Leave it to the AP to keep us divided….

Divided AP

I am fascinated now that the White House is backing away from the public option – particularly at two aspects here:

1.) Does anybody notice that ALL WEEK on any article written about the proposed public option, that the top of the page has been graced with Sarah Palin’s statement on the bill as a “fact check” that no ‘death panel’ exists in the bill?  Of course, Sarah Palin used quotations around the phrase to voice her concern over direct quotes read from Michelle Bachmann that came straight from Zeke Emanuel (Rahm’s brother).  Couple those exact words with the fact that extreme leftists and environmentalists argue pro-abortion as a means to population control and blame “carbon footprints” on too much human existence and consumption – AND that the public option would have eventually lead us to rationing health care OR raising taxes on the middle class, Sarah Palin made an extremely valid point.  For someone who everyone thinks has little power and is revered as a quitter, it’s amazing how thorough the AP is at reminding us that the term “death panel” never existed in the bill.  Thanks guys!

2.) The opening of this article begins: “Bowing to Republican pressure, President Barack Obama‘s administration signaled on Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance as part of a new U.S. health care system.”

No, I am sorry but this is blatant partisan reporting.  The fact is, Republicans hold the minority in both the Senate and in the House.  Democrats have the majority and have the White House.  They could have passed it with no trouble whatsoever.

The turnaround is public opinion – the great wisdom of the American people – where Democrats, Independents, and Republicans all united to say “No!” 

The real story should be how one country made one crucial decision and fought together as one against something that they did not want.

But, here the writer credits Republicans and their “pressure” for the sudden turnaround.  If this were the case, the White House would have backed down weeks ago and even the AP knows it.

Obama won the support of independents because they thought he was going to govern as a centrist – as he promised during the campaign.

He has continued the surge in Iraq, and increased the surge in Afghanistan, Gitmo is actually still in place – and he used those “centrist” facts to try and quickly pass through some insane liberal-socialist fantasy.

He claimed he wanted to “keep them honest” with regard to free market insurance companies.

Unfortunately for him, he is one being kept honest – by the American people.  

Shame on the AP, but thank you President Obama for doing the right thing and listening to your voters.  No matter what side of the fence you are on, today is truly a day to be proud of our American democracy.

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10 thoughts on “Leave it to the AP to keep us divided….

  1. “Does anybody notice that ALL WEEK on any article written about the proposed public option, that the top of the page has been graced with Sarah Palin’s statement on the bill as a “fact check” that no ‘death panel’ exists in the bill?  Of course, Sarah Palin used quotations around the phrase to voice her concern over direct quotes read from Michelle Bachmann that came straight from Zeke Emanuel (Rahm’s brother).”

    That is so untrue that I’m actually a little shocked that you’re repeating it. Why don’t you go ahead and find me Dr. Emanuel’s direct quotes concerning death panels?

    http://factcheck.org/2009/08/deadly-doctor/

    I also particularly enjoyed this quote from the republican congressman who put the end of life care provision in the bill in the first place:

    “I just had a phone call where someone said Sarah Palin’s web site had talked about the House bill having death panels on it where people would be euthanized. How someone could take an end of life directive or a living will as that is nuts. You’re putting the authority in the individual rather than the government. I don’t know how that got so mixed up.” – Johhny Isakson 8/10/09

    Sarah Palin IS nuts, in addition to being an opportunistic bitch. She’s decided that she’s going to inject herself into a debate that she doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to participate in, so she has to make shit up and fear monger with idiotic phrases like “death panels”

    http://factcheck.org/2009/08/palin-vs-obama-death-panels/

    Also:

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/08/13/palin-deathpanel-flipflop/

    D’oh!

  2. “Democrats have the majority and have the White House. They could have passed it with no trouble whatsoever.”

    True. But Obama forgot one important element. I guess he never learned that from the Rev. Wright or William Ayers.

    You focus first on getting re-elected. His crew is focusing on that. The Health Care plan is a sure fire road to getting voted out.

    If we had someone in the White House with real experience, then this health care thing never would see the light of day.

  3. At the very least he needed Washington insiders (no, not Joe Biden, though he is pretty hilarious) who actually know how things get done in Washington. Of course then he wouldn’t be all for “change” and “hope.” I remember something from the Brit series “Yes Minister.” The Minister’s private secretary (a life long civil servant) had to explain to him that while the Minister’s job was to change things to keep the voters happy, the civil service’s job was to make sure nothing changed. Ever. It took me a long time to understand “The more things change the more they stay the same;-)”
    AndyB, NH.

