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Sin Tax Era: America the not so Beautiful March 30, 2010

Filed under: Sin Tax,Taxes — afrocity @ 9:07 AM
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Perhaps the single one and only salutary effect that the passage of Obamacare has had on my life, is jolting my father out of the land of the Obama living dead by raising his concerns about the intrusion of the government in our lives.

I have not known my father for that long.

I speak to him about once every three months.

Everyday I text him an inspirational message.  “HEY YOUR LIFE CAN BE AS GREAT AS YOU WANT IT TO BE”

He texts back: “Thanks baby girl…let’s get 2 gethur soon.”

Okay, so I don’t know my father very well at all.

I cannot tell you his favorite color or anything that would require me to have lived around the man for sometime. Total time spent in the same room  with my father would probably equal about 1.5 months of my life.  However, I do know that we bear more than a passing resemblance. He contributed to my DNA. For some unexplainable reason we both like metaphysical/new age books. We both prefer to eat duck on Thanksgiving rather than turkey. And finally, we both hate to be forced into doing anything–especially if someone else like the government claims that it is for our own good.
Over the last year, I have noticed that I am taxed for doing everything wrong and nothing right.

I don’t own a home so I am a dirt bag in the eyes of the IRS.

I don’t have children so I am an even bigger dirt bag.

It is actually “greener” not to have a child but will the feds give me a tax break for that?

Nope, instead they tax me for drinking bottled water and 10.25% sales tax for living in a major liberal city.

The sin tax fever has also spread like a disease into our day to day and necessary life event  transactions.  After all, isn’t this is the heyday of liberalism and shouldn’t life imitate government?

This “make em’ pay” for their sins mentality translates into fees for the petty residual activities that we have to do just to make our lives work.   You see dear readers, if you have to perform step A in order to move to step B, then you must be charged for it.

I am moving this week, which is why I have been behind in blogging.  Let me demonstrate how moving is a sin.

Afrocity must move from apartment A to apartment B.

In order to move, I must reserve an elevator.  My reservation requires an administrative fee of  $500 to move out of apartment A.  What can I do, right? I must move out so I have to pay the fee.

Meanwhile Apartment B- the place I MUST move in to, requires an administrative fee of $600 to move in.

What can I do, right? I must move in so I have to pay the fee.  Additionally when I went to pick up my keys and parking permit, I was told that there was another administrative fee for getting the actual permit.  Meaning $100 for my actually picking up the permit. I pay an extra $175 a month in my rent for the parking spot but it was a one time administrative fee of $100 to actually pick up the permit.

As I discussed this with my father, he was puzzled.

“I remember a time when all you had to do was get a U-haul and just move in,”  he said.

“Not anymore,” I said as I recalled mother and I just paying the first month’s rent and a security deposit during the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s …heck even during the first five years of the new millennium.   “Now,” I continued. “If you have to do it, you have to pay for it…I would not be surprised if someday we were charged  “administrative fees” or taxed  for buying tampons. Why not? Women MUST have a monthly period.  A girl’s gotta move out of her apartment and bleed,  so why not tax us for it. “

My dad laughed but I was serious.  Every apartment I looked at had a move in/move out fee.  Even the small brownstone apartments.  Sure everybody, you already charge us tax for the shit we like to do such as smoking, drinking bottled water, eating junk food.  Now lets get together and figure out how to charge people for the shit they MUST do.

If you MUST do it let’s charge you for it.

On an airplane if you are on a long trip, you must check your bags.  Let’s charge you for it.

Actually this is a great strategy to screw people put of all sorts of money and their freedom.

Obama and his liberal minions have pushed healthcare into that all important MUST HAVE category.  If you don’t want it, you will pay.  You see health care is not something that everybody wants to have.

For some like my aunt, who loathes doctors and actually believes that they implant microchips into your immunization syringe in order to track your every movement,  healthcare is a dangerous thing.

For my father who hates to have to do anything because someone told him to, Obamacare is an imposition.

