#Obamacare: first time in a long time I’ve agreed with Bill Clinton

October 5, 2016
"Obamacare has arrived"

“Obamacare has arrived”

Boy, this must annoy just about everyone else in the (Social) Democratic camp, including his wife and the current president: former President Bill Clinton being honest (1) about one aspect of how painful Obamacare is for Americans. Jim Geraghty quotes him:

If you’re already on Medicare or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income then you can afford your healthcare. But the people who are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get in these subsidies. Why? Because they’re not organized. They don’t have any bargaining power with insurance companies and they’re getting whacked. So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it sometimes 60 hours a week wind up with their premiums double and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.

Darn right, Mr. President. And a lot of us have been saying Obamacare is crazy for a long time.

Welcome to the party, pal.

Footnote:
(1) Must’ve been an accident.

 


Obama: a billionaire should pay the same tax rate as a Jew?

September 26, 2011

Don’t look at me like that. That’s what the man said:

In fairness, he meant to say “janitor,” not “Jew,” and immediately corrected himself. Still, it’s an interesting mistake to make, given that he spent 20 years in the church of a racist, antisemitic pastor.

Perhaps his Freudian slip was showing?

via Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


“Red” Jan Schakowsky: “You don’t deserve to keep all of your money”

September 14, 2011

I’ll give Comrade Congresswoman Schakowsky this much: she’s at least honest, although I’m sure it wasn’t intentional. On the Don Wade & Roma Show on WLS-AM this morning, the host tried to tie her down on the question of how high the tax rate should be:

“I think you need to pay your fair share for things we’ve decided are our national priorities,” Schakowsky added.

Host: So Jan Schakowsky, out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think I deserve to keep?

Schakowsky: What is really your question here? Do you think you should not contribute to firefighters?

Host: No, no, it’s a very simple question. Out of every dollar I earn, how much do you, Jan Schakowsky, think I deserve to keep?

Schakowsky: No, it’s not a simple question. No, it is not a simple question. I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it.

Host: Why?

Schakowsky: It’s not a question of deserving. What government is, is those things we decide to do together.

That last line is probably garbled. I think she meant to say:

“…those things we, your betters who are so much wiser than you, decide you want.”

However, the congresswoman committed the cardinal sin of modern American Socialism: she forgot to be stealthy about her intentions. Having failed to provoke revolution in the 60s and early 70s, mainstream American Socialism coalesced around the idea that it was better to disguise their true intentions behind the honeyed words of “communitarianism” and “shared values,” while working for incremental, instead of revolutionary change. They were supposed to be open just amongst themselves, at conferences only they paid attention to and journals only they read. (Because they’re too turgid and abstruse for most folks. And bloody dull.) But Schakowski, an open member of the Democratic Socialists of America, probably forgot she wasn’t on wholly safe ground.

Shouldn’t blame her too much, though. Even her party leader couldn’t hide his inner Socialist completely.

Remember, your money is not your property, peasant. It is at the service of the State.

SEE ALSO: Big Government and Power Line.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Eric Holder opens mouth, inserts foot, should resign

March 1, 2011

The worst attorney general since A. Mitchell Palmer committed what’s known as a “Kinsleyan gaffe,” that moment when a public figure accidentally reveals what he really thinks. Today, in reference to the controversy over the dropping of charges against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation in Philadelphia in 2008, Holder uttered this jaw-dropper:

Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.

Holder’s frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.

The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.

“Think about that,” Holder said. “When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia, which was inappropriate….to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people,” said Holder, who is black.

Emphasis added.

Thanks, Eric! At least now we know for sure how you feel about the dispassionate application of the law, regardless of ethnicity.

Oh, and “my people,” Mr. Attorney General of the United States of America? I thought Americans of all ethnicities were “your people.” Imagine if a White AG had said that highlighted line to, oh, let’s say John Conyers? I can see the screaming headlines calling for his resignation now. But, in your case… ?

Worst. AG. Ever.

via The Tatler

RELATED: Can we impeach him now? My blog-buddy ST focuses on Rep. Chaka Fattah’s not-so-subtle double-standard.