Thinking like a liberal: An impossible task for the rational

March 12, 2014

Trying to make sense of madness

As difficult as it is to imagine, far left activists in New York City spent last weekend protesting a $100 million donation to New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Groups as seemingly diverse as the New York State Nurses’ Association — which should be celebrating the creation of dozens of jobs for nurses and enhanced patient care — the NAACP New York State Conference and SEIU unionists protested the hospital’s plans to add an ambulatory care center, to be called the David H. Koch Center.

The new addition to the hospital is made possible by the beyond-generous donation from David Koch, one of the politically conservative, philanthropist Koch brothers who have, in recent years, been targeted by leftist politicians, activists and media elites.

Yet despite the fact that David Koch gave what is purportedly the largest donation in the hospital’s history, according to this report in the Washington Free Beacon, liberals are outraged that the hospital accepted his money.

Screeching activists, shouting about the Koch’s funding of a nonexistent “war on women’s reproductive rights” organized the protest on International Women’s Day.

Such bizarre workings of liberal minds are not unique to this irrational display.

Also in New York the war on parental choice in the education of their own children continues as radical Mayor Bill de Blasio’s unconscionable decision to rescind approval of high-performing charter schools has created havoc throughout the state resulting in multiple lawsuits from parents. But his outrageous actions have also attracted the wrath of the far left, who are suing de Blasio for not shutting down even more such schools.  DeBlasio’s educrat approved actions have forced mostly low income children back into substandard, under-performing government schools. The Daily Caller exposes de Blasio’s long-standing socialist ties.

Here in Arizona, where charter schools flourish and students benefit, the liberal daily newspaper runs editorials and Page One articles against the expansion of parental choice, through the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program.  Several bills are now advancing through the legislature which provide options that benefit families. The Arizona Republic calls them “divisive.”

 


Real folks learn there’s nothing affordable in ACA

February 1, 2014

“Wake up, America”

WTAE New 4 Pittsburgh, PA  shows small business employees’ reactions as they learn of increased health costs due to Obamacare.


The “choice” is death: The disgrace of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2014

fetus sucking thumb

Today marks the 41st anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court travesty known as Roe v. Wade, when our nation’s highest court inexplicably ruled that state sanctioned slaughter of the most innocent was found in the previously unheard of right to privacy.

Over the intervening years, an estimated fifty-six million pre-born human babies have been killed — residing in what ought to be the safest place on Earth — the sanctuary of their mother’s uterus.

And just two days after the nation commemorated Martin Luther King’s birthday, comes this shocking statistic from New York: More black babies were aborted in the city than were born alive. Yet despite that disgraceful fact, New York’s liberal Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that pro-life advocates haveno place in the state of New York.” The Weekly Standard reports Cuomo is now backtracking his contemptible intolerance after calls for his resignation.

Abortion is the Number One Killer of black Americans. More than HIV. More than diabetes. More than heart disease. More than cancer. Abortion snuffs out more black lives than all other causes of death, combined —according to the CDC.

The Radiance Foundation and its civil rights allies, defying Governor Cuomo’s intolerance,  launched the boldDREAM IS DEAD For 56 Million ad campaign in New York on the MLK holiday.  

The encouraging news is the abortion-on-demand trend is meeting public opposition. This Marist poll, released today, indicates more than six in 10 Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong. Just two percent of Americans indicated that it was not a moral issue. Andrew Cuomo, a father of three, is among that razor-slim minority.


AZ going to pot? Conservative AG vs. leftie state Rep.

January 13, 2014

AZ Attorney General Tom Horn debates “recreational” marijuana with state Rep. Ruben Gallego 

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, a Republican, and Democrat State Rep. Ruben Gallego (LD 27) discuss the legalizing of “recreational” marijuana in Arizona. This revealing exchange took place Saturday on ABC15.

Tom Horn says legalization will increase use. His opposition stems from his background, which includes twenty-four years as a school board member, four years in the state legislature where he chaired the Education Accountability Committee and eight years as Superintendent of Public Instruction — providing him ample opportunity to see the negative effects of the drug on students. Since legalization is currently being experimented with in Colorado and Washington, Horne prudently thinks we should wait and see the effects in those states.

Gallego has no such inclination. Arizona’s 2014 legislative session begins today, opening with Gov. Jan Brewer’s State of the State Address. Rep. Gallego plans to introduce his bill this week. The guise of legalizing “medical marijuana” is finally exposed for what it is — a route to full-scale legalization of the drug for recreational use.  The left desires other mind-numbing drugs to follow that path, making control of the populace easier.

