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The sound of MSM silence (glug-glug)

The Anchoress makes a worthwhile observation:

We've watched the press pretend to beat their breasts for "not asking the tough questions of Bush" in the time leading up to the invasion of Iraq. That's a distortion; they asked plenty of questions and made plenty of noise, and in the "rush to war" - which took so long any nation could have spirited their weapons somewhere else - the administration went to the UN twice, and the Democrat leadership, from Bill Clinton on down re-iterated what they'd said since 1998: Saddam had WMD, and in the face of 9/11, he could not be allowed to keep them.

Now, we're watching the press show zero curiosity about this "stimulus" package. They don't appear to even know what is in it, or want to know. They're not asking "the tough questions." The thing is Obama's baby so it must be brilliant and right and they are promoting it with all their might, unquestioningly. Just as they promoted Al Gore's Global Warming Traveling Salvation Show without asking a single hard question, without wondering about a "rush to toxic lightbulbs," the press is now pushing an extremely dubious nationalization bill disguised as healing medicine, without asking a single difficult question, without wondering about a "rush to more."

The press is enabling a new act; "Brother Love & Sister Speak's Dream-a-licious Economic Health Tonic" (only $200,000 a bottle!) and telling us we must lap it up or we will die from our lack of patriotism.

Sorry, no sale, here. I still remember 1976 to 1982, no matter how much you tell me that I don't.

A bit of hyperbole aside, she is right on the money. Outside of a handful of reports that mostly try to explain "Republican opposition" to the bill, not one of the major networks has aired a serious investigative report (and by that I mean a multi-segment report or one that includes 10-15 minutes of actual reporting) that really takes apart the bill, gathers the opinions of leading experts on economics, and asks -- as the press claims it should have done with the Iraq war -- do we really need to do this?

Nor is the press seriously questioning the purpose of President Obama's continual doom and gloom rhetoric or wondering whether he is using fear to sell his political agenda -- all of this after piling on Bush and Cheney and accusing them of talking down the economy after the tech market meltdown in 2000.

And maybe the pork spending in the stimulus bill really isn't what will cause the most financial damage:

Under "stimulus," Medicaid is now on offer not to just poor Americans, but Americans who have lost their jobs. And not just Americans who have lost their jobs, but their spouses and their children. And not Americans who recently lost their jobs, but those who lost jobs, say, early last year. And not just Americans who already lost their jobs, but those who will lose their jobs up to 2011. The federal government is graciously footing the whole bill. The legislation also forbids states to apply income tests in most cases.

House Democrat Henry Waxman was so thrilled by this blowout, it was left to Republicans to remind him that the very banking millionaires he dragged to the Hill last year for a grilling would now qualify for government aid. His response? A GOP proposal to limit subsidies to Americans with incomes under $1 million was accepted during markup, but had disappeared by final passage. In this new health-care nirvana, even the rich are welcome. CBO estimates? An additional 1.2 million on the federal Medicaid dime in 2009.

Also this week, the Senate passed the massive SCHIP expansion that President Bush vetoed in 2007. The new and improved SCHIP expands the program's eligibility to families earning up to three times the poverty level (approximately $60,000 for a family of four). The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the CBO estimates 2.4 million individuals will drop private health coverage in exchange for the expanded SCHIP benefits. How will we pay for this?

The SCHIP expansion will be financed in part by a 62 cent per pack increase in the Federal cigarette tax, and partly by the elimination of Medicare Advantage, which will effectively end supplemental Medicare HMO programs and force seniors back into Medicare-only health coverage. Ironically, the working class Americans that SCHIP is supposed to benefit will end up footing most of the bill for it. Yet in the Stimulus Bill, there is a $75 million line item for smoking cessation programs. Why are we spending $75 million to erase the primary source of revenue for children's health care? Democrats? Media? Hello ... anyone?

Last October, the State of Hawaii was forced to suspend its universal children's health care program because of, well, freeloading:

"People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free," said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. "I don't believe that was the intent of the program."

No kidding. Hawaii is a shining example of universal health care failure. But the lessons learned the hard way in Hawaii seem to be of little concern to Congressional Democrats, who, now that they have complete power, are intent upon incrementally pushing our nation toward nationalized, single-payer health care. Captain Ed says, "It's hard to believe one could credibly say this, but I long for the honesty of the Clintons."

And then there is this brilliant bit: "Obama Will Review Buy American Provision in Stimulus." Smoot-Hawley anyone?

And all the while, the press remains incurious. We don't need to ask ask no stinkin' questions. Just take another swig of that dream-a-licious tonic ...


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Comments (34)

It might he... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

It might help to take your fingers out of your ears.

Eh - whadya expect? J-scho... (Below threshold)

Eh - whadya expect? J-schoolers lose all interest in reporting things that counter their personal beliefs.

Creaming both al Qaeda and the mass-murdering Hussein family in Iraq resulted in millions of free people, free elections, new constitution, freedom for women, etc. etc. The J-schoolers have absolutely no interest now because the victory completely undermines their belief that the US, and particularly a Republican-led US, is evil.

