Saturday, November 2, 2013

The ObamaCare cost numbers by state...
and it ain't pretty
Notice the states where the numbers are lower...ALL blue, high-electoral vote states (except for Rhode Island).  I smell a rat...a numbers manipulating rat.

US President Barack Obama views lies as legitimate political tools. He uses lies strategically to accomplish through mendacity what he could never achieve through honest means.

Obama lies in both domestic and foreign policy.

On the domestic front, despite Obama’s repeated promises that Obamacare would not threaten anyone’s existing health insurance policies, over the past two weeks, millions Americans have received notices from their health insurance companies that their policies have been canceled because they don’t abide by Obamacare’s requirements.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board explained that Obama’s repetition of this lie was not an oversight. It was a deliberate means of lulling into complacency these Americans who opted to buy their insurance themselves on the open market, in order to stick them with the burden of underwriting Obamacare.

In the editorialist’s words, “The [healthcare] exchanges need these customers [whose private policies are being canceled] to finance Obamacare’s balance sheet and stabilize its risk pools. On the exchanges, individuals earning more than $46,000 or a family of four above $94,000 don’t qualify for subsidies and must buy overpriced insurance. If these middle-class Obamacare losers can be forced into the exchanges, they become financiers of the new pay-as-you go entitlement.”

Sure there is an outcry now about Obama’s dishonesty and the way he has used lying to take away from an unwilling public a right it would never have knowingly surrendered, but it is too late. There is no chance of revoking the law until at 2017, when Obama leaves office.

And by then, everyone will have been forced to accept what they consider unacceptable or be fined and lose all health coverage.

Obama’s mendacity is not limited to domestic policy. It operates in foreign affairs as well. Several commentators this week recalled Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez’s angry response to the Obama administration’s attempt to block Senate passage of sanctions against Iran in December 2011.

Expressing disgust at the administration’s bad faith to the Senate, Menendez noted that before the White House tried to defeat the legislation, it first forced senators to water it down, making them believe that the White House would support a weaker bill. In the end, despite the White House’s opposition, the Senate and House passed the watered-down sanctions bills with veto-proof majorities. Obama reluctantly signed the bill into law and then bragged about having passed “crippling sanctions” on Iran.

As was the case with Obamacare, the White House knows that most Americans won’t support its policy of doing nothing to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. So the White House never says that this is its policy. Obama and his advisers insist that preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power is a central goal of the administration. But their actions move US policy in the opposite direction. And if they get caught on the lies after Iran gets the bomb, well, Obama won’t be facing reelection, so he will pay no price for his duplicity.

The mendacity at the heart of Obama’s political playbook is something that Israel needs to understand if it to survive his presidency without major damage to its strategic viability. The events of the past week make clear that the stakes in understanding and exposing his game couldn’t be higher.

Three major developments occurred this week.

On Sunday, PLO officials leaked to the media a position paper that Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat presented to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni outlining the PLO’s position on a final peace settlement. In a nutshell, the paper requires Israel to destroy itself demographically, democratically, militarily, legally and politically and that it relinquish its water supply. Six months after it does all these things, the Palestinians will agree to sign a peace treaty with it.

The Palestinian document claims not only all of Judea and Samaria, (except for 1.9 percent of the territory that Israel can keep in exchange for money and more land within sovereign Israel), and eastern, northern and southern Jerusalem. It demands the northern Negev, the Hula Valley, Latrun and the Elah Valley. And it demands them all free of all Jewish presence.

They demand that Israel relinquish its rights under international law to Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem by agreeing that they are “occupied.”

They demand full control over the airspace over Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem, and over the waters off the Gaza coast. They demand an end of air force over flights of those areas.

They demand control over all the underground aquifiers, and over the electromagnetic spectrum.

Moreover, the Palestinians are demanding that Israel allow 5 million foreign-born Arabs the right to freely immigrate to its remaining territory.

They refuse to accept Israel’s right to exist and claim they have sovereign rights over all of Israel.

The Palestinian document reveals that there is no chance whatsoever that the current negotiations will lead to peace. PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies don’t want peace. They want to destroy Israel.