“I don’t like this business of us just having to get this government stuff.  If I wanted to pay I would have bought good healthcare to begin with…not that government crap…and you know it won’t be as good as Blue Cross or Aetna…waiting in line while people are dying in the chair next to you…But he [Obama] says he will help us pay for it…”

Dad didn’t sound too confident.

For my sane aunt, who works at a hospital  of all places, Obamacare is taking away her freedom to choose and keep the healthcare plan she has loved for years.  She voted for Obama. She does not want him to win a second term.

I never should of voted for him,” she said. “I will never again vote for a person because they are black.  I don’t want their [the Democrats] plan shoved down my throat. I wanted to retire next year, now Social Security says I can’t because they do not have the money. The hell with healthcare, just give me my money and let me retire. “

My reply to her, “But you know auntie, not having healthcare is a sin.”

” Then heaven help us,” she laughed but it was not a happy laugh.

She had worked at that hospital scheduling appointments for years. She remembered when a candy bar was a nickle.  She remembered the Korean War and a countless number of other historical moments.  Some of those moments just happened like the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. , others were legislated like the passage of the Civil Rights Bill.  Now for some reason, this historical moment seemed fake and manufactured like those old wax busts of Abe Lincoln you bought from a vending machine.

America has changed.  It is not kinder or gentler.  It has just changed into something sinful and the Democrats must save us from ourselves.

We should be thankful for this  bank account purging  of our transgressions and interpret the new sinful America as a consequence of liberal humanity and understanding.

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Donkey Land Gets “Roved” Over On The Talk Show Circuit March 21, 2010

This has indeed been a great week for media interviews. I am glad that the normally polite conservatives have finally dared to use verbal punches during some recent media appearances. You can’t just be calm and civil with these liberals anymore when confronted with their mis-truths and name calling.

First we had Bret Baier versus Barack Obama. There was nothing better than watching President Obama get unruffled in front of calm and collected “Leave it to Beaver” sweetness and all American Bret Baier. After the interview, Baier was heavily criticized by the left for interrupting Obama’s long sermons of bull and surprisingly even his colleagues on FOX NEWS.

Of course no liberal critique is complete without someone being called a racist:

“Brett was practicing what Fox News calls “baiting the black man”. They use a different word but you get the idea. Brett was beyond rude and unprofessional. He was trying to get points with his boss and other aryans he needs to impress.”

On the liberal mantel of pride lies accolades for those who demonstrate superior skills at racebaiting.  If you are against Obamacare, you must be a racist.  If you question Obama’s policies, you must be a racist.  Here liberal professor and commentator Caroline Heldman calls Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson a racist because he refers to the White House as “Big Mama’s House.”

Regardless of how I feel about Rev. Peterson,  uttering the words “Big Mama’s House” is NOT racist.  Truthfully, I felt that Dr. Heldman was upset with Peterson because he was black and not on the plantation that she felt he should have been on.  Being a black Republican has a connotation of shedding tradition and natural order among Democrats.  Gay Republicans are even less fanciful in the holy book of LIB.

I am against government healthcare reform. I must be a racist despite my being African American and someone who was actually a “green medical card” recipient as a child.  Government run healthcare stinks.  I have experienced it.  Contrary to what the Democrats believe, logic and reason among voters is not a vanishing art.  We are not naive and can smell bullshit miles and miles away.  This is not about Republican vs. Democrats in my opinion.  This is about legislation being passed according to the will of the American people.

You’ll know a liberal snow job when you see one.  You will have a pretty good idea you have stepped into a pile of donkey poo the moment you are greeted by Obama’s smile and the pointing fingers at the George W. Bush.  But you will know it for certain when the liberal refuses to debate the facts and turns red in the face as demonstrated by former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe during this fantastic face off with Karl Rove today.

Watch and enjoy.  Karl Rove fed Plouffe his balls on a platter with a knife and fork  stuck in it:

This interview made my entire month.

