Are you dumb, America? Part 2

November 16, 2009

Stimulus bill saved or created how many jobs?

 

Are you really this dumb, America?

 

Let’s see how dumb you are, America…

 

The Obama administration claimed:

 

–         Southwest Georgia Community Action Council saved 935 jobs but only 508 actually work there.

–         Administration for Children and Families at Health and Human Services saved 14,506 jobs but the money from the stimulus were used to give 9,300 of those employees raises.

–         In Colorado the stimulus money of $2.6 billion created or saved 8,094 jobs. WOW! That is $321,226 per job. WHERE IS THE PAY CZAR ON THIS ONE?

–         Colorado Head Start program reported 269 jobs saved or created…. Actual = 3

–         In a North Chicago school district a claim of 473 teachers were saved, the problem is the district only employs 290 teachers.

 

This is interesting to note:

            “Chicago’s omission from the stimulus data is not without irony. The federal overseer of school stimulus spending is U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who until early this year was the CEO of the Chicago schools.”

 

Are you really this dumb, America, to believe in this fuzzy math?

 

Are you really dumb, America, to believe that giving someone a pay raise is equivalent to “job saved” while millions of Americans will just settle for a job that pays?

 

Are you really dumb, America, to believe that 640,000 jobs were “saved and created” with $215 billion of the stimulus money spent?

 

My fuzzy math tells me that is $335,937 per job. WHERE IS THE PAY CZAR ON THIS ONE, TOO?!

 

Are you really dumb, America, to believe that the stimulus is really saving and creating jobs when unemployment is at over 10% the highest in 26 years?

 

Are you dumb, America?

 

Sources:

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_13697331

 

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jMNoef6xDenBbHWO0Im6rIjDmAgAD9BOJH300

 

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/11/data-on-stimulus-related-jobs-saved-created-dont-add-up.html

 

 

 


ACORN Will help shape Obama’s Presidential Agenda!

September 14, 2009

In December 2007, Obama spoke in a forum organized by ACORN. Obama was asked for a promise if ACORN  can “count on you in the first 100 days to sit down with you” as a payoff for campaigning for Obama and Obama said this:

Yes. But let me even say before I even get inaugurated. During the transition, we are going to be calling all of you in to help as shape the agenda. We are gonna be having meetings all across the country with the community organizations so you have input into the agenda of the next presidency of America.

Watch for yourself:

Now… in 2009 this is what ACORN is up to:

ACORN Prostitution Investigation videos

Question:

Which presidential policies ACORN’s advice and input were sought by Obama presidency?

You just have to wonder…..unbelievable!

CHANGE YOU HOPED FOR!


Fact-checking Obama on Healthcare

August 13, 2009

Newsmax.com

Fact-checking Obama on Healthcare Tuesday, August 11, 2009 8:21 PM

By: David A. Patten

Several statements that President Barack Obama made at his town hall meeting at Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire on Tuesday merit closer inspection. Among them:

Nobody will lose their current plan: “Now, the way we have approached it, is that if you’ve got healthcare under a private plan, if your employer provides you healthcare or you buy your own healthcare and you’re happy with it, you won’t have to change.”

Fact: A nonprofit healthcare research organization, the Lewin Group, concluded in a study commissioned by the Heritage Foundation that more than 88 million Americans would lose their current insurance under the 1,018-page plan originally submitted to Congress. “It is hard to argue against the facts,” Nina Owcharenko, deputy director of the Center for Health Policy Studies for the Heritage Foundation, tells Newsmax. “The Lewin Group estimates more than 88 million could lose their current employer-based coverage under the House bill. Other estimates, by the Congressional Budget Office and Urban Institute, although lower than Lewin, still find millions of Americans could lose their current coverage.”

Obama objects to special interests: “But let’s face it, now is the hard part – because the history is clear – every time we come close to passing health insurance reform, the special interests fight back with everything they’ve got.”

Fact: Actually, pharmaceutical companies and health insurance firms have tried hard to work with the administration to shape the proposals coming out of Congress. “In stark contrast to the healthcare reform debate in the 1990s,” reports The Hill, “the health insurance industry has refrained from launching attacks on Obama or the plans working their way through Congress. Insurance lobbyists have been very active on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue trying to shape the legislations, but so far the industry has not used its considerable resources to stop the process, despite numerous Democratic proposals it opposes.” Robert Zirkelbach, communications director for the America’s Health Insurance Plans trade organization, tells Newsmax: “The inconvenient fact is that our industry strongly supports healthcare reform and we actually proposed last year the insurance market reforms and consumer protections that people are talking about today.”

Obama on prescription drugs: “Now, in terms of savings for you as a Medicare recipient, the biggest one is on prescription drugs, because the prescription drug companies have already said that they would be willing to put up $80 billion in rebates for prescription drugs as part of a healthcare reform package. Now, we may be able to get even more than that.”

