On Paul Ryan’s speech, Sally Kohn’s Fact Checker needs Fact Checking #PaulRyanVP #RNC2012


Sally Kohn has written a factless opinion piece on FoxNews.com today supposedly outlining how Ryan deceived everyone last night.  Her whole piece is really inaccurate and full of distractions, but the Left, as I saw on Michael Grimm’s (Rep-NY 13) Facebook page today, is using this piece as some definitive rebuttal of Ryan.

I’ll take a few of them and give you the fact-checking of Sally Kohn’s lack thereof:

Kohn’s “fact“: Though Paul Ryan accused President Obama of taking $716 billion out of Medicare, the  fact  is that amount was savings in Medicare reimbursement rates (which,  incidentally, save Medicare recipients out-of-pocket costs, too) and Ryan himself embraced these savings in  his budget plan.

THE TRUTH:

Obama did CUT $716 Billion from Medicare in order to fund Obamacare.
Further, the plan Ryan put forth, which is not Romney’s plan BTW, did not use those funds for a new entitlement, but rather to extend the solvency of the Medicare program.  They don’t harm Medicare but rather help to save it.  Further in Ryan’s plan, those over 55 ARE NOT affected by any of it…so the Obama campaign lie that it Ryan’s plan will cost seniors is just that….a lie.
A large portion of the cuts that Obama has made lower the amount doctors are paid under Medicare….and Obama’s own actuary admits that these cuts will make several providers “unprofitable” and likely not able to sustain their business.   This does DIRECTLY affect seniors when they can no longer get the providers they need.

Kohn’s “fact”: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville,  Wisconsin, the plant  was actually closed under President George W. Bush.  Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has  criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to  prevent other plants from closing.

THE TRUTH:
MSNBC and others hyperventilated after Ryan’s speech last night with a lie that the Wisconsin GM plant closed down in 2008. Not true. That plant closed in 2009 giving Obama PLENTY of time to fulfill his campaign promise to keep it open.  Ryan was spot-on accurate in Obama’s broken promise and the lie that is still told today by Obama that GM was “saved” by him.

Kohn’s “fact”:  While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on  spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded  because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.

THE TRUTH:

The credit rating was lowered because the credit agencies didn’t see a meaningful move toward a BALANCED BUDGET.  Since the Senate has not passed a budget and Obama’s budget was defeated with NO votes in the House or Senate, the agencies have a valid concern…..and S&P does not mention anything about “raising the debt ceiling as Kohn insists.  According to S&P, the downgrade occurred because “the government budget deficit of more than 11 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and net government debt rising to about 80 percent or more of GDP by 2013, to be high relative to other “AAA” countries…..meaningful progress towards balancing the budget would be required to move the U.S. back to a “stable” outlook” (that is a direct quote from MSNBC on Wikipedia, however MSNBC has removed the contents of their article regarding this…fancy that!)

Our Trojan Horse President….


Obama bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Trojan Horse (definition):
concealed stratagem: somebody or something that is meant to disrupt, undermine, subvert, or destroy an enemy or rival, especially somebody or something that operates while concealed within an organization.

They say truth is stranger than fiction.

And as Robert Knight at the Washington Times points out, writing a novel about a President whose goal is to undermine the USA could never match the real thing we have in Barack Hussein Obama.

As we begin 2012, it is imperative that we remember the damage that this President has unleashed upon our country.  He must be removed from office….and this is the year we must do it.

Knights article is a great reminder of so many of the appalling things Obama has done in three years….for which much of the media and many Americans have given him a pass…

I was thinking about writing a novel about what might happen if a man who hates America and wants to bring it down is somehow elected president. What would he do?……

…….First, the Trojan Horse president would initiate unprecedented spending, driving the debt up by more than $4 trillion just in the first three years. Much of the money would go into the pockets of political supporters and people who donate heavily to his campaigns…….

……….(He would)  Ship hundreds of taxpayer-purchased firearms to Mexican drug gangs in order to frame law-abiding gun sellers in Texas. When the Fast and Furious weapons are used to kill U.S. and Mexican lawmen, the attorney general will pretend he didn’t know about the program until very recently and is shocked, shocked! The attorney general will claim that critics of this criminally insane policy are motivated by racial animus against him and the president. After all, this worked when anyone questioned why the president’s college and medical records were sealed or why he attended a Marxist minister’s church for 20 years and hung out with known terrorists.

