The Miraculous Rise of Barack Obama- Bill Whittle

Barack Obama

While this video, sarcastically points to the miraculous rise of President Barack Obama from childhood to the Presidency of the United States, what I’ll find miraculous is if the critics of this post can stick to the facts and address the points of this video identifying where, specifically, the stated facts are incorrect. Far too often criticism of the President is labelled as racist, or somehow unfair. One of my favorites is the “everybody does it” argument, excusing Obama’s associations, political ruthlessness, and rhetorical statements that prove questionable.

So, there ya have it Democrats. The gauntlet has been laid down. If Whittle’s assertions in this video are incorrect. I invite you to say so.

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Wisdom and Fairness of Health Care Law in Question

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Supreme Court says the Federal Government cannot mandate that Americans buy health insurance denying the Obama Administrations claim that such a mandate was allowed under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately for those who opposed the law, including yours truly, the Court ruled that the Federal Government was authorized to tax those without health insurance. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision saying,‘‘Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,’’. I’ll surprise my Conservative friends by stating, grudgingly, that I think Roberts is right. To disagree would impose undeniable limits on what our government can choose to tax. Since the adoption of the 16th Amendment creating the income tax, Congress has had the power to determine how and where taxes should be imposed. To impose a limit would render the Federal Government essentially impotent in its ability to pay for itself. “The law”, Roberts wrote, “makes going without insurance just another thing the Government taxes, like buying gasoline or earning income. And if the mandate is in effect just a tax hike on certain taxpayers who do not have health insurance, it may be within Congress’s constitutional power to tax.”

Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not happy about this. And I admit I’d never thought of the individual mandate in Obamacare as a tax and as such legal. Though clearly I and every American with an IQ above that of a Banana Slug knew in fact it was a tax. Part of the reason I didn’t think of it as a tax is because President Obama and the Democratic Congress that passed this nearly 3000-page law repeatedly said “it wasn’t a tax”. However, in arguments before the High Court the President’s Solicitor General repeatedly made clear the penalty for failing to have health insurance WAS a tax, and thus Constitutional an argument they won today.

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Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Justice Anthony Kennedy read the dissenting opinion and called the health care law, “invalid in its entirety”. He was joined in dissent by Justices Thomas, Scalia, and Alito. At the time of this writing their opinion and reasons for it are not available for reading or quoting.

With the Constitutionality of Obamacare now settled, and it is settled so those who oppose it can quit with  any whining; we must now revisit the law’s wisdom and fairness which Roberts pointed out the Court is not empowered to question. It still remains a bad law which does harm to the cause for its creation in the first place. The need for something like Obamacare came about because of the high cost of health care. Some would say the law was necessary because of the high cost of health insurance and the approximately 30-million Americans who are not covered by insurance. But insurance is expensive because health care is expensive. Those who are uninsured are uninsured because that can’t afford insurance. So, once again the problem is the cost of health care. Hello?

Obamacare’s only step toward controlling costs is to limit and regulate care. Determinations as to who and what care will be provided is, in large part, going to fall to government bureaucrats. How’s the wisdom and fairness in that?

Since the TAX for not having health insurance is well below the cost of the premium many, if not most, people and businesses will choose to pay the tax and drop coverage. Under Obamacare the TAX for businesses not providing health insurance coverage for their employees is $2500. With a fiduciary responsibility to stock holders, you have to ask yourself what is the incentive for anyone managing a business to carry insurance?  The penalty/tax for individuals not covered is as follows:
$95 in 2014, $325 in 2015, and $695 in 2016. Under Obamacare insurance companies are no longer able to deny coverage to a person seeking coverage based on pre-existing conditions. So, why pay for health insurance if you’re healthy. Why not pay the tax until such time as you get sick and then buy insurance? Financially, it’s the logical thing to do.

The end result of the High Court’s ruling is a law takes effect that will drive more people and businesses away from health care coverage, which will drive up insurance prices, which inevitably will drive more and more people and businesses away from paying for coverage. In the end insurance companies will no longer have a viable product that is affordable for anyone but the super rich. The burden of paying for Americans health coverage will fall on the already overburdened Federal Government. The added deficit spending will weaken the American dollar against world currency, as it already has, which will contribute to massive inflation, which will ultimately bring down the economy however strong or weak the economy happens to be. It’s a recipe for disaster.

