Monday, September 13, 2010

First Reads ObamaCare, Obamanomics, 'pre-mortem' for the Democrats, Fat People Cost Us More, More Corrupt Negro Democrats, Muslim Workplace Bias

How ObamaCare Guts Medicare
The president's pledge that 'If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep it' clearly does not apply to America's seniors.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has attacked Senate Republican candidates for wanting "to end Medicare as we know it." And in Nevada's hotly contested Senate race, Majority Leader Harry Reid is attacking Republican Sharron Angle, saying she wants to "gut" Medicare. But Mr. Reid has already gutted it. He and his colleagues did so by passing ObamaCare.


Americans have good reason not to believe in Obamanomics - Washington Post

By George Will
Looking back with pride, the British are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when Churchill said of the pilots fighting the Luftwaffe: Never "was so much owed by so many to so few." Looking ahead with trepidation, Americans are thinking: Never have so many of us owed so much.

Actually, they owed slightly more when the recession began, when household consumer debt was $2.6 trillion. The painful but necessary process of deleveraging is proceeding slowly: Such debt has been reduced only to $2.4 trillion. Add to that the facts that the recession has reduced household wealth by $10 trillion and that only 25 percent of Americans expect their incomes to improve next year. So they are not spending, and companies, having given the economy a temporary boost last year by rebuilding inventories, are worried. Hence, rather than hiring, companies are sitting on cash reserves much larger than the size of last year's $862 billion stimulus.


How did Barack Obama get to this point? What Went Wrong: A 'pre-mortem' for the Democrats

One day in the winter of 2005, I was in a Senate hallway when the new guy from Illinois arrived for a vote. Sen. Barack Obama—pop-star charisma, limitless possibility—knew his own allure. Three years later, of course, the nation knew it, too. He won the presidency by the largest popular-vote margin since 1988, bringing with him the largest Democratic majorities in Congress since 1993.

But that was then. Obama’s approval rating is weak, and many Democrats now accept the conventional wisdom that they may lose the House, even the Senate, in November. Some reasons why were unavoidable. The messianic hope that Obama inspired was destined to dissipate almost as quickly as it arose. There are pendulum swings in politics; Democrats, having taken 55 Republican House seats the last two cycles, were bound to concede some. Most important, however, kitchen-table realities are as grim as, or worse than, when Obama took the oath. “Democrats are overextended in marginal districts, and the economy is still in bad shape,” says Democratic pollster Mark Mellman. “Those two factors are the only ones that really matter.” But aren’t there things Obama & Co. could have done differently? Election Day is still seven weeks away—but it’s not too early for a “pre-mortem”:


Reducing Number of Fat People Would Cut Per Capita Health Spending 4% in 10 Years, Says CBO - CNS News

( -- Reducing the number of Americans who have a Body Mass Index that rates them as "obese" would cut per capita health care spending by 4 percent in the United States over the next 10 years, says a new study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

"Because lower rates of obesity are associated with better health and lower health care spending per capita, there is considerable interest in devising policies that would reduce the fraction of the population that is obese," said the CBO in the report released this week. The report is entitled, How Does Obesity in Adults Affect Spending on Health Care?

Eddie Bernice Johnson creates panel to screen scholarship applications

WASHINGTON – Dallas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, who has acknowledged violating a foundation's rules on awarding college scholarships, has created a committee to help screen applications.

It's the Democratic congresswoman's latest effort to restore public confidence in her handling of the scholarship program, after The Dallas Morning News reported that she awarded at least 23 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation scholarships to her relatives and to children of a top staffer – a breach of foundation policies on nepotism and residency.

Johnson has said she made a mistake and has repaid the foundation $31,000.

Monica Conyers, Black Congresswoman Imprisoned For Taking Bribes - News One

The wife of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) reported to a federal prison in West Virginia on Friday the 10th to begin a 37-month sentence on corruption charges.

Conyers pleaded guilty last year for taking bribes to influence a vote on a sludge disposal contract in Detroit. She has since attempted to withdraw her plea.

Muslims face growing bias in workplace - MSNBC

The anti-Muslim sentiment seen across the nation in opposition to mosque building and even a Florida pastor's threat to burn the holy book of Islam, the Quran, increasingly is showing up at the workplace.

Claims of discrimination against Muslim workers — which spiked immediately after 9/11 and then dissipated — are showing signs of resurgence.

“There is a hatred, an open hatred, and a lack of tolerance for people who are Muslim,” said Mary Jo O’Neill, regional attorney for the Phoenix district office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She said she has seen an uptick in discrimination complaints among Muslim workers in her region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.


PeggyU said...

If there is a growing hatred of Muslims, it is being fueled by their grievance mongering. I read that MSN article. I don't know enough about the alleged abuse of the Muslims at the meat packing plants to form an opinion. However, I have read several pieces on that Disney employee's complaint, and I think she epitomizes what I'm talking about here. Disney would do the same to any other employee who violates their dress code. In order to work in some of those jobs, you have to "dress the part". They offered the woman another job where she would not have to ditch the head scarf. To me, that is more than reasonable. Personally, I think they should fire her ass just for being surly. Who wants that attitude on display in customer service???

Gaius Lawrenitis Negris said...

Well once you develop the victim mentality any little thing can be construed as discriminatory.
I don’t doubt that some folks are acting like assholes and it is not just white people.
The other day blacks attacked a Mexican I think in NYC because they thought he was illegal and a black man attacked a Muslim cab driver a few weeks ago too and Mexicans are attacking blacks left and right in Los Angeles hell they have taken over LA.
Things everywhere are just screwed up; hatred and prejudice everywhere is quickly the breaking point.