"It has been frequently remarked
that it seems to have been reserved
to the people of this country, by their conduct and example,
to decide the important question,
whether societies of men
are really capable or not
of establishing good government
from reflection and choice, or whether
they are forever destined to depend
for their political constitutions
on accident and force."
big lies are circling, telling, revealing themselves in the light of a new day.
Returning to the days leading up to the last election, The Heritage Foundation unveiled and clarified a seriously huge number projected to be taken out of Medicare in order to pay for Obamacare.
716 BILLION DOLLARS
GO HERE, and you can see for yourself; of course, ramifications of this action are even bigger. As Heritage lays it all out, they say this: "Obamacare raids Medicare to pay for other new programs.."
"In Obamacare, the payment cuts are across-the-board cuts (modifications of Medicare’s complex payment formulas) made throughout the bulk of the Medicare program. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), these cuts will decrease Medicare spending by an estimated $716 billion between 2013 and 2022."
yadi yada yada..
"The Medicare program today is in a desperate situation. The hospital insurance trust fund that finances Part A of Medicare is projected by the Medicare trustees to be bankrupt by 2024. Worse, over the long term, the Administration and Congress have made $37 trillion worth of benefit promises to future seniors that they cannot keep—there simply won’t be funding for them. Despite these enormous issues, Obamacare cuts the program instead of reforming it to last for future generations."
Oh wait...that was in October 2012, let's go back to September of 2012...and turn to an article titled, "Obama's Robbery of Medicare to Fund Obamacare, in one chart" featured in the National Review Online...go here. Hey, and they even used the same CBO chart and everything.
Here's how "The Corner" began:
"Both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan attacked the president for allegedly robbing Medicare of $716 billion,” former president William Jefferson Clinton told the Democratic National Convention on September 5. “Here’s what really happened. There were no cuts to benefits. None . . . President Obama and the Democrats didn’t weaken Medicare. They strengthened it."
If Clinton were under oath in Charlotte, this would be called perjury."
wow. but that's nothing new, right? [badump ba]
But let's speed things up and kick in a more current thought of the 716 billion dollar fully federally authorized embezzlement and go to another National Review Online article from John Fund, February 15, 2013:
"But the Obama administration doesn’t want to talk about its own devastating cuts in Medicare. On Friday, February 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced $716 billion in cuts over the next ten years. Instead of being put toward the debt, most of the money will go toward a new entitlement: Obamacare’s vast expansion of coverage for the uninsured."
Oh but how have we all missed this? Just where oh where is the mainstream media -- considering a third of our spending is borrowed, in government greenbacks, we might as well be talking a trillion bucks -- and they have nothing to say?
Did you know there are plenty of programs exempt from the sequester? About 149 to be exact [or as Mark Levin would put it, 80% of the federal budget...just go to show notes from 2/28 here ) -- beginning with some big ones like Medicaid, Social Security, Medicare payments to states for qualified individual premiums (approx. 2% of the Medicare budget is NOT exempt -- BUT who really cares, right, given it's already been raped and pillaged), food stamps, veterans affairs programs, military personnel funding...oh and let us not leave out the all-important salaries and benefits for our honorable congress and president. For a full list, painfully broken down line by line, go to the Office of Management and Budget, here, OR for a prettier version of much of the same thing, go here (it's some kind of "virtual learning community"...).
Medicare must feel like a caged animal slated for slaughter; it's behind bars circling the boundaries, eyes bulging out of it's head, shifting from left to right...it's only a matter of time.
The Investor's Business Daily online has a super good piece on "Obama's Sequester Math..." It has the potential of being far more entertaining to read -- if only it wasn't based on Obama's sequester spin; but telling is as telling does, we can thank our lucky stars somebody has the guts to tell it like it is and more important, spell out the ridiculousness of this president's plan.
In it's big finish, we get this from IBD:
"As a result, instead of $1.2 trillion in spending cuts called for by the sequester over the next decade, Obama would add more than $1 trillion in revenues, while cutting outlays only about $600 billion. And much of those aren't real cuts, but tiny reductions in projected spending growth over the next decade.
And in the end, his plan, such as it is, will do nothing to forestall the nation's oncoming debt crisis."
And like the post started out, the president's plan "isn't a plan at all, just a list of numbers with little to back it up. There are no details, for example, about the $200 billion in cuts to defense and domestic discretionary programs, other than that Obama wants them split evenly." Not to mention the guy is lying through his teeth to the American people (but that's nothing new, too).
This is all absolutely nuts.
It's hard to believe we are even spending the time nit-picking the itty bitty details at all.
We're merely discussing 2.4 percent of the total federal budget! If this congress and president cannot figure out how to cut this miniscule amount from the budget, what chance do we have at all in settling the long term liabilities with regards to the unfunded entitlement programs? What chance do we have in keeping this congress from increasing our debt limit, yet again? What chance do we have in even stopping the growth of government, if ever?
As debonair as this president is -- a presidency cannot stand on charisma alone; while ridicule, is a tactic for sissies; and all that fear mongering, a method that's usually reserved for demagogues, dictators, or kings. Good thing propaganda has a way of going around and coming around. In this age of the internet reformation, sooner or later, everything gets unveiled, revealed and brought to light. There are no secrets, while downright lies come back to bite, with a vengeance.
The thing is -- is it all too late and forty-six cents on a dollar short?
Does America have a fighting chance to finally tell herself the truth, the whole truth, and follow through with honest to goodness real solutions to fix a century of wrongs?
Where is the courage?
"I always consider
the settlement of America
with reverence and wonder,
as the opening of a grand scene and design
for the illumination of the ignorant,
and the emancipation
of the slavish part of mankind
all over the earth."
that was then, this is now... feel like having myself a good cry.
Make it a Good Day, G