Sunday, August 12, 2012

Quick Hits - August 12, 2012

It's another triple digit day in SoCal, and since it's Sunday, we have the Sunday morning talking head programs all discussing the Presidential race - and the selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be Mitt Romney's running mate.

Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter bailed at the last minute from appearing on ABC News 'This Week' program after her obvious lies regarding Joe Soptic, the Obama campaign, and Priorities USA.  However, she didn't bail from appearing on the always 'Obama friendly' CBS program - Face the Nation, guest hosted this week by SeeBS News Nancy Cordes.  Not only did she not have to answer those questions, she was given a free pass to call the $700 billion that Obamacare strips out of Medicare to pay for the rest of that massive government overreach 'an achievement'...'s Big Journalism asks the obvious question - just who is Nancy Cordes of CBS News?
What do you call a reporter who spends her Twitter time regurgitating Obama talking points? Most people would call her a biased hack. CBS News calls her Nancy Cordes, guest-host for "Face the Nation."

Earlier today, Breitbart News pointed out that Cordes was the first reporter to interview Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter since she was caught in a blatant and outrageous lie to the American people. Most reporters would relish the chance to hold a political spokesperson's feet to the fire and force them to explain their mendacity. Not Cordes. She went beyond ignoring the issue; she actually made excuses and equivocations on behalf of the Obama campaign.
As the article goes on to note, the only real difference between Cutter shilling for Obama and Cordes shilling for Obama is the source of their paycheck.  Cutter's from the Obama campaign and Cordes - well, she's supposed to be an ethical journalist.  But given that she's employed by the network which still have many revere Dan Rather and condemn Bernie Goldberg....

Stephanie Cutter is not the only vapid progressive who can't honestly address the $700 billion that Obamacare rips out of Medicare.  MSNBC's Rachel Maddow also fails miserably in this regard when questioned about by National Review editor Rich Lowry while both appeared on NBC's 'Meet the Press' this morning...

The floundering Maddow had to get rescued by the program's host, David Gregory - who saved the sputtering host from making an even bigger fool of herself...

...but when the Drudgereport picks up her 'performance', all that Maddow can complain about is the upcoming 'Drudge-alanch' and being a victim of homophobia.

To call Maddow vapid is an insult to vapid people.  She embraces her inner idiotarian when she shrilly complains about how 'offensive' it was for the Romney-Ryan 2012 kickoff to be held on board the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va....

Also embracing vapid, feckless, and speaking without any ethical boundaries, we have the Chair of the Democrat National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz who embraces her own inner Stephanie Cutter and outright lies on Fox News Sunday when she claims not to know the political affiliation of the disreputable Priorities USA Super-PAC even after the guest host reminds her that it's principle leader, Bill Burton, worked for the Obama Campaign in 2008 and in the Obama White House until 2011...

Yes, the entire Democrat strategy for victory in November is based on the bet that the average American is about as smart as a table lamp.

One of the main messages that they are already embracing is a return to the 'throwing granny off the cliff' dishonest advert that was attacking the Ryan budget plan in the Spring of 2011...

This advert, and the message around it was rated the 'Lie of the Year' by PolitiFact - and the selection of Paul Ryan as the GOP VP nominee, has the Democrats revisiting and ramping the dishonesty...
2011 Lie of the Year – Republicans voted to end Medicare –

Introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan kept Medicare intact for people 55 or older, but dramatically changed the program for everyone else by privatizing it and providing government subsidies.

Democrats pounced. Just four days after the party-line vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a Web ad that said seniors will have to pay $12,500 more for health care “because Republicans voted to end Medicare.”

Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the DCCC, appeared on cable news shows and declared that Republicans voted to “terminate Medicare.” A Web video from the Agenda Project, a liberal group, said the plan would leave the country “without Medicare” and showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair off a cliff. And just last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a fundraising appeal that said: “House Republicans’ vote to end Medicare is a shameful act of betrayal.” After two years of being pounded by Republicans with often false charges about the 2010 health care law, the Democrats were turning the tables.

PolitiFact debunked the Medicare charge in nine separate fact-checks rated False or Pants on Fire, most often in attacks leveled against Republican House members.

Now, PolitiFact has chosen the Democrats’ claim as the 2011 Lie of the Year.
Dishonestly, the progressives will not admit to the real facts...

