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Obama is Going Down in Flames

June 5, 2014

Releasing five hardcore terrorists from GITMO in exchange for an anti-American deserter was a flagrant display of cluelessness and an arrogant (possibly illegal) snub of Congress. It was done with the air of an emperor having his way and caring little of what peons think. Worse than that, it was dangerous since those terrorists are almost certain to return to killing.

Susan Rice praising Bowe Bergdahl as having “served the United States with honor and distinction” was a further display of how out-of-touch this administration really is. Rice should have been hidden away after delivering the Benghazi video narrative that destroyed her credibility and embarrassed the White House. Instead, she was brought out to deliver another false statement as if we are too stupid to notice.

This comes on the heels of the VA scandal that has some Democrats finally peeking out from behind idealistic blinders at the reality of the Obama administration. It has seriously disturbed many Democrat campaign balancing acts of trying to separate oneself from Obama while pretending Obamacare (ACA) is a success.

Obama’s failed foreign policies have severely reduced America’s standing in the world. His failed economic policies have produced an astronomical debt, wasted an enormous amount of money, and solidified unemployment to the point of eradicating the American Dream. His failed campaign promises have destroyed his credibility and increased distrust of government.

The bubble has burst and Obama is going down in flames. Polls show a continuous decline in public approval as scandal after scandal pop up like a whac-a-mole arcade game. He cannot click his heels and return to a sycophantic Congress backing everything he does, but it seems he no longer cares and has resigned himself to do whatever he wishes for the duration of his term.

Unfortunately, that duration is long enough for his runaway administration to do much more damage. His going down in flames has set fire to the entire country. The coming November elections could distinguish many of those fires and stop us from becoming a pile of ashes. Vote wisely.

David J. Hentosh

Racist Unions

May 29, 2014

All complaints against Obamacare have been met with allegations of racism. Even as predicted woes become reality, racism continues to be the rebuttal. Now, many unions are having a difficult time with the economic reality of the ACA (Affordable? Care Act) and are speaking out against it. It can only be racism.

Attorney Jim Ray, representing Laborers International Union of North America, complained that Obamacare provisions have increased construction-industry health plans’ costs by 5% to 10%, saying: “When we first supported the calls for health-care reform, we thought it was going to bring costs down”. Mr. Ray fell victim to the “if-you-like-your-health-plan-you-can-keep-it” ruse but complaining, as we have been told time and time again, is racist.

If it were just unions being hurt, we could all have a good laugh and say “it serves them right”. After all, unions were unconditional proponents of the ACA and helped propel an inexperienced Obama from community service into the White House. Unfortunately, we are all being harmed in ways that many are just beginning to realize – and there is more damage to come.

Costs are increasing rather than decreasing as promised (still denied by true believers) and, of course, unions are trying to pass increases onto employers who want workers to shoulder the burden. Some health benefits that have been negotiated over decades are now costing more and may end up having to be cut.

Strikes are imminent as workers and unions are reluctant to pay. Septa’s biggest union, Transport Workers Union Local 234, has rejected a proposal that its members contribute an additional 1% to cover ACA-related increases. Union officials say the law penalizes so-called union-sponsored multi-employer health plans – another racist remark.

In New England, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union eliminated coverage for thousands of part-time workers in order to keep benefits for full-time workers. In Las Vegas, workers at nine casinos voted to go on strike if t ACA-related increase problems are not solved by June 1.

Will Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton march against this union racism? Will Chris Matthews rail against white-dominated, racist unions? Don’t hold your breath.

David J. Hentosh

Screamers Are Winning

May 28, 2014

Aided by the media, the progressive left has re-defined comprehensive immigration reform as amnesty, but there is nothing comprehensive about it at all. Illegal immigrants are only one aspect of the immigration issue but have now become the sole purpose behind “reform” for both sides of the aisle.

The GOP originally pushed for real reform which, rationally, called for securing the border before dealing with other immigration issues. This idea was beaten down with the race card as if securing the border was a hateful thing to do. Convinced by the media that this was popular opinion and fearing a loss of votes, the GOP caved and has sheepishly allowed the entire issue to be framed as amnesty.

Obamacare became law in much the same way. It was conceived as a way to provide health insurance to the uninsured, less than 10% of the population, and that remained the driving factor. Details were thrown together hastily in order to get the health care law passed by a Congress favorable to Obama. Now, 90% of the population suffers the consequences of allowing our health care system to be idealistically framed and “reformed”.

