Sarah Palin: Response to the President’s Health Care Speech
“After all the rhetoric is put aside, one principle ran through President Obama’s speech tonight: that increased government involvement in health care can solve its problems.
Many Americans fundamentally disagree with this idea. We know from long experience that the creation of a massive new bureaucracy will not provide us with “more stability and security,” but just the opposite. It’s hard to believe the President when he says that this time he and his team of bureaucrats have finally figured out how to do things right if only we’ll take them at their word.
Our objections to the Democrats’ health care proposals are not mere “bickering” or “games.” They are not an attempt to “score short term political points.” And it’s hard to listen to the President lecture us not to use “scare tactics” when in the next breath he says that “more will die” if his proposals do not pass.
In his speech the President directly responded to concerns I’ve raised about unelected bureaucrats being given power to make decisions affecting life or death health care matters. He called these concerns “bogus,” “irresponsible,” and “a lie” — so much for civility. After all the name-calling, though, what he did not do is respond to the arguments we’ve made, arguments even some of his own supporters have agreed have merit.
In fact, after promising to “make sure that no government bureaucrat …. gets between you and the health care you need,” the President repeated his call for an Independent Medicare Advisory Council — an unelected, largely unaccountable group of bureaucrats charged with containing Medicare costs. He did not disavow his own statement that such a group, working outside of “normal political channels,” should guide decisions regarding that “huge driver of cost … the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives….” He did not disavow the statements of his health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, and continuing to pay his salary with taxpayer dollars proves a commitment to his beliefs. The President can keep making unsupported assertions, but until he directly responds to the arguments I’ve made, I’m going to call him out too.
It was heartening to hear the President finally recognize that tort reform is an important part of any solution. But this concession shouldn’t lead us to take our eye off the ball: the Democrats’ proposals will not reduce costs, and they will not deliver better health care. It’s this kind of “healthy skepticism of government” that truly reflects a “concern and regard for the plight of others.” We can’t wait to hear the details on that; we look forward to working with you on tort reform.
Finally, President Obama delivered an offhand applause line tonight about the cost of the War on Terror. As we approach the anniversary of the September 11th attacks and honor those who died that day and those who have died since in the War on Terror, in order to secure our freedoms, we need to remember their sacrifices and not demonize them as having had too high a price tag.
Remember, Mr. President, elected officials work for the people. Forcing a conclusion in order to claim a “victory” is not healthy for our country. We hear you say government isn’t always the answer; now hear us — that’s what we’ve been saying all along.
– Sarah Palin”
UPDATE: ACORN has quickly changed its tune…and has fired its two employees involved in this outrage. It took about 6 hours for ACORN to go from saying they were scammed, till their employees got canned. Hard to argue with such massive evidence! As you read and watch, remember that this is the group that will be CONDUCTING OUR CENSUS.
What an explosive, outrageous sting! Obama’s fraud-buddies at ACORN have been caught in another MAJOR scandal…this time, advising an undercover journalist on how to scam tax dollars to fund a house of prostitution! Shockingly, ACORN is told flat-out that the girls will be turning tricks and are underage! That there will be 13 more young girls illegally trafficked in from El Salvador to work! Who are under 16 years old!!
ACORN’S advice? Train them to keep their mouths shut. Treat them as dependents for tax purposes and don’t report their income. We’ll teach you how to scam the system and build the brothel of your dreams.
One of the “prostitutes” is even in the ROOM–she interacts with the ACORN employee who encourages her in her “profession.” Because ACORN is all about the self-esteem. And tax fraud. And has absolutely NO problems with criminal enterprises. Like prostitution and sex slavery. Incredible.
This is the group that Obama said he’d call in to help “shape the agenda” of his presidency. Comforting, no? No mention of this story on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times and on, on and on.
When will the criminals of ACORN be shut down???
The story was first broken by Andrew Breitbart, and was picked up by Fox this morning. ACORN has stated that this is all a lie. REALLY? Kinda hard to dispute the video evidence. Read the entire saga here, and see the complete transcript and full documentation!
