Imam Obama

It would be wonderful if we had a president who knew something about economics, or history; particularly wonderful if he knew what nationalization has done to health care in Canada, Cuba, or the UK.

Perhaps if he was able to lead our troops? That is far too much to ask; our president can only dither and blather and golf, instead of leading our military. All he does is instruct them not to shoot turbans. Beautiful.

Alas, our president is expert in two areas: The wonders of islam, and community organizing.

He is well qualified as an imam, obviously. Perhaps a gifted imam. And Obama reminds us, Americans owe a great debt to islam; just watch and listen below.

Islam put the “arch” into architecture, according to historian Obama.

Somehow, printing came from islam. Doctors will work harder for less pay, too.

Let’s give Obama to islam; and call things even.

Muslims only take a few black African slaves today. And Obama is happy with that.

Economics In Reverse – ObamaCare

Obama likes very much skyrocketing gasoline costs, skyrocketing coal costs, and skyrocketing energy costs for Americans (see Obama To Gut Domestic Drilling).

Obama’s next plan is, predictably, skyrocketing health insurance premiums.

Since Obama plans to run doctors OUT of health care by paying them much less, health care itself will be rationed, as in Canada and Cuba and the UK, Obama’s model socialized health care programs.

At the same time, Obama hopes his favorite funding class trial lawyers will extract MORE CASH from health care; so they can donate it to his moronic political campaigns (see Trial Lawyers Feast: ObamaCare).

Illegal aliens will have priority health care, so ACORN can register happy and healthy illegal aliens to vote for Obama (on your dime).

This is the same Economics In Reverse that destroyed 100 MILLION human lives in Asia and Europe in the last century; if Obama can destroy 100 MILLION human lives in the United States, then he will have saved the Earth, he thinks. Destruction of human life is very much his goal; although canines have come under attack also lately. Destruction of capitalist trappings like auto manufacturing companies and banks is also high on Obama’s list of accomplishments; but there is much more destruction to be done.

Economics In Reverse – Obama is a BACKWARD student of REVERSE history and REVERSE economics; he has both in reverse.

Skyrocketing health insurance premiums and outrageously expensive health care legislation is how Obama cuts your costs. Economics is running in reverse in Washington DC, and in the United States, thanks to the Backwards President Obama.

Premiums to Skyrocket Under Obamacare

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Skyrocketing insurance premiums will slam millions of consumers next year because of “indirect taxes” contained in both the House and Senate versions of healthcare reform, according to various medical and insurance industry experts.

Healthcare reforms that were supposed to contain costs actually will cause a sharp hike in premiums, they add. In fact, several studies indicate consumers’ premiums could more than double next year if healthcare reform takes effect.

“So even though this bill tries to hide these costs as indirect taxes,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, recently told a business symposium, “average Americans who purchase health plans, take prescription drugs, or use medical devices will end up footing the bill.”

The rate hikes stem from the hundreds of billions in proposed fees and taxes levied on providers.

For example, the Finance Committee’s proposal would assess $322 billion in taxes and fees on insurance premiums, prescription drugs, and medical devices, according to the Senate’s Joint Committee on Taxation.

The committee and other experts say virtually all of those costs will be passed along to consumers in all tax brackets — despite President Barack Obama’s pledge not to raise taxes “one dime” on those earning less than $250,000 per year.

Another likely frustration for consumers: The premium hikes will take effect right away, while the subsidies and benefits in healthcare reform won’t kick in completely until 2014.

Scott Gottlieb, a physician and American Enterprise Institute resident fellow, stated Thursday in a New York Post op-ed that, by front-loading the costs and back-loading benefits, Congress is resorting to “a gimmick that imposes a stiff price on the public.”

That “gimmick,” Gottlieb claims: using 10 years of added fees and taxes on providers to offset about five years worth of benefits. Those costs “will immediately shift onto consumers, in the form of higher prices on medical products and rising premiums,” he says.

Democrats have promised to insure an additional 35 million Americans, without raising taxes or increasing the tsunami of deficit red ink spilling out of Washington these days.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former director of the Congressional Budget Office, appeared to concur with Gottlieb’s assessment in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed.

“These costs will be passed on to consumers by either directly raising insurance premiums, or by fueling higher health-care costs that inevitably lead to higher premiums,” he wrote.

The bottom line: Most voters will be paying higher premiums for years before they see any benefits. That could spell serious trouble for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.