Abortion has been framed as “pro-choice”; traditional marriage has been framed as “discriminatory”; religious belief has been framed as “offensive”; opposition to Obama policies has been framed as “racist”; skepticism of man-made global warming has been framed as “denial”; and self-indulgent, morally bankrupt social trends have been framed as “progressive”.

This is the means by which the country is being dismantled brick by brick for “fundamental transformation”. The screamers are re-framing issues to advance their agenda while the silent majority, tired of being called names, being shouted down, and being labeled racists, allow it to happen.

Immigration reform could be the last brick dismantled to achieve total “transformation”. Those given amnesty will show appreciation with votes as will those entering the country through a porous border. American traditions will be trashed, a one-party political system will emerge, wealth will be re-distributed until the economy collapses, and a new third-world country will emerge to replace the leader of the free world – all because the silent majority allowed the screamers to win.

David J. Hentosh

Believe Nothing

April 2, 2014

So, for months and months, the administration could not give any accurate numbers about Obamacare enrollments and did not know how many who may have enrolled actually paid. Now, with the deadline for enrollment reached, they know exactly how many have enrolled and that number is 7.1 million, just slightly more than the required number the administration said it had to get to be successful. How convenient.

This victory being claimed by the administration and the mainstream media is a deliberate ruse attempting to stop the damage Obamacare is having on Democrats. They are giving no numbers for how many actually paid premiums, how many were initially uninsured, how many are now paying more, or how many had their previous policies cancelled. However, numbers are available.

A new study from the RAND Corporation puts this into perspective and invalidates the administration’s victory dance. RAND estimates that the vast majority of enrollees were previously insured, backing up the same result found by the McKinsey management consulting firm. Furthermore, the vast majority of those who actually paid premiums were also previously insured.

The whole reason for Obamacare was to insure those with no insurance and that number certainly hasn’t come close to 7.1 million. Obamacare is still a disaster causing higher premiums and deductibles along with policy cancellations for many who already had insurance. The young people needed to finance this fiasco are still not signing up and the only ones coming out ahead are those getting taxpayer subsidies. Jobs are still being lost.

The administration and the media are engaged in manipulation turning every issue into a political football in order to advance an agenda. Science is being distorted, truth is being twisted, and “facts” are being manufactured as needed. Believe nothing. Especially, believe nothing from this administration concerning Obamacare. It NEEDS to claim success in order to continue a pretense of having credibility. That, however, was lost long ago.

David J. Hentosh

How Wrong Can One Be?

March 5, 2014

Obama has turned out to be wrong most of the time but that is rarely acknowledged by true believers. For the idealistic, he “has to” be right, therefore, failure cannot occur, but it does and it has – consistently.

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is turning out to be a catastrophe. Almost everything promised is turning out to be wrong while all the predictions heard from Senator Mike Enzi (and others) that were mocked are turning out to be right. Experts were ignored in favor of Obama’s “superior intelligence” and now provisions of the law are being delayed by Obama solely to keep the stink away from campaigning Democrats.

The Stimulus failed to revive the economy but believers claim it a success by saying our economy would be much worse if it was never put in place. Conveniently, that can never be proved, but it allows followers to deny failure and pretend they are right.

Global warming, rhetorically changed to “climate change” to ease embarrassment, fuels Obama’s continuing green policies even though predictions continue to prove wrong. Resent research conducted by the Environmental Policy Alliance shows that buildings receiving green energy certification use more energy than non-green buildings, but Obama’s “green” agenda continues to waste taxpayer money for idealistic purposes.

Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine is a direct result of Obama’s failed foreign policies. His inexperience and lack of decisiveness with Syria broadcast his weakness to the world. Putin has no fear of Obama and is taking full advantage just as Iran played him for a fool and is now on the verge of having a nuclear weapon. Allies (e.g. Israel) have been insulted while enemies have been appeased and USA world leadership and respect is at an all-time low.

Obama was also wrong about: Ushering in a “post racial” and “open door” administration; closing Gitmo; creating shovel ready jobs; Obamacare not being a tax; insurance rates going down; keeping one’s health plan; comprehensive immigration reform in his first term; Benghazi attack caused by video; Al Qaeda being decimated; unemployment reduction; and so much more.

How wrong can one be? For the sake of the country we can only hope we don’t find out.

David J. Hentosh

Democrats Running on Excuses

February 19, 2014

In spite of MSNBC’s biased campaign to make “Bridgegate” a momentous issue, polls continue to show that unemployment remains the most important issue for voters. Unless there is a miraculous economic recovery in the next six months, Democrats will have nothing but excuses to campaign on for November’s elections.

