Friday, August 14, 2009
COMANDER AND CHEF SERVES UP HIS VERY BEST DISH: CRAP CAKE
"I have not said that I was a 'single-payer' supporter." --President Barack Obama at a town hall meeting this week
"I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program." --Obama in 2003
OBAMA LIED!!! Part II
"We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors. ... AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare, okay?" --Barack Obama
Scratch that. AARP Chief Operating Officer Tom Nelson issued a statement saying, "AARP will not endorse a health care reform bill that would reduce Medicare benefits. Indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate."
This Week's 'Braying Jackass' Award
"UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." --Barack Obama, in a rare moment of truth-telling, arguing that a public option won't force private insurance out of business
So let's see: Government-run health care = the Post Office. And this is supposed to make us feel good about the idea?
LOOK...UP IN THE SKY...
It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's SuperBama! At least that's the White House version of the job numbers script, as read last week by President Obama, the economic commandeer, er, commander in chief. Obama's self-directed laudation announced, "Today, we're pointed in the right direction. We've rescued our economy from catastrophe." As proof, Obama pointed to the latest Labor Department numbers, which showed unemployment declined by one tenth of one percentage point and only 247,000 jobs lost in July. Naturally, a cause for celebration, right?
Not so fast. Despite the administration's assertion that the $787 billion stimulus package helped catalyze the drop in unemployment, when measured against reality, this fantasy falls flat. According to economist and New York Times blogger Casey Mulligan, second-quarter federal and state stimulus spending amounted to only $12 per person. And the AP reports that while the employment rate "dropped marginally from 9.5 percent to 9.4 percent ... one of the reasons for that change is that hundreds of thousands of people left the labor force." How convenient for the White House.
No doubt Obama will continue to don his cape and pose for pictures, but when it comes to the bottom line, the facts are kryptonite to his hero image.
This Week's 'Alpha Jackass' Award
"The rumor that's been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for 'death panels' that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we've decided that we don't -- it's too expensive to let her live anymore. (Laughter.)" --New York Times transcript, including the crowd's reaction, of Barack Obama yukking it up about the "death panels"
"President Obama is attempting to transmogrify America's entire medical system. It is literally a matter of life and death. If Obama and his supporters find mirth in the thought of 'pulling the plug on grandma,' do you trust them anywhere near your health care?" --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto