Monthly Archives: August 2009

A Little Vexing

Instapundit posted this entry about 24 hours after I sent him the link and text of this post.

I don’t know it isn’t link-worthy if I write it, but suddenly becomes worth sharing with the world if the identical idea ends up on Ann Althouse’s blog. But I guess that’s just the way it is.

The idea itself is apparently “great minds think alike,” because I was posting it on my blog about the same time it was being posted over there, I think.

Sigh.

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Concerns About Health Care Reform

One of the things that concerns me most is how health care is being advocated by Democratic Party spokespeople.

If you criticize broad points, they say, “That won’t be in the plan.”  If you find evidence it is, and criticize specific points, they say, “Well, there are 4-5 different versions!  You can’t be criticizing the final one yet because it isn’t done!  Just pipe down and wait until we have a final version!”  (The problem with that idea is that you never have a final version until both Senate and House have each passed their own version, right?).

Early on, in response to criticism, President Obama said he wasn’t sure what was in the bill yet.  Sheesh!  If you don’t know what’s in there, why was it so important to pass before the August recess?  It seems clear that claiming to not know the specifics is nothing more than a dodge.  Or, more accurately, he doesn’t care about the details, because he knows that one his Health Care Reform is passed, it can be tweaked into the socialist dystopian dream he wants, and it will be nearly impossible to turn back to the excellent capitalist-influenced system we have now.

When you criticize something President Obama has personally said is a goal of his with Health Care Reform (single payer), his spokespeople just turn around and use something else he said (“I’m not seeking Single Payer right now”) as supposed proof the first statement isn’t correct.  It doesn’t actually prove anything, right?  All it proves is that he changes his message according to political expediency.  There should be at least some demonstration that he’s considered it and went through some process, some argument or event that caused him to change his mind, so he has a firmer grip on his most recent statement than his earlier one.  Right?

Except that I’m frustrated with the complete dishonesty of it all.

Here’s a good example.  It was once called Health Care Reform.  Now he’s calling it Health Insurance Reform, and the Insurance companies are the villains.  Unless greedy doctors who perform unnecessary amputations are the real villains.  It’s hard to keep track, sometimes.

Originally, the idea was that Health Care Reform would save the economy.  Well, President Obama blamed President Bush for the bad economy last week, even though back in February he agreed he now “owned” the economy and all further developments.  So now that the Obama administration says that the economy is improving, why do we still need to enact Health Care Reform?  So then at some point it became about expanding coverage.  Until it became clear that there wasn’t a great demand to extend coverage to illegal aliens, and then President Obama begain claiming the whole point was to reduce costs and improve care.

So I’m left with the impression that President Obama will say something, and if it doesn’t convince anyone, he’ll say the next thing that comes to mind, and if that doesn’t work, the next thing…then the next thing, etc, and so on.  The more he talks, the more tacks he takes, the more I’m convinced that none of them are the truth.  Health Care Reform doesn’t sell, so it becomes Health Insurance Reform.  And it will keep getting new names until enough gullible/stupid people fall for it.  So if we insist on hearing what President Obama’s personal struggle was that resulted in him rejecting single payer coverage, I’m sure we’ll hear it.  And it will have no more validity or truthfulness than anything else he’s said.

I can only hope that the anger we are seeing in the Town Halls is indicative of a populace that finally understands how it is being lied to by the Democratic Party, in cahoots with the mainstream news media, to be sold a left-to-far-left platform that was never honestly campaigned for.

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Hubble Deep Field Political Angle

The video, via The Corner.

The narrator says something like, “There are over 100 billion galaxies in the universe.  Simply saying that number doesn’t really mean much to us, because it doesn’t provide any context.  Our brains have no way to accurately put that in any meaningful perspective.”
I don’t know if I agree with his assertion.  After all, that’s just about 1/8th (in dollars) of President Obama’s Stimulus Plan to keep us from going over 8% unemployment.  It’s about 1/12th (in dollars) of what President Obama has ballooned the deficit to.  And it’s about 1/10th of what the CBO projects Obama Care would cost us in new spending over the next 10 years.

How’s that for accurate context?

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Observation: Democrats and the Post-Partisan President

I’m an analyst. I put things together, connect dots. I try to find the thread of logic from people’s actions and unguarded words.

Here’s what I think is happening with President Obama in general, and his health-care plan in specific.

He said he wanted to be the post-partisan President. That was generally understood to mean that he planned to be a uniter, not a divider. It hasn’t worked out that.

Was he lying?

I don’t think so, actually. The clue is when he rammed through some earlier legislation that contradicted his campaign rhetoric and did so without even trying to get Republicans on board (I can’t remember which one that was, specifically), and Republicans howled, he replied, “We/I won.”

