Subversive genius

August 4, 2009

The White House wants you to inform on your neighbors. Yes, if you know someone who opposes ObamaCare and posts about it on the Internet, the White House Office of Health Care Reform (aka, the Health Czar), wants you to let them know:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care.  These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation.  Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

What’s next? Cameras in your homes to monitor your anti-Obama anti-social behavior?

Anyway, Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard has had a fun idea: they want fishy links, give’em to them. I’ll let him expain:

We heartily endorse the sending of links of fish, especially crappie, to the White House!

You heard it here first. Send them the link to crappie – since that is what they are pushing. Crappy health care.

This is a gross abuse of the power of the presidency, a gross waste of our money and completely out of touch with the realities of governance. Send them the link to crappie. Give ‘em what they want – tell them what you think of them and their plan.

The Democrats must be in a panic over the rising resistance to their health care fiasco plans; not only does the White House want you to rat out wrong-thinkers, but the Democratic National Committee is denouncing citizens showing up at town-hall meetings to protest ObamaCare to their representatives as tools of the Republicans and the insurance companies.

Ironic that the administration headed by a former community organizer would go after people for, well, organizing.

Anyway, I’m off to report some fishy links to Headquarters. Gotta be a good citizen, after all.  Angel

LINKS: Sister Toldjah is displaying a fishy photo. Maybe we should report her, too. Melissa Clouthier, Bruce Henderson, and Pirate’s Cove are all subversive characters, too. There’s alway something fishy at Hot Air.

UPDATE: Added the main link, which I forgot when first posting … again. Doh


If the job is too tough, then quit

August 4, 2009

Now we have another congressman whining about actually having to read bills before voting on them. First it was Representative John “You gotta be kidding” Conyers, and now it’s New Hampshire Democrat Paul Hodes telling the editorial board of the Nashua Telegraph to get real:

Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes (NH-02) believes reading every bill in Congress “would slow down the business of Congress to a crawl and it would be hard to get done what needs to be done.”

Members of Congress who don’t read the bills they are voting on “is not necessarily the major problem with the way Congress functions,” he said.

Hodes, who is the sole Democratic candidate in the race to replace the retiring New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, made the remarks during a recent editorial board meeting with the Nashua Telegraph.

“Hodes said it’s not realistic to expect members of Congress to read every bill word-for-word, as Congress took more than 2,000 votes in the session that ended in December,” the paper reports.

This year, Hodes voted in support of President Barack Obama’s stimulus package and for so-called cap-and-trade legislation. Both measures were finalized late in the legislative process and rushed to a vote before any individual member could read the bills.

I don’t know. Maybe I’ve got this whole representative democracy thing wrong. Am I silly to think someone I choose to run the government for me should actually understand the choices he makes, rather than push the voting buttons at random? By Mr. Hodes’ logic, why even show up at committee hearings to ask questions and hear witnesses? That’s got to be awfully hard, too, on the poor, overworked congresscritters.

Look, I don’t expect them to read every single bill that comes before the chamber, but on matters as consequential as a $787 billion “emergency” stimulus  bill, or health-care reforms and cap-and-trade measures that aim to establish federal control over vast swathes of the economy… You’re damn right I expect Hodes & Co. to read and understand the bills, or recuse themselves from voting on it!

And maybe they should resign, too, if that’s too much to ask of them.  Waiting

(via Hot Air)

On a related note, Iowahawk again turns over his blog to a guest-editorial, this time from Health and Human Services Secretary Secretary Kathleen Sibelius and Democratic Republican Democratic Senator Arlen Specter on a growing crisis in America – that America’s Government Losing Faith in Out-of-Touch Constituents:

Nowhere has this disturbing trend been more evident than in the recent debate over health care reform. Like hundreds of our fellow legislators and government officials, we recently traveled to a town hall meeting to distribute a grassroots press release explaining why this critical legislation is a done deal. Our advance staffs said that should anticipate a respectful, positive hearing from local media and bused-in union members. Instead we were greeted by a rude howling mob of idiot “voters” who refused to listen to reason, and ruined what should have been a killer photo op for our re-election ad campaign.

Have these arrogant ivory tower armchair quarterbacks ever had to live with the pressures of being a working stiff Senator or Cabinet Secretary in Washington DC? Have they ever had to juggle markup language on a supplemental appropriations bill, or deal with an incompetent Chief of Staff who constantly double-books fund raising dinners? Apparently not, if their whiny obnoxious chants are any indication. “Read the Bill! Read the Bill!” blah, blah, blah, as if we weren’t already exhausted from writing and voting for the damned thing.

Mockery. It’s what makes American politics great. Hee hee


Relentless

August 4, 2009

Kurt Schlichter on Lee Marvin:

Check him out in 1967’s Point Blank. As Walker, a single-minded human tsunami of violence, he smashes through the psychedelic Sixties’ Summer of Love with his .357 and mantra of “I want my money!” This flick works for me on several levels. As a soldier, I respect his character’s fearsome firepower choices; as an attorney, I find his character’s single-minded focus on getting paid inspiring.

That explains a lot of attorneys I know. Winking


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