The Senate bill proposes $2.3 billion in fees on brand-name drugs, $4 billion on medical devices, and $6.7 billion levied on insurance companies, plus more than $100 billion in Medicare reimbursements to medical providers — all costs that would be shifted back onto consumers.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House bill appears even more expensive. It would impose $150 billion in Medicare cuts on the pharmaceutical industry, and a 2.5 percent tax on companies that manufacture medical devices.

“Most of astounding of all,” Holtz-Eakin wrote, “is what this Congress is willing to do to struggling middle-class families. The bill would impose nearly $400 billion in new taxes and fees. Nearly 90 percent of that burden will be shouldered by those making $200,000 or less.”

Just how much will insurance premiums jump once the Democratic reforms kick in? The figures vary from state to state.

According to a recent study by Wellpoint, the massive Blue Cross/Blue Shield licensee that provides insurance coverage to one in nine Americans, some older and less healthy consumers could actually see rate reductions. But those cuts would be more than offset by the spiraling premium increases hitting other insurance customers.

Based on provisions in the bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee, which is more conservative than the broad proposals put forth by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Pelosi, Wellpoint projects that healthy people in their mid-20s could see their annual premiums increase by more than 150 percent in at least seven states: Indiana (199 percent); Kentucky (199 percent); Maine (172 percent); Missouri (199 percent); Ohio (199 percent); Virginia (175 percent); and Wisconsin (199 percent).

For individuals of average age and health, and the small businesses employing them, the estimated rate hikes in the 14 states where Wellpoint does business would be:

California

Individual – 53 percent

Small Employer – 22 percent

Colorado

Individual – 52 percent

Small Employer – 9 percent

Connecticut

Individual – 64 percent

Small Employer – 8 percent

Georgia

Individual – 85 percent

Small Employer – 16 percent

Indiana

Individual – 122 percent

Small Employer – 20 percent

Kentucky

Individual – 122 percent

Small Employer – 22 percent

Maine

Individual – 172 percent

Small Employer – 18 percent

Missouri

Individual – 122 percent

Small Employer – 18 percent

Nevada

Individual – 61 percent

Small Employer – 16 percent

New Hampshire

Individual – 19 percent

Small Employer – 15 percent

New York

Individual – 82 percent

Small Employer – 6 percent

Ohio

Individual – 122 percent

Small Employer – 16 percent

Virginia

Individual – 96 percent

Small Employer – 25 percent

Wisconsin

Individual – 122 percent

Small Employer -17 percent

It’s important to note, however, that Wellpoint’s projected rate increases do not account for the increase in medical-service costs over time. Nor do they account for other, less obvious costs likely to accompany reform. So the actual premium increases might be higher.

Assuming voters aren’t happy with skyrocketing premiums, the political pressure to limit the cost-shifting could be tremendous. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and staunch opponent of the reform proposals, who authors the Blaylock Wellness Report for Newsmax Media, predicts that politicians would attempt to block the cost-shifting to consumers.

Doing so, he warns, would seriously impact the quality of U.S. healthcare.

“Of course, the government will anticipate this and prevent the doctors and hospitals from passing these costs to their patients,” Blaylock tells Newsmax. “And this leaves one option: Severe rationing of care, which the government has wanted all along.”

The spiraling costs contained in the Affordable Health Care for America Act that Pelosi unveiled Thursday drew heavy fire:

Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Gregory Conko called the bill “a recipe for exploding costs,” adding: “The Affordable Health Care for America Act is anything but affordable. It will force millions of Americans to pay higher health insurance premiums, it taxes individuals who would like to purchase insurance options that don’t meet standards set by Washington bureaucrats, and it forces businesses and individuals to pay for insurance benefits they don’t want and don’t need.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, the National Association of Manufacturers, and seven other major associations sent a letter to Pelosi warning the legislation “falls short of the bipartisan goal of controlling costs.”

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., the chairman of the House Republican Conference, told CNN the Pelosi plan “looks like another freight train of big government with more taxes, more mandate and more spending – and that’s not what the American people want in healthcare reform.” He added that a search showed the nearly 2,000-page bill contains the directive “shall” 3,425 times.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., remarked: “The people of this country want reforms that provide them with more choices, more competition, more innovation, higher quality, and lower costs. Instead, Democrat leaders have worked in secret to write a bill that does exactly the opposite.”

Karen Ignagni, the president of the America’s Health Insurance Plans trade group that lobbies Congress on behalf of insurance companies, called the proposal “a missed opportunity.” Ignagni predicted “families and employers will not be able to afford coverage and healthcare costs will rise at a rate much faster than the overall economy is able to sustain.” In addition to the Wellpoint study, AHIP says three other reports, including one by PricewaterhouseCoopers, project that the legislative proposals will cause premiums to increase “far faster and higher” than they would under the present system.

