Beerapalooza 2009

July 31, 2009

In honor of yesterday’s Beer Summit between Barack Obama, Joe Biden, esteemed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, and a member of the fascistic, red-necked, blue-collared, jack-booted community, I bring you the latest from Iowahawk.

Speaking for myself, I have learned much from this teachable moment.

I have learned that I would never send my children to be taught anything at Harvard.


Obama’s Strange Idea Of Freedom

July 31, 2009

So if you knew someone who was rabidly anti-Israel, quite probably anti-Semitic, and who had sent millions of dollars to a political organization that wanted to destroy Israel and that used many of the funds to pay for terrorist activities (the Palestine Liberation Organization), would you honor that person with a Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States?

Barack Obama would.

H/T: Commentary.


Friday Fun—Politics

July 31, 2009

Barney Frank Admits Public Health Care Option Is A Trojan Horse

July 30, 2009

Conservative critics, such as myself, have been arguing that the “public option” of a government-sponsored health insurance is a sneaky back door way to get a Canadian/European-styled government run health care system. Now, the revolting Barney Franks actually admits that we’re right.

Fight the power, people. Don’t let these people do this to us. Don’t let them wreck the health care we have. There are better ways of instituting reform.

H/T: Critical Condition.


Pelosi Speaks What’s Left Of Her Mind

July 30, 2009

The dirty, rotten, filthy stinking liar Nancy “Pants-On-Fire” Pelosi came out with a statement about insurance companies now, calling them “immoral” and “villains” for daring to speak out against a government-run health care system.

Make no mistake, the increasingly shrill and pointless Pelosi actually believes the claptrap that she spouts. In her mind there are two types of people: the heroes in the Democrat party who want government to take over health care, and villains. All who oppose the Red Queen are villains, and we know what should happen to villains from years of watching movies: hail of bullets, clanging jail cell doors, floating off to sea on icebergs…that type of stuff.

I would hope that the insurance companies who have spent the last few months bending over for Barack Obama will take note of the rhetoric coming from the Left. Obama has threatened the insurance companies with “losing a seat at the table” if they run ads against the health care plan. The insurance companies should be listening to the Head Chef of this health care debacle, Nancy Pelosi. The insurance companies were only invited to the table for one reason: to be carved up and served as a main course to an ever-ravenous government bureaucracy that will never, ever, get enough to eat.

Every once in a while these people speak their alleged minds and I become more convinced than ever that the worst of them (and there are many) would put me in a camp. You, too, if you’re reading this.


The Obama Straw Man

July 30, 2009

I was thinking about pointing this out every time he does it, but my fingers just couldn’t tolerate all that typing. But here’s a perfect example of the Obama Straw Man. I recently sent an email to the White House telling them my feelings on nationalized health care. I got the standard form response. Bold highlighting is mine:

Dear Friend,

If you’re like most Americans, there’s nothing more important to you about health care than peace of mind.

Given the status quo, that’s understandable. The current system often denies insurance due to pre-existing conditions, charges steep out-of-pocket fees – and sometimes isn’t there at all if you become seriously ill.

It’s time to fix our unsustainable insurance system and create a new foundation for health care security. That means guaranteeing your health care security and stability with eight basic consumer protections:

No discrimination for pre-existing conditions
No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays
No cost-sharing for preventive care
No dropping of coverage if you become seriously ill
No gender discrimination
No annual or lifetime caps on coverage
Extended coverage for young adults
Guaranteed insurance renewal so long as premiums are paid
Learn more about these consumer protections at Whitehouse.gov.

Over the next month there is going to be an avalanche of misinformation and scare tactics from those seeking to perpetuate the status quo. But we know the cost of doing nothing is too high. Health care costs will double over the next decade, millions more will become uninsured, and state and local governments will go bankrupt.

It’s time to act and reform health insurance, drive down costs and guarantee the health care security and stability of every American family. You can help by putting these core principles of reform in the hands of your friends, your family, and the rest of your social network.

Thank you,
Barack Obama

First off, I’m not your friend.

Secondly, I find it interesting how in the same paragraph the President warns me about “scare tactics” he also tells me that if we don’t pass his plan there will be mounting costs, millions of people (maybe even YOU!) losing insurance, states going bankrupt, human sacrifice, mass hysteria, dogs and cats living together, real wrath of God type stuff, etc.

The main point here, however, is the Straw Man: “Those seeking to perpetuate the status quo;” “The cost of doing nothing is too high.”

But the only people who are telling us that there is one option, and one option only, are the Democrats and Barack Obama. There have been several healthcare plans floated by the Republicans. I’m not even in government and I put forth the basic tenets of a plan.

Obama does this all the time. We needed to pass his stimulus plan even though there were people saying we should “do nothing.” Really? Who? We need to ignore those who want the “status quo” on health care. Really? Who? Listen for it. It’s a debating trick designed to make people believe that there is only one way out of this mess and that we need to just shut up and blindly follow the leader. Obama uses this ploy every time he tries to advance one of his policies. It is a way of neutering the opposition by making them sound unprincipled and void of differing ideas and opinions. Do not fall for this trick. There may be some libertarian types advocating “doing nothing” out there, but it’s not the Republicans in Congress, it’s not the Conservative Party, and it’s not me.


UPDATE: Thanks to the good folks at NRO’s Critical Condition blog, I see that Keith Hennessey received the same email and wrote a brilliant counterpoint that really deserves widespread viewing.


Policy Wonk Deathmatch: Paul Ryan vs. Katrina vanden Heuvel

July 30, 2009

Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan takes the truth and shoves it right down The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel’s throat. On MSNBC, no less.

I love, love, love the smug look on vanden Heuvel’s face as she thinks she’s got Ryan nailed on the imaginary “public option” that Congress has and right after she accuses anyone who opposes government-run healthcare as being “unAmerican.” Notice how the camera never goes back to her while Ryan so politely gives her a beat down with the stupid stick.


Hot Air once again gets it right: More TV time for Ryan!


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