8/12/09

Wednesday wrap

Obama: Fork-tongued on health, smacks down seniors, goes tone-deaf, hoisted by Alinsky petard, mentored by radicals, hoodwinks and bamboozles, obeys Andy Stern in Honduras, proves thin-skinned.

Mismanagement: Unionists fight back v. oppressive SEIU & Teamster bigs, Congress earns shame, Obamunism cited, Dems disrupted, limits are good, UFCW kills jobs.

International: Hillary stews, Vlad hearts Hugo, despotic birds of a feather, Communism in Brazil, leftwing violence, leftwing anti-Semitism, leftwing post-constitutionalism, Uganda beseiged.

Obamaganda colors health debate ... Today's town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H. offers a perfect example of why Obama is faring poorly in the polls with his efforts to convince Americans on his health care plan. He keeps making promises he cannot keep (such as "You'll be able to keep the coverage you have") and saying things that do not appear to be true (such as his assurances that the plan will not increase the deficit). Asked about the possibility of his health care plan leading ultimately to a single-payer system, President Obama said, "I have not said that I was a single payer supporter." Considering that he was caught on tape in 2003 stating, "I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan", this is rather difficult to accept at face value. You might even call it "disinformation." (washingtonexaminer.com)


Supremely overconfident Obama trifles with seniors ... Democrats have a senior citizen problem. Frustrated older Americans are packing the town halls on health care. They are incredibly passionate about their Medicare benefits. Polls show senior citizens largely disapprove of health care reform ideas so far. And of course, they vote — in larger numbers than any other demographic. But so far, Democrats have focused much of their health care sales pitch on middle-class Americans and the uninsured — a slight that has been noticed by senior citizens, who hold great influence with members of Congress. (news.yahoo.com)


Uninsurable: Obama's tone-deaf campaign ... It didn’t take chaotic town-hall meetings, raging demonstrators and consequent brooding in various sectors of the media to bring home the truth that the campaign for a health-care bill is, to put it mildly, not going awfully well. It’s not hard now to envision the state of this crusade with just a month or two more of diligent management by the Obama team—think train wreck. It may one day be otherwise in the more perfect world of universal coverage, but for now disabilities like the tone deafness that afflicts this administration from the top down are uninsurable. (online.wsj.com)


Obama hoisted by Alinsky 12th ... Alinsky's 12th Rule of Tactics: "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying, ‘You're right - we don't know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us." Why is President Barack Obama suddenly drowning in a sea of widespread resistance to his centerpiece legislation? Because it has now become quite clear to Harry & Louise Q Citizen that this was a man without a "constructive alternative" to the out-of-control healthcare system he has badgered and rhetorically beaten bloody to a pulp. Obama himself, Organizer in Chief, had no plan. He proposed no plan to Congress. He has let committee after committee of witless tax-and-spend, haggard old liberals write the convoluted mess they're calling healthcare reform, and has virtually done nothing for own his part but bash the insurance companies, the doctors and even the patients, who ask for individual control over their own life-and-death choices. (americanthinker.com)

Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
• More Saul Alinsky stories: here
'Rules for Radicals' at amazon.com


Obama's radical mentors blamed ... As pundits and politicians scurry to explain, or explain away, the declining popularity and poll numbers for President Obama, the Democrat-dominated congress, and their Leftist policies intended to "re-make" America, many are missing the most obvious potential explanation. The ideas and pieces of legislation being suggested, from cap-and-trade to socialized medicine, are really bad ones and stem from a misguided worldview. Let me be as clear as I can be: I do not reject Barack Obama the person. I do not question the fact that he believes he is doing what is best for this country. I do not believe he was born in Kenya. I do not believe he is a secret Muslim. He is by all accounts a loving father and good husband and provides an excellent role in this regard. God bless him for these and many other outstanding traits. My problem, and I believe his fundamental problem, is with the values and philosophies that shaped and influenced him prior to his becoming our Commander-in-Chief. My strong disagreement with him is at the level of values and convictions and world-view, not race or ethnicity. Barack Obama and his administration are starting to suffer from the inevitable impact of years spent sitting at the feet of radical mentors who held distorted views of economics, politics, and morality. (nolanchart.com)


Obamunism is a mental disorder ... Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychiatry, called it “psychological projection,” the unconscious denial of one's own traits by ascribing them to others. A thief, for example, will accuse everyone else of being a thief. We have seen such delusional projection run amok recently in wild accusations by prominent Democrats against those who refuse to be stampeded into socialized medicine. (newsmax.com)


