American Elephants


How Do You Pass a Bill that The Majority of Americans Don’t Want? by The Elephant's Child
November 19, 2009, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Health Care, Statism, Taxes | Tags: , ,

If you desperately want to pass a bill nationalizing one-sixth of the economy, destroying the best health-care system in the world, raising the costs of health insurance for everyone in the country, and raising taxes on everything that moves — and you have some reluctant blue dog Democrats that might not go along — what do you do?

In the case of Mary Landrieu (D-LA),and you need her vote,  if you are Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), you add a little section on page 432 of your health care bill to increase Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”

The bill takes two pages to define which states would qualify, as those stated during the preceding seven fiscal years have been declared a “major disaster area.” All of which manages to apply to just one state — Louisiana, the home of said blue dog reluctant Democrat Mary Landrieu, and presents Louisiana with a Medicaid subsidy of $100 million taxpayer dollars.

That’s how you buy votes.

ADDENDUM: Mary Landrieu didn’t want to be known as aavailable so cheaply. It cost $300 million to buy her off.



Most Overhyped, Unaccomplished Celebrity in History Wins World’s Most Meaningless Award by American Elephant
October 9, 2009, 4:59 am
Filed under: Humor, Liberalism, News | Tags: ,

Free in every box!

Nobel Prize

Two years after awarding the “prize” to Al Gore for his propaganda film, the Nobel committee has awarded the once coveted waste of precious metal to a man whom even Saturday Night Live recognizes has done squat.

But before that mildly rebuking skit was even finished, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer had started work furiously “fact checking” the comedy sketch and, apparently, half a world away, the Nobel committee had decided their purported prestige was urgently needed to prop-up a prostrate presidency as well.

Seriously, what is the rush?

Why not wait until next year, the year after, or God forbid at least ’til the end of his term when Obama has actually (ostensibly) accomplished something…anything?!

Could it be that the SNL skit made them realize that Obama’s presidency is in desperate trouble of becoming a joke? With nothing under his belt but a skyrocketing deficit, climbing unemployment, and a deeply unpopular health care catastrophe, perhaps these leftist organizations are simply trying to resuscitate Obama’s failing presidency.

But their plan has backfired; rather than lifting up Obama with their unwarranted accolades, CNN and the Nobel Committee have simply made themselves into laughingstocks as well.

Update:



Just the Tip of the Iceberg by American Elephant
September 29, 2009, 12:41 am
Filed under: Education, Politics, Progressivism, Socialism | Tags: ,

Yes, yet another Orwellian Obama-worship video has surfaced. I suspect these videos are only the tip of the iceberg. For every paean on tape, it only stands to reason, there are many more that were never filmed, never uploaded, never made public. And for every song, you can bet there are many more thousands of  murals, collages, pictures, poems and prose dedicated to the Dear Leader that we never see, because, frankly, primary school projects don’t make very good YouTube.

Remember, it was State Senator Obama who worked on legislation to teach politically correct sex-ed to 5 year olds. It was Barack Obama who partnered with his self-described communist buddy Bill Ayers on education reform, and Bill Ayers that wrote a book on how to suck your kids into the communist movement through public schools. Leftist gay groups have been using public schools to circumvent parental values for years. Environmental groups are deeply involved in schools, creating lesson plans to  fill your younglings heads with “green” global-warming gobbledygook when they should be learning useful disciplines like English, math and history.

Your kids are being indoctrinated, not educated.



Obama Gets Out the Democrat Vote by American Elephant

By cutting border control agents:

Even though the Border Patrol now reports that almost 1,300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border is not under effective control, and the Department of Justice says that vast stretches of the border are “easily breached,” and the Government Accountability Office has revealed that three persons “linked to terrorism” and 530 aliens from “special interest countries” were intercepted at Border Patrol checkpoints last year, the administration is nonetheless now planning to decrease the number of Border Patrol agents deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border Patrol Director of Media Relations Lloyd Easterling confirmed this week–as I first reported in my column yesterday–that his agency is planning for a net decrease of 384 agents on the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2010, which begins on October 1.[read more]

Democrats have already stated that as soon as they are done destroying American health care, amnesty is next on their agenda.