In the event Gallego’s proposal becomes law, Arizonans ages 21 and older could possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up to five plants. His bill will also include an excise tax and establish regulations. Watch the ABC 15 video here.


Feds spent $29M on meds for 4,139 illegal aliens

January 11, 2014

Do the math. That comes out to around $7,000 per illegal alien, no sorry, undocumented immigrant, nope beautiful unlicensed DREAMER. But there are just some jobs that Americans won’t do. Like illegally collect $28 million in Medicare Part D prescription drugs.

Immigration reform now. Alongside medical reform. Because $28 million is just too little.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services.

Medicare Parts A and B cover hospitalization, skilled nursing care, doctor visits, and other medical services and supplies. The IG previously reported in January that CMS had also paid $91.6 million to health care providers to cover 2,600 ineligible illegal aliens.

The unallowable payments were made by CMS despite the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which prohibits illegal aliens from receiving federal health care benefits, and CMS’ own 2003 memo warning: “Make no payments for Medicare services furnished to an alien beneficiary who is not lawfully present in the United States.

The IG recommended that CMS “develop and implement controls to ensure that Medicare does not pay for prescription drugs for unlawfully present beneficiaries” by preventing them from enrolling, disenrolling those already in the Medicare Part D system, and “automatically rejecting PDE records submitted by sponsors for prescription drugs provided to this population.”

Don’t worry. Obama and the Republican Amnesty crowd already have this covered.

And if only 4,139 illegal aliens racked up $28 million in Medicare Part D bills, imagine how much 12 million illegal aliens will rack up?

This revealing report appearing in FrontPage magazine is sure to raise the blood pressure of any hard-working American citizen taxpayer.


Out of wedlock births and the Everly Brothers

January 6, 2014

Today we juxtapose two seemingly unrelated issues in making a societal point. One is the recent death of 1960’s singing legend Phil Everly of the influential Everly Brothers duo. The other is the newspaper’s coverage of out of wedlock births.

Under the hip, laissez-faire headline, “More moms skip marriage,” the daily gives soft coverage to what they term “the growing trend of unwed mothers in Arizona and nationally.”  The handling of this major societal problem is undertaken in short story prose, complete with an oversized photo of the cheery mother playing on the floor with her 4-year-old son. She is described as 38, with a college degree and a well-paying management job. She also decided to ditch her boyfriend early in her pregnancy. They now share parenting duties.

Further into the report is the fact that the majority of unwed mothers are on the dole, costing Arizona taxpayers more than $100 million a year in birth and delivery expenses alone. The majority of women receiving cash benefits, qualifying for WIC, the food stamp/Nutrition  Assistance Program, and AHCCCS  — which provides doctor’s office visits, immunizations, prenatal care, hospital care and prescriptions — are unmarried mothers.  The harsh reality is, unlike the college educated mother the Arizona Republic chose to feature, many are generational, under-educated dropouts, lacking training to qualify them for gainful employment.

This Heritage Foundation report reveals the startling statistic that 71 percent of poor families with children are mostly headed by single mothers. Compared to children raised in an intact family, children raised in single-parent homes are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems; be physically abused; smoke, drink, and use drugs; be aggressive; engage in violent, delinquent, and criminal behavior; have poor school performance; and drop out of high school. This report focusing on Arizona concludes marriage is the number 1 weapon against child poverty.

How do the guitar-strumming Everly Brothers fit into this disturbing equation? Listen to the lyrics of the songWake up little Susie.” It’s exceedingly quaint by today’s slack standards. The words describe a teen couple who fell asleep at a drive-in theater, and the young man’s very real concern about their reputations and what the girl’s parent’s reactions will be at the late hour he brings her home.

No such songs would make the hit list today. In a culture where coarseness abounds and raunchy twerking — at the Video Music Awards — is the latest rage, the concept of shame is relegated to a non-issue. As reputations are no longer a concern, unwed births skyrocket.

Wake up little Susie.


Howard Dean admits Obamacare woes, predicts more

December 30, 2013

Broken promises on costs, keeping your doctor, access to specialists

 Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, appearing onFox News Sunday,” acknowledged that Obamacare would suffer additional setbacks as it continues rolling out next year, yet he claims that ultimately the health care overhaul “will work.”

“There are going to be problems,” he said, conceding that the Obama administration was having trouble getting young, healthy people to sign up for health care plans, which is sure to drive up costs.

“The data does show that less healthy people are signing up,” Dean, a physician, said. “Younger people are signing up less frequently than hoped.”

