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President Obama Signs Health Care Reform Bill

“Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.”

Here are a couple of articles that explain the dilemma.  As the comments over at Hot Air suggest, this is just another sign of incompetence for the Obama Administration.

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Charles Schumer

“The president said the number one issue before us is jobs in 2010, and we couldn’t agree more, in fact the three top issues on our agenda are jobs, jobs and jobs”

The video below is under 2 minutes.  Take the time and watch it.  I can only assume by jobs the Democrats meant Health Care Reform.  The two terms are apparently synonymous.  I’m sure the focus will return to jobs after he is done with his “victory lap”, which is more likely to turn into an attempt to try and sell the already passed Health Care bill.  It is a little sad that there is a need to convince the public how great the bill is after it is passed.  There is a thought shared among the administration and Americans that support the bill that the public is misinformed about the bill.  I have heard it over and over.  Rest assured, those of us who are upset and that do not support the bill are not misinformed.  I have no doubt that the Presidents 51st , or 52nd  “why we need to love this bill” speech in Iowa will do little to change the opposed minds.  It will however regurgitate the same talking points Obama has been using for the past year to feed the lemmings that so faithfully , blindly follow every word he utters.

Here is another 2 minute video with Obama telling  lying to us:

“The Public Will Have 5 Days To Look At Every Bill That Lands On My Desk”

Sure we will.  Anything else you want us to drink up???  The sweet drink is so easy for some to swallow. 

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 Commerce Secretary, NY Mayor Bloomberg Launch 2010 U.S. Census

Step 1:  A super bowl ad for $2.5 million

Step 2:  A letter from the U.S. Census Bureau stating that in a few weeks I will be receiving the Census questionnaire to fill out.

Step 3:  The actual Census questionnaire is delivered.

Step 4:  A post card from the Census Bureau letting me know that I should have received a request to participate in the 2010 Census.  Here is the charm:  “if you have already provided your census information, please accept our sincere thanks.”

Now, I am as forgetful as the next person.  That being said, with the $2.5 million spent on the commercial, and the postage paid for three separate mailings by our government, is it financially responsible?  Of course it isn’t.  Everything to my knowledge was mailed first class postage.  That is 28 cents for the post card and 44 cents for the “just letting you know it’s coming”  letter.  I believe the census is sent  to 120 million homes/families.  That is over $8.5 million not including the Census form or all of the temporary hires.

Is this a Liberal thing?  No, it’s a government thing.  I have no doubt that the same circumstances would have followed if McCain would have been President. 

Chalk this up to example number 1,365 why the government has a really really really hard time spending money wisely.  Is it any wonder why so many are leery of all the money related promises of the Health Care bill:  Premiums will go down, it will lower the deficit, it will improve the economy?  I guess we will have to wait and see, we’ll know soon enough.  After all, this administration is truly remarkable.  The Obama administration is unlike any other, everything they say is the truth and they do not lie.  They are not spending more in their first year than any other president.  Obama has shown through example that he and his administration will be financially responsible.  We have no reason to doubt any of the claims being made.   O wait, never mind.

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“You’ve got to stand for something”

“You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.  You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string.  Never compromise whats right.”  “What ever you do today, you’ll have to live with tonight.”

“I got it honest”

If you’ll check out my paycheck
Well, you’ll see that there ain’t that much on it
But ev’ry single penny I’m paid, I got it honest
I never had to hang my head in shame
For puttin’ a price tag on my name
Never turned my back on what I believe
Or let my heart be ruled by greed
‘Cause buddy if I didn’t earn it, I don’t want it
That way I can always say, I got it honest”

I’ll let the above words speak mostly for themselves.  I am not implying that sometimes people don’t need help.  But, the mentality that is creeping into people that the government is going to take care of all your problems is a dangerous thing to let take hold of you.  There is something to be said about working for what you have and teaching this to your kids.  There is a lot less of holding to your beliefs and values in Washington, especially if the deal is good.

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Nancy Pelosi thinks that they should pass the health care bill before Americans find out what’s in it.

Think about that for just one moment.  On second though, don’t.  Your brain may try to eat its way out of your head.

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Have you heard the news?  The Great Recession’s over!  We’re in full-on RECOVERY MODE!  Yay!

Well, except for the crippling 19.9% underemployment rate, where nearly 1 in 5 Americans is “working less than they want to” – or in other words, out of work.  Again, since the Democrats took control of Congress (you know – the people that can actually spend Federal money), our unemployment rate has gone from 4.6% to hovering in the 10% range.  Some recovery.