What did YOUR kids learn today? by American Elephant
September 24, 2009, 4:54 am
Filed under: Education, History, Liberalism, Politics | Tags: ,

In New Jersey, they are learning to praise Obama in song:

[Update: This same woman has pushed her creepy program on kids in Washington DC, MD, PA and NY as well.]

In San Francisco, “Mr. B” is teaching his students to praise Obama in song, dance AND with pictures!

(I love that in a song at least ostensibly about being proud Americans, the children are drawing Mexican flags and writing in Spanish)

In Illinois, they are being taught to follow Obama unflinchingly.

While other students are being taught that Obama’s health care rhetoric is the gospel truth. As Smart Girl Politics reports, they are even being quizzed on his statements as though they were fact:

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I’ve listed my answers here:

1) None.

2) A lot more since Obama became president! And getting the economy growing would do far more to help them than anything Democrats propose.

3)

1.Undermine and over-regulate the private market.
2. Force people onto a government run plan.
3. Single-payer baby!

4)

  1. Giving consumers what they want
  2. Succeeding.

5) Dishonestly.

6) Yes.

7) Whatever he thought he needed to say to get the bill passed, with almost no regard for the truth.

8 ) Make them permanent wards of the State, and thus the Democrat party. (That is, until they grow old or get sick at which time the benefits of assisted suicide will lovingly be explained to them by billy-club-wielding SEIU members.)

9) In ways that won’t pay for it.

10) I was irritated by the beginning, middle and end. I was inspired by the part where he talked about how he wouldn’t be president forever.

Do you think I would have passed? I rather doubt it.

My niece writes like an escaped homicidal maniac because her school feels it no longer has the time to teach penmanship. And let’s not even get started on how badly schools are failing at teaching out children accurate history, civics, mathematics, English, and science. Yet they have nothing but time when it comes to broadcasting presidential platitudes, using them as a ‘teaching moment”, or brainwashing your kids about the environment, and any number of other liberal agenda items.

I think we conservatives generally have a hard time believing that other people could really be so devious as to try to teach our children things we would object to.

They could and do.

Liberal activists have been working to increase their influence over your kids for decades. They work though legislatures, local governments and within the education system to make sure their agenda is taught as fact. The Obama worship is almost small potatoes by comparison.

So, what DID your kid learn in school today? Was it true? Do you know what they are being taught regarding  history? America? Capitalism? Religion? Do they know how their teachers feel about political issues, individual politicians or religion? (They shouldn’t.) Ever investigated what their text books teach?

Just curious.

(h/t Michelle Malkin)



Yet Another Reason Americans Don’t Trust Democrats With National Security… by American Elephant
September 12, 2009, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, National Security, Politics, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

Because they think this

Obama Painting

is an appropriate way to memorialize this

9-11 impact

It’s not. It’s shameful.

Just so you know, the entirely inappropriate idea of turning the anniversary of the biggest attack on our nation’s soil since the War of 1812 into a “Day of Service” is an orchestrated, cynical political ploy by Democrats who feared that remembering 9/11 would be of political benefit to Republicans, and so wanted to “take back 9/11″ — apparently by ignoring it altogether, or at best giving it very short shrift.

A quick moment of silence, and then spend the rest of the day installing compact fluorescent light bulbs or recycling! Grrrr!

Don’t get me wrong. I am all for volunteerism (and not meaningless, time-wasting “green” volunteerism, but volunteerism that actually helps). And unlike Obama, I believe volunteering means volunteering, not being paid. But my response to Democrats’  outrageous “Day of Service” proposal, is the same as your parents told you when you were a small child and you asked them why there is a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day but no “Children’s Day” — because every day is children’s day! Likewise, helping others is something we should be doing all year long, not on some designated holiday once a year. But if you make a “National Service Day” that is precisely what you promote: one day of service.