UPDATE: Sadly for our nation, Cass Sunstein was confirmed today in a 57-40 Senate vote. Republican Senators Snowe, Lugar, Hatch, Voinovich, Bennett and Collins all voted for Sunstein. The complete vote breakdown is here.
Democrats rushed up the confirmation hearings for Obama’s “regulatory czar” Cass Sunstein yesterday, hoping we would be distracted by Barry’s big speech last night and they’d be able to ram him through. A few GOP Senators were able to slow down the vote until today, but the vote will happen at any time…probably after lunch.
Cass Sunstein is the most dangerous of all Obama’s czars. The power he would have is IMMENSE. Why? As regulatory czar, Sunstein’s job is to “tweak” our existing laws to make them “legal.” Huh?!! What’s worse is, his views are SO radical he makes Van Jones look like Ronald Reagan. For instance, Cass believes that animals are equal to humans in value, and that the Second Amendment is toilet paper.
Here are some choice quotes from Cass:
“Animals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives …”
– 2004 book Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions
“[A]lmost all gun control legislation is constitutionally fine. And if the Court is right, then fundamentalism does not justify the view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms. ”
– Cass Sunstein, writing in his book, “Radicals in Robes”
“A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and
-Cass Sunstein, arguing for a Fairness Doctrine for the
Internet in his book, Republic.com 2.0 (page 137).
Read more about Sunstein here.
His 2001 book, Republic.com, argued that “the Internet may weaken democracy because it allows citizens to isolate themselves within groups that share their own views and experiences, and thus cut themselves off from any information that might challenge their beliefs.” Since you can’t be trusted to read the “politically correct” BS on the net, it must be changed.
It is IMPERATIVE that we call and email our Senators IMMEDIATELY today. Cass Sunstein must be stopped. To give someone so radical so much power is insanity. His potential for damage is limitless.
Support Rep. Joe Wilson by donating to his campaign today! He revealed the Emperor has no clothes. Liberals are donating heavily to his opponent. Stand up for Joe, he dared to speak the truth!
Barack Obama’s angry campaign speech to Congress on health-care just ended, and the best part of the whole shebang was Representative Joe Wilson from South Carolina, who had the stones to say what we ALL know is true:
That’s right, Obama. YOU LIE. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) says this about H.R. 3200, the Obamacare bill approved just before the recess by the House Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA:
“Under H.R. 3200, a ‘Health Insurance Exchange’ would begin operation in 2013 and would offer private plans alongside a public option. H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitzens—whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently—participating in the Exchange.”
CRS also notes that the bill has no provision for requiring those seeking coverage or services to provided proof of citizenship. So, absent some major amendments to the legislation and a credible, concrete enforcement effort in action, looks like the myth on this issue is the one being spread by Obama, Reid, Pelosi, et. al.
The Center For Immigration Studies agrees:
Does the Health Care Bill Bar Illegal Aliens from Taxpayer Funds? Not Really
Supporters of the bill claim that it would not benefit illegal aliens, something emphasized just yesterday by President Obama. But the bill gives no direction on how administrators should determine whether an individual is a qualified recipient or an unqualified illegal alien. In fact, lawmakers have blocked language specifically designed to ensure illegal aliens could not access the proposed health care system.
Unless changes are made, some percentage of illegal aliens will likely receive taxpayer-subsidized benefits under the proposed health care legislation.
Joe Wilson apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him, which was quite noble. He has now, however, rocketed into superstardom. Joe’s website has crashed, he’s the lead story on Drudge, and his switchboard has been overloaded since his declaration of the truth on national TV!
It was worth wading through all of Barack Obama’s bovine scatology to hear the sweet music from Joe’s lips. I feel a T-Shirt coming on: “OBAMA- YOU LIE!” Here is a still pic of the unholy troika’s reaction to Joe’s breath of fresh air. Somebody’s gonna have to double-up on the botox tomorrow!