Let them pass the healthcare reform bill.  In November 2010, the people will hold the Democrats accountable for it and vote accordingly.




Afrocity Too Busy and Stupid for Words March 2, 2010

Filed under: Healthcare — afrocity @ 10:01 AM
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Folks, I am in a bit of a rush with moving and work.  I am too busy and stupid for words.

I have a lot on my mind about the ramming of this national healthcare reform initiative.  According to the Democrats, the public is not equipped to understand this “complex issue”.

"Too Stupid For Words" cartoon by Stilton Jarlsberg of Hope n' Change

I understand that there is a need for improved heathcare among the uninsured as well as those of us like myself, who do have insurance.  There is nothing more I hate than going to the doctor only to receive a pat on the head and a co-pay bill for $25.   I also understand that given the current state of out economy, I would like the Obama administration to focus job creation and not healthcare.  There really are more important things going on out there.  Families are struggling and if you ask Harry Reid (D-NV) , unemployed men are killing people.

On the plus side, at least Senator Reid did not label the angry unemployed men as conservative wingnuts just aching to kill a black man because they are out of work and angry at minorities stealing their jobs.  Speaking of losing jobs, Harry may be in the political graveyard looking for work himself.  It is a little known fact that Harry is a former boxer.

From I own the world

Watch out Mrs. Reid.

So let’s get these guys some jobs before we have a national crisis on our hands. People need to afford to shop at Whole Foods, donate to the Obama 2012 campaign and buy iPhones.  We gotta get this country hoping and changing again!

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Thursday Stitch N’ Bitch: Government Health Care-Words Sew Heart To Believe September 10, 2009

Filed under: Healthcare,Uncategorized — afrocity @ 11:07 AM
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Knitted Art: " Vollig Weichgestrikt" by Sarah Illenberger

Knitted Art: " Vollig Weichgestrikt" by Sarah Illenberger

My breakfast this morning:

A glass of soy milk

Bottled spring water

1 hard boiled egg

1 multivitamin

1 Omega 3 fatty acid softgel

I have practiced this diet for two weeks now. My grandmother died of heart disease at age 77. My uncle died of heart disease at age 58.  My mother died of heart disease at age 68.

Afrocity will not die of heart disease. What do I have going for myself that they did not?

1. Coming to terms that heart disease is a problem in my family is the first step.

Unfortunately, the  rest of my family is still in denial. I began seeing a cardiologist in 2005. I was the youngest person in the office and the doctor sort of laughed at me but I would rather be embarrassed than dead. My grandmother’s first heat attack was at age 35. She would later have another attack 17 years later, right in front of me when I was 4 years old.

I was home alone with her watching Sesame Street and she fell to the floor, dragging herself into the kitchen for the phone. The rotary dial clunker was wall mounted. She could not reach it and neither could I. Feeling helpless, I tried to run for help but grandmother had put the chain latchkey lock on the door and I could not unlock it.

Overwhelmed with fear, I crawled into a corner where I could not see her. I thought she was dying and it was my fault. Hours later my mother awakened me, grandmother had been taken to a hospital and I had slept through the entire ordeal.

obama pills2. I will make a special effort to eat healthier. Cut down on red meat, add more soy products, water, omega.Typical African diets in my family consisted of meals that were high in saturated fats and sodium. By comparison my diet has always shunned the greens and corn bread feasts that my mother loved so much. Even as a child, she found me to be a picky eater- favoring vegetables over fruit and eating noticeably smaller portions than my relatives. My uncle would make a culinary concoction of fat back, greens and cabbage in a huge dutch oven. You could see the film of yellow coagulated grease floating on top of his artery clogging masterpiece.