Likewise, we'll never hear the argument that this bloated pig of a bill is wrong. It can't be wrong because it's being pushed by the Pres the J-schoolers helped drag across the finish line; the same Pres is now pushing socialized policy that J-schoolers tend to believe in. Pay no attention to the fact that socialist policy has failed in virtually every place it's been tried. Picture Bullwinkle the Moose saying "This time, for sure!"

The interesting thing is that the J-schoolers are the ones that push the bloated, failing Education system on all of us "for the children," but have nothing to say about the level of future debt being pushed ON the children.

The MSM collectively have t... (Below threshold)

The MSM collectively have their heads stuffed so far up Obama's ass they can brush his teeth.

You will not hear a peep out of them until you see hyper inflation brought on by massive spending on all their boondoggle programs that are giveaways.

The thing us conservatives ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The thing us conservatives forget is that without the need for national defense there's plenty of money to give free health care to everyone. You do understand that with Obama in charge the U.S. won't have any enemies or need for a military; police to squelch domestic dissent yes, but no military.


Mac LorryBut you f... (Below threshold)

Mac Lorry

But you forget OBH new Civilian Force which will be as large and as well equipped as the Military

AB - "It might help to ... (Below threshold)

AB - "It might help to take your fingers out of your ears."

Give us all a break AB, help a bunch knuckle draggers out and pull them out for us.

What do YOU have to counter what was posted?

Oh, you guys are just being... (Below threshold)

Oh, you guys are just being partisan obstacles the The One True Path. You just need to be re-educated. Maybe in some sort of camp-like setting.

Michael Laprarie, you can a... (Below threshold)

Michael Laprarie, you can add this abomination to your list:

National Journal reported this week that the Senate's economic stimulus bill includes a provision that would make Hollywood studios eligible for a special 50% write-off of equipment purchases. According to the report, "the provision is backed by firms like the Walt Disney Co., and the industry trade group the Motion Picture Association of America."
Whatever happened to the "it's not final the House version will be stripped of pork by the Senate" talking point?

Not that I ever believed that tripe, the Senators are just as prone to porkified legislation as the rest of Capital Hill idiots.

Hcddbz,Bu... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:


But you forget OBH new Civilian Force which will be as large and as well equipped as the Military

But what you don't know is that Obama was talking about the military AFTER he gets done downsizing it. Think the size of a large city's police force.

Per Rasmussen - support for... (Below threshold)

Per Rasmussen - support for the trillion dollar spending spree was only 45% BEFORE the vote in the House (in other words, it was the Republicans who voted for the wishes of the majority of America - and a handful of Democrats did, too, credit where credit is due). Support has now dropped to only 42%.

Since Republicans are so de... (Below threshold)

Since Republicans are so dead set against this plan, I assume that those voting against it will return the money that the plan allocates to their states. (After all, didn't the right often say that Democrats who opposed Bush's tax cuts should just give back the money?)

But I guess there's little chance of that happening.

All intelligent and educate... (Below threshold)

All intelligent and educated people know that all Democrat ideas are perfect. Democrats never, ever make mistakes and so it is futile to look for democrat mistakes. If something goes wrong with a Democrat idea, it's because some republican messed it up. Deep down in your wretched little hearts, even you Republicans know it. Blago is the perfect example of what happens when you put a Republican in office. The sooner we can get rid of ALL Republicans and replace them with pure and righteous Democrats, the sooner we can transform this country into a socialist/marxist utopia.

"Since Republicans are so d... (Below threshold)

"Since Republicans are so dead set against this plan, I assume that those voting against it will return the money that the plan allocates to their states."

As long as their states don't have to pay for it, sure.

"Since Republicans are ... (Below threshold)

"Since Republicans are so dead set against this plan, I assume that those voting against it will return the money that the plan allocates to their states."

And that includes the 11 dems. Right brian?

It might help to take yo... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

It might help to take your fingers out of your ears.

It might help to take your head out of your arse.

As long as their states ... (Below threshold)

As long as their states don't have to pay for it, sure.

Great! So seeing as the states view this as free money, meaning they don't have to pay for it, I look forward to seeing all those Republicans rushing to give back their stimulus checks.

And that includes the 11... (Below threshold)

And that includes the 11 dems. Right brian?

I don't recall any Dems telling John McCain and the other Reps who voted against Bush's tax cuts that they should give their money back to the government. That mindset is on the right.

But this isn't Obama's stim... (Below threshold)

But this isn't Obama's stimulus package. The is Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reid's stimulus package. Obama is a worthless bystander.

Just call him ... "Mr. Affirmative Action"

FYI, might want to listen t... (Below threshold)

FYI, might want to listen to my exclusive interview with Michael Steele and comment. Thanks. JL.


And forget, please, "conservatism," please. It will not "save" us because it has been, operationally, de facto, Godless and therefore irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God both are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson's Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

"[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth."

Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

John Lofton, Editor, TheAmericanView.com
Recovering Republican
[email protected]

John Lofton, NASA just call... (Below threshold)

John Lofton, NASA just called and requests you move your space ship. It's double parked.

Most, if not all, GOP Gover... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Most, if not all, GOP Governors are *for* Obama's Stimulus Bill.


"Since Republicans are s... (Below threshold)

"Since Republicans are so dead set against this plan, I assume that those voting against it will return the money that the plan allocates to their states. (After all, didn't the right often say that Democrats who opposed Bush's tax cuts should just give back the money?)"


"...I look forward to seeing all those Republicans rushing to give back their stimulus checks."

I won't be giving mine back. It was part of my salary to begin with; taken by force.

Individual taxes and federal budget pork are no where near the same subject. But if that's what you want to bring up, let's look at the most recent developments:

Daschle did not comment publicly Friday on his tax problems, which are being investigated by the Senate Finance Committee ahead of his confirmation hearing before the panel.

No doubt the Senate Finance Committee will conclude that it was an "innocent mistake".

This is a guy who voted against the tax cuts and gave himself one. Now he wants to "reform" our health care system.

It amazes me that the liber... (Below threshold)

It amazes me that the liberal trolls still believe that Barry knows what he is doing. Think about it. Barry wants to give all this money away to help the people who give Barry the money? That is spooky. ww

People keep repeating that ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

People keep repeating that this or that project is not a stimulus for the economy. Any spending, no matter what it is, may- or may not- help stimulate the economy. It's unknowable.

"Any spending, no matter... (Below threshold)

"Any spending, no matter what it is, may- or may not- help stimulate the economy. It's unknowable."

And that is another good reason why that gigantic pile of taxpayer money should not be spent.

Tom:I'm not trying... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


I'm not trying to be antagonistic with these questions:

So is "do nothing" your answer to the problem?

Or more tax cuts and less regulation and wait-and-see approach?

A little spending?

Last week when Obama held a... (Below threshold)

Last week when Obama held a press conference on the economy and his plan. The very first question out of a reports mouth on the financial crisis was "What team do you want to win the Super Bowl?"

Yes, THAT all important question on the economy. I bet the reporter giggled all night that he was the one to ask it.

"I'm not trying to be an... (Below threshold)

"I'm not trying to be antagonistic with these questions:"

Very good. And I'm not trying to be antagonistic with the following answers.

"So is "do nothing" your answer to the problem?"

As far as the government is concerned, absolutely. Hands off. If a business fails because of it, so be it. That's the risk they took by going into business.

"Or more tax cuts and less regulation..."

Always a great idea which is always successful.

"...and wait-and-see approach?"

There is no "wait-and-see" approach. It is a hands off the economy approach. Allow businesses, including banks, to succeed or fail. Period. When banks and/or businesses fail, others will take their place, as it has done since the beginning. You don't spend your way into prosperity. You save your way into it.

"A little spending?"

For basic governmental services, yes. To spend far and away more money on this porktacular bill than the nation will see in 15 lifetimes? No thanks!

This is not a "stimulus" bill. It's called a stimulus bill but it's really a bill designed to pass every liberal dream from the last 40 years. It's money the government doesn't have, and there's only one way a liberal government gets money it doesn't have. Taxes, taxes, taxes. And more taxes. Did I mention taxes?

It doesn't really matter what anybody thinks of this bill anyway, except for liberals, because the bill is going to pass. I just hope there aren't any Republicans in the Senate stupid enough to vote for it, and allow the Democrats to own it completely.

Ok. Thanks for responding!<... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Ok. Thanks for responding!

It's funny to think that pe... (Below threshold)

It's funny to think that people like me were complaining just like this nearly six years ago when we all thought the "conservative" MSM was so far up Dubya's ass they didn't investigate any of his claims about Iraq being a clear and present danger to the U.S.A.

The only time anyone did any investigating their wife was outed as a CIA operative.

The only difference here is that 4,000+ of our brave men and women in the military won't die because of this bill!

Oh great. More BLPD conspi... (Below threshold)

Oh great. More BLPD conspiracy blather...which has absolutely nothing to do with the topic.

Sorry, Palinisevil -<... (Below threshold)

Sorry, Palinisevil -

You'll have to put a crowbar under your chin and pry your head out of your ass. Obama's staying in Iraq, and spoiling for war in Afghanistan. Dollars to doughnuts, if our military die in Afghanistan under Obama, you'll never open your piehole or write in about deaths again.

As for the super-spook, Plame, please try to pay attention and keep up. Richard Armitage was the cause of the issue, and the only danger to her existence is media overexposure.

No comments about the new CIC dining on Wagyu beef while the rest of the country's in breadlines?

The trolls are oh so desper... (Below threshold)

The trolls are oh so desperate. Can it be that they realize that Barry is impotent? ww

"Since Republicans... (Below threshold)
"Since Republicans are so dead set against this plan, I assume that those voting against it will return the money that the plan allocates to their states."

funny, this one. it's like everyone's running away as long as their own arses are safe!






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