Archive for August, 2009
TEA Partiers Doing it right in Tucson
According to this guy, CIGNA owes me some money
Dealers take clunkers; now where’s the cash?
“His stated goals aren’t arguably fraudulent, but verifiably so”
Organizing For America manufacturing consent in Denver
Union payoff should get stripped from ObamaCare
Forget the recession and the “uninsured.” Obama has bigger fish to fry
The Give-a-Damn Index reaches a new high (updated)
I get what he’s saying, but don’t believe compromise is an option anymore.
I’d Rather Be Waterboarding….
And now for somehing completely different…..
Update: Welcome Instapundit Readers!
In Raleigh, NC this morning, HCAN held a pro-Obamacare rally at the state capital. I was among a relatively small but vocal group of counterprotestors stationed across the street. At our peak, we numbered about 70, and most of us stayed through the entire event.
The pro-healthcare crowd was several hundred strong, and for good reason – they arrived in at least three and possibly 4 full-sized tour buses (see pics below). One of the buses came in from Wilmington, which is a couple of hours away, and while I have no idea where the others came from, they sure as hell weren’t from around here.
Two of the buses were parked right around the corner and down the block, so it was no big feat of detective work to follow the o-bots back to them at the rally’s end. The other two (that I saw) were parked in a lot another couple of blocks back, but I lost track of them after they pulled out so can’t say for certain if they were both O-bot vehicles. No matter though,two buses, four buses, whatever…. it’s just further proof that these pro-Obamacare organizers fear what their rallies would look like if they didn’t bring their own crowd.
Their rally was predictable – a few speakers whose job it was to play the emotional angle, a couple more telling the crowd why they deserved free healthcare, and the requisite incindiary black preacher-type who I was told but unable to confrm was president of the Durham NAACP chapter. This man in particular drew loud boos from our side of the street when he invoked the name of God in his insistence on free insurance on the backs of taxpayers. Real fire-and-brimstone crap from this guy, sort of like Rev. Wright without the overt racism.
Oh, and there were many, many identical pre-printed signs.
What struck me about the pro-obamacare crowd was how completely willing they were to disregard the consequences and realities of taxpayer-funded government-run healthcare. It was all about what they were entitled to, what they deserved, how the billionaire insurance companies were allowing them to die in the streets, etc, etc…a real mix of fantasy-land sensationalism and pie-in-the-sky nonsense. It really leads one to wonder – and I say this with absoutely no malice – just how tenouous a grasp on reality the bulk of these people have.
One in particular caught my attention (sorry, no pic) – this one guy spent a large portion of the rally facing and waving a dollar bill at us from across the street. Try as I may, I was totally unable to figure out what his point was. If the cops weren’t doing such a good job of keeping our two sides separated, I might have gone over to him and pointed out that the people looking for a handout were behind him, not in front of him.
Our people were awesome, of course. The signs were good and the passion strong. If I have one concern, it’s that we need to get better organized. This sentiment was shared by several other people I spoke with, and the general feeling was – based on turnout at past events – that if the communication had been better, we could have turned out significantly more people. This is something I am going straight to work on tonight.
A couple of personal notes: On the way back and forth between bus parking areas to get pictures of the O-bots ‘grassroots’ transportation after the rally’s end, I had a couple of interactions with some of the pro-reform people. The first one, an older black woman, was having trouble holding on to her armload of pro-obamacare signs on her way back to her car, dropping one in the process. As I passed, she asked if I could help her out and I did. She dropped another, and I got that one for her as well. Just two human beings who had both just minutes before been screaming at each other from different sides of the street, now pleasantly and peacefully interacting with each other. I was struck by the sheer normalcy of the moment. Yes, I left it alone.
A few minutes later, a small group of obamacare people walked past me in the opposite direction when one of the women, carrying a pro-reform sigh, said to me “can I get a thumbs-up?” I said “nope”, and kept on walking. After a few more paces though, I turned around and called over to her. When she turned around, I told her that I didn’t mean to be rude, and that however this healthcare disaster shakes that it will need to work for everyone. She said “me too, so how about a thumbs-up”, but I responded “not as long as you’re still carrying that sign”, and we went on our respective ways.
If there’s an aspect to this whole thing that I am having trouble dealing with, it’s how this administration’s far-left policies and aspirations have normal Americans choosing sides and at each others throats. At one crosswalk, it was me and about a half-dozen obamacare people and it was just….I dunno….weird. I don’t like having to size up my fellow citizens as friend or foe, but I guess that’s just where we’re at right now in Obama’s Amerika. I long for the day when the aforementioned ‘normalcy’ returns to our society, but I also know that those days may well be behind us.
No matter how troubling I find our current situation or how it weighs on me personally though, I will continue to fight for and defend what I know to be right, because it’s about so much more than just me. It’s about a future for my wife, my kids, my friends, family, city, state and country. It’s about joining with my fellow patriots to stomp out the flames of tyranny before they become a bonfire. It’s about restoring greatness to a nation being brought to its knees by an element - fronted by a smooth-talking con man – whose goal is to take over industry, destroy capitalism and the free market, and to take from those who produce and contribute to give to those who do neither.
Next weekend I’ll be installing a new timing belt, water pump, crank and cam seals and valve cover gasket on my ancient Corolla in preparation for the trip to DC on September 12. A strong showing here can not only help kill HR3200 (and HR676) once and for all, but put congress and the white house on notice that we will not be disregarded any more. Lest we forget, amnesty is next.
This is the type of ‘empowerment’ Obama has provided.