3. They had government health care. I do not.

When ill, the very decision of whether or not to seek medical assistance was question of whether or not you were at death’s door. My family did not trust doctors to keep them alive. Medical practitioners were to be feared and avoided at all cost. In the end, they would all wind up too soon on an autopsy table. I cannot say that I blamed them. Welfare health care was a nightmare for me. I was poked and prodded without much explanation about what was happening to my body. I cannot remember the name or face of a single doctor I had back in those days. I can vaguely recall the sea foam green medical card my mother received each month that she would push underneath a glass window to a nurse along with her public assistance identification card. The doctors never smiled at me, one even told me to get the hell out of his office after I coughed in his face because the tongue depressor activated my gag reflex. Mother hastily walked out with me, penicillin prescription  in hand.

As a college undergrad, I too noticed that I hated doctors. My counselors and college roommate helped me overcome that fear. I did not want to die of a heart attack or cancer. Looking for Marcus Welby was futile in the world of government health care I would listen to my classmates speak of wonderful relationships with their “family” doctors. There was no such MD in my life until I finally secured a job with benefits.

Cross stitch uterus

Cross stitch uterus

Doctor: So you are here because you have a cold but is everything else going okay for you? You just moved here from Texas. Did you have a family practitioner there.

Afrocity: No

Doctor: When was your last pap exam?

Afrocity: (counting in head) Five years ago.

Doctor: (frowning) We can’t have that. Let’s schedule you for one.

stitchy pooAfrocity: (shakes head) I don’t like those metal things.

Doctor: I don’t use those, not many doctors do anymore. Have you’ve been tested for AIDS? HPV virus?

Afrocity:(shakes head)

Doctor: Have you ever had your cholesterol checked…ever? (smiling) I am guessing that is a qualified No?

Afrocity: (silent) I have problems with gas and heartburn, they told me to take TUMS but it never helps.I go from diarrhea to constipation.

Doctor: Well let’s lets have you fully checked out. I mean the whole nine yards, blood, urine, pap smear, a physical. You need a wellness consultation and it sounds like you have IBS. Do you do breast self-exams?

Afrocity: I bee-what? No I have not done a breast exam, I have seen the charts though.


Doctor: Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It comes from stress, lots of women have it. You may also be lactose intolerant but we can’t know unless we test you my dear. Go to the desk and we can get you set up for all of these fun tests. You especially are overdue for a gynecological exam.

Cross Stitch Ovaries

Cross Stitch Ovaries

From that visit on, I began to trust doctor’s again. For anyone interested in finding out the truth in government health care, they should speak to people like me. Those who have actually experience it. Those in Canada and the UK who know what socialized medicine is and is not. So far, I have only heard about what is wrong with insurance companies and not what is right about government health care.

This is not about a partisan victory. This is about our health which is far more important than congressmen and Barack Obama kicking sand in each other’s faces at the playground.

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Sarah, Sarah…Storms Are Brewing In Liberal’s Eyes September 9, 2009

Pages from Sarah Palin Graphc Novel Bluewater's new Female Force series, based on influential women who are "making and shaping modern history

Pages from Sarah Palin Graphc Novel Bluewater's new Female Force series, based on influential women who are "making and shaping modern history

With former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s op ed piece appearing in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, the Occulata palingenia haterus moonbats are out for blood.

In this article in The Atlantic by Marc Ambinder, it is posited that Sarah Palin is should not be seriously considered as a voice for the conservatives when there are other Republican’s such as Newt Gingrich who are more “serious”.

The Atlantic

Media Challenge: Will They Take The Palin Bait?

Sep 8 2009, by Marc Ambinder

Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, has every right to submit an opinion piece on health care to the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page, and they’ve got every right to print it.

But Palin’s existence in this debate does not (a) lend her voice any credibility and, beyond that, even if you believe that her experience as a state governor does give her at least a modicum of credibility, it does not follow that, because her voice is credible, it ought to be influential. Newt Gingrich is influential by rights; he’s done the work, come up with original ideas, and been in the trenches. (Replacing Medicare with vouchers…not new or remotely plausible, even if GOPers do well in the next two elections. Quoting Ronald Reagan talking about that type of proposal…not new. Etc.)