The Supreme Court validated the Congress’ ability to tax. Sad but true. Fortunately, the disaster scenario we can all expect with the unfolding of Obamacare can be averted. As I wrote in a previous blog, Obama can’t Win Healthcare Test, winning the High Court’s decision will only inspire Republicans to vote Obama and Democrats out of office this November. Roberts has awakened a sleeping bear. The American people will not likely stand for the implementation of Obamacare without a fight. GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s promise to repeal it will undoubtedly bring many who were on the fence about him to his corner. Senate and House candidates who continue to stand up against the new law will receive the money and support necessary to put the GOP in control of the Congress. Even the more liberal media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times admit polls show more than 70% of Americans don’t like Obamacare.

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts,...

Mitt Romney

Romney and Republican Congressional candidates need to make sure they don’t forget the aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that are good and that people like. Their challenge will be to figure out how to pay for guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions; the guarantee that you won’t be dropped by your insurance company if you get sick; the ability to keep adult kids on their parents insurance plans (though does it really have to be until age 26? I mean, I love my kids, but I expect them to stand on their own at a certain point. 1 or 2 years after normal age of leaving college, 24, seems reasonable to me).

My hope is the Supreme Court’s ruling today wakes up the American people and helps them understand the responsibility they alone hold. If your Congressman votes for a law you oppose, or an excessive tax it’s up to you to vote him out of office.  The High Court is holding YOU accountable. YOU have to hold your legislators accountable.

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CEO’s Open Letter to President Obama – GerriWillis.com Blog – Fox Business

Have you heard this? A billionaire who has signed the Bill and Melinda Gates pledge to give away the majority of his fortune tells President Obama to back off. Omega Advisors CEO Leon Cooperman calls the Presidents rhetoric class warfare and divisive. He basically says Obama’s political leadership amounts to pandering to the lowest moral character among us rather than leading and lifting us above that which divides us. Well said, Mr. Cooperman. Well said.

CEO’s Open Letter to President Obama – GerriWillis.com Blog – Fox Business.

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Rove: The Republicans Rising Satisfaction Quotient – WSJ.com

Today’s blog is a re-posting of an opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal. It points out that despite the reporting being done on many tv networks and newspapers Republicans ARE satisfied with their choices in the Presidential field. Read for yourself, and share your views.

The Republicans Rising Satisfaction Quotient – WSJ.com.

Can’t we all just get along? Apparently not.

Watching the GOP Presidential Primary race reminds me of the infamous words uttered by Rodney King at the height of the LA Riots of 1992. “Can’t we all just get along?” could also be applied to the lame efforts by the President and Congress to pass budgets or any significant legislation.

As seen on the Geraldo Rivera show last night, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WLmLVh_OZw

…leading Presidential Candidate Herman Cain is being attacked in an article on Politico.com. It claims that while serving as President of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two unnamed female employees and paid them a cash settlement to drop the claims. Allegedly the women took the cash and left the employ of the Association.

It’s important to note that nobody is accusing Cain of touching them, groping them, dropping his pants, or anything beyond saying something ONCE and making a gesture ONCE that made two women “uncomfortable”. In our nation’s ridiculous and heightened state of political correctness in the 1990 a woman’s claim of being made to feel “uncomfortable” required calling out the Third Infantry and helicopter attack squad. No credibility nor truth needed accompany the claim in order for it to do substantial damage to the person it was levied against. It’s not MUCH better today. Herman Cain has been married for over 40 years. That’s good enough for me.

I’m not saying I’ll vote for Cain. In fact, I probably will vote for another GOP candidate if they are still in the race by the time of Washington State’s April 15, 2012 Presidential Precinct Caucuses. But I am saying even if this lame story lacking attribution is 100% true, SO WHAT! It amounts to very, very little. Not something that should sway anyone’s vote.

Conservative Columnist Ann Coulter was adamant that the story was being put forth by the “Liberal Left” or more specifically President Obama’s political machine. Democratic Commentator Juan Williams was equally sure the story was being pushed by Cain’s GOP rivals, or more specifically one of them. Whoever is found to be responsible for bathing in this slime soup should be held accountable. For it is about time we as Americans stop complaining about negative campaign ads, campaign stories, and campaigning in general and start penalizing those purveying such nonsense; rather than rewarding them. The negative campaigning goes on only because it works. It’s time we start supporting those who lift us up, rather than those who pull us down. And in case you haven’t been paying attention Newt Gingrich is the only candidate not throwing mud at his GOP rivals and the slime throwing, Commander in Pulling us Down Chief right now is Mr. Hope and Change himself.

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