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Mandating private insurance reimburse VA healthcare
March 17, 2009, 2:53 pm
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This is utter freaking despicable unconscionable madness.

Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion (and numerous other Vet organizations) stated in a letter regarding Obama’s proposed policy:

There is simply no logical explanation for billing a veteran’s personal insurance for care that the VA has a responsibility to provide. While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable.

Commander Rehbein also stated after meeting with Obama, Shinseki, et. al:

“This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ‘ to care for him who shall have borne the battle’ given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm’s way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America’s veterans!”

It is disgusting Obama is allowing such a policy to grace a sounding board and clearly illustrates the contempt he harbors for our military.

UPDATE (03/18/09): Obama drops the idea. Smooth move.

Jim Cramer’s Response to the WH
March 5, 2009, 2:52 pm
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So I will fight the fight against that agenda. I will stand up for what I believe and for what I have always believed: Every person has a right to be rich in this country and I want to help them get there. And when they get there, if times are good, we can have them give back or pay higher taxes. Until they get there, I don’t want them shackled or scared or paralyzed. That’s what I see now.

If that makes me an enemy of the White House, then call me a general of an army that Obama may not even know exists — tens of millions of people who live in fear of having no money saved when they need it and who get poorer by the day.

Read the rest of his response at The Street.

POTUS Obama’s visit from PM Brown
March 4, 2009, 3:10 pm
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The Telegraph’s Iain Martin: President Barack Obama just plain rude to Britain. Don’t call us in future.

We get the point, sunshine: we’re just one of many allies and you want fancy new friends. Well, the next time you need something doing, something which impinges on your national security, then try calling the French, or the Japanese, or best of all the Germans. The French will be able to offer you first rate support from their catering corps but beyond that you’ll be on your own.

When it comes to men, munitions and commitment you’ll soon find out why it pays to at least treat the Brits with some manners.

Obama’s treatment of PM Brown was disgusting, thought not surprising.  I’m not commenting one way or the other about the character of Brown or his political effectiveness on his end of the pond.  Nevertheless, there are just certain ways you handle the visit of a foreign head of state.

Obama seems to have little time or care for formalities.

(Telegraph) commenter strangerinbluesuedeshoes said:

As they say. It’s not the man you salute, it’s the rank.

Promises. Promises.
February 3, 2009, 3:15 pm
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Some notable quotables with names withheld to protect the innocent.

“Even the toughest rules require reasonable exceptions,” said White House Press Secretary “X”.

“Sometimes you can over-promise,” – Senator “X’

“It was probably a mistake to come down so hard on lobbyists. I think [sic] (President X’s) folks’ intentions were great here,” she said. “But sometimes you realize you can’t actually govern on just what you campaigned on.”

“A few waivers will not undermine it,” he said, provided they are justified and limited.

Promises.  Promises…

” China urges Obama to respect free trade, defends currency policy”
November 6, 2008, 5:38 pm
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…is the headline of this AFP article.

Imagine that, a communist country demonstrating concern that the president-elect of a capitalist country may have a problem with the current status quo of free trade between the two nations?

Ironical, eh?

Nikita Khrushchev to Ezra Taft Benson: Slowly you will succumb to socialism…
November 6, 2008, 5:19 pm
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“I have talked face to face with the godless communist leaders. It may surprise you to learn that I was host to Mr. Khrushchev for a half day when he visited the United States, not that I’m proud of it. I opposed his coming then, and I still feel it was a mistake to welcome this atheistic murderer as a state visitor. But, according to President Eisenhower, Khrushchev had expressed a desire to learn something of American Agriculture — and after seeing Russian agriculture I can understand why. As we talked face to face, he indicated that my grandchildren would live under communism. After assuring him that I expected to do all in my power to assure that his and all other grandchildren will live under freedom he arrogantly declared in substance:

“ ‘You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you. We’ll so weaken your economy until you’ll fall like overripe fruit into our hands.’”

Darn right nearly prophetic, ain’t it?

Steven Den Beste’s “Not the end of the world”
November 5, 2008, 4:42 pm
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A lot of bad things are going to happen during this term. But I don’t think that this is an irreversible catastrophe for the union. I’ve lived long enough to absorb this basic truth: the US is too large and too strong to destroy in just 4 years. Or even in 8. We survived 6 years of Nixon. We survived 4 years of Carter. We even survived 8 years of Clinton, God alone knows how.

The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in the world, but as national executives go his powers are actually quite restricted. Obama will become President, but he won’t be dictator or king, let alone deity. He still has to work with the House and the Senate, and he still has to live within Constitutional restrictions, and with a judiciary that he mostly didn’t appoint.

The main reason this will be a “coming of age” moment is that now Obama and the Democrats have to put up or shut up. Obama got elected by making himself a blank slate, with vapid promises about “hope” and “change” — but now he actually has to do something. Now he has to reveal his true agenda. And with the Democrats also having a majority in both chambers of Congress, now the Democrats really have to lead. And they’re not going to do a very good job of it. It’s going to be amusing to watch.

And the people who fell for the demagoguery will learn an invaluable lesson.

Are you a dejected conservative Eeyore in need of some perspective?  I highly encourage you to read on.

President-elect Barack Hussein Obama
November 5, 2008, 4:41 pm
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Congratulations to President-elect Barack Hussein Obama.

You carried out a hard fought campaign against an admirable opponent and a great American patriot, Senator John McCain.

While I vehemently disagree with the platform of your campaign, your personal associations, and many of your core political beliefs and ideas for the future of our nation, I pledge to you the following:

  • I will not stand by idly while our Constitution is under assault by liberal activist judges and leftist legislators who seek to undermine the very purpose of its foundation.

and finally and most importantly above all,

Congratulations President-elect Obama and may God bless.

Reagan on Obama’s tax policy
October 23, 2008, 6:08 pm
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“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” – Ronald Reagan

I am not sure, but I think that Mr. Reagan falls into the “teach a man to fish…” camp.

Just a guess.

“An Army of Joes”
October 20, 2008, 3:06 pm
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Dave in Texas writes over at Ace’s about Tito Munoz, a small construction business owner, who has had enough of the treatment Joe the Plumber is getting from the press.

Though his (Tito’s) legal status is not the main point of the story, I dug this quote:

“I was born in Colombia, but I was made in the U.S.A.”

Rock on, Tito.