Unionists revolt against oppressive fat-cat union bigs ... The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has a union problem. Many of the staff employees at the International headquarters are represented by another union, OPEIU, which is in the midst of negotiating a new contract with Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. and the Teamsters leadership. Problem is, the Teamsters (like most businesses these days) are struggling financially, and they are apparently taking a hard line at the bargaining table – resulting in the threat of a strike against the Teamsters by their own employees. According to the Teamsters leadership, employees need to “share in the prudent belt-tightening,” and even though a strike would be embarrassing, “no amount of embarrassment will cause us to commit to a collective bargaining agreement that jeopardizes the financial health of your International Union.” The letter also pledges that the Teamsters are making contingency plans to keep operating during a strike. This comes on the heels of unfair labor practice charges against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed by its unionized international staff. SEIU was accused of laying off employees and replacing them with contract workers in order to undermine the union. While these stories are supremely ironic, they also reveal that when it comes to their own business, union leaders are as bottom-line oriented as the corporate CEOs they regularly demonize. (examiner.com)


David Limbaugh: Shame on the Obama-Pelosi Dems ... The hubris, arrogance, and deceit of President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership are breathtaking. In their maniacal frenzy to assume control over every aspect of our lives through socialized medicine, they are behaving like the thuggish autocrats they have proved themselves to be. The jig is up on their designs, evidenced by the very contents of the health bill they're promoting. As increasing public awareness has translated into increasing grass-roots opposition to the bill, the Democrats have ratcheted up their bullying tactics and deceit. Our self-styled bipartisan president is telling his critics to shut up, while his partners in crime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues, are calling them un-American and Nazis. (newsmax.com)


We're being hoodwinked, bamboozled ... President Obama today assailed those who "create boogeymen out there that just aren't real." Then the president, after listing all his allies in reform -- drugmakers, the American Medical Association, AARP, and others -- immediately attacked the "special interests" who: "use their influence. They use their political allies to scare and mislead the American people. They start running ads. This is what they always do.We can't let them do it again. Not this time. Not now." But which special interests, if it's not the drugmakers? The implication would be the heath insurers, who gave $1.4 million to Barack Obama in 2008, more than to any politician in the history of the planet. They do oppose a government option, but they've lobbied heavily for just about everything else. So, are there real "special interests profiting from the status quo" trying to sink Obama's reform? Or are they boogeymen created for political gain? (washingtonexaminer.com)


Obama obeys Andy Stern, backs Honduras union militants ... On Aug. 6 the three main Honduran labor federations held a march in Tegucigalpa marking the start of an open-ended general strike against the de facto government formed when a June 28 coup removed president José Manuel Zelaya Rosales from office. The three union groups—the Unitary Confederation of Honduran Workers (CUTH), the General Workers Central (CGT) and the Confederation of Honduran Workers (CTH)—issued a joint communiqué on Aug. 6 with the strike's four demands: "the reestablishment of the democratic institutional order," Zelaya's return to office, the formation of a Constituent National Assembly to write a new constitution, and an "end to the repression against the Honduran people." The strikers also demanded that "all the governments of the world, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, and USAID [the US Agency for International Development] withdraw all official support and freeze loans and projects for this coup government." The unions specifically called on the US government to "cancel the bank accounts and visas of all those persons involved in the coup, to freeze planned aid, and to withdraw diplomatic representation." (ww4report.com)


Thin-skinned Obama reverts to the mean ... When is illegal, not illegal? Who in this country can do anything he wants and not be touched, that would be the president. Above the law until he walks out of office, or unless the House of Representatives start impeachment proceedings which will not happen as long as it is controlled by the presidents party. You see the snitch program on page two of the White House blog that asks Americans to turn in fellow American's is in fact illegal. You see it violates the privacy act put in place by democrats after president Nixon resigned, what it means is that it requires it to keep all communication, if it deletes anything it violates one statute and if it collects data on free speech it violates another statute, but he cannot be sued because of sovereign immunity, isn't that sweet, he can do what ever he wants to the American people, he can call out the goons to meet people protesting his policies, he can collect data on people and he can use it and he cannot be touched. (postchronicle.com)


DINO Dems disrupted? ... In the past week, those championing the Kennedy-Obama plan to have the federal government take over the health insurance industry have apparently been stunned by groups of citizens showing up at "town hall meetings" to loudly protest. Despite the fact the protests pale in comparison to the kind of organized disruptions which are old hat for moveon.org or President Obama's own ACORN outfit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday accused the protesters of trying to sabotage the democratic process. Really. (rgj.com)


Is it too late for term limits? ... The recent profound letter "Unbridled crime afoot" (Aug. 4) is a stunning summary of the degradation of our country as we look on in disbelief. Our Founding Fathers never could have foreseen today's ignorance and detachment of a majority of U.S. voters and the extent of the looting going on for the benefit of politicians and top executives in global banking, brokerage and insurance. All this at the expense of the people who make our country work but have no representation in our government. Hark! Is that the sound of a bugle playing "Reveille"? Or has the time just passed when term limits could have saved the USA? (greenbaypressgazette.com)


UFCW gets its just desserts ... Bashas' Inc. will ask the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to close 14 more stores by Oct.10, including 10 in metro Phoenix. The closings come on top of 10 stores the chain closed last month as the Chandler-based grocer entered bankruptcy protection. The company does not yet know how many people will lose their jobs, President and Chief Executive Mike Proulx said. The company attributed the bankruptcy filing to lower sales, a shortage of capital and ongoing battles with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. This current round of closings probably won't be the last, Proulx said. He declined to discuss how many other stores could close. (azcentral.com)