Voters probably won’t like getting socked with higher premiums if the reforms pass. But most of them won’t be that surprised.

A recent Rasmussen Reports poll showed 57 percent of voters nationwide expect the reforms that were supposed to reduce costs actually will make them go up. Also, 53 percent of voters expect the quality of healthcare in the post-reform era will get worse.

© 2009 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Trial Lawyers Feast: ObamaCare

Obama will punish states which limit the trial lawyers’ rip from suing health care professionals.

Obama hopes trial lawyers will benefit more from health care, than do both doctors, and patients.

Obama favors “practicing” law, over either functioning as a doctor, or being a patient. Patients are regulated, doctors are regulated, but lawyers are not, by ObamaCare.

Let me guess: Obama’s wife is a lawyer. BINGO!

Not to mention that trial lawyers are rich and heavy funders of the various ObamaLies political campaigns.

Obama Health Care Bill Blows a Kiss to Trial Lawyers

The health care bill recently unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is over 1,900 pages for a reason. It is much easier to dispense goodies to favored interest groups if they are surrounded by a lot of legislative legalese. For example, check out this juicy morsel to the trial lawyers (page 1431-1433 of the bill):

Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes caps on damages.

So, you can’t try to seek alternatives to lawsuits if you’ve actually done something to implement alternatives to lawsuits. Brilliant! The trial lawyers must be very happy today!
While there is debate over the details, it is clear that medical malpractive lawsuits have some impact on driving health care costs higher. There are likely a number of procedures that are done simply as a defense against future possible litigation. Recall this from the Washington Post:

“Lawmakers could save as much as $54 billion over the next decade by imposing an array of new limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, congressional budget analysts said today — a substantial sum that could help cover the cost of President Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s health system. New research shows that legal reforms would not only lower malpractice insurance premiums for medical providers, but would also spur providers to save money by ordering fewer tests and procedures aimed primarily at defending their decisions in court, Douglas Elmendorf, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, wrote in a letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).”

Stay tuned. There are certainly many more terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad provisions in this massive bill.

Death Panels Standing Tall In ObamaCare Legislation

End-of-life re-education from Obama is very much alive, in ObamaCare today. Prepare to be counseled about the health care you don’t need, because your life is not valuable to Obama, who is expert on such things, since he has nice pecs.

Re-education will be necessary, until you agree with Obama on the uselessness of your life.

Get used to it. Death Panels are a core issue in Obamacare.

It’s alive! End-of-life counseling in health bill

The Medicare end-of-life planning provision that 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said was tantamount to ‘death panels’ for seniors is staying in the latest Democratic health care bill unveiled Thursday.

The provision allows Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling to help beneficiaries deal with the complex and painful decisions families face when a loved one is approaching death.

Dem Grope & Roll

Dem Grope & Roll

OBAMACARE!

H/T: harry reid’s grope, nancy pelosi’s eyeroll Blatherings

Commander-in-chief deploys army – to the real trouble-spot

Nope; not to Afghanistan, not to reinforce his expendable troops there . . .

To coordinate defense support of civil authorities?  The US ARMY?  Where does Obama anticipate a disaster, INSIDE THE UNTIED STATES?

This place resembles Kenya more every day.

H/T:  The Obama File

 

 

Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

 

3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army
By Gina Cavallaro – Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Sep 30, 2008 16:16:12 EDT

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.

But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.

After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.

“Right now, the response force requirement will be an enduring mission. How the [Defense Department] chooses to source that and whether or not they continue to assign them to NorthCom, that could change in the future,” said Army Col. Louis Vogler, chief of NorthCom future operations. “Now, the plan is to assign a force every year.”

The command is at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., but the soldiers with 1st BCT, who returned in April after 15 months in Iraq, will operate out of their home post at Fort Stewart, Ga., where they’ll be able to go to school, spend time with their families and train for their new homeland mission as well as the counterinsurgency mission in the war zones.

Stop-loss will not be in effect, so soldiers will be able to leave the Army or move to new assignments during the mission, and the operational tempo will be variable.

Don’t look for any extra time off, though. The at-home mission does not take the place of scheduled combat-zone deployments and will take place during the so-called dwell time a unit gets to reset and regenerate after a deployment.

The 1st of the 3rd is still scheduled to deploy to either Iraq or Afghanistan in early 2010, which means the soldiers will have been home a minimum of 20 months by the time they ship out.