  1. The Ryan Budget Medicare plan totally exempts anyone born in 1958 or before from ANY changes to their Medicare.  This is nothing like the Obama line, 'If you like your plan, you can keep it...'.
  2. Obamacare, in order to try to 'pay for itself', has to pull out $500 billion (now $741 billion according to the last CBO estimate) out of Medicare in order to cover costs.  It also has to establish an unaccountable board to determine reimbursement costs and ration care / medications to keep costs down.
  3. Medicare's own accountants, in their annual report, have calculated that Medicare, without changes, will be insolvent in 12 years.  Stripping $741 billion from the program for Obamacare will not prolong its life - but hasten its journey to insolvency.
  4. The 'Ryan' plan is bipartisan, supported by the progressive Senator Ron Wyden (OR) which includes in its changes an option for future seniors (those born after 1958) to opt to remain with the current Medicare program if they prefer.  The 'Ryan' plan version is also 'means-tested' - it will provide more assistance to the poorer and sicker future seniors than are provided to the richer and healthier seniors.
  5. The 'Ryan budget' does not impose 'draconian and radical cuts' - they increase spending each year, but at a slower rate than Medicare is currently projected to increase.  As we've highlighted before - reducing the pace of spending is not a spending cut.  A spending cut is when we spend less next year than we spent the current year.

Deroy Murdock, writing on the National Review, also highlights these facts - along with the embarrassing moment when Obama Administration drone, Kathleen Sebelius, exposed the dishonest and deceptive accounting of Barack Obama who rips $500 billion (now $741 billion) from the Medicare Trust Fund to try to spin Obamacare as something that is cost neutral as opposed to a massive government boondoogle that will cost us $2.4 trillion between 2014 and 2024.
Ryan is ideally suited to battle the Left on Medicare, a battle they surely will try to turn into Gettysburg 2012. They will accuse Romney and Ryan of wanting to gut Medicare, unplug sick seniors from their intravenous drips, and force them to dehydrate in the sun-drenched parking lots of eldercare centers across America. In the most vile, despicable, and revolting political ad since Lyndon Johnson notoriously intimated that Barry Goldwater would kill a flower-picking little girl in a thermonuclear exchange, liberals showed a Ryan-like congressman hurling an old lady from her wheelchair into a ravine, surely to her death. Democrats likely are crafting commercials that will make the throw-Granny-off-a-cliff spot look like Ryan’s family album.

To that, Ryan will respond: First, no one over age 55 will be affected by any proposed changes to Medicare. Second, just as every member of Congress does now, those under 55 will have the option — if they wish — to purchase health plans that reflect their tastes and preferences, rather than a single plan dictated by our masters in Washington. Third, based on their economic needs, the federal government will provide financial assistance to help them buy such coverage. The rich will get less help; the poor will get more. Fourth, any senior who finds this unattractive is welcome to remain in Medicare as we know it.

Absent such reforms, Ryan will explain, it won’t be Granny going over the cliff. It will be the entire Medicare system — with the rest of the federal budget and much of the American economy tumbling soon thereafter.

Ryan also will be able to expose Obama and the entire Democratic Left for their monumental, breathtaking hypocrisy on Medicare. Any Republican who suggests saving $100,000 in Medicare expenses by replacing Kleenex with generic tissue would be accused of launching a pneumonia pandemic against seniors.

Meanwhile, to finance Obamacare, Democrats swiped $500 billion (with a b) from the Medicare Trust Fund and plopped it into Obamacare’s coffers. This half-trillion-dollar robbery from Medicare occurred with no one on the Left calling 911 to report this crime. Indeed, they cheered it on.

Even more fraudulently, Team Obama simultaneously dedicates these (un)Affordable Care Act funds to underwrite future Medicare benefits.

“So,” Rep. John Shimkus (R., Ill.) asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a March 3, 2011, House hearing, “are you using it [the $500 billion] to save Medicare, or are you using it to fund health-care reform? Which one?”

Secretary Sebelius admitted: “Both.”

“So,” Shimkus responded, “you’re double-counting.”
Why is it so difficult for honesty in this debate?

Simple, when it comes to ideology - one flavor (progressivism / liberal fascism) is entirely based on lies and fallacies - so lies and fallacies are needed to convince the masses to embrace it.