International Collectivism

Hillary preaches Obamunism abroad ... In a television interview Monday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that it would be a good thing for the government to take an ownership interest in industry. (cnsnews.com)

Related video: Testy Hillary stuck in Africa



Putin: I heart Chávez ... Recently, I had an opportunity to talk with our great friend, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. He is pinning high hopes both on your mission, and on the forthcoming meeting of the High-Level Commission in St. Petersburg. For our part, I must say we are satisfied with how well Russian-Venezuelan relations are developing. We will diversify them, but obviously, energy is the driver of our relations. I would like to thank our Venezuelan friends for the opportunities which they have offered to our national oil consortium, which has been established specifically for the Venezuelan market. Our companies are gaining a chance to work in a number of promising directions. Our leading gas company, Gazprom, has good prospects as well. We attach much significance to our plans to establish a joint bank, and are move towards this target. We hope that this will be a major tool in implementing important projects in Russia, Venezuela, and in third countries. We also have good prospects to develop cooperation in other industries - metallurgy, transportation, and machine building. We continue to develop our military-technical cooperation, and are willing to review new proposals from our Venezuelan partners. (isria.com)


Ortega, Chávez, Zelaya birds of a feather ... A few weeks ago, at a public celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Sandinista revolution, Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega moved one step closer to creating an autocracy. Speaking to a large crowd, Ortega called for changing the Nicaraguan constitution to allow his own reelection. Under current law, Nicaraguan presidents are prohibited from serving consecutive terms and are limited to two five-year terms overall. In order to be "just and fair," said Ortega, whose term ends in 2012, the country should amend its constitution to let presidents seek reelection. (weeklystandard.com)


Leftwing violence erupts ... A demonstration in support of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya turned violent when a group of protesters set fire to a fast-food restaurant, an AFP reporter witnessed. The protesters were returning from a mass march near the presidential palace when some began hurling rocks at a Popeyes fried chicken restaurant, and then set fire to the establishment, the reporter said. Earlier, a demonstrator on a motorcycle was shot in the ankle by a traffic policeman, enraging a crowd that then set fire to a bus, a leader of the march, Juan Barahona, told AFP. (google.com)


Trotskyite Lula welcomes disgraced LatAm leftist thug ... The Brazilian government welcomed on Tuesday ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya with honors for a head of state. The Honduran leader, deposed in a June 28 military coup, arrived at the Aerial Base of Brasilia at 7:35 p.m. local time. Zelaya will meet on Wednesday with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. He thanked the Brazilian leader for having supported him and strongly condemned the coup. (news.xinhuanet.com)


Leftist LatAm despots turn to anti-semitism ... A Sunday afternoon, the perfect family day. Hordes of Jewish families in Buenos Aires headed downtown to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the state of Israel, an event sponsored by the city. But the afternoon, in May, was interrupted when about 30 young men and women began wielding sticks amid the dancing and singing, leaving 10 wounded and the Jewish community shocked. "If it happened once, it can happen again," says Jorge Elbaum, the executive director of the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations, which includes schools, synagogues, and social clubs. He has called off all public events until further notice. Across Latin America, Jewish leaders say they are contending with a new level of anti-Semitism (csmonitor.com)


Post-Constitutionalist Obamunism Rules ... President Obama said yesterday at the Three Amigos Summit that "we have been very clear in our belief that President Zelaya was removed from office illegally, that it was a coup and that he should return." The only problem was that Zelaya's removal from the office of President of Honduras was completely legal. Constitutional lawyer Miguel Estrada raised this issue in a July 10 Los Angeles Times piece. Article 239 of the Honduran Constitution says: "No citizen who has already served as head of the Executive Branch can be President or Vice-President. Whoever violates this law or proposes its reform, as well as those that support such violation directly or indirectly, will immediately cease in their functions and will be unable to hold any public office for a period of 10 years." (spectator.org)


Only term limits can save Uganda from power-addled pols ... However, I need not point out the connection of these problems to the removal of presidential term limits. If the term limits had been respected a different president, even if from NRM, would not have created the avoidable problems facing the country, such as turning the UPDF, Police and the Civil Service into organs of the NRM. Another president could not have considered it visionary to write such a divisive document as that on Banyoro land and political rights or have been involved in allocations of land and double allocations of Naguru and Nakawa estates land. No other president would have sent troops to die in Somalia without parliamentary approval or burden the country with two unnecessary presidential planes or place the police under the military at various operational levels or reduce Parliament to the level of an NRM parliamentary caucus. Which other president would promote a high birth rate as a national policy or personalise the budget and national assets and the country as if they are a personal fiefdom. Another president would have handled the Migingo issue without antagonising any ethnic group. (monitor.co.ug)
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