Obamacare Waivers for All the President’s Friends

Another week, another round of Obamacare waivers. One has to wonder at this point if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act applies to anyone anymore. It certainly doesn’t seem to apply to friends of President Obama.

They’re all getting waivers.

The Obama administration granted 204 new waivers nationwide in April, and almost 20 percent of them went to fancy restaurants and hotels in San Francisco. It’s probably a coincidence that San Francisco is former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s district. Ms. Pelosi, along with her Senatorial counterpart Harry Reid, was one of the biggest pushers of Obamacare when the president was trying to get it passed.

The other 80 percent of the waivers went to the usual recipients:labor unions, large corporations, financial firms, and local governments. How nice it must be to be in bed with big government. Sarah Palin had a succinct response to the Pelosi waiver revelation:

“Unflippingbelievable! No, wait, it is believable,” Palin said in an email to TheDC (The Daily Caller). “Seriously, this is corrupt. And anyone who still supports the Pelosi-Reid-Obama agenda of centralized government takeovers of the free market and the corresponding crony capitalism is, in my book, complicit.”

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Seniors Will Starve and Fairies Will Die on Republican Budget

Unless the politicians in Washington can come up with a budgetfor the fiscal year we’re currently halfway through, the government will shut down all non-essential services. The funding dries up Friday at midnight, which means that some 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed and also that Yellowstone Park will close temporarily.

The problem with creating a budget is that Republicans andDemocrats can’t agree on how much money to spend and what items to spend it on. There are just so many ways to spend other people’s money that sometimes it’s hard to decide whether to fundmenopausal yoga classes or blatantly biased media outlets.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pointed out the key difference between the ideologies of the right and the left: Liberals care about their fellow citizens, and Conservatives don’t give a crap about starving seniors. OK, maybe I paraphrased a teensy bit. Here’s what she actually said:

In one of the bills before us, six million seniors are deprived of meals — homebound seniors are deprived of meals. People ask us to find our common ground, the middle ground. Is middle ground three million seniors not receiving meals? I don’t think so. We’ve got to take this conversation from a debate about numbers and dollar figures and finding middle ground there, to the higher ground of national values. I don’t think the American people want any one of those six million people to lose their meals.

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The Latest on Obamacare: Weiner Waivers & IHOP Woes

Last March, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi boldly told the public that the Affordable Care Act needed to be passed before we could find out what was in it. The bill was soon passed and signed into law, and one year later, we are still peeling back the layers on the onion that is Obamacare.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) originally didn’t support President Obama’s health care initiative, but for a different reason than his Republicans counterparts. Where Republicans on the Hill voted against a massive intrusion of government into 1/6 of the economy, Rep. Weiner wasn’t fond of Obamacare because he didn’t believe it went far enough. The congressman sponsored an amendment to implement universal coverage – Medicare for all.

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Republicans Can’t Repeal Obamacare … But They Should Try

The 112th Congress was sworn in on Wednesday, bringing a Republican majority to the House of Representatives and new Speaker John Boehner (say Bay-ner, not Boner). First item on the agenda: Repealing Obamacare.

Of course, that’s never going to happen in the next two years. Despite the health care law’s tendency to discriminate against womenchildren, and small businesses, the repeal will never pass through the Democrat-controlled Senate and certainly would never be signed by President Obama.

It doesn’t matter that 60% of Americans oppose Obamacare, or that states are repealing the law all on their own; the Democrats know what’s good for you, gosh darn it, and that’s to have a health care system asspectacular as Canada’s. And the Democrats wonder why they gotslaughtered at the polls in November.

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Memo to Washington: Stop the Excessive Spending!

Government spending has to be renewed every year. Which means that an annual budget needs to be passed by Congress and signed by the President. That budget is currently being debated in the Senate, as the deadline to pass it is this Saturday at midnight. If it’s not passed, the government will discontinue nonessential services until we can come to some sort of agreement about how and where to spend taxpayer dollars.

