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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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Saturday Toons: Breakfast From Under The School Bus May 23, 2009


Besides the last day of school, nowhere in the school year does an event muster up enough anticipation from the kids than a class outing. The field trip is something that unless they are from planet home school, every child enjoys. In my parochial school, a field trip meant that we could shed our plaid skirts and don “street clothing”. This caused some anxiety, in part because you had to show off how cool you “normally” were the two remaining days of the week. For the lucky ones, that meant a brand new outfit. I was not one of those kids but choosing the field trip outfit was a large scale event. My mother staying up late to launder and press a dress chosen at the very last minute, went hand in hand with her borrowing money from my grandmother for another field trip perk…The all important school trip lunch. Being the cosmopolitan urban Chicago kids that we were, we ditched the suburban bag lunches that some Erma Bombeck prototype slaved over in favor of mom tossing a five dollar bill at us to eat at McDonald’s or the museum cafeteria. Looking back at it all, mother should have known that I was a type A-ish over planning freak back then. Young Afrocity twitched in her sleep all night, sometimes even getting out of bed to check my bag for the lunch money and parental consent form – four times.

wtf-logo-bigAt the break of dawn, I was up and ready checking my “travel itinerary” and out the door before mother could get her robe off. Skipping to school I went, and of course I stopped at Lorenzo’s candy store on Cermak Road. I got Now and Later’s, Lemonheads, Good and Fruity, sometimes a huge pickle (don’t ask I think it is a ghetto thing), Cosmic pop rock and a bag of Cheetos. Indeed this would be a kick ass day. Tingles went up my leg when I arrived at school and the big yellow buses were already there, parked and awaiting 200 kids.

That brings up something else. There was always an agenda within the school bus seating arrangements. I would not sit next to a dweeb or the class booger eater. My best friend was Kimberly and the plan was we would sit next to one another but within ear shot of the boys we had crushes on. We were only 8 years old but what did we know. The entire field trip rested upon our being seen with the right kids, especially if they were a grade or two ahead of us.

Finally the moment arrived, heads were counted, parental consent forms were collected and we grabbed our seats on the bus. Cheerful chatter was in the air. I felt sorry for the nuns who always had to look like well…nuns. However I forgot something…Where the hell are we going? (Shrugs shoulders) Ah, the destination does not mean twat. So I just went to the Lincoln Park Zoo last weekend with my mother. Who cares if I have been to the Shedd Aquarium umpteen kazillion times. It is a field trip damn-it and I was as happy as a little black girl could be.

But this was Chicago. Not Washington, DC. I had about as much chance of seeing President Jimmy Carter as I did going home to an apartment on Lake Shore Drive. Seeing the White House, I think, would have eclipsed all of my anxiety over my Pop Rocks supply and designer jeans. Competition over the coolest Keds does not matter when you are about to visit the President of the United States of America.

So you can imagine my being slighly pissed off when I heard about what teh Obama White House did to these poor kindergartners from Virginia last week.

This article from the Christian Science Monitor gives a rather humorous  account of the Obama White House shoving these kids under the bus:


Crying 5-year-olds booted from White House (Biden not involved)
By Jimmy Orr | 05.22.09

It’s not because the kindergartners were demanding the release of Dick Cheney’s memos or anything. It’s just that they were late. So they were told to hit the road.

It’s a weighty and consequential story to ponder over this Memorial Day weekend. And if this rises to the level of an official gaffe, let’s make one thing clear: Joe Biden was out of town.

More than 100 five-year-olds from Conway Elementary School in Stafford, Virginia, had a school field trip planned to the White House yesterday. But it was abruptly canceled.

And just like the Obama-Cheney feud, there are two sides to the story. Both will agree that the kids arrived late. The White House is saying that the appointment was scheduled for 9:30. Parents say they were told to arrive at 10:15.

Either way when the school buses arrived at 10:25, they were denied entry.


“The person who headed this White House trip up came out and said, ‘I’m sorry, the White House tour’s off.’ There were a lot of crying kids,” one parent said to NBC’s Anne Reynolds.

The parents were reportedly told that staffers were preparing for the president’s event with the Pittsburgh Steelers and there wasn’t enough time to accommodate the tour.

As you can imagine, this didn’t set well.

“Here we have President Obama and his administration saying, ‘Here we are for the common, middle class people,’ and here he is not letting 150 5- and 6-year-olds into the White House because he’s throwing a lunch for a bunch of grown millionaires,” the parent said.

Hmmm, what category of liberal compassion does throwing a bunch of 5 year olds out of the White House fall into? Couldn’t they have at least had a representative give them a tour someplace? It is not like they were visiting a condo. Instead of being the “people’s president”, Obama chose to hobnob with an NFL football team.

The kids were officially thrown UNDER THE SCHOOL BUS. On that note here is a very appropriate ZoNAtion video about Obama and his magic bus entitled “Under My Bus”

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