The media — by which I mean the cable news networks, primarily — will determine whether Palin’s view on health care becomes influential. There are many Republican, conservative health care spokespeople who have earned the right to speak for their party’s principals, and, truth be told, can recite the talking points (complete with Ronald Reagan quote) better than Palin and her writer can.  They’re the ones who should be offended if Palin’s op-ed becomes the voice of the opposition tomorrow, because Palin isn’t seen by most Americans as a particularly trenchent analyst of policy. Indeed, the reason why Palin’s team wants to get her pieces in publications like the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal is that, in this next phase of her political career, Mrs. Palin has to burnish her policy skills.  And the Journal is all too willing to lend some space to this project, because plenty of people will see the piece.

Sarah Palin novel 2

The Atlantic piece is being very presumptuous. Again the mainstream media assumes that anyone actually gives a damn about their opinion. According to them we should not listen to anything that Sarah Palin has to say or write about health care reform because she knows nothing about the issue despite being the governor of Alaska and a mother of five children. If having five children is not credited as “being in the trenches”, I don’t know what is.  And what of President Barack Obama’s times in the trenches on health care reform or any other important political issue? Ah, but this is addressed, the article continues:

Sarah Palin Novel 3…So here’s a challenge to the media: if you want to do justice to conservative ideas and find some balance in your coverage tomorrow, book serious Republicans with original ideas on your programs. If you don’t, Palin is giving herself a voice at your expense and through little effort of her own.

By implying, incidentally, that Palin gets help from a speechwriter, I mean to make an observation. Barack Obama didn’t draft his op-ed, either. But, reading Obama, it’s not a leap to believe that the ideas are truly his. Palin has no chops and no experience talking about health care and isn’t participating in this debate; the content of her op-ed piece isn’t original, and the points are points that Republicans make every day.

This is the reality. Palin has policy credibility problems. Big ones. A few op-eds aren’t going to help her. But if the media treats her as as a legitimate and influential voice today, she won’t need to do the hard work that will result in her learning more about policy and actually becoming conversant in the issues that she, as a potential presidential candidate, will deal with…


To summarize, Sarah Palin is accused of being unlike Barack Obama because she does not have any ideas of her own about health care reform.

And what is it exactly, that makes us so sure that Barack Obama has any ideas of his own about health care? Is it because his mother and grandmother both died of disease related illnesses? Or is it because he actually authored a piece of legislation on health care during his time as an Illinois state senator?

He did not you know.Obama never authored one piece of legislation as a senator. He voted “present” during much of his term and campaigned for the rest of it.

A crucial aspect of this scathing critique on Sarah Palin ability to influence conservative masses points to her lack of experience. However the sexist revisionist historians at The Atlantic seemed to have developed a case of collective amnesia when it comes to President Barack Obama’s lack of real in the trenches experience. Anyone who can recall Obama’s last prime time press conference on health care reform may vividly remember Obama’s droll dead pan teleprompter reading expression. It was obvious that what he was reading from the screen did not originate from dear leader’s mind. I was not certain that he wanted to be there. Did he read the bill that he allowed congress to write?

Can you remember that the only time Barack Obama showed any inclination that a single thought was his own was when he race baited the Cambridge Police Department? He actually smiled because that was the most comfortable moment for him during the entire press conference. See, this guy does have ideas of his own. What the ideas are about is the troubling issue. We will see tonight if Obama gives us more insight into his time in the trenches.

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Liberal Hypocrisy Files: Just Say No To “Fake Hate Crimes” August 26, 2009

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Seeing the displays of political dissent against Obama portrayed by liberals as insincere and astroturfing gives me more reason to be thankful that I am no longer a Democrat. In making such accusations they are woefully guilty of collective amnesia concerning their own history of impassioned protest. The latest scandal involves a liberal who actually orchestrated a “fake hate crime” in order to have citizens believe the guilty party was anti-health care reform protesters.

From Fox News

Colorado GOP Calls for Apology After Democratic Office Vandalism

The chairman of the Colorado Republican Party is calling on his Democratic counterpart to apologize for suggesting that an act of vandalism at Democratic Party headquarters was linked to opposition to President Obama’s push for health care reform.

State GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams told he was “stunned” by comments made by Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak following the smashing of 11 windows at the Democratic headquarters early Tuesday morning.

Waak told the Denver Post that the vandalism, allegedly carried out by a former Democratic canvasser and who left behind an anti-health care reformer poster, was “an effort on the other side to stir up hate.” After learning about alleged vandal’s political past, Waak told the newspaper that “there is a lot of rhetoric out there from both sides of the spectrum.”

“I was stunned by [Waak] actually suggesting the act of vandalism had something to do with opposition to Obama’s health care reform,” Wadhams told Wednesday. “That is unfair and inappropriate to say that anybody who opposes Obama’s health care plan is somehow responsible for this despicable act of vandalism.”

Wadhams called on Waak to apologize to “everyone, who in good faith, opposes the president’s health care proposal,” saying her assertion was “terribly” irresponsible.

Booking photo for Maurice Schwenkler, who also goes by the name Ariel Attack. Self-escribed as a "transgendered anarchist" (Photo/DPD handout)

Booking photo for Maurice Schwenkler, who also goes by the name Ariel Attack. Self-escribed as a "transgendered anarchist" (Photo/DPD handout)

Waak, meanwhile, told that the shattered windows were directly in front of posters depicting President Obama and health care reform.

“If you look at the windows, that’s where the major smashes were done,” Waak said Wednesday. “To us, that indicates this is about health care reform.”

Maurice Schwenkler, 24, was arrested in Denver on Tuesday in connection to the vandalism on charges of criminal mischief. The shattered windows will cost roughly $10,000 or more to replace.

The Post reported that Schwenkler was paid $500 in November 2008 to walk door-to-door in support of Democrat Mollie Cullom, a candidate for the state House. Campaign records also show Schwenkler was among dozens of canvassers paid by a political committee called the Colorado Citizens’ Coalition.

Schwenkler was also reportedly arrested in St. Paul, Minn., on the last day of the 2008 Republican convention on charges of unlawful assembly.

Denver Police say they have not identified a motive in the incident. A second suspect is still at large. No injuries were reported.

Republican David Balmer, who defeated Cullom, said he thought the vandals might have trying to make Republicans look bad.

“This sounds like the type of Democratic tactic from the left fringe trying to make Republicans look mean-spirited,” Balmer told the Denver Post. “In this case, it blew up in their face. He was caught red-handed.”

Ashley Todd, guilty of phony hate crime.

Ashley Todd, guilty of phony hate crime.

While you are bound not to hear as much about this in the mainstream media as say oh the story of Ashley Todd, the Republican race baiter from the 2008  presidential campaign season, it should be mentioned that staging fake hate crimes should be denounced by all political parties.

People have the constitutional right to assembly regardless of political affiliation. If conservatives are being more vocal than normal, I say it is about time and liberals you will just have to get over it. Your plan of demonizing anti-health care reform protesters is predictably backfiring. I dare any liberal to claim that each and every liberal protest we have seen throughout was without yelling, provocative signage,  or outlandish fringe party behavior.  Indeed, it is time to realize that not everyone is on board with Obamacare and they have the right to express dissension whether that be at a rally, protest march, or town hall meeting.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, is confronted by CodePink member Desiree Sairooz, her hands painted red, as she arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, before the House Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding US policy in the Middle East ,where she spoke about Iraq, Iran, and the Israel Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, is confronted by CodePink member Desiree Sairooz, her hands painted red, as she arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, before the House Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding US policy in the Middle East ,where she spoke about Iraq, Iran, and the Israel Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

In this important debate, I was happy to see Senator John McCain (R-AZ) host a town hall meeting on health care reform. I have always respected John McCain as a politician that could see different sides of an issue. I felt that his town hall proceeded in a civil and orderly fashion. Part II is especially interesting.