You’re doin’ a heck of a job, Barry.

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You remember?  All that harping from the left about how the PATRIOT Act – designed to track potential security threats to the government and citizens of the United States that has been misused on a few occasions – was an unconstitutional, evil plan by the Genius Idiot George W. Bush to track regular Americans and their financial transactions, library book usage, and favorite porno sites?

Remember how Obama hated it (before he decided he didn’t hate it and extended it once he got into office) and all his Obamanauts followed in lock step with their finger-shaking disapproval of the eeeeeeeeeeevil conservative plan to take over the world?

Heck, maybe you even remember Obama berating Bush for “rushing through” the legislation without allowing for a proper, open debate (presumably before he tried to do the same thing with Health Care before deciding that the Democrats didn’t need to rush health care through).

Yeah – all that concern about privacy and how the PATRIOT Act was an attack on the rights of all Americans?

Never mind.  Nothing to see here.  Move along.

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I'm Smelling Something...

OK…  you know the mainstream media will be trumpeting this particular success: Unemployment rate drops from 10% to 9.7%.  Better yet, the seaonally-adjusted underemployment rate dropped from 17.3% to 16.5%.  In the article I linked, economists are sighing with relief, saying that maybe – just maybe, the long winter of the Great Recession is over.

But…

The numbers aren’t adding up.  Somehow, the non-farm American workforce lost 20,000 jobs in January…  and yet, unemployment went DOWN?  How can you LOSE jobs and have unemployment drop as well?  In a sane world, when people lose their jobs, that means that unemployment goes up.

I was thinking, “did retirements somehow affect the rate?”  Then, Ed over at HotAir pointed something out

In January, the number of persons unemployed due to job loss decreased by 378,000 to 9.3 million. Nearly all of this decline occurred among permanent job losers.  (See table A-11.)

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) continued to trend up in January, reaching 6.3 million. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of long-term unemployed has risen by 5.0 million. (See table A-12.)

To put it in simple terms: they fiddled with the numbers.  Think of it in terms of fractions: if we have a pie and I cut it into thirds and say you can have a piece, that means you have 1/3 of the pie.  If however, I fiddle with the denominator and take away a piece and say you can have a piece…  then I can say that you have 1/2 of the pie!  Yay!

Except that you still only have 1/3 of the pie.

In this case, the government shrank the number by fiddling with the number of available jobs and by “seasonally-adjusting” things.  The facts, kids, is that if we compare January 2009 to January 2010, the underemployment rate has gone up by  between 2 and 3.5%, depending on which statistic you follow.

If we’d dropped an actual 0.3% in unemployment, it would be reasonable cause for a grin or two.  No one wants to see people unemployed and if the number had actually dropped, I’d be inclined to join the festivities…  but it all just smells like someone cooking the books.  You simply cannot lose payroll members and decrease unemployment at the same time without fiddling with the total jobs available.

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Nancy Pelosi Holds Her Weekly Press Conference
We don’t know when she’ll be back again.  She’s been checked out a long time.  Nancy Pelosi’s cost to all of us for the last two years of using Military Jets to travel:

Just a measly $2,100,744.59.  $101,429.14 was for inflight expenses. 

“Speaker Pelosi has a history of wasting taxpayer funds with her boorish demands for military travel. And these documents suggest the Speaker’s congressional delegations are more about partying than anything else,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

I know that flying around on a Military Jet isn’t exclusive to Nancy Pelosi, but, the article is.  Maybe she should refrain from embarking on some of her “trips”( each domestic one at around  $28,210.51), and save the US tax payers some money.  Or, umm,  I mean then the money could be allocated some where else, we certainly wouldn’t save the tax payers any money and not spend it.  If she is so concerned about re-distributing our money to people who sit around and leach off the government (excluding people who truly need help of course) and all the entitlement programs, each trip she forgoes would allow another 28K that she could use to re-distribute.  Not that I agree with re-distribution, but I’m just saying.  Does she know how many Polar Bears she could save by taking one less flight?  

100K for inflight expenses?  I think a little less Bailey’s, and a pack of Old Milwaukee would shave this number down.  I know flying is expensive, but in two years?  These expenses are over the top and mind numbing.  Millions, billions, and even trillions get thrown around in politics a lot.  Maybe 2 million isn’t enough to anger americans, at least not with the amount that the current administration has already spent in its first year.

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Here is a link to the fact check list.

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