More importantly, remembering, and in so doing, comparing, the service of police and firefighters who lost their lives racing into towering infernos trying to save others by  painting living rooms, is not honoring their service at ALL, it is a MOCKERY of their sacrifice! Not to mention a mockery of the attacks.

Oh, how I wish I had more time to blog about this. As you can tell, it’s got my dander up. The more I think about it the more incensed I am.

This must not stand. This must not become a national tradition. I expect Republicans, as soon as they get back in power, to restore the focus of this day where it should be, on the attacks and response to 9/11.

What do you think?



The Democrats Clarify What They Have in Mind for Your Health Care, In Their Own Words. by The Elephant's Child

(ht: Hot Air)



There Are Some Really Sneaky Provisions in the House Health Care Bill. by The Elephant's Child

Planning a baby?  Looking forward to bringing your first child home from the hospital?  The 1,018 -page health care bill introduced by House Democrats has all sorts of bad policy ideas, and many of them are not even about health care.  One very annoying provision calls for a home visitation program that would bring state workers into the homes of young families to improve “the well-being, health, and development of children.” How intrusive can you get!

Section 440 of the House bill —Home Visitation Programs for Families with Young Children and Families Expecting Children — would provide grants to states to establish home visitation programs to educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills.  The “well-trained and competent staff” will:

…provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains..modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices; [and] skills to interact with their child…

Did I mention that Progressives are Control Freaks? Aside from the very, very questionable role of the federal government, the specifics of the bill are troublesome.  The home visitation policy says that the state will “prioritize serving communities that are in high need of such services, especially communities with a high proportion of low-income families or a high incidence of child maltreatment.  It is described as “voluntary” but that may be just until the time the parent-trainer arrives.

The federal government doesn’t know diddly-squat about parenting success, but the home visitation would further increase the federal role in preschool education and child indoctrination.

That takes care of the babies.  At the other end of life, the Congressional dimwits have written a provision (House bill, p. 425-430) that compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years (or more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care.

Sessions cover things like whether to receive antibiotics and “the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration.” You can imagine the abuses that this provision invites.  In Oregon, a man with terminal cancer was refused drugs that could have given him additional life as too expensive, but he was offered assisted suicide if he wanted it.

If you are diagnosed with cancer, you have a better chance of surviving it in America than in any other part of the world. The World Health Organization ranked the U.S. as number 1 out of 191 countries for providing timely treatment, a choice of doctors and for being responsive to patients needs. Pity the Progressives want to change all that in the name of getting control of your health care and you.



The Secrets of The Waxman-Markey Climate Bill. No Wonder They Didn’t Want Anybody to Actually Read It. by The Elephant's Child
July 2, 2009, 10:17 pm
Filed under: Economy, Energy, Environment | Tags: , ,

Here is the Must Read Article for the weekend, and for the foreseeable future.  Stephen Spruiell and Kevin Williamson have rounded up 50 reasons why the Waxman-Markey climate bill is part government power-grab, part enviro-fantasy, and should be stopped.   You have no idea of the horrors to be found within its many pages, but of course your representatives have no idea either, because nobody read it before they voted to pass it.

Read it, print it out and pass it around.  Take it to a Tea Party.  Inflict it on your relatives.  Discuss it with your friends.  Challenge the Democrats you know.  You can have all sorts of fun with this.



Just How Gullible Are You? Just Wondering. by The Elephant's Child
June 29, 2009, 10:12 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Freedom, Progressivism | Tags: , ,


“Since when do we call it a “town hall” meeting when a bunch of pre-screened experts ask the president a bunch of pre-approved questions in the East Wing of the White House?
” Michael Cannon asked in the Corner at National Review Online.   Good question!