Never venturing far from his leftist ideological stance, the former Democrat Party Chairman defended Obamacare, trouncing its critics and  accusing them of “hyperbole,” hypocritically  declaring they “look incredibly partisan.”

Dean debated Obamacare with Scott Gottlieb, M.D., a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, who criticized the health care plans offered.  Gottlieb said they are “very, very narrow” and “exclude a lot of specialists.” He also noted an older and less healthy population are the ones currently attempting to sign up. Additionally he noted that Obamacare drug formularies will only cover drugs on the list and yours may not be included.

Welcome to the Orwellian world of 1984.….2014 — just a few decades late.


WH in panic mode as Obamacare fails

December 20, 2013

Latest policy shift delays individual mandate for those whose plans were canceled

The administration, clearly in panic mode, has a new scheme in the works, as Obama’s signature health care overhaul is exposed as a series of lies, security breaches and malfunctions.

The latest incarnation of the debacle is the offer of an exemption of Obamacare to the millions of people who lost their own insurance — the one  Obama repeatedly promised we could all keep. This was exposed as a blatant lie after millions of people received notification from their insurance companies informing them their current policies did not meet coverage requirements of the so-called Affordable Care Act, and could no longer be offered.

Under the new dodge, Obama is urging insurers to expand offers of bare-bones health insurance plans to cover catastrophic care. This strategy will also allow people to self-determine if they are in a hardship situation.

The Obamacare mandate requires everyone to have health insurance or face a tax penalty. These latest exemptions are certain to intensify the confusion for consumers.

Instead of continuing exemptions, waivers and delays, Obama should provide all Americans relief from his failed socialist experiment. Forcing citizens to purchase a product they don’t want — one dictated by the federal government — or face sanctions from the Internal Revenue Service, violates basic principles of freedom.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), summed the situation up with these words, “The sad reality is that when the law takes effect [on] January 1, more Americans will be without coverage under Obamacare than one year ago.”

No wonder this latest poll shows 53% of Americans would like to see Obamacare repealed, while 67% want it delayed. Overall, by a 54-38 percent margin, people wish the health care law had never passed and the 2009 system were still in place.

Read more and watch the informative FOX News video here.

And Barack Obama?  He and his family are taking advantage of the generosity of strapped American taxpayers and are preparing to hop aboard Air Force One for their annual Christmas soiree in Hawaii. They’ll be gone 17 days.


2013 “Lie of the Year” winner announced

December 14, 2013

PolitiFact, the fact-verification web site, has bestowed its annual “Lie of the Year Award.”

For the first time since it was initially presented in 2009, the suspense factor was minimal since millions of Americans have been negatively impacted by the enormity of the deception.

Take a few minutes and look around the site.  It’s chock full of interesting information and has a Truth-O-Meter that encompasses categories ranging from True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, to a full-flame Pants on Fire.

Click on the following link for PolitiFact’s 2013 winner of “Lie of the Year.” A memory refresher of the practiced and diabolical liar repeating the lie can be viewed here.

PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times.


There’s nothing affordable about Affordable Care Act

December 10, 2013

Republicans should not throw away opportunity to regain control

Now that Obama’s lies have been acknowledged and his pledges to Americans of being able to keep our doctors and health care plans were outed as integral to his scheme to dupe us, we find out even more. (Video under link.)

The (subscription only) UK’s Financial Times reports: “Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres.

Amid a drive by insurers to limit costs, the majority of insurance plans being sold on the new healthcare exchanges in New York, Texas, and California, for example, will not offer patients’ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, two top cancer centres, or Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals in the country.

Experts say the move by insurers to limit consumers’ choices and steer them away from hospitals that are considered too expensive, or even “inefficient”, reflects the new competitive landscape in the insurance industry since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law.

It could become another source of political controversy for the Obama administration next year, when the plans take effect.”

All true. Then factor in the exorbitant deductibles on the most basic plans available at the health care exchanges, as insurance customers are encountering even more problems under Obamacare. The new generation of policies have higher deductibles. Consumers have to pay more of their own money before insurance even kicks in. The average deductible for the lowest level of insurance on HealthCare.gov is more than $5,000. Forbes reports that Obamacare will increase individual-market premiums in California by as much as 146 percent, with the highest impact in the Bay Area, Orange County and San Diego.

Americans are frustrated, angry and frightened at their lack of control over the most personal health care decisions. The GOP needs to pick up six seats in the U.S. Senate to secure control of the upper chamber and is within striking distance of making that happen. This massive and bungled federal takeover of our health care should seal the deal. Will we screw it up turning the focus to amnesty for 30+ million illegals?


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