Fact: The White House admitted last week that a New York Times report that the administration had cut a backroom deal with the pharmaceutical companies was accurate. The administration desperately wanted to show that private companies were supporting its healthcare initiatives, so it offered the drug companies a deal: If they would sign onto the plan and agree to $80 billion in cuts, the administration would guarantee it would not allow Congress to go back to them for further reductions in drug prices. Former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich wrote in a Salon.com column that he was “appalled” that Obama – who promised a new type of government independent of lobbyists – had cut a secret deal with Big Pharma. “We’re on a precarious road – and wherever it leads, it’s not toward democracy,” Reich wrote. Footnote: Obama’s secret deal with the drug companies was exposed after the companies sought assurances, due to suggestions that they might be asked to make even deeper cuts despite the White House agreement. Obama’s statement that “we may be able to get even more than that” will resonate in corporate boardrooms, as CEOs evaluate whether they can trust the White House to live up to its end of any bargains.

Obama spins ‘public option’: “Now, the only thing that I have said is that having a public option in that menu would provide competition for insurance companies to keep them honest.”

Fact: Obama’s effort to distance himself from the increasingly unpopular public option plan – which originally meant a publicly subsidized and operated healthcare insurance option – is complicated by his prior statements. Before he began his presidential run in earnest, Obama favored universal, single-payer (government) health insurance. In a June letter to Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., posted on Obama’s Organizing for America Web site, Obama stated: “I strongly believe that Americans should have the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans. This will give them a better range of choices, make the healthcare market more competitive, and keep insurance companies honest.” In July, when his chief of staff suggested the public option might be jettisoned, Obama released a statement reaffirming his commitment to the proposals then on the table for government-subsidized healthcare, saying it was “one of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices and assure quality is a public option that will force the insurance companies to compete and keep them honest.”

Preventive care saves money: “And finally – this is important – we will require insurance companies to cover routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies – (applause) – because there’s no reason we shouldn’t be catching diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer on the front end. That makes sense, it saves lives; it also saves money – and we need to save money in this healthcare system.”

Fact: No one can dispute that catching diseases as early as possible is a laudable goal. But the president’s assertion that preventative healthcare will generate savings and reduce healthcare costs – as logical as it may sounds – is a myth. Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, recently addressed this point in a seven-page letter posted on CBO.gov. “Although different types of preventive care have different effects on spending, the evidence suggests that for most preventive services, expanded utilization leads to higher, not lower, medical spending overall.” While that finding may seem counterintuitive, Elmendorf explains: “To avert one case of acute illness, it is usually necessary to provide preventive care to many patients, most of whom would not have suffered that illness anyway. Even when the unit cost of a particular preventive service is low, costs can accumulate quickly when a large number of patients are treated preventively.” Again, that’s not to suggest that preventative care isn’t a good idea. But the unfortunate reality is it will drive healthcare costs up, not down.

Obama promises reform won’t increase the deficit: “First of all, I said I won’t sign a bill that adds to the deficit or the national debt. OK? So this will have to be paid for.”

Fact: The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the cost of healthcare at more than $1 trillion over 10 years. The proposals made to reduce that cost – such as raising taxes on those earning more than $250,000 per year – have yet to make the bill deficit-neutral. The CBO estimates it will increase the deficit by $239 billion over the next decade. But even if Obama and congressional Democrats find a way to bridge that gap, the real cost of the current proposals comes after year 10. Based on CBO estimates that the net new costs of the program will increase by 8 percent per year, The Wall Street Journal estimates that by 2020, red ink generated by current proposals will tally over $188 billion – per year. The Journal adds, “As for the spending, when has a new entitlement ever come in under budget?”

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The State of the Union (an honest presidential State of the Union speech)

June 2, 2009

The State of the Union (an honest presidential State of the Union speech) 

My fellow Americans, I stand before you today to give you an update on the State of Our Union. 

As most of you know by now General Motors once an icon of American manufacturing power has filed for bankruptcy. And most of you also now that Chrysler took the same path earlier. Despite all the billions of dollars that was given to GM and Chrysler they still failed to lift themselves out of this economic hole. I know the previous administration started this bailout but I thought it was a good plan so I continued it. I came before you and told you that these companies were too big to fail. If we failed to act now catastrophe was inevitable. But catastrophe came anyway. 

I am grateful for your support in passing the bailout bills, the economic stimulus bill, and the pork laden omnibus spending bill. The stimulus bill is not designed to have an immediate effect. If you closely read the bill, the biggest portion of the stimulus spending will not occur until 2010 thru 2012. I know this coincides with the mid-term congressional elections and the end of my first term and this is a gamble on my part. I am hoping all this will work and create jobs for the sake of the Democratic Party and my presidency. 

However well meaning my efforts on the bailout plans, GM and Chrysler still filed for bankruptcy. The result of this failure is numerous plant closings and thousands of jobs lost. But there is always a shining star behind those dark clouds. The UAW, which supported me tremendously this past election, will have 55% control of Chrysler. This is a good thing for the workers of America. The rich folks who got fat on the back of these workers are getting only 3 cents for every dollar they have invested. Now that is just fair in my book. 