The president held a so-called “town hall” meeting with a pre-selected audience last Wednesday under the benevolent auspices of ABC.  Critics, other opinions, and disagreement were not included.  Republicans formally requested a chance to participate or time to respond, but those who were not fully in the Obama tank were not invited.

Health Care experts from the Cato Institute respond, in the video above, with some of the information you need.  Much of the ObamaCare plan is based on the idea that there is a best treatment for any situation, and with a modern Internet technology approach, and with all your health records online, the government can choose the best care for everyone, and by “incentivising” [fining the doctors who don't follow the rules] best care, they think they will improve care and reduce costs.  “One size fits all” says Michael Cannon.

But it doesn’t work that way.  My next-door neighbor can take only very small amounts of medicine. A full dose knocks her out.  I need the full dose and then some.  And as far as government management is concerned, a couple of notes.  When the car czar and his czarettes made the decision to close a large number of Chrysler dealerships [a very odd decision, since the dealerships were not owned by Chrysler, but were independent businesses privately owned, who bought their stock of vehicles from Chrysler], Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) immediately went to Chrysler to make sure that the dealer in his district, who was on the closure list, stayed in business.  This is only a tiny sample of how government control works.

These people are politicians and bureaucrats. What do they know about running the health care of 300 million people?  Canada has 33 million people and cannot manage their health care.  Great Britain has 66 million people, and theirs is a mess.  Even Massachusetts, population about 6.5 million, has a new health care plan that is a flop.  But the Great and Wonderful Obama —who has never run as much as a candy store — is perfectly sure that he can manage the whole system, cover the uninsured, reduce costs and insure a healthier, happier America.

The one thing that you most need to know about the “Kennedy Health Care Bill” working its way through the Senate, is that members of Congress, and the Administration and whoever else is currently on the admirable health care plan that they all love are excused from ever participating in the Health Care Plan they stick the rest of us with. And Obama has excused his friends in the Unions from any tax on their benefits.



It’s Time To Stand Up And Be Counted, People! by The Elephant's Child
June 24, 2009, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Economy, Energy, Freedom, Law, Politics | Tags: , ,

If you have not called or e-mailed your Representative, it’s time to do it.  Nancy Pelosi is trying to force through a vote on the Waxman/Markey climate bill by Friday.  No debate, no floor discussion,  every legislative maneuver to rush it through quickly will be employed.  They don’t want any input from you stupid voters out there.  Surprise them.

This bill is a disaster for America.  It is a big net job killer.  Utility costs will skyrocket.  It would reduce global temperatures (the supposed aim of the legislation) by 2050 by an amount too small to measure.  It will invest useless billions in supposed “clean energy” that cannot produce electricity in a cost effective manner now,  nor in the foreseeable future.  Doesn’t work.  In Spain, their wind energy investment killed 2 jobs in the wider economy  for every “green job” created.  And that’s without even knowing all the economic disasters they have written into the bill.  It’s not available for anyone to read it.  Why is that not a surprise? It is officially and euphemistically HR 2454 “The American Clean Energy and Security Act.”

For e-mail: www.house.gov.  For the House switchboard, call (202) 225-3121 to reach your Representative.



The fix is in by American Elephant

Schmuckster

A new report shows that one out of every four overseas military ballots goes uncounted:

It said that of 441,000 absentee ballots requested by eligible voters living abroad – mainly active-duty and reserve troops – more than 98,000 were “lost” ballots that were mailed out but never received by election officials. Taking into account 13,500 ballots that were rejected for such reasons as a missing signature or failure to notarize, one-quarter of those requesting a ballot were disenfranchised.

The study found that an additional 11,000 ballots were returned as undeliverable. [more]

But never fear! The same Democrats that regularly work to prevent military ballots from being counted are all over it!

Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, said the study, while providing only a snapshot of voting patterns, “is enough to show that the balloting process for service members is clearly in need of an overhaul.”

By this time next year, with hard work, the Schmuckster hopes Democrats can disenfranchise at least 85% of all military ballots!

Lord help us!




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