Obama gives 17-minute answer to health-care query in N.C.
CHARLOTTE -- Even by President Obama's loquacious standards, an answer he gave here on health care Friday was a doozy.
Toward the end of a question-and-answer session with workers at an advanced battery technology manufacturer, a woman named Doris stood to ask the president whether it was a "wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care" package.
"We are overtaxed as it is," Doris said bluntly.
Obama started out feisty.
"Well, let's talk about that, because this is an area where there's been just a whole lot of misinformation, and I'm going to have to work hard over the next several months to clean up a lot of the misapprehensions that people have," the president said.
He then spent the next 17 minutes and 12 seconds lulling the crowd into a daze. (This is an Alinsky move, folks. Seriously, REMAIN AWAKE when he does this!).
His discursive answer -- more than 2,500 words long -- wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (he referred to this last item by its inside-the-Beltway name, "F-Map").
He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid (not worth it, he said). He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks and the payroll tax that funds Medicare (referring to it, in fluent Washington lingo, as "FICA").
Always fond of lists, Obama ticked off his approach to health care -- twice. "Number one is that we are the only -- we have been, up until last week, the only advanced country that allows 50 million of its citizens to not have any health insurance," he said.
A few minutes later he got to the next point, which seemed awfully similar to the first.
"Number two, you don't know who might end up being in that situation," he said, then carried on explaining further still.
"Point number three is that the way insurance companies have been operating, even if you've got health insurance, you don't always know what you got, because what has been increasingly the practice is that if you're not lucky enough to work for a big company that is a big pool, that essentially is almost a self-insurer, then what's happening is, is you're going out on the marketplace, you may be buying insurance, you think you're covered, but then when you get sick they decide to drop the insurance right when you need it," Obama continued, winding on with the answer.
Halfway through, an audience member on the riser yawned.
But Obama wasn't finished. He had a "final point," before starting again with another list -- of three points.
"What we said is, number one, we'll have the basic principle that everybody gets coverage," he said, before launching into the next two points, for a grand total of seven.
His wandering approach might not matter if Obama weren't being billed as the chief salesman of the health-care overhaul. Public opinion on the bill remains divided, and Democratic officials are planning to send Obama into the country to convince wary citizens that it will work for them in the long run.
It was not evident that he changed any minds at Friday's event. The audience sat politely, but people in the back of the room began to wander off.
Even Obama seemed to recognize that he had gone on too long. He apologized -- in keeping with the spirit of the moment, not once, but twice.
"Boy, that was a long answer. I'm sorry," he said, drawing nervous laughter that sounded somewhat like relief as he wrapped up.
Bill Morton has only a few days to renew Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. Seeing as his precious phone costs $85/month, and he only has NINE members after one year, how do you think he'll come out against Sec of State Jesse White? Will I EVER be repaid my $1,000+ for establishing this chamber of commerce?
When I resigned from Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, it was with good reason. We had voted to reduce the membership dues by one half, at the motion of James Wilkowski, the bishop., hopefully to get more members.
Well, another member was signed on, some time AFTER the vote, at the previous price. Bill Morton's words to me were, in effect, because due to some apparent hacking, I cannot access them in my secretarial e-mail account, that because the bishop said it was ok, everything was cool.
'The bishop'--the chess piece I have spoken of --merely a director of the Chamber, but because Bill had him to his Sherwin apartment many nights--now 'the bishop' became the WORD--of God, apparently.
Because I considered that decision unethical, and Bill Morton decided that 'the bishop' was correct, I immediately resigned.
'The bishop' now considers me a racist, after I have given freely of many Photoshop graphics to his website, and had spent about 40 hours redesigning the website at his request--of course, no pay--but it WAS promised!
You might be asking yourself who is this bishop? James Alan Wilkowski, who works in David Orr's office (Office of the Cook County Clerk), and who is a member of SEIU 880.
Am I afraid of him, he who has publicly called me a racist?
NO, not at all, because he is a wimp, a man who states he will not have a 'gay church', yet surrounds himself with gay men, for purposes unknown to me, unless...?
It is this man who was given the position of Treasurer of Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. A man of questionable background, certainly biased, due to his SEIU 880 ties. Yet, Bill Morton, the product of Elmwood Park, has become infatuated with this 'bishop', this 'chess piece', to the point of accepting his judgment in lieu of Roberts Rules of Order and of the necessity of Parliamentary Procedure. Again--that is what I realized and that is the reason I resigned.
Such is the way of those who follow Alinsky--may they all find a very uncomfortable place to reside, somewhere near a heck of a lot of HEAT!
Klavan wrote his first novel, Face of the Earth, in 1977. He then moved to Putnam County, New York, where he worked as a reporter for a local newspaper. His experience covering local crime later formed the basis for his novel Corruption.
After Face of the Earth was published, Klavan returned to New York, where he took a series of jobs (as a script reader for Columbia Pictures and a news writer for WOR Radio and ABC Radio Networks) while writing mysteries and freelance book reviews.
During this time he wrote The Scarred Man using the pseudonym Keith Peterson. Klavan's book, The Rain, won an Edgar Award for Best Original Paperback.
He also began to write supernatural thrillers, publishing such novels as The Animal Hour, Don't Say A Word — which was also nominated for an Edgar — and Corruption, and wrote the screenplay for the film version of Simon Brett's novel A Shock to the System.
Klavan and his family then moved to London, where he wrote True Crime, and two other novels. After seven years, he moved back to the United States, settling in Santa Barbara, California, where Klavan completed the novel Man and Wife (currently in motion picture development), and wrote his Weiss/Bishop trilogy: Dynamite Road, Shotgun Alley, and Damnation Street.