Does anyone think the race hustler in chief will accuse this fascist scumbag cop Wesley Cheeks Jr with ‘acting stupidly”?
My country is turning into a scary fucking place.
More from hotair.
The healthcare battle is heating up on the streets and at town halls all across the country. The left – in a shameless-but-classic display of hypocrisy – is shedding any pretense of grassroots origins and is rolling their union and paid obama-bot-filled busses from city to city in support of Obamacare.
Here’s the thing though – the polls are with us in a pretty substantial way. People across the political spectrum know that Obamacare is a loser. The senate democrats know it too, which it is why they don’t currently have the votes to get it through. The left is scared that their big chance is falling through their fingers, so they’re trying to regain the momentum we’ve stolen from them.
They have the money. They have the media. They have the house, the senate, and the presidency. And they’re still losing.
However, with the left making a this last big (and big money) push via television and radio ads, and astroturfing their way across America in the “OFA Health Care Reform bus” (you have to see this thing to believe it…the best ‘grassroots’ effort that team obama money can buy), it is absolutely no time to start believing that we’ve got this thing won. We don’t yet. We are getting there though, and our efforts at these rallys and town hall meetings have changed the game in a very major way.
I am proud beyond words of what we’ve been able to accomplish to date, but now we need to ramp up the effort even more – increase our presence, apply even more pressure on our elected representatives, and to be wherever that ridiculous bus full of pro-government-healthcare Obamabots shows up in order to meet, counter, and outnumber them.
Remember, the left can’t and won’t have an honest, straight-up debate on HR3200. If you find yourself in a discussion or argument with a reform supporter, remember that it’s not them you’re trying to convince – because you simply will not -, it’s the third party who’s watching/listening that you’re trying to reach. Know your facts, support them, do not waver, and your argument will win the day on this thing every single time.
Tomorrow in North Carolina, there will be pro-healtcare ‘reform’ rallies in Asheville, Greenville, Raleigh and Charlotte. It is unclear to me at the moment exactly who is behind them, but it doesn’t matter – we need to be there:
Asheville Health Care Can’t Wait Rally
Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pritchard Park on Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville
Healthcare Reform Educational Forum
Saturday, Aug. 29, from 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church 1243 West Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28208 3
Purpose: To inform, educate, and provide facts to the citizens of Charlotte about Healthcare Reform
Why: To alleviate fear amongst citizens by speaking the truth about Healthcare Reform
[This would be a particularly good place to be well-armed with the real facts about the consequences of Obamacare - Cnation]
Health Care Can’t Wait Rally
Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
At the corner of Charles Blvd. and Greenville Blvd.
Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building in Raleigh
We’ll see you there!
Proving even further how completely in-the-tank both of these networks are for the current administration, both ABC and NBC have refused to run this ad opposing Obamacare::
NBC has said that it will consider running the ad ‘after some revisions”, but ABC has stated flatly that they “do not sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial public issue” – a statement which is nothing short of laughable considering how they completely gave themselves over to Obama for a day back in June in order to allow him to attempt to sell his healthcare scam to the American people. Durnig that telecast, ABC refused to sell airtime to those with an opposing viewpoint. So really, this is nothing new for them.
From Fox News:
The refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama’s health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot — particularly in light of ABC’s health care special aired in prime time last June and hosted at the White House.
The 33-second ad by the League of American Voters, which features a neurosurgeon who warns that a government-run health care system will lead to the rationing of procedures and medicine, began airing two weeks ago on local affiliates of ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS. On a national level, however, ABC and NBC have refused to run the spot in its present form.
“It’s a powerful ad,” said Bob Adams, executive director of the League of American Voters, a national nonprofit group with 15,000 members who advocate individual liberty and government accountability. “It tells the truth and it really highlights one of the biggest vulnerabilities and problems with this proposed legislation, which is it rations health care and disproportionately will decimate the quality of health care for seniors.”
More from FOX News
Defending mounting job losses despite his administration’s $787 billion stimulus package, Vice President Joe Biden told ABC News George Stephanopoulos last month: “The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy. The figures we worked off of in January were the consensus figures and most of the blue chip indexes out there.” This is just not true. Yesterday the White House released their Mid-Session Review admitting that President Barack Obama’s policies would force our nation to borrow more than $9 trillion over the next ten years.
Commenting on the gap between the new $9 trillion number and the $7 trillion number the Office of Management and Budget used to sell President Obama’s budget to Congress, the Washington Post reports:
While it is good that the Obama administration is finally admitting that the fundamental assumptions driving their economic policy were wrong, the reality of our current budget deficit, and what President Obama’s policies threaten to do to our national debt over the next decade, are truly sobering. Heritage senior policy analyst Brian Riedl details the carnage:
And now for the real kicker: none of these numbers include the costs of Obamacare which would create another $1.5 trillion health care entitlement on top of our existing unsustainable entitlement obligations. The OMB’s Mid-Session Review should serve as a wake up call to the American people. President Obama’s policies are leading us down a path of unsustainable spending and borrowing.
There is another choice. Not all future spending is inevitable. In the 1980s and 1990s, Washington consistently spent $21,000 per household (adjusted for inflation). Simply returning to that level would balance the budget by 2012 without any tax hikes. Alternatively, returning to the $25,000 per household level (adjusted for inflation) that Washington spent before the current recession would likely balance the budget by 2019 without any tax hikes. So with very little sacrifice, and no new taxes, the government could get its budget under control and the American economy could get fully back on track in three years. Isn’t that worth considering?
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