Via a friend who insists on remaining anonymous.
Via a friend who insists on remaining anonymous.
Flying back to Boston from LA yesterday, the congressman was assailed by a pair of ophthalmologists upset about the health care reform bill. An argument ensued that prompted some passengers to wonder if the plane might be forced to land.
“No one was calming things down and people were standing up shouting,” said Brooke Sexton, who was seated seven rows behind Barney.
Well, that’s what happens when you fly commercial.
Nancy never has that problem.
Moments later, the president sat down at a table, and affixed his left-handed, curlicue signature, almost letter by letter, to the measure, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, using 20 pens that he intended to pass out to key lawmakers and others as mementoes [sic].
Via Dean’s World,
The Times photographer caught La Pelosi, madam of the house of ill-repute, in mid-orgasm:
Roger Kimball compares Margaret Thatcher vs. Nancy Pelosi and morality. Since Nancy has none, guess who won.
But the consequences of the health”care” bill will affect all of society. Matthew Continetti takes a look at the crystal ball,
I believe we have only the dimmest understanding of the full consequences of this legislation. It will raise taxes. Its cost-controls are unproven and trivial. The bill will increase demand for a fixed commodity and thus increase the overall price of that commodity. So health care spending will continue to rise as more people enter the system, the population gets older, and technology continues to improve. Susan Ferrechio runs through the various unintended consequences here.
Even when the exchanges become fully operational, not everyone will be insured. The penalty for violating the mandate is too small to coerce universal compliance. In fact, as Scott Gottlieb points out, it is quite likely that there will be more uninsured in the medium run as businesses fob off their employees to the exchanges and those employees who do not receive subsidies (43 percent of the individual market, according to CBO) cannot afford the higher premiums for government-mandated insurance. Liberals will respond to this crisis of their own making by calling for an increase to subsidies, a public option, or universal Medicare.
Jim Pethokoukis explains how Health reform is faith-based deficit reduction
One problem is that despite being nonpartisan, the CBO’s methods are still dictated by Congress. That means Capitol Hill can get away with financial chicanery such as front-loading some tax increases and delaying spending plans — something that can help the numbers work because, in a fixed 10-year period, the tax income is counted for more years than the spending.
But back to those 20 pens Obama used for signing the bill; perhaps he used one pen for each way ObamaCare will take away our freedoms.
AND BY THE WAY,
Seven minutes into the above video, YES, you heard correctly, Joe Biden did say, “this is a big f____ing deal”. Ben Smith catches the mother of all Biden moments,
The House Rules Committee continued its session on the third floor of the Capitol, where the panel is tasked with setting the terms of Sunday’s floor debate. House leaders have decided to take a separate vote on the Senate version of the health care bill, rejecting an earlier, much-criticized strategy that would have permitted them to “deem” the measure passed without an explicit vote.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said the House will take three votes on Sunday: First, on a resolution that will set the terms of debate. Second, on a package of amendments to the Senate bill that have been demanded by House members. And third, on the Senate bill itself.
Van Hollen, an assistant to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who has been working on the issue, said House leaders concluded that the reverse order — approving the amendments before approving the Senate bill — makes clear that the House is approving “a modified version of the Senate bill,” and not the Senate bill itself.
I think this means one of two things: (1) Pelosi has the votes to pass the Senate version or (2) she has concluded that there are no extra votes to be gained through “deem and pass.” It also means, of course, that “deem and pass,” having been the object of much ridicule, was inflicting collateral damage on the Dems.
Some ridicule remains fair because the Democrats voted against a Republican attempt to have “deem and pass” renounced.
Earlier today Byron York reported that the Rules Committee meeting had descended into chaos.
Outside, the protestors.
Mark Steyn on When Responsibility Doesn’t Pay
Think of Greece as California: Every year an irresponsible and corrupt bureaucracy awards itself higher pay and better benefits paid for by an ever-shrinking wealth-generating class. And think of Germany as one of the less profligate, still-just-about-functioning corners of America such as my own state of New Hampshire: Responsibility doesn’t pay. You’ll wind up bailing out anyway. The problem is there are never enough of “the rich” to fund the entitlement state, because in the end it disincentivizes everything from wealth creation to self-reliance to the basic survival instinct, as represented by the fertility rate. In Greece, they’ve run out Greeks, so they’ll stick it to the Germans, like French farmers do. In Germany, the Germans have only been able to afford to subsidize French farming because they stick their defense tab to the Americans. And in America, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are saying we need to paddle faster to catch up with the Greeks and Germans. What could go wrong?
Doug got the documents that show it, by using the documents obtained by Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Follow the link to read the manifests and travel requests. Pelosi’s military travel cost the Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period.
Special thanks to Chris Muir for the illustration!
Zelaya will be leaving the tin foil-lined room soon: Zelaya to leave Honduras next week says adviser
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya will end his four-month refuge in the Brazilian embassy and leave the country next week, when his term would have ended, his closest adviser said on Thursday.
Zelaya, a leftist who was ousted in a coup on June 28, accepted an agreement backed by the government of the Dominican Republic to travel to the Caribbean country, close Zelaya aide Rasel Tome told Radio Globo radio.
What a guy: Specter tells Bachmann to “act like a lady”
Frank Gaffney writes about the Obama administration’s Dangerous Accommodations. While many credit the healthcare debate for Scott Brown’s victory, Andrew McCarthy points out It’s the Enemy, Stupid
National-security strength lifts Scott Brown.
Scott Brown went out and made the case for enhanced interrogation, for denying terrorists the rights of criminal defendants, for detaining them without trial, and for trying them by military commission. It worked. It will work for other candidates willing to get out of their Beltway bubbles.
Victor Davis Hanson on Our Philosopher-King Obama
He doesn’t mind pushing noble legislation that most people oppose. Why is that?
Why, then, does the Obama administration persist with such an apparently unpopular agenda?
Like Plato’s all-knowing elite, Obama seems to feel that those he deems less informed will “suddenly” learn to appreciate his benevolent guidance once these laws are pushed through.
There is one other trait of this administration similar to those of utopian philosopher-kings. Our elite must have the leeway to be exempt from their own rules.
Michael Fumento asks, Why does everybody think BPA is safe but us?
John Edwards finally got around to publicly admitting he’s the father
In a written statement provided exclusively to NBC News, the former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate says he’s taking responsibility for the child, Frances Quinn Hunter
The National Enquirer is submitting its John Edwards coverage for a Pulitzer Prize. Can’t wait for Oprah to reunite John with all his children!
Top 10 Craziest Things Ever Said By Pat Robertson; here’s the one about spooky yoga:
Or maybe he means Yoda?