Wednesday, July 22, 2009

President Obama Saves the Economy?

I've rarely laughed as hard at politics as when I read this headline on The Drudge Report this morning:

"...we rescued the economy..."

Drudge displayed the headline with a picture of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. According to, President Obama intends to use his Prime Time news conference tonight, "...
to talk about 'how [the White House] rescued the economy from the worst recession' and the legislative agenda moving forward, including health care and energy legislation." Considering we currently have unemployment at 9.7% and rising, I am not sure how the President can make this claim. My employer has been furloughing employees, so I will let them know it's not needed anymore. Perhaps the President will also claim to have solved Global Warming, discovered how to give everyone in the world health insurance for less than the price of a cup of coffee a day, and invented the internet.

The President will use his address tonight to push for health care reform before the August recess. Yesterday, we learned the President hasn't read the health care bill, and isn't familiar with much of it. Asked in a conference call if section 102 of the House Bill will outlaw private insurance, the President said he wasn't "familiar with the provision." Luckily for the President, Investors Business Daily has read the bill, and asked the House Ways and Means committee if the bill outlaws private insurance. IBD was right, the bill does. Section 102 of the bill forbids insurance companies from writing new insurance policies after the first day of the year the bill goes into effect. Remember that the next time your told this bill won't kill private insurance. Investors Business Daily also had this to say:

The public option won't be an option for many, but rather a mandate for buying government care. A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny.

Washington does not have the constitutional or moral authority to outlaw private markets in which parties voluntarily participate. It shouldn't be killing business opportunities, or limiting choices, or legislating major changes in Americans' lives.

It took just 16 pages of reading to find this naked attempt by the political powers to increase their reach. It's scary to think how many more breaches of liberty we'll come across in the final 1,002.

Just 16 pages into the bill. I keep asking why the President demands we pass health care before August. I think we have found our answer. The President wants this bill passed before the public can read it and ask questions.


pack04 said...

I don't know what made me laugh harder that comment on the fixed economy or the one he made about health care reform: "You haven't seen me out there blaming the Republicans."

Both just show me that this man does see himself as the savior. I guess anonymous guy owes us an apology for yelling at us when we called senator Obama the messiah.

Rebecca said...

Interesting claim of "...we've rescued the economy..." Well, I guess there's something wrong with me since I can't get a job. It's not like I'm fighting 500-600 people for available positions or anything...

I just read an article yesterday that stated that a lot less people now are optimistic that Obama can make great changes in America than before he was elected. I found it pretty interesting,

Andy D said...

Pack, I thought it was interesting that he accused Republicans of being the party of "No" when they raised concerns, but when Blue Dog Dems say the same thing, then it becomes a valid concern.

Rebecca, I feel your pain. I had my yearly review today. I told my boss I should get a raise because Obama fixed the economy.

pack04 said...

Rebecca I saw that article too and found it interesting especially how many are against the health care reform. Was it President Reagan that said all polls tell him is that he needs to do a better job selling what he was trying to do. Thing about health care reform is the more President Obama tries to sell it the worse the polls get.

Andy, those concerns will turn into compromises that will turn into a worthless bill. Which the President will sign and proclaim that he fixed health care just like he fixed the economy.

Rebecca said...


Yeah, that's a good point. The more Obama sells it, the more the polls should be showing approval of it. But the opposite is happening. Maybe Obama is not doing a very good job of selling at all. Or maybe because it's just a bad plan!

Andy D said...

It's amazing what the light of day will do to a 1,000 page bill in Congress. "Light is the best disinfectant ..."