supports isn’t doing anything effective against any of it.
Those things really do threaten civilization. Republicans taking the Senate…nah. It’s happened before, and the republic still stands.

Barack Obama and the Isis Speech Are Hollywood at Its Worst!

Coach is Right ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer 

Obama’s ISIS speech was well-rehearsed theatrics. Look for Breitbart to release the name of the Hollywood big wig who directed the President, for this was the first time in his political career that he acted presidential to the American people. As for substance it was embarrassing. His strategy was similar to Clinton’s “Wag-the Dog” airstrikes on Serbia. Mister Obama believes he can defeat ISIS with airstrikes and the introduction of proxy Armies to fight a war that will most likely be directed by NATO. He is using America’s Libyan military tactics to fight ISIS. The kicker is Obama wants to continue sending aid and weapons to the Syrian rebels to fight Assad. Surely America’s smartest ever president has to know that this is how ISIS acquired its supplies and training in the first place. Maybe Barack is hoping that an al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood partnership will join the fight to topple ISIS. Air power is a wonderful thing but only boots on the ground are capable of taking territory.

"Now let’s make two things clear: 1) ISIL is not “Islamic.” 2) No religion condones the killing of innocents and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim."

The leader of the Islamic State is Amir al-Mu’minin Caliph Ibrahim, formally Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the holder of a PHD in Islamic studies. On 29 June 2014, he announced the establishment of a caliphate and declared himself Caliph Ibrahim. Conceptually, a caliphate represents a sovereign state of the entire Muslim faithful. Doing something in the name of religion is not necessarily a sign of the religious. After all ISIS is doing what the Islamic prophet Muhammad commanded in the Quran.
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'We ask that guns not be brought into this environment!'

Press Secretary Chides Golf Clubs!

Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens 

The Trump National Golf Club, Winged Foot and Willow Ridge rejected requests to let President Obama play on their golf courses over the Labor Day weekend. This mightily irked Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
“These clubs put the needs and convenience of their members ahead of the needs and convenience of the President of the United States,” Earnest charged. “It’s a clear case of misplaced priorities.”
The inconveniences to golf club members would’ve been substantial. All other golfers would’ve been barred from the course while the President played through.
“Where’s their sense of patriotism?” Earnest wondered. “The President is Commander-in-Chief. Where’s their sense of social conscience? Their club members are part of the wealthiest segment of society. The President is the representative of all the people, including the lowliest among us. Where’s their sense of humanity? The President has the hardest job in the world. Surely that entitles him to some much needed relaxation. It’s just so cruel and unfair.”
To try to make amends, Donald Trump offered to allow Obama unlimited access to all of the golf courses he owns if the President would only resign from office. “His mouthpiece is asking for a sense of humanity,” Trump observed. “How about a win-win situation where Obama is relieved of his burdens while the world is rescued from his incompetence?”

Restoring Civility to Politics the Ted Cruz Way!

US News and World Report ^ | Susan Milligan | Sept. 12, 2014 | 4:30 p.m. EDT 

Ted Cruz is not the first name on everyone’s list when one thinks of restoring decorum to politics and public discourse. Yet Cruz, the famous GOP firebrand who is Texas’ junior senator, did just that in a recent speech to a group calling itself In Defense of Christians.

In his address, Cruz reiterated his strong support for Israel – hardly an outlier opinion for a member of Congress, particularly in the current political environment – and asserted, “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” Again, this is not a provocative thing to say. It’s an opinion shared by many active Christians.
Cruz got booed. And unlike other politicians, who might have kowtowed to the bullying, Cruz did what any sensible adult should do. He walked off the stage.
According to a video obtained by the website The Daily Caller, Cruz said: "I will say this: I’m saddened to see that some here, not everyone, are so consumed with hate. … I will say this: If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Thank you, and God bless you."
[SEE: Cartoons on Ted Cruz]
Now, Cruz is not exactly known on the Hill for being accommodating. He has opposed presidential nominations for no apparent substantive reason; he was, for example, one of three to vote against the nomination of colleague John Kerry to be Secretary of State. He held an all-night filibuster of a stopgap funding bill to display his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, imperiling government operations in the name of a mission that had no chance of succeeding. And he was one of a handful of members that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., once labeled  “wacko birds.” 
But Cruz’s behavior with In Defense of Christians was exactly what we need right now in the poisonous political environment, one in which populism has gone wild. People once showed some deference and respect for their elected officials. Now, they have the idea that it’s perfectly acceptable to shout down members of Congress at town hall meetings and to interrupt them when they are speaking. The media has a role in this, giving more ink and air time to disruptive people. And the lawmakers and candidates themselves have enabled the cranks. Their websites now typically refer to themselves by their first name, instead of senator so-and-so or chairwoman so-and-so. This is meant to make them appear more accessible and “in touch” with the common man. But sympathizing with the common man should not mean condoning behavior the Brits call “common” – that is, disrespectful and childish.
[SEE: Cartoons about the Republican Party]
It’s time lawmakers and candidates stopped allowing themselves to be treated like misbehaving children, especially when it’s the constituents who are behaving like misbehaving children. If someone shouts over someone else at a town hall meeting or makes abusive comments, the answer should be the same one as that which would have been given at any school assembly when I was in junior high school: Compose yourself, and you can ask a question. If you cannot compose yourself, leave.
Former Rep. Barney Frank – hardly a shrinking violet – had no patience for the yellers and conspiracy theorists, once telling a woman at a town hall meeting that talking to her was like talking to a dining room table. Yes, it was a bit rude, but the Massachusetts Democrat was no ruder than she had been. And the only answer to rude audience members who boo a U.S. senator who has taken time out of his day to speak to them is exactly the one Cruz gave: Walk away.