He would appoint Supreme Court justices who believe in a “living Constitution,” which means they can ignore its plain meaning when it interferes with their ideological agenda.

He would stack the National Labor Relations Board with union hacks who would do unspeakable things such as order a major company (Boeing) not to open a new factory in a right-to-work state (South Carolina) in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression. If he got away with that, he would go ahead and strengthen a crony socialist system reminiscent of Mussolini’s Italy or Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela that subsidizes “winners” such as Solyndra.

Finally, throughout his tenure, he would employ the Marxist rhetoric of class warfare, blame “the wealthy” and make more Americans dependent on government checks. He would sucker Republican leaders into secret meetings and emerge to accuse them of wanting to raise taxes on all but the rich.

Read it all  here.

Classic: Herman Cain circa 1994 puts the hurt on Bill Clinton’s arrogance and health plan


Herman Cain - GOP 2012 Presidential hopeful (Pic: Harold Daniels, The Atlantic)

On the heels of Herman Cain’s good performance in Thursday’s debate and his landslide victory in the Florida straw poll on Saturday, much attention is being focused on him.

That focus includes this 1990’s era video depicting Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, asking a question about healthcare costs at a Bill Clinton townhall when Clinton was President. This exchange took place in 1994 during Clinton’s big push for the disaster government health plan that was “Hillarycare”.

Herman Cain certainly puts the hurt on Bill Clinton’s health plan in this video.  Not only that, watch the entire video and you see the arrogance of Clinton and his viewpoint ( and most big government liberals)

Basically Herman Cain discusses how Clinton’s healthcare initiative for business was not doable and, without going into it, how it can not be sustained without job losses and some businesses leaving the market entirely.

(If the video doesn’t play, you can go to the video here.)

What is interesting is how Clinton professes to tell Cain that if all businesses have to endure the extra cost of Hillarycare, then they’ll essentially all be in the same boat.  Cain quite clearly and respectfully states how that thinking is inaccurate and, for his business alone, would require 3 times the “top line sales” to meet the costs and maintain their meager profit.

The Atlantic article on Cain from March, 2011 actually goes further basically calling Cain the saboteur of Clinton’s ill-informed healthcare aims:

 In 1994, Cain, then still CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, participated in a town-hall meeting that Bill Clinton held to drum up support for his flagging health-care plan. He challenged the president’s claim that restaurateurs would bear only a marginal new cost. Clinton objected, but Cain wouldn’t relent. “I’d had my financial people run the numbers,” he told me. The Wall Street Journal published them, and after Clinton’s plan collapsed, Newsweek identified Cain as one of its “saboteurs”—a badge of honor, especially among conservatives today.

This video is good for many reasons:

1) It shows the business understanding and knowledge of Herman Cain.

2) It shows the arrogance of Bill Clinton and, thus, his wife who tried and failed at a healthcare takeover.

3) It gives a good reminder why we don’t need either Clinton, Bill or Hillary, ever running this country again.

4) It gives a clear view of the liberal mindset on big government.  i.e. Force the business to provide healthcare they can’t afford and just ask the business to raise their prices “like everyone” else in order to cover the mandated government cost.  No thought to job loss, market dynamics, profit margin, nor the choices of the company….government should have the say.  That’s how these people think.

Frankly, it occurred to me while watching the video…Clinton dares to tell a CEO that they can simply charge more for their services (in so many words) which inevitably leads to more money out of the pockets of consumers.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a pizza company or a semiconductor business….the price of products have a great chance of increasing when government makes mandates on that company.

So, why have the government involved at all?  Clinton believes that consumers can bear those extra costs for products and services.  So why doesn’t he just ask the consumer to pay for their own healthcare?  Of course, Clinton is not taking into account any market dynamics that will change when costs are raised….but if he really thinks the consumer has that much “extra cash” couldn’t they just buy their own healthcare, if they wish, in the free market and forget all of the regulations on the business?

We all know the answer.  Hillarycare, just like Obamacare, was all about government controls, not about affordable healthcare.  Funneling that “extra cash” through the business via government mandates is THE solution in the mind of a liberal.  Better yet, funneling that extra cash to the government is ideal in the liberal’s world.

