Obamacare Road Show, Pt. II: Bring out the human kiddie shields

Michelle Malkin 

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Obamacare Road Show, Pt. II: Bring out the human kiddie shields

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 10, 2010 09:25 AM

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My column shines light on the Hail Mary strategy of the Demcare-peddlers: Quick, hide behind the children! Just a reminder that President Obama will be in St. Charles, Missouri today for a closed-door, invitation-only Kabuki health care speech to high school students and then he’ll be heading off for a fund-raiser with Claire McCaskill. Tea Party activists are organizing two counter-protests — get all the info on the who, what, where, when at Gateway Pundit.

The column notes two new developments — Hill buzz over some Senate Democrat leaders’ plan to attach the nationalization of student loans to the health care reconciliation bill and the use of a new, dubious poster boy for Demcare, Marcelas Owens. The story doesn’t add up, and as usual, anyone who questions the logic and holes in these anecdotes will be labeled a “stalker.” Been there, done that

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Desperate Dems cling to human kiddie shield
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

Have you noticed something about the audiences that President Obama has cherry-picked to cheer his government health-care takeover road show? They’re getting younger and younger. Today, Obama brings the traveling campaign to St. Charles High School in St. Louis, Missouri for a closed-door, invitation-only speech. If he doesn’t end the endless “No More Time For Talk” talks soon, he’ll be peddling Democrat reconciliation tactics on Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Squarepants.

But desperate times call for demagogic measures. True to form, the Obama White House is wielding the human kiddie shield as its last-stand defense for Demcare.

On Monday, Obama surrounded himself with a ticketed-only crowd of Arcadia University college students in Pennsylvania (sprinkled with purple-shirted officials from the Service Employees International Union, natch). The Washington-based commander-in-chief traveled outside his Beltway bubble to a campus bubble to trash the political climate which he leads.

“That’s just how Washington is. They can’t help it,” he pontificated as the idealist young students nodded like empty bobbleheads. “They?”

You won’t be surprised by Obama’s biggest applause line of the speech: Peddling a Big Nanny provision in the Senate-passed health care bill that requires insurance plans that cover dependents to provide benefits to children up to age 26. Vowed Santa Obama: “If you’re a young adult, which many of you are, you’ll be able to stay on your parents’ insurance policy until you’re 26 years old.” Whoops and huzzahs erupted from the eager wards of the permanent, ever-expanding Nanny State.

As I’ve reported before, there are now an estimated 20 states that have already passed legislation requiring insurers to cover adult children. The slacker mandates cover “kids” ranging in age from 24 to 31. And it’s these very government health care mandates that contribute to rising health care costs.

But there was no time for higher learning at Arcadia University. Out: education. In: adulation. “I love you!” screamed a cult follower in the stands. “Love you back,” Obama responded.

Now, comes word from The Hill that Senate Democrat leaders want to graft Obama’s single-player plan to nationalize the student loan market onto the Senate health care reconciliation bill. That way, Obama’s college-age foot soldiers can argue that a vote against Demcare is a vote against The Children.

How low can they go? One of President Obama’s youngest lobbyists – 11-year-old Marcelas Owens of Washington state – traveled to D.C. on Tuesday on the dime of astroturf group, HCAN (Health Care for America Now). His 27-year-old mother, Tiffany, died of pulmonary hypertension. According to the family, Ms. Owens – a single mother of three — lost her job as a fast-food manager and lost her insurance. She received emergency care and treatment throughout her illness, but