Obama v Obama on Medicare cuts

    11 months ago, Candidate Obama criticized Candidate McCain for not having enough specifics in his health care plan. And he claimed McCain would implement “drastic” cuts of hundreds of billions of dollars to Medicare, using figures from a John Podesta group, not from McCain himself. Now here we are 8 months into President Obama’s tenure. He still lacks the sort of specifics he criticized McCain | Read More »

    More Obama lies: insurance company anecdote and Dingell bill

    From Obama’s speech: One man from Illinois lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because his insurer found that he hadn’t reported gallstones that he didn’t even know about. They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it. He repeated a lie about the poor Illinois guy who died because his insurance got cut off. In fact, it WAS suspended but reinstated (with | Read More »

    Open thread on Obama’s health care speech tonight

    I’ll take the suggestion below to call this an open thread since the info I posted under “Obama/Obamacare numbers continue to plummet” is really too short to be a decent diary. But I’ll kick it off with what I had written under the original title… Today the AP released a summary of a poll taken last week. Overall disapproval of Obama jumped from 42% to | Read More »


    The compassionate UK strikes again – are we headed in that direction?

    This Sun article more or less says that the British system, where 1) jail times are lenient to begin with, 2) often reduced by an appeals court and 3) reduced automatically after that, is a revolving door for convicted terrorists. Given that the direction under Obama that will make it harder and harder to put detainees away forever, is this the sort of future we | Read More »

    About those better medical stats abroad…

    Does it help pad the infant mortality rate and life expectancy if you mandate that early preemies must be left to die and then don’t count those as being born alive? Doctors left a premature baby to die because he was born two days too early, his devastated mother claimed yesterday. Sarah Capewell begged them to save her tiny son, who was born just 21 | Read More »


    VERY important comments from Pelosi and Reid today

    This is just under 8 minutes long, so if embedding it is a no-no and I can kill it and use this link instead. Pelosi seemed a bit befuddled at times and she was throwing out whoppers faster than Reid could. Some highlights and comments in chronological order. Pelosi: Members are bringing back the benefits of communication they had with their constituents in August. (Riiiight.) | Read More »

    Some people “get it” when it comes to raising the debt limit

    Some people think raising the debt ceiling is a bad idea. Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial | Read More »


    Meanwhile, back at the AARP

    I’m going from the printed bulletin I received just after canceling my membership, but they do have all or most of this info on-line. (example) The largest print on the cover is THE HYPE THE LIES THE FACTS Subhead (emphasis theirs): How to tune out the fear-mongering and misinformation and make sense of the health care reform debate (I thought it was health insurance reform. | Read More »

    NHS death panels confirmed

    That stupid blithering idiot Sarah Palin apparently called this one right, and the 61 smartest people in the world (i.e. Obama + the 60 Senate Dems (I’ll include whoever takes Teddy’s place)) were wrong. Drudge is highlighting this lovely story from across the pond. Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors | Read More »

    Obama’s revolving door of strategies in Afghanistan (updated)

    For the guy who during the campaign knew exactly what needed to be done everywhere, it seems odd that Obama’s so-called “strategy” for Afghanistan has changed faster than the Democratic definition of “public option”. March 27 – Obama announces his Afghanistan strategy. (I believe this is the first one.) April 21 – We’re told before it’s even implemented that the strategy needs to be changed. | Read More »