The omnibus spending bill is nearly 2,000 pages long and has a price tag of $1,270,000,000,000, which includes $8,000,000,000 in earmark spending. There are thousands of these pet-projects in the bill, including $247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington State and $400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas.

Republicans are outraged at this excessive spending, and are refusing to pass the bill because of it. Never mind that some of them have their own earmarks in there. The thing about earmarks — they’re necessary for politicians to get a slice of the pie for their constituents. If politicians don’t bring home the proverbial bacon for their districts or states, they face losing their jobs by being voted out. The system might be messed up, but it is what it is, and until we start asking serious questions about the practicality of using federal funds for local projects, it stays.

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Nancy Pelosi Asked to Step Down: Democrats Still Don’t Get It

Nancy Pelosi managed to keep her seat representing San Francisco in the House of Representatives against challenger John Dennis in last week’s elections, but the Democrats’ new minority status in the same chamber has ousted her from her position as Speaker of the House. The Speaker is the top job in the House, and despite what Joe Biden says, is second in line for the Presidency.

After the election, Ms. Pelosi made clear her intention to retain her top dog status in the Democratic Party by seeking the post of House Minority LeaderJohn Boehner, who is now the supposed Speaker-elect (although nothing is carved in stone yet), currently fills the seat.

It turns out that Democrats in the House aren’t too keen on keeping Nancy Pelosi in a leadership position. They have drafted a letter to the soon-to-be-former Speaker, imploring her to step down.

The letter talks a great deal about Republican demonization of their great leader. Of course they love her — it’s just that those evil Republicans have “taken away [her] ability to lead.” The Democrats fear that the Republicans will continue to target Nancy Pelosi as the face of all that is wrong in Washington, and they respectfully ask her to step down.

The letter states:

This is a difficult letter to write, because we admire your commitment, your drive, and your conviction. You have been an historic figure in our great nation, and for that we are all proud, as should you be. Nonetheless, we each experienced how Republican demonization of you and your leadership contributed to our defeat.

The Republicans have demonized Nancy Pelosi? Hardly. She’s earned her 33% approval rating all on her own.

She has led the charge to pass billions and billions and billions of dollars in spending we can’t afford, so that twenty-somethings will be able to study art rather than grow up and get a job.

Nancy Pelosi pushed for the health care law, which Americans didn’t want, and has since been shown to discriminate against women, give breaks to big business, and drop coverage for children.

It was Nancy Pelosi, not Republicans that rammed through an $819 billion stimulus package that included funding for menopausal women to take yoga classes. Let’s also not forget about the stimulus-funded crack monkeys.

Nancy Pelosi was the one that accused the CIA of lying to her about interrogation techniques. She called opponents of anti-abortion health care un-American. She was the one that said bills could be bipartisan without bipartisan votes.

Nancy Pelosi might be the face of everything in Washington that’s wrong and corrupt and out-of-touch with Americans. But Republicans didn’t demonize her into that position. She got there all on her own.

Maybe the Democrats should stop blaming Republicans and own up to the fact that they made a mistake in making Nancy Pelosi their leader. They have no one to blame but themselves, and the fact that they blame Republicans is exactly why so many of them were voted out. Get a clue, Democrats, unless you want to see your numbers go down again in 2012.

Cross Posted at The Stir

The Liberal Agenda Will Destroy the Democratic Majority

We are now days away from voting in a Republican majority in the House, and quite possibly the Senate too. With the approval ratings in the tank for our top politicians, it’s not difficult to understand why Americans are saying, “Change it back!”

Democrats are doing their best to distance themselves from Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. In a campaign ad for Earl Pomeroy, Democrat incumbent for North Dakota’s lone House seat, he states:

I’m not Nancy Pelosi, I’m not Barack Obama; I’m Earl Pomeroy … My values are formed right here in Valley City where I grew up … I know I’ve disappointed you with a vote here or there, but you can always count on the fact that I do what I do for the right reason, for the people of North Dakota. Thanks for the chance.