Obamacare has been a disaster and many Democrats are trying to distance themselves from it, however, its negative impact on jobs can’t be avoided. After a CBO report estimated a 2 million job loss by 2017 due to Obamacare, panic forced Democrat’s to say that losing jobs “empowers” people to make choices about their lives.

Harry Reid put out the foolish talking point that “…It allows people to get out of a job they’re locked into”. It is an insult to those losing a job to be told they should now feel “empowered” because they are no longer “locked” into gainful employment. Perhaps, they should use this “empowerment” in the voting booth come November.

The CBO report validated the “racist, Obama-hating” predictions that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will create a disincentive to work and force many to work fewer hours due to part-time jobs replacing full-time jobs. This, too, brought out a panicky excuse that it will provide more choices, particularly the choice to “not work”. This is so lame it is embarrassing just to hear it.

Speaking of embarrassing, Secretary of State John Kerry is desperately trying to turn voters’ attention away from the poor economy by stirring up fear over man-made “climate change”, once called “global warming” until that began unravelling. He called it our greatest terror threat but he’s going to need excuses for all the failed, dire predictions and contrary data before anyone buys his Al Gore impersonation.

From Chris Matthews blaming the sun for a poor Obama speech to Sebelius blaming arcane insurance terminology for Spanish translation mistakes, excuses are becoming the Democrat platform in the face of administration failure. There will certainly be more as November approaches, but there will be no excuse for the silent majority if they sit home and allow this farce to continue. That would simply be a disaster.

David J. Hentosh

The Fallacy of Fairness

February 18, 2014

Like children, progressive liberals often scream “unfair” when something doesn’t go their way. In fact, their entire agenda is built around the unrealistic assumption that life must be “fair” in all things and the government must make it so. This has produced a ‘tail wagging the dog’ situation in society, shredding the idea of a “common good” and producing a culture obsessed with victimhood.

Obamacare shattered our health care system and burdened everyone for the sake of 10% of the population that was uninsured. Our borders continue to be unsafely protected for the sake of amnesty for an estimated 18 million illegal immigrants. The institution of marriage is being re-defined to the detriment of the traditional family unit in order to appease less than 5% of the population. Abortion, utilized by less than 3% of the population, is being subsidized by all through taxes, ignoring all moral or religious objections.

While it is admirable to consider fairness for all, it is unreasonable to always expect it and the pursuit of fairness for “victims” often produces unfairness elsewhere. The current push for a redistribution of wealth only considers those without, ignoring any fairness for those who worked hard to achieve their wealth.

To be truly “fair”, those with wealth who pay most of the nation’s taxes should have their vote count more than those who pay no taxes. They have more skin in the game and should receive more representation because of it, especially since those without will always vote to get “assistance” from tax revenues. There are reasonable arguments for this type of higher representation, but those with wealth are never deemed “victims” and, therefore, do not deserve fairness.

Parents teach children that life is not always fair, but it seems that is too often forgotten by adults. The tail wagging the dog will one day find the dog torn away by so much wagging. What will be considered “fair” when that happens?

David J. Hentosh

Dizzy From Media Spin

January 14, 2014

“Bridgegate”, as the Christie traffic fiasco is being called, received 17 times more coverage from ABC, NBC, and CBS News in a 24-hour span than the IRS scandal received in 6 months. MSNBC is even going to run a one-hour special to discuss several “theories” about it.

MSNBC’s prescient Mika already provided her theory, stating: “we know Chris Christie and we know he would have known”. She also “knows” what is and isn’t a scandal, saying: “…to bring up Benghazi and the IRS is like flailing for some sort of distraction”. Four dead Americans have become just a distraction.

Bridgegate is a “twofer” for the liberal media. It’s an opportunity to smear a potential presidential candidate threatening Hillary’s chances and it is a substitute for Obama administration scandals that are getting harder and harder to ignore. It even has the additional benefit of keeping continuing negative Obamacare revelations from public awareness.

One of those revelations is that in 2014, 80% of individual costs to health insurance companies between $45,000 and $250,000 will be paid by the government. When insurance is purchased through the government exchanges, private insurance companies are only liable for costs below $45,000. Taxpayers pay the rest. This is not worthy to be a news story.