"I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announce it on television." -- Jon Stewart
What's the point of having a President who learns about everything his administration is doing from the newspapers, just like everyone else? When do you start to ask, "Is this guy stupid or just dishonest?" Given that Barack Obama seems to know so little about what's going on in his administration that it's starting to resemble a "Hogan's Heroes" rerun with Bo playing the role of Colonel Klink, maybe the answer is "both."

1) Obama didn't know we were spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel for five years.
The White House cut off some monitoring programs after learning of them, including the one tracking Ms. Merkel and some other world leaders, a senior U.S. official said. Other programs have been slated for termination but haven’t been phased out completely yet, officials said. 
The account suggests President Barack Obama went nearly five years without knowing his own spies were bugging the phones of world leaders. Officials said the NSA has so many eavesdropping operations under way that it wouldn’t have been practical to brief him on all of them.
2) Obama didn't know that his administration was sending guns to Mexican drug cartels via Fast and Furious.
In the March 22 interview, Obama said: “There have been problems, you know. I heard on the news about this story that fast and furious, where allegedly guns were being run into Mexico and ATF knew about it but didn't apprehend those who had sent it. Eric Holder has -- the attorney general has been very clear that he knew nothing about this. We had assigned an IG, inspector general, to investigate it.”
3) Obama didn't know the DOJ seized the AP's phone records.
(Press Secretary) Carney later added about the scandal, "We don't have any independent knowledge ... [Obama] found out about the news reports yesterday on the road."
4) Obama didn't know the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups.
During a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, President Obama was asked about the IRS scandal. He responded, ”I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.”
5) Obama didn't know the Healthcare.gov website was going to fail.
In an exclusive interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked when the President first learned about the considerable issues with the Obamacare website. 
Sebelius responded that it was in "the first couple of days" after the site went live October 1.
"But not before that?" Gupta followed up.
To which Sebelius replied, "No, sir."

Israel hits Hizballah-bound weapons shipment in Syria

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

The jihadis are gearing up for the Third Intifada, but Israel (unlike Obama's U.S.) is staying on top of matters. "Israel Hits Russia Weapons Shipment in Syria; Chemical Arms Sealed," from AFP, November 1:
Israel carried out an airstrike on a Syrian military installation to stop a shipment to Hezbollah, as inspectors said Syria's entire declared stock of chemical weapons has been placed under seal. 
Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television said Thursday that Israel had hit a Syrian air base in Latakia province, targeting a shipment of surface-to-surface missiles destined for the Lebanese Shiite movement.
A U.S. official confirmed to AFP that "there was an Israeli strike" but gave no details on the location or the target, while Israeli officials refused to comment.
"Historically, targets have been missiles transferred to Hezbollah," allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the official said.
Al-Arabiya quoted the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying explosions took place Wednesday near Latakia at an air defense base.
In May, Israel carried out two airstrikes inside Syria, and a senior Israeli official told AFP both targets were Iranian weapons destined for Hezbollah....

Allen West Warns Iraq Will Turn to China or Russia
Image: Allen West Warns Iraq Will Turn to China or Russia
By Wanda Carruthers
 / Newsmax
 
Former Congressman Allen West warned Friday that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will turn to "China or Russia" for assistance with the growing violence in Iraq, if he doesn't get help from the United States.

"This is a tough situation [President Barack Obama's] going to be in. But, I think that if you have the right preconditions, you could look at reinserting yourself. Because, right now, if you don't, al-Maliki is going to go to either Russia or China," the Florida Republican said on "Fox & Friends."

Al-Maliki was scheduled to visit the White House Friday, purportedly to discuss the upswing in violence in Iraq, CNN reported.

According to the U.N., nearly 1,000 Iraqis died in attacks during October, the Huffington Post reported.

West said the violence indicates that al-Qaida has not been "decimated" since U.S. forces left Iraq in 2011. Instead, he said a resurgence of terrorist groups is underway there.

"They've had a resurgence in Iraq," he said of al-Qaida. "They're calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant now."