So here’s what’s going on. Democrats hated President Bush. They relentlessly attacked everything he did. No Child Left Behind and the prescription plan for seniors were wonderful Democrat Party programs, but they still lambasted him for it. The press helped out, concealing positive news about President Bush and his programs, and highlighting Democratic Party talking points over and over and over.
Eventually, President Bush’s popularity ratings dropped. Some of it was people being convinced that President Bush sucked. Some of it was people just believing that President Bush had lost his way from the courageous, generally semi-conservative President he had been in his first term.
When Democrats campaigned from a Center-to-Center-Right position for Congress, and won control…and then campaigned for from a Center-to-Center-Right position for the Presidency, and won, Democrats assumed this was a repudiation of everything President Bush did/said/stood for, including all Republican platforms, all Republican leaders, etc.
Heck, I don’t think I even need to cite a “Maybe the GOP is dead!” articles written by all sorts of Democrats after the election in Nov 2008.
So President Obama and the Democrats really intended to be post-partisan, only to the extent that they expected the GOP to be a non-issue from now on. They saw the election as a confirmation to govern any way they saw fit.
What they didn’t realize is that the United States really is a center-to-center-right country. They don’t really appreciate deliberate lying in campaign promises. They elected President Obama because they are generally tired of being beat up as racists all the time.
Lots of people don’t delve deep into the news, sure. You can fool some of the people some of the time.

But people are starting to notice how President Obama is betraying every single centrist argument he made.
They notice how he “took ownership” of the economy back in February, yet in August is still blaming President Bush. Some are starting to notice they elected Democrats who criticized President Bush’s deficit but are contributing to tripling that debt.
Maybe it’s only a few who compare and contrast President Bush’s reaction to the 2001 recession and President Obama’s reaction to the 2009 recession, and see that President Obama provides only excuses and increasingly more evidence that neither he nor his team of advisors really understand the economy at all (they jumped on last month’s employment numbers and the slowdown of economic losses to say the economy is improving…what can they say now that foreclosures are up 7% and job losses have surprisingly increased again, and spending has surprisingly dropped? “Oops, well, THIS time you can trust me” won’t cut it.

Democrats noted their popularity losses earlier and claimed that it didn’t necessarily mean that the GOP was gaining. They failed to realize that the previous GOP popularity losses didn’t mean that support for their platforms was increasing, either.

So now we have a war, started by congressional Democrats and members of the Obama administration, in which the press dutifully broadcasts Potemkin town hall meetings in which all attendees are so carefully vetted that President Obama can randomly ask a question and know it will be a softball.

I said a while back, before things got this grim, that I was happy that President Obama was elected, because he was going to do more to prove the general correctness of conservativism than anything Republicans could do, and he would also help highlight the moral bankruptcy of the national media.

That is occurring.

I do believe we are in for some pain before we pull out of this nose-dive. It will start with a changeover in Congress.

But we will pull out of the economic nosedive, using conservative economic principles, not Democratic/socialist.

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Giving Thanks

I appreciate all those who thank me for my service. I really do. But I feel a little bit embarrassed.
It’s a job.
Now, it’s a job I’m very proud of. There are lots of things that suck about being in the military, and I’m proud that I can endure them.
I’m proud that I am taking an active role in securing the safety of my family, my friends, my descendants, my acquaintances, my enemies, and several hundreds of millions of people I’ve never met.
But I’ll be honest with you: I made some good choices, delayed some gratification, and I will retire fairly comfortably. I also don’t have any real fear during this economic downturn. That counts for a helluva lot.

In fact, the only way I lose is if I die, or am crippled in an enemy attack.

But I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t realize that possibility, and accepted it. Thanks or no thanks from anyone.

It’s the right thing to do, for me. It’s not the right thing for everyone.

However, an anecdote, and a plea:

On the way over here, a lady thanked me for my service. I thanked her back, and we continued chatting. It turns out, her husband had retired last year from a 20+ year career in the Army.
I told her, “And you thanked me?!? If your husband was in for more than 20 years, you were the one who sacrificed!”
She teared up.

Because it is true. The families are the ones who suffer the most when we go overseas. If we die, we are beyond continued pain, regardless of your religious belief. But the family who remains behind never really recovers. And they wake every morning with the fear that this may be the day their loved one dies. Every time their loved one is late for an agreed contact time, their heart gets lodged in their throat: this time? Bonus anecdote to help you understand: I heard (so I’m probably garbling it) a woman who got mad at her husband, because when he came back on his mid-tour break he erased all the messages he had left. She was furious that if he died when he went back, that she would have lost the sound of his voice forever just because he was organizing their voice mail…

But do you still want to thank a servicemember?
Here’s what you should do. Words are nice, but actions are better.

Find your nearest USO and volunteer. If it is too far away for you to travel, then drop off non-perishable drinks and snacks. Or give a cash donation.

USOs make the cruel travel schedule we endure bearable. They are wonderful for servicemembers, but also for the family when they are along.

It’s only a few hours for you, but it makes a HUGE difference to us.

Please.

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Quick Note

I’m in Iraq. I’ve got about 3 weeks down…49 weeks to go!
Woot.

I haven’t been posting because I’ve been really busy in preparing to leave, and then going through training, then getting my butt over here, then adjusting to the time difference and getting settled at work.

Then 3 days ago I got sick.

Bleah.

Anyway, here are 2 quick posts, 1 of them political.

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