Some unprecedented news today, folks. Never in the history of the United Nations has a U.S. President taken the chairmanship of the powerful UN Security Council. Perhaps it is because of what could arguably be a Constitutional prohibition against doing so. To wit: Section 9 of the Constitution says:
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
The UN has a standing military force, we are held to it’s global policies, and we have an Ambassador to the UN just as we do to other foreign States. Clearly the argument can be made that the UN can be considered a foreign State. Our heads of State don’t serve at the UN, Ambassadors do.
Nonetheless, the rotating chairmanship of the UN Security Council goes to the U.S. this month. The normal course of business would have U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice take the gavel. However, this time will be different. Constitution be damned, Barack Hussein Obama has decided to put HIMSELF in the drivers seat, and will preside over global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament talks slated to begin September 24th. The Financial Times says:
Barack Obama will cement the new co-operative relationship between the US and the United Nations this month when he becomes the first American president to chair its 15-member Security Council.
The topic for the summit-level session of the council on September 24 is nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament – one of several global challenges that the US now wants to see addressed at a multinational level.
UN officials also hope a climate change debate on September 22 will give fresh impetus to the search for a global climate deal at Copenhagen in December. There are also hopes a possible meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority president, that Mr. Obama would host, could lead to a breakthrough about a timetable for Middle East peace.
Here is what the UN Security Council does. Picture Obama as the Chair of this committee with this power.
Under the UN Charter, the functions and powers of the Security Council are:
* to maintain international peace and security in accordance with the principles and purposes of the United Nations;
* to investigate any dispute or situation which might lead to international friction;
* to recommend methods of adjusting such disputes or the terms of settlement;
* to formulate plans for the establishment of a system to regulate armaments;
* to determine the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression and to recommend what action should be taken;
* to call on Members to apply economic sanctions and other measures not involving the use of force to prevent or stop aggression;
* to take military action against an aggressor;
* to recommend the admission of new Members;
* to exercise the trusteeship functions of the United Nations in “strategic areas”;
* to recommend to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and, together with the Assembly, to elect the Judges of the International Court of Justice.
No American president has ever attempted to acquire the image of King of the Universe by officiating at a meeting of the UN’s highest body. Obama apparently believes that being flanked by council-member heads of state like Col. Moammar Qaddafi — who is expected to be seated five seats to Obama’s right — will cast a sufficiently blinding spell on Americans.
He undoubtedly hopes that the horrid state of the nation’s economy, turmoil over health care, and a summer of racial scapegoating will pale by comparison. This role as UN Security Council chair will allow him to make decisions, influence legislation and resolutions, and set the agenda.
Right Soup will be closely following this very unsettling turn of events. Like I always say, pay attention to what Obama DOES.
Barack Obama has given 263 speeches or remarks since he took office in January…more than the days he has been president. Tonight, at 8pm ET, he will speak to a joint session of Congress on health care. White House officials say the president will “answer all the major questions”, including the serious problem of how to pay for getting coverage for the 50 million Americans he says are uninsured. (Conservatives rightly point out that at least 20 million of those are illegal aliens, and that HR 3200 contains no specific guarantee against covering them. I digress.)
In Obama’s Labor Day speech to the AFL-CIO, he declared that opponents had NO ideas or plans that would solve the nations health care problems. Nothing could be further from the truth– the GOP has proposed numerous alternatives which would eliminate barriers to coverage for those who can’t currently obtain health insurance. No more denials because of pre-existing conditions, serious tort reform and the ability for insurance companies to compete across state lines are all included in the alternative proposals.
Of course, none of them create a massive new bureaucracy that would take over 1/6 of our economy, nor do they include a government insurance plan to compete with insurance companies. Sadly, Democrats have blocked every one of these bills from coming to the floor for Congressional votes.
Obama faces deep divisions in his own party, and virtually no Republican support for the current Democrat health care plans. Will Barry cement the divide by refusing any compromise with opponents? Those close to the White House say a public option will be one of Obama’s requirements, despite his statements that it isn’t a deal-killer. San Fran Nancy Pelosi says that it will certainly be a part of any House bill, because a plan that doesn’t include it wouldn’t pass in the House.