"We once had a foothold there, where we could have kept the pressure on al-Qaida and other terrorist-associated elements," West said. "Now, you're going to have to go back and fight your way back in, which is something you never want to do."
Op-ed:
1...2...3...4...5...SIX!
By: Diane Sori 

Seis...che...sechs...zes...sei...szesc...שבע...NO matter what language it's said in...NO matter how it's spelled...the number 6...SIX...is my new favorite number...and I bet it's the new favorite number of many others too.

SIX...the number of people who signed onto ObamaCare on October 1...the first day the ObamaCare website was up and running...the day the White House said that by the end of the month 500,000 would sign up.

SIX... For a month now Obama and his mouthpieces have been bloviating that Americans by the droves are visiting, shopping, and purchasing health insurance through the exchanges on Healthcare.gov in spite of all its problems...visiting a website that does NOTHING but expound the highest tax increase in the history of this country.

But truth be told...the Obama administration out-and-out  LIED...so what else is new...saying there were 4.7 million visits in the first 24 hours of operation.  But in response to a document request to HHS from the House Oversight Committee (the Obama administration to date had refused to provide information on how many people had actually enrolled) notes secured from the twice-a-day 'war room' meetings within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  showed that only "six enrollments have occurred so far."

A laughable SIX people signed up for Barack HUSSEIN Obama's hallmark piece of legislation on day one...by the afternoon of day two enrollments reached 100...and by the end of day three, the 'war room' notes show 248 enrollments nationwide. A mere 248 enrollments when ObamaCare needs an average of 39,000 enrollments per day to meet the goal of seven million by March 1st.  And the majority of that 248...in fact 9 out of 10...did NOT purchase private insurance the exchanges offered but instead applied for Medicaid.  And why Medicaid...because the federal government foots the entire bill for those newly eligible individuals under the expanded Medicaid law...and that translates into 'We the People' getting shafted once again as it's our taxpayer dollars that foots the bill for the federal government.

And so ObamaCare allows the 'sponges' of our society to win yet again for the bottom line is that ObamaCare exists simply to lock-in oh so grateful current and future Democratic voters.  Remember, the 'sponges' already had free access to the ER as their primary source of health care, and now under ObamaCare the few that do NOT go into the expanded Medicaid program will get subsidies to pay for ObamaCare...again giving them free health care at the expense of we taxpayers.

In other words...redistribution of wealth has now become a reality under this miserable excuse of a president and his equally miserable namesake health care law.

And it gets worse for 'We the People' for NOT only are we taxpayers having our wealth redistributed but millions of us are getting a 'very special gift' because of ObamaCare... higher policy costs if NOT outright policy cancellations of our 'very happy with' health insurance...you know the insurance Obama has been saying all this time that "if you're happy with your insurance you can keep it, period" insurance. 

And as 2+ million Americans have already lost their current insurance with that number growing daily (Obama alone owns that), Obama does what he does best...he hightails it out of DC and goes into full 'campaign mode' to do damage control.

Saying in Boston that the insurance plans being cancelled were inferior to the exchange plans in ObamaCare, the reality is that those plans did NOT make everyone pay for things like pregnancy, mental health, and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Remember, in a private plan you have a choice as to whether or NOT you want those benefits...you get to say NO thank you...but under ObamaCare you must have them whether you want them or NOT.  I guess men will thank Obama for that the next time one of them goes into labor.

But karma does have a way of coming full circle as now adding to Obama's 'number 6' woes, Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI)...the contractor who is supposed to fix the joke of a website...was labeled 'high' risk in a recent federal investigation, having been previously charged with endangering the personal data of more than six million government beneficiaries through insufficient security controls that failed to stop its employees from connecting unauthorized USB devices to highly sensitive Medicare systems. 

And yet they are the ones chosen to 'fix' the hopefully unfixable website...probably more classmates of Michelle's are on their board I would guess.

So as Barack HUSSEIN Obama paces the floor over the number 6 ...as he tries to dream up even more ways to blame the Republicans for the ObamaCare failures...all I can say is that it could NOT have happened to a nicer guy...insert sarcasm and a hearty laugh here.