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As The Bus Wheel Turns: Public Option Under The Bus August 17, 2009


While confined to the service garage for several months, the Obama “hopenchange” bus got an oil change and a new set of tires. Things can get kind of messy under there with all that road kill sticking to the tread.  For a guilty Republican pleasure, I find it plausible to find a certain satisfaction during the Obama bus kill tours.  From my perspective, I love it when some raving Obamabot gets rear ended or side swiped by the man they elected.  Usually when we think of Obama bus road kill, human beings come to mind. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Judas – Bill Richardson, John Kerry, Caroline Kennedy, his maternal grandmother “Toot” (but she gets resurrected whenever Obama finds it convenient to use her as part of a sympathy ploy.)

This is the same woman that Obama called a “typical white person’ during a 2008 interview.

Obama uses familial anecdotes copiously whenever it suits him, after he is done the road kill gets thrown back under the bus for later use.

Thus far, we have only seen people go under the Obama bus however, now the White House has extended the invitation to policies and provisions in the health care bill.

Death Panels

Death Panels

Wall Street

The Public Option Goes Over

The big fight over ObamaCare is far from finished.

AUGUST 17, 2009

So it looks as if the public option has been sent to the death panel—so to speak. Over the weekend President Obama and other White House officials throttled back their demands for a new health-care entitlement program that looked like Medicare for the middle class. Liberals are in a furor and more than a few conservatives are popping champagne corks. But dumping one of the most radical and destructive features of ObamaCare is best viewed as a tactical political retreat, not a surrender.

The Administration had to toss something overboard, considering the rising swell of voter opposition and the fact that many Democrats are getting queasy in the current health-care squall, especially in the Senate. Jettisoning the public option is supposed to quiet the public’s main worry about government control of medical decision-making—not to mention neutralizing the insurance industry’s main objection. The issue now is whether Mr. Obama’s fall-back is merely to pass the public option on the installment plan.

To pose the question is to answer it. “All I’m saying is, though, that the public option, whether we have it or we don’t have it, is not the entirety of health-care reform,” Mr. Obama said Saturday in Colorado. “This is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it.”

Yet the public option wasn’t some afterthought, or merely the obsession of Congress’s leftward fringe. A new government-run program would crowd out private insurers by undercutting them on consumer prices, courtesy of an intravenous drip of taxpayer dollars and its monopsony power to force doctors and hospitals to accept sub-market rates. As millions of people gravitated toward “free” coverage, the public option would also vastly expand federal management of the practice of medicine, shaping the treatments and care patients can receive to save on costs.

Some liberals were honest, or used to be honest, about where all this would lead. Barney Frank noted the main reason Democrats were not backing a total government takeover: “We don’t have the votes for it. I wish we did. I think if we had a good public option it would lead to single payer.” Then there’s Mr. Obama’s now famous 2003 remarks: “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health-care program. . . . But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.”

I hear that liberal moonbat Cindy Sheehan is furious with President Obama over the possible dumping of the public option in Obamacare, among other issues such as Obama’s continuenace of the Bush war policies.

Sorry "W" looks like the Obama Bus got to her first.

Sorry "W" looks like the Obama Bus got to her first.

Washington Examiner

Cindy Sheehan heads to the Vineyard; wants anti-war demonstrators to emulate health-care protesters; will anyone cover the story?

By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent

This morning the anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan — the woman who spent so much time leading well-publicized protests outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas — announced that she will demonstrate next week at Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama will be vacationing…Will Sheehan’s stay in Massachusetts attract as much attention as her time in Texas?  Probably not.  Even the left wing of the Democratic party seems unconcerned with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan these days, compared to their bitter opposition during Bush’s time in office.  It seems unlikely that reporters who paid so much attention to one woman’s crusade against the war will find much time on their newscasts or space in their paper to cover this one.

Excuse me while I laugh hysterically. The Obamacare emergency room is filled with victims of the bus. Better bring the latest issue of Ms. magazine, they may have a long wait to see the hopenchange doctor.

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