In the Toilet' -- British NHS Today; U.S. Healthcare Tomorrow!

American Thinker ^ | 09/13/2014 | Deane Waldman 

A September 6, 2014 headline in Great Britain’s Daily Mail announced, “Now NHS lets you jump the queue for routine surgery... if you'll pay
What is happening in Great Britain’s vaunted in NHS (National Health Service) is of vital interest to Americans. Dr. Donald Berwick, one of the prime designers of the Affordable Care Act, proudly said in 2010 that the NHS was his model for our ACA. By seeing where the NHS is today, we can foresee where U.S. healthcare is headed tomorrow.

To reduce the escalating costs of their healthcare system, the NHS has been rationing care, either by stating what care will be denied or by restricting how much money is allocated and thus limiting the supply of authorized goods and services. That is why people wait forever for care. When not enough money is expended to pay doctors, to buy MRI scanners, or to construct operating room and burn units, what happens? People die by queueing. American veterans know about this up close and personal.

According to official British government statistics, in August 2014, there were 3.2 million Britons – 5% of their total population! -- awaiting surgery. Some – 189,571, to be precise -- had already waited for more than four months!

To get paid at all, and to try to get patients the care they need (before they die while waiting, like U.S. veterans and Canadians), British hospitals have begun advertising that self-funded patients can move up the queue, or they can get care that is denied by NHS rationing. In other words, those with money, who already paid for their health care through taxes, can get the care they need by paying (again) out of pocket.
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Is ObamaCare Working? ^ | September 13, 2014 | John C. Goodman 

Yes according to Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein and the Commonwealth Fund. But all these folks were cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act from day one.
Sarah Kliff, another ObamaCare supporter, estimates that health reform has enabled about 5 million people to become newly insured. But that’s only about 10 percent of the uninsured. What happened to the mandate that required that everyone have health insurance this year or face a fine? Turns out that the mandate doesn’t actually apply to millions of people. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 90 percent of the uninsured are exempt from the mandate.
Certain exemptions are written into the law itself. For example, the mandate doesn’t apply to American Indians, to people who have religious objections or to people who earn too little to be required to file an income tax return. But as I wrote at Forbes the other day:
… the administration has piled on with 14 ways people can avoid the fine based on hardships. These include homelessness, domestic violence, being evicted from a residence, having a utility cut off, property damage from a fire or flood, and even a canceled insurance plan. Also, people can avoid the penalty if a close family member has died recently or if they have medical expenses resulting in substantial debt.
It gets worse. Many of the people who signed up didn’t pay their first premium. Of those who did, many have stopped paying. For example, Aetna is estimating that by the end of this year they will have lost about 30 percent of their initial enrollees. There is a report of similar attrition out of Florida, which has apparently lost one fourth of its initial enrollees already. The administration, which has access to national numbers, has refused to release any information on such “buyer’s remorse” since May.
Underlying all this is the fact that millions of newly insured people didn’t understand what they were buying, even though their premiums are being heavily subsidized. As Lena Sun, writing in the Washington Post, reported:
Nonprofit organizations across the country are being swamped by consumers with questions. Many are low-income, have never had insurance and have little knowledge of the health-care system. The rampant confusion poses a potential hurdle for the success of the health law: If many Americans don’t understand how health insurance works, that could hurt their ability to use their benefits – or to keep their coverage altogether.
Health insurance guru Robert Laszewski puts it this way:
So what you’ve got is an insurance industry that did not do a good job in gearing up for a population that has never had health insurance before, an Obama administration that did a horrible job on the back end, resulting in a flood of calls to insurer call centers, and a population that is low-income and is not health-insurance literate. Put those things in a bag and you’ve got a problem.
So if ObamaCare is failing miserably at insuring the uninsured, what difference does it make? Even though the health insurance mandate is affecting very few of the uninsured, it is having a major effect on people who are insured.
Up to 80 percent of the people who had individual insurance last year will lose their coverage by the time all the ObamaCare rules completely set in. Up to 90% of the plans that cover people at work will lose their grandfathered status. In many of these cases, people are being forced to buy richer and more expensive plans – with more coverage than they want or need. In other cases, they may lose insurance altogether.
Early reports are that the trend of small business to dump their health plans and move employees onto the exchanges is occurring faster than was expected.