So, for the conservative side of the argument - what are we to make of this?
Mitt Romney energized conservatives by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, making the election about big ideas about how to reduce the country’s debt and contrasting the Romney-Ryan ticket boldly with the statism represented by Obama-Biden’s. But internal talking points circulated by Romney’s team to top GOP surrogates who will go on television to talk about Romney and Ryan suggest Romney will not embrace Ryan’s budget -- known as the “Roadmap" -- which passed the House.
I suspect that over time, Romney will move closer to the 'Roadmap' as opposed to further away from it.  That's because Mitt Romney understands the stakes and has made this pick with the intent to make a major change in his electoral strategy - as Kimberly Strassel notes in the Wall Street Journal today....
[The] 2012 election is now a choice – not just a referendum. Choice between the progressive vision implemented by Barack Obama since Janauary 2009 – and one that has a clear record of stagnation and failure….. a teetering economy, exploding deficit, massive increases in government power and control, crony capitalism, and ‘leading from behind’. The focus now moves towards renewal – reversing the ‘fundamental change’ that brought us to this point and restoring the American dream and vision – embracing the private sector, individual rights, and a government that serves the people as opposed to people who exist to serve government.
That is why the focus on 'America's Comeback' - it's revival and return from 'fundamental change'.  The race is more than just a recitation of the dismal economic numbers over the last 3 1/2 years - and defies the continued efforts to blame the results June 2009 to present on the previous Administration - even if that Administration was subject to a Democrat controlled Congress since January 2007 that blocked not only Social Security reform, but also reform of Fannie / Freddie at every turn.

This is a race that is based on a choice - which direction is America to embrace?  The progressivism and entitlement state that is represented in Illinois, California, New York, or in Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Greece - or the conservative vision of traditional American values, of a government that serves the people - not a people that exist to serve government, a vibrant private sector, a safety net and helping hand as opposed to being caught in a cycle of dependency, individual rights - sourced not from government by from the Creator, and equal opportunity for all as opposed to a guarantee of equal results.

The 24 hour period since the announcement of Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential running mate for Mitt Romney sparked $3.5 million in fundraising for the campaign, it's second largest single day of fundraising since the $4.2 million raised on the date that the SCOTUS ruled on Obamacare.

A Federal judge in Hawaii rules that there is no RIGHT to same-sex marriage...
Ruling that the Supreme Court settled the issue forty years ago, a federal judge in Hawaii has declared that same-sex couples do not have a constitutional right to get married. In a 117-page ruling (found here), Senior U.S. District Judge Alan C. Kay concluded on Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s summary ruling in 1972 in Baker v. Nelson controlled the question. But even if it did not, the judge added, a state ban on gay marriages satisfies the minimum level of constitutional analysis.

In a brief lecture on civics, going beyond the pure legal questions, Judge Kay argued that the issue should be left to legislative bodies across the nation or to the people, not to the courts. “If the traditional institution of marriage is to be restructured,” the judge wrote, “it should be done by a democratically-elected legislature or the people through a constitutional amendment, not through judicial legislation that would inappropriately preempt democratic deliberation regarding whether or not to authorize same-sex marriage.”
California's Proposition 8, the passage of a state constitutional amendment which defines marriage as only between one man and one woman, but was subsequently overturned by a progressive judge, will be one of the major cases taken up by the Supreme Court of the United States in the 2012-2013 term.

Germany is sending a harsh message to the political leadership of Greece, as well as the rest of the Eurozone...
Germany will block any new aid to ailing Greece if Athens does not fully comply with the terms of previous rescue packages, even if other countries support unlocking funds, a senior lawmaker said Sunday.

Also sends message to European Central Bank to not become a ‘covert money printing press’ for the country – indicating Germany will use its veto on the ECB to prevent additional bailouts or the ECB attempting to override the German position - and weaken the Euro currency further in efforts to prevent a Greek default / exit from the Euro.

We'll wrap up today with this collection of Paul Ryan's 'Greatest Hits' from the National Review Online...

Today in History

1961 - The Communist East German government begins construction of the Berlin Wall - a wall separating West Berlin from East Germany in an effort to prevent people from fleeing the despotic East German police state.

1964 - British author and journalist, Ian Fleming, dies in Kent, England from a heart attack at the age of 56.  Fleming is best known as the creator of the fictional spy, James Bond.

1985 - A JAL Boeing 747 jumbo jet crashes into Mount Otsuka, 70 miles northwest of Tokyo, killing 520 of the 524 people aboard the aircraft.  This remains the largest single aircraft crash death toll.  The crash was caused by the failure of a bulkhead in the tail which severed all hydraulic control lines to the tail control services.  For the next 27 minutes, the flight crew attempted to regain control of the aircraft as it descended - finally crashing into the mountain 4,780 feet above sea level.

1993 - President Bill Clinton reverses the Reagan-era ban on rehiring air traffic controllers who were fired by President Reagan for going on strike in 1981.

2000 - The Russian nuclear submarine Kursk sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea after suffering two explosions.  All 118 crew members are later found dead.  The aft section of the boat was raised on September 26, 2001 in the effort to find evidence of the cause of the sinking - but no conclusive evidence was found.

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