Although the plant closings cost American jobs, GM has opened its 8 plants in China and more plants planned for Mexico and Brazil. These will create jobs for the poor people of those nations and create a level playing field to compete with the US. In my book, that is just fair. 

It is no secret that the government has immense leverage on companies that took bailout and TARP money. This leverage will be used by my administration to influence these companies to make fair and just business decisions and to end the rich-poverty gap in this country. I will use these leverage to ensure that the products of these companies are environmentally friendly and affordable at the same time. Regulations that will force other companies who did not take tax payers’ money will be instituted to ensure fairness in business operations and profit distribution. We cannot have one company make more money than the other. We cannot let one company have all the success while others fail. Fairness is what I am looking for. Just like the fairness in health care and our tax systems, those are in my agenda, too. Be patient because “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”. 

The health care system of our country is costing as dearly and not all Americans have health insurance. Congress and I are working on a legislation that will ensure health care for all Americans. Critics say that I am trying to copy failed health care systems in Europe but I am not. I am trying to get the European system and tweak it to suit the American health care system. If long lines and denial of medical services are common in Europe, that will not happen here. I will make sure that only the ones who have the highest potential of getting cured will be ahead of the line. And I will make sure that only necessary tests and diagnostic procedures are ordered by doctors. This way our skyrocketing health care cost will be reduced. 

Energy independence is my goal. We, as a member of the world, must start to change our ways and think about how much energy we consume compared to the rest of the world. The United States of America consumes 26% of the world’s energy and yet 2 billion people in the world do not have electricity. It is time for Americans to be fair and just. Conserve energy and find alternatives so the rest of the world can have the same quality of life as each American enjoys. 

My plan is to double the energy use derived from alternative fuels like sunlight and wind power. As of today, only 1% of energy consumption comes from those alternative sources. By my first term, that will be at least a 300% improvement. In other words, 3% of our energy consumption must come from alternative sources.

Making those gains can be painful but worth it. We will need to make large area of land for wind mills and solar panel locations. Food production might suffer and prices for food items may go up but the alternative of living in an unhealthy environment is not acceptable. America is the most obese nation in the world. So by making food more scarce and expensive, more Americans will be lean and healthy. And in the long run, will save this country fortunes in health care expenses. Do you now see the connection between health care and environmental reforms? 

Let us shift our focus to foreign affairs. 

I will be taking a journey to Egypt to address my brothers in faith. I will talk with them and apologize for all the arrogance of Americans and transgressions committed against the people of the Middle East by the Americans. I believe that these apologetic tones will win most hearts of the Muslim radicals and start a reconciliation process. My apologetic theme is the same with my previous European tour. However, there is a roadblock in this process. Israel’s stance and posturing in the region must be stopped. We cannot summon others to the negotiating table if we view them as threats. I can understand Israel’s reservation. Iran is pursuing nuclear power, which in my opinion, has every right for peaceful nuclear use. Iran is just reacting to Israel’s threats. I can assure the American people that we are standing firm in our mission to a lasting peace in the Middle East. I urge both sides, especially Israel, to tone down its stance on the Palestinian and Iranian issue. 

As a show of faith, I will close Guantanamo and house the most violent terrorists in our highest security prisons. I understand that they cannot be with the general population for safety reasons. So I am going to mandate special cells for them. I will make sure they get treated well and when it is time to ask them some critical information they will be willing to reciprocate the kind treatment we gave them. This is at the very opposite of the spectrum of the previous administrations policies of torture and humiliation. We must gain their trust. We must earn their friendship. 

For some of you who were disappointed that I reversed my decision to release the torture photos do not dwell on that. Those photos are so sickening and abhorrent that I did not want to subject you to further disgust. In addition to that most of those photos are rated R and some could be rated X and not suited for public viewing. 

As far as North Korea is concerned, there is really nothing I can do about it. China is North Korea’s closest ally and we owe the Chinese an enormous amount of money. It was Chinese money that mostly financed the bailouts and spending to save our economy. Just bear with me on this issue and we will consult with the Chinese government on what our next move will be concerning North Korea. In the mean time, I will continue supplying North Korea fuel, food, and critical aids to keep that country functioning. Again, in my book, this is just and fair. 

I know that many Americans are out of jobs. Many are facing losing their homes. But do not lose hope. Help is coming. Change is coming. I will make sure that the rich pay their share of the burden. I will use the power of my office to hunt down all their assets hidden in off shore accounts and make sure all Americans share the same wealth equally and fairly. I will make sure you have health care, food, cars, free school, and free housing. The old and failed system of American individuality and pursuit of personal success is over. The era of equality and fairness has begun. 

I promised change and change I will give you. 

I will not say the customary “God bless America” because it violate the separation of church and state. And at the same time, I do not want to make America look like a special country under God’s eyes and sure do not want to offend my non-religious supporters. 

So I will just say a simple “Goodnight Amerika!”

 (Assalamu – alaikum)