After not being endorsed by the President for his bid to become Rhode Island’s next governor, Democratic candidate Frank Caprio told a Providence radio station:

I never asked President Obama for his endorsement and what’s going on here is really Washington insider politics at its worst — he can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I am concerned.

Countless other Democrats hoping to be elected next Tuesday are distancing themselves from this administration’s job-killing policy of tax-and-spend.

It’s easy to understand why Democrats don’t want to be associated with Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, or the rest of them. Since their party was voted into majority in 2006, and especially since 2008 when Obama was elected, we’ve seen spending spiral out of control, restrictive laws being passed against the will of the majority of Americans, and in just about two months, we’re in for thelargest tax increase in U.S. history.

Democrats are going to lose their majority because they won’t listen to us. Because they think they know better. They’ll let us come along for the ride, but we’d better shut up and sit in the back.

We asked them to read the bill, and they said no. They said it had to be passed before we could find out what’s in it. They laughed at us and said there was no point in reading it, because only lawyerscould understand it.

One legislator that worries about Guam tipping over voted on the health care bill that would take over 1/6 of our economy. That’s right, someone outside the realm of mental stability is voting on bills that will affect every citizen in our country.

Spending packages flew through Congress — auto bailouts, bank bailouts, and the takeover of the student loan industry. Let’s not forget the robotic bees: 10% unemployment, but by golly, let’s spend some money to develop a colony of robotic bees. That will make everything better (insert eye roll here).

The health care bill passed into law, and as Vice President Biden said, it was a “big fucking deal.” And since then we’ve seen coverage to children droppedspecial deals cut to large corporations,breastfeeding moms discriminated againstmenstruating women discriminated against, and women dying from breast cancer discriminated against.

Democrats might be trying to distance themselves from the liberal agenda, but it’s just too little too late.

Cross-Posted at The Stir

Unemployment Checks are Good for The Economy! Who Knew?

Nancy Pelosi asserts that unemployment benefits are great for the economy. “It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name,” she says.

In other news:

  • Candy bars are good for weight loss
  • Never saying no to your children makes them well-behaved
  • The best way to help an addict is to enable him or her

Good or bad, stimulating or not, how in the world does welfare help the economy? Make no mistake, unemployment checks are welfare. It’s money that you get for not working. I have friends that refer to their unemployment as a paid vacation, and are annoyed when they actually have to go find a job when their benefits run out.

How does requiring employers to pay former employees for NOT WORKING free up more cash for them to hire new people? Someone please explain this to me.

H/T Breitbart TV

Anti-Incumbent? No, Just Anti-Pelosi

From The Hill:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday acknowledged the “anti-incumbent mood” that’s swept through U.S. politics.

“There’s no question there is, at this moment, an anti-incumbent mood,” the Speaker said at her weekly press conference.

That’s quite a rationalization, Ms. Pelosi. Let me set you straight, because you obviously haven’t been listening to a single word that Americans have been saying.

We are not anti-incumbent. We like Coburn, Thune, DeMint, Bachmann, Smith, and many others, and want them to continue representing us in D.C.

What we don’t like is the attitude that you know better than us. We don’t like you sticking your bony fingers into our pockets so that you may be perceived as generous. We don’t like you robbing our children so that you and your cronies can live the life of Riley while telling us that we’re the greedy selfish ones. We don’t like you voting for legislation that stifles growth and suffocates business.

In other words, Ms. Pelosi, we don’t like you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go contribute a few bucks to John Dennis, because you’re one incumbent that we’d like to see gone.

The Smart Girl Report – Episode 0024

Senator Tom Coburn joins to talk about health care and the possibility of “repeal & replace” in the near future, Health Care Jeopardy with Thomas LaDuke, Molly Teichman, and Michelle Moore, and cocktail time with Mike G.