In the meantime, they’ll learn new skills, use some of the ones they acquired in the war zone and more than likely will not be shot at while doing any of it.

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.

Training for homeland scenarios has already begun at Fort Stewart and includes specialty tasks such as knowing how to use the “jaws of life” to extract a person from a mangled vehicle; extra medical training for a CBRNE incident; and working with U.S. Forestry Service experts on how to go in with chainsaws and cut and clear trees to clear a road or area.

The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.

The package is for use only in war-zone operations, not for any domestic purpose.

“It’s a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities that they’re fielding. They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and this package fielded, and because of this mission we’re undertaking we were the first to get it.”

The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets.

“I was the first guy in the brigade to get Tasered,” said Cloutier, describing the experience as “your worst muscle cramp ever — times 10 throughout your whole body.

“I’m not a small guy, I weigh 230 pounds … it put me on my knees in seconds.”

The brigade will not change its name, but the force will be known for the next year as a CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force, or CCMRF (pronounced “sea-smurf”).

“I can’t think of a more noble mission than this,” said Cloutier, who took command in July. “We’ve been all over the world during this time of conflict, but now our mission is to take care of citizens at home … and depending on where an event occurred, you’re going home to take care of your home town, your loved ones.”

While soldiers’ combat training is applicable, he said, some nuances don’t apply.

“If we go in, we’re going in to help American citizens on American soil, to save lives, provide critical life support, help clear debris, restore normalcy and support whatever local agencies need us to do, so it’s kind of a different role,” said Cloutier, who, as the division operations officer on the last rotation, learned of the homeland mission a few months ago while they were still in Iraq.

Some brigade elements will be on call around the clock, during which time they’ll do their regular marksmanship, gunnery and other deployment training. That’s because the unit will continue to train and reset for the next deployment, even as it serves in its CCMRF mission.

Should personnel be needed at an earthquake in California, for example, all or part of the brigade could be scrambled there, depending on the extent of the need and the specialties involved.

Other branches included

The active Army’s new dwell-time mission is part of a NorthCom and DOD response package.

Active-duty soldiers will be part of a force that includes elements from other military branches and dedicated National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams.

A final mission rehearsal exercise is scheduled for mid-September at Fort Stewart and will be run by Joint Task Force Civil Support, a unit based out of Fort Monroe, Va., that will coordinate and evaluate the interservice event.

In addition to 1st BCT, other Army units will take part in the two-week training exercise, including elements of the 1st Medical Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas, and the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Bragg, N.C.

There also will be Air Force engineer and medical units, the Marine Corps Chemical, Biological Initial Reaction Force, a Navy weather team and members of the Defense Logistics Agency and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

One of the things Vogler said they’ll be looking at is communications capabilities between the services.

“It is a concern, and we’re trying to check that and one of the ways we do that is by having these sorts of exercises. Leading up to this, we are going to rehearse and set up some of the communications systems to make sure we have interoperability,” he said.

“I don’t know what America’s overall plan is — I just know that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that are standing by to come and help if they’re called,” Cloutier said. “It makes me feel good as an American to know that my country has dedicated a force to come in and help the people at home.”

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Correction:

A non-lethal crowd control package fielded to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, described in the original version of this story, is intended for use on deployments to the war zone, not in the U.S., as previously stated.

Most Perfect Pathological Liar In Lying History

What is the Difference Between a Pathological, a Compulsive, a Chronic, and a Habitual Liar?

Pathological Liar

A pathological liar is usually defined as someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others. Pathological lying is often viewed as coping mechanism developed in early childhood and it is often associated with some other type of mental health disorder. A pathological liar is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused – it is done to get one’s way). Pathological liars have little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others. A pathological liar often comes across as being manipulative, cunning and self-centered.

Compulsive Liar
A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions. Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small. For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right. Compulsive lying is usually thought to develop in early childhood, due to being placed in an environment where lying was necessary. For the most part, compulsive liars are not overly manipulative and cunning (see, Pathological Liar), rather they simply lie out of habit – an automatic response which is hard to break and one that takes its toll on a relationship (see, how to cope with a compulsive liar).

The terms Habitual Liar and Chronic Liar are often used to refer to a Compulsive Liar.

Take a quick survey and see how your lying compares with others – compulsive lying quiz

My personal recommendation is not to attempt to match lies with Obama; he is an awesome liar of prolific proportion.

Story here: Moonbattery Seven Lies in Under Two Minutes