Will Obama extend any olive branches to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who’ve spoken out at town hall meetings and protest gatherings? Will he acknowledge these citizens who have been called racists and Nazis by many– including Congress members? Will he denounce the smears against them? Don’t hold your breath.
Obama made himself quite clear on Labor Day. No matter how inclusive his speech is tonight, it will not matter. Democrats are on record as saying they’ll use the unconstitutional power of reconciliation to ram socialized health care through with a simple majority vote, rather than the constitutionally required 2/3 majority.
Tonight, Obama will likely call for quick passage of some type of reform, which will give Democrats the green light to go it alone. Call and email your Representatives immediately, and let them know they’ll be out of a job if they vote for socialized medicine.
These poor brainwashed kids are so young that it’s hard to make out some of what they’re chanting…but not the enthusiastic “Barack Hussein Obama” part! Just another example of the many ways the Dear Leader is ingratiating himself with our children. Tomorrow, Barry will give students a sanitized version of his hotly debated speech. Hopefully he won’t lead them in a mass cheer like he did today while preaching to the AFL-CIO.
I am happy to report to the Right Soup that I was WRONG! As you know, Green Czar Van Jones resigned yesterday, after a firestorm of controversy swept through conservative media– and the drumbeat for him to go became too loud to ignore. The rest of the mainstream media– including the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and ABC, had been silent on the Van issue. His leaving is now being spun by them as happening because Van called Republicans “assholes.” (The GOP has been called MUCH worse, so anyone who buys this load is deluded.)
MSNBC’s shrill lefty-shill Keith Olbermann is calling for his tiny group of followers to send him “dirt” on czar-nemesis Glenn Beck as revenge. Keith will be setting up an email address Tuesday for dirt-diggers to use. Ha! We’ll post it when we see it so you can drop him a note or 50.
Van, the self-avowed communist, racist and 9-11 “truther” crept quietly out of the West Wing late Saturday night. No parting apologies…he blames his downfall on a “smear campaign.” Right. Google “Van Jones Video” and see the scum that rises to the top of the pond…straight out of Van’s own mouth. Obama, natch, has been silent on the whole mess. Sadly, Barry is wasting no time in filling Van’s spot; he’s set to appoint Ron Bloom today. Ron has already been hanging around the White House helping Obama take over the auto industry.
There are still 30-plus Czars left in the Obama administration, and plenty who are at least as controversial as Van Jones. “Science Czar” John Holdren is on record as favoring forced abortions and putting sterilization in the water supply. Mark Lloyd, the “Diversity Czar” plans to implement a form of the fairness doctrine (with a new name, of course.) “Regulatory Czar” Cass Sundstein favors harvesting your organs without your consent. NONE of these guys have filled out Obama’s much-publicized 7-page questionnaire, which was to be required from those joining his staff.
We will keep the heat on, as the power-grab by the executive branch is outrageous. It’s obvious the vetting process is pretty much nil– and, more importantly, the czars are unconstitutional. Keep making noise!
Here’s your evening admonition from the nation’s Communist, West-Wing Green Czar, Van Jones. Van, as you may have gathered, is a bit of a loose cannon… and isn’t afraid to be racist either! I’m on the record saying Van will stick around the Obama administration, because Barry is too full of himself to admit a (major) mistake. Most in the media, however, think Van will be gone in time to celebrate his favorite holiday–LABOR DAY– elsewhere. Without further ado, I give you Van…in his own words. Enjoy.
SEIU Trying To Unionize Parents Of Special Needs Kids: Chicago Tribune
Van Jones, Obama & Valerie Jarett–Do It Yourself Vetting: Michelle Malkin
The Government Is On A Hiring Spree: Yahoo Finance
True Unemployment Now Around 21%: Shadow Stats
Olympia Snowe Catching Heat For Obamacare Support: Washington Examiner
“I Am ANGRY.” : Red State
6 Foods That Will Stop Swine Flu: Goodbite