It never occurs to the liberal that the consumer pays either way….and what a cost it is!

Herman Cain puts Obamacare in its place


Last night’s Fox News/Google Republican debate had a great highlight when Herman Cain was asked about his comments on Obamacare and his own recovery and survival from Stage 4 cancer.

I love Herman Cain…what a great man.  And we are so blessed that he was healed from his cancer.  What a survivor.

As great as Cain is…his answer about Obamacare was even greater!

(the first 2 minutes or so includes the Herman Cain highlight!)

From HotAir.com:

This is the best argument against ObamaCare and government encroachment in health care.  The more government becomes part of the process, the more control bureaucrats gain and patients lose.  If anyone doubts that, just look across the border to Canada and see how much personal choice patients have in treatments and access.  More than that, Cain’s answer applies to overregulation in general, and it serves as a pretty good explanation for the economic stagnation we are currently enduring.  The more capital and control we assign to government rather than letting stakeholders use their own capital, the less economic innovation and flexibility we have, which means less growth and fewer jobs.

Job-killing Obamacare: Repeal it or Starve it!!!


With fresh new Republican majority in the House of Representatives, a vote on repealing the healthcare law is coming within days.

It will take only a small 2 page House bill to repeal the 2700-page Obama/Dem job-killing healthcare law….

What is the title of the 2-page bill?  Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.

Of course, the Senate remains in control of the Dems (by a much smaller margin than the last session)…and they are trying to tell the House to stuff it on this vote!

The House will vote on it anyway on January 12.  Considering that 60% of Americans want this Obamacare law repealed, I’d say Obama and the Senate Dems continue to be fighting on the opposite side of the American people.  Of course, what else would we expect from the shameful bunch of control-hungry Socialist wretches we know as Obama and the Democratic party?

So, if the House bill becomes only a vote on confirming what the American people want and the law is not repealed by the Senate/Obama….well, then starve it, choke it, and take the funding away!

We’ve already witnessed Kathleen Sebelius issuing vast new rules for healthcare cost controls.  But, according to the law, she does not have the power to do so. 

…….Sebelius’s “rule” marks “an effort to end-run Congress, which by some miracle declined to give HHS the formal legal authority to explicitly block premium increases, despite a direct appeal from President Obama.” Not having been granted that formal power, “Ms. Sebelius is creating by regulatory fiat larger de facto powers to achieve the same end.” 

Yes, well, there is a lot of that de facto regulatory unelected “power” already being used by the Obama administration in its efforts to bypass Congress….best example– just before Christmas, a new medicare regulation was released that “ includes incentives for end-of-life-care planning“…aka “death panels”.

The “death panel” language was stripped from the final bill before it became law, but the Obama administration is bringing it back in through regulatory means.

Some have recommended that Republicans in the House must “starve” the new law of funding…and some in the House GOP have stated the same.

Well, don’t waste ANY time….Go get ’em Republicans…..Repeal it or starve it!

Quote of the Day: Vote on Tuesday with a passion….


“Vote on Tuesday with a passion as if you have never voted before.”
– Victor Davis Hanson

Be the wave!!!!

Read Hanson’s latest column, The Inexplicables, at Pajamas Media.

American Thinker: If George W. Bush Had…


Simple subtle points for the more liberal, progressive, Obamabots to consider. 

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within ten years, would you have concurred?

If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think he was just an ignorant hothead?

If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder whose side he was on?

If George W. Bush had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling merely because one company had an accident, would you have thought this was disproportionate and harmful to American workers?

If George W. Bush had forced a change in your health care coverage even though the majority of people did not seek or approve of these changes, would you begin to worry about an abuse of power by the executive branch of the government?

If George W. Bush continually bashed the United States and seemed to side with known dictators, would you feel comfortable?

If George W. Bush had been the first president to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how linguistically inept he is?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in New York City, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have endorsed this move?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have chuckled with approval?

If George W. Bush had given British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, would you have considered this shabby and not befitting proper presidential protocol?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have been taken aback?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his Cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current with their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States, would you have said that he is an embarrassment?

There’s more…read them all here.

(UPDATE: Thanks for the link from Political Realities blog.)