In 2008, he released a war-on-terror political novel, Empire of Lies. In 2009, he published The Last Thing I Remember, a thriller aimed at young adults.
In his view, people in the American arts are not fulfilling their inherent role of 'speaking truth to power' since they are not willing to criticize those of the political left in power. In July 2008, he likened George W. Bush to Batman in The Dark Knight, starting with their public vilification. The article set off a firestorm of criticism.
Klavan has said,
"Every single one of our soldiers signed up or re-signed up after 9 - 11. The term, the longest one was 6 years, so every single one signed up after 9 - 11, every single one knew where he was going, what was going to happen to him, and has an idea of why it's the right thing to do. Those guys cannot appear in the movies. And you know, it wouldn't bother me so much, the movies that Hollywood makes never bother me so much as the movies they don't make. If there were 8 films attacking our troops, I would still despise them for making them during war time. But if there were 8 films supporting our troops, I know that those films would win out with the audience and I know their arguments would be better and I know the depiction of life would be more realistic."
H0rrified by the fact that the American people are not dancing in the streets now that Obama Care is the law of the land, the Left is doing what it does best: tarring and feathering anyone who stands in its way. The current libel is that people who oppose Obama Care are racist.
These foaming-at-the-mouth neo-Nazi KKK tea parties, say the Left, hate that Obama Care is the signature initiative of a black(ish) president, and they hate the fact that their money might be used to benefit black people in any way, shape or form. The Lefties are pushing this meme aggressively, despite the absence of any evidence to show that it is true and despite the fact that the centerpiece of this libel looks to have been both a set-up and a fake.
Since we can’t seem to escape the term “racist,” I suggest that we embrace the term, and let other Americans understand what a conservative racist is:
I’m a racist because I believe that blacks are fully capable human beings who are perpetually demeaned by the liberal theory holding that blacks cannot function without handouts from condescending, rich white people.
I’m a racist because believe that blacks are just as academically capable as any other people in America, but that they are having their abilities systematically squished when condescending, rich white people assure them that they can’t make it without assistance — a heinous approach predicated on the liberal’s implicit assumption that blacks are inherently stupid, ill-informed and ill-suited for intellectual effort.
I’m a racist because I believe that excusing harmful behaviors in the black community (whether academic failures, teen pregnancies, drug use or crime), on the ground that blacks cannot help themselves because whites have essentially ruined them, is the ultimate insult to blacks, reducing them to the level of animals without intelligence, self-discipline, moral fiber, ambition or ordinary human decency.
I’m a racist because I think liberals have sold blacks a bill of goods by convincing them that, because slavery was work, all work is slavery.
I’m a racist because I believe that a rising tide lifts all boats — which means that I believe that social programs that destroy the economy will not raise up minorities, but will ensure that everyone wallows in poverty.
I’m a racist because, in San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s, I saw non-English speaking Asians fresh from the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the prisons of Vietnam, and the horror of the Great Leap forward all arrive in America and immediately begin working and studying, so that their children could enjoy the American dream — and I believe that only liberal condescension and paralyzing social programs stand in the way of both blacks and Hispanics making the same strides.
I’m a racist because I believe that black men who have a deep commitment to their nuclear families are incredibly important for the health of the black community, but that the combination of government handouts and excuses for black crime erases black men from the picture, to everyone’s detriment.
I’m a racist because I hate the rap music that celebrates crime and demeans women — music that is disseminated by rich white Hollywood types who, vampire-like, feed off and encourage this “artistic” dysfunction, something that doesn’t harm those white music executives, but that perpetuates terrible stereotypes within the black community itself.
I’m a racist because it drives me bonkers that blacks continue to align themselves with the Democratic party, even though that party does not see blacks as sentient, moral, intelligent, self-directed human beings, but instead views them as helpless, immoral, vaguely animal-like creatures who can function only by and through a vast government enterprise that mires them in slums in exchange for their votes.
I’m a racist because, no matter what color Obama is, I’d hate his fierce drive to expand government into every area of our lives, his hostility to Israel, his appeasement approach to radical Islam, and his personal rudeness to his political foes.
I’m a racist because I welcome with open arms any person, black, white, yellow, brown, gay, straight, rich, poor, young, old, abled or disabled, who believes in the fundamental principles of American liberal principles that I think are set out very beautifully in the Mt. Vernon statement.
These principles do not distinguish human beings by any factors other than their commitment to limited government, freedom and self-determination. In this, they are completely distinct from the articles of the Left, which routinely seek to slice and dice Americans into ever smaller groups of colors, abilities, races, and religions:
We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.
These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.
Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The self evident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.
Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?
The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.
The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.
A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.
A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.
* It applies the principle of limited government based on the rule of law to every proposal.
* It honors the central place of individual liberty in American politics and life.
* It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and economic reforms grounded in market solutions.* It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that end.
* It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood, community, and faith.
If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.
We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.
Damn, but I like being a racist! It feels good when I do it on my terms.
UPDATE: I just want to throw in here that words can change meaning.
Racist used to mean that one thought other races were inferior.
Now it means one thinks Obama is a bad president.
One day, I hope it means that we believe all races can achieve their full human potential.
I always remind myself that the word “beldam” (old hag) started life out as “belle dam” (beautiful or grand woman, which then became grandmother, which then became old hag). Language is not static.
I am not being a 'racist' when I post photos, like these of the President 'flipping the bird' in his childish, junior high school manner. (BTW, this is a practice followed by many , including Chicago aldermen and Illinois Representatives.).
I merely express my opinion, via the First Amendment, that this person is an inexperienced, arrogant amateur who seems baffled, truly baffled, when it comes to American history and culture!