  4. Andy you are right. “Change” is often passed to us as an avenue to reward weakness and irresponsibility.

    I cannot remember the show accurately, but someone was blathering on about health care being a right, and the other person said “let’s take emphasis off of “care” for a moment and strip it down to the bare “health”, are you entitled to “health?” Well, of course you are – but what have you done about it? Did you eat a stack of chocolate pancakes and an entire pound of bacon for breakfast? How many packs of cigarettes were smoked last week?

    Hey, I eat good….I bbq all the time, and man do I give the Chicago pizzerias and rib houses lots of my money – hey, it’s Chicago after all! I also smoke – somedays more than others.

    How should I expect more people out there to regard my health more than I do? Health has to do with both physical and mental well being. If someone takes away my grub and my smokes for even one half of a day, I am kickin some ass!

  5. P.S. my point was that my health care is my responsibility, and if I don’t value my overall “health” to the point where it’s going to make me “live good” a little less in my prime, then I have no business expecting taxpayers to pay for my health insurance.

  6. “P.S. my point was that my health care is my responsibility, and if I don’t value my overall “health” to the point where it’s going to make me “live good” a little less in my prime, then I have no business expecting taxpayers to pay for my health insurance.”

    Exactly. Show me where it is written in the U.S. Constitution that health care is a right? Yes there is the Preamble that mentions providing for the common good. But, let’s not be so vague.

    On a slightly different note…I was listening to the Michael Medved show on talk radio last Saturday. Cash for Clunkers is causing a shortage of inventory on used car lots.

    All Cash for Clunker cars are destroyed. Now, many of them are past their useful lives. Used car dealers do not want them. So, scrapping these cars makes sense.

    But there are cars that have useful life. Used car dealers want these cars. They can’t get them. So the existing cars on their lots are going up in price.

    For lower income people a used car is often the only way to obtain a car. Now that way is more expensive.

    So we have this government program that gives any person (e.g. wealthy or not) cash for their clunker. This program causes lower income people to pay more for their cars. This is supposed to be change? It’s change I can do without.

  7. health care isn’t a right and that’s why folks are all messed up over this. But who cares what the Constitution says these days? We know is its just a document by right wing extremists.

  8. We have a right to the pursuit of happiness but not an automatic right to happiness. I’d say that is lost on many people. Lately I have been exercising every day, losing weight, trimming down, better control of my diabetes (I want that bbq and pizza!!!) and feel better mentally and physically for it. Is the government going to give me money to be healthy? No. No one is (though that would be a cool job). I don’t know. Eventually there will be a health police and anyone violating some do-gooders idea of what is “healthy” will be arrested and executed. I think that’s where soylant green comes in? Hehe. AndyB, NH.

  9. Well, Obama’s momentary lapse in judgment is over. He is still going to shove the single-payer option down our throats after all. Perhaps under a new name, but definitely still pushing it. I’m afraid I have to tell you that you maybe did your happy dance a little too early.

  10. publicly, but she’s well liked and people like hrnaieg about her relationship with her family, just like people like hrnaieg about Palin’s family.While Palin also made her family a major focal point of her own campaign, they are, unfortunately, not being scrutinized on their own terms. Like Michelle Obama, the family is being scrutinized they just have more that’s of interest, at the moment! When Palin is running on messages of embedding conservative Christian ways into our public policy, it’s completely relevant to ask questions like does her daughter being pregnant not exemplify the exact reason why experts oppose abstinence-only’ sex ed. You can cite bias all you want, but the media went nuts for the Reverend Wright stuff, they should likewise go crazy about Palin’s pastor (they’re probably still getting their facts together and will do so), and it’s all pretty balanced politically. Unfortunately, the main bias in the media is toward the most shocking and easy to understand stories, as opposed to those which may actually reveal information about a person’s character, or their policy goals, or discussing outright lies made while campaigning (like that Obama is going to raise your taxes, or that Palin refused to accept earmarked funds).Please don’t feed the media’s tendency for oversimplification by simply claiming Obama coverage good, Palin coverage bad. That’s not the level of insight we need.

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