The continuing takeover by Al Qaida of abandoned Iraq isn’t news, either, except for NBC to tell us that the Iraq War wasn’t worth it. Obama made sure it wasn’t worth it when he failed (deliberately?) to maintain a military presence in Iraq after hastily pulling our troops out. His eagerness to get totally out of Iraq gave new life to defeated Al Qaida forces and they are now back. The media will protect Obama from any blame.

If you don’t like Obama and didn’t vote for him, you are a racist. If you don’t like Hillary and will not vote for her, you are a misogynist. For the media, it’s that simple – and it will be news. The so-called GOP war against women is THE talking point and you will hear it for the next three years as the media prepares to “make history”, again.

You are sure to become dizzy from the spin.

David J. Hentosh

What Happened in 2013?

January 2, 2014

A few notable occurrences in 2013:

Obama’s bailout of the American auto industry with taxpayer money resulted in Chrysler no longer being an American company. It is now owned by Fiat, an Italian company, which profited from the bailout that, in the end, cost taxpayers $1.3 billion.

Iraq had its deadliest year since 2008 with 8,868 Iraqis killed in 2013. After Obama pulled our troops out, essentially abandoning Iraq, Al-Qaida took advantage as predicted and violence is now increasing. We also abandoned a strategic military base in Iraq that may prove costly as the Middle East continues to explode.

Obamacare kicked in with little preparation and much confusion, shocking even the hardcore left with its incompetency. Even more shocking was the revelation that Obama lied about being able to keep your doctor and health insurance plan. Sticker shock also set in as costs for insurance plans began to surface.

Smoking bans expanded to parks and beaches and higher taxes on cigarettes increased across the nation in the continuing effort to eliminate smoking. Ironically, marijuana smoking for medicinal purposes increased and legalization of the recreational smoking of marijuana kicked off in Denver where pot smoking tours for out-of-state visitors are now being conducted.

Global warming dire predictions increased in direct proportion to reports debunking manmade global warming. The declared “scientific consensus” on manmade global warming has still not been reached; the Arctic sea ice coverage increased rather than decreased; scientists’ predictions of global cooling increased; and the 17th year of no increase in global temperature was reached.

Nothing was accomplished on comprehensive immigration reform other than to re-define it as “amnesty” in everyone’s mind. More promises to secure the border were made, and ignored, while amnesty for illegal immigrants became the de facto solution for reform.

The U.S. lost more respect and credibility around the world as Obama rashly set a red line on Syria that he then blatantly ignored and allowed Iran to stall for time to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Abortion and birth control became “rights” with no personal responsibilities attached.

Miley Cyrus changed her image by lowering the decency bar for celebrities (as if it wasn’t low enough) and provided a new role model for young girls that will cause parents to lose sleep for years to come. Alec Baldwin, on the other hand, remained consistent as a complete ass.

David J. Hentosh

Barbara Walters’ Messiah

December 19, 2013

Barbara Walters, when asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan why she didn’t put president Obama on her “Most Fascinating People of 2013” list, revealed buyer’s remorse by answering: “We thought that he was going to be – I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but – the next messiah, and the whole Obamacare, or whatever you want to call it, the Affordable Health Act, it just hasn’t worked for him, and he’s stumbled around on it, and people feel very disappointed because they expected more.”

This admission from Walters of religious-like adoration for Obama shatters any remaining illusion one may have had that she is, or was, an objective journalist. Stating that “we thought…” displays her left tilt and believing Obama was going to be “the next messiah” places her firmly in the far-left camp where unconditional adoration is the norm.

Walters caught herself violating talking points and tried to backtrack on using the now-shunned label “Obamacare” by saying “or whatever you want to call it”, but you could see her heart wasn’t in it. Her idealistic idol has fallen and her disappointment could not be contained. It took a long time, five years, for her to finally realize Obama is not a messiah.

It is interesting to note that Walters expressed disappointment that Obamacare “hasn’t worked for Him” rather than because it isn’t working for the country. This is political, religious, and idealistic adoration based on…well…nothing more than a dream. Obama talked a good game, failed to deliver, and she thinks it’s a shame HE is feeling the failure. It would be laughable if the damage to the country wasn’t so serious.

One may give Walters some credit for at least admitting disappointment, but she couldn’t get herself to say Obama failed. Instead, she said he “stumbled around on it” as if this, Obamacare, is just a small bump in an otherwise smooth road. Her choice of Hillary as not only the most fascinating person of 2013, but the most fascinating person of the last 20 years, proves she is already invested in a new messiah, so Obama will now be downgraded in her mind to just a prophet. Who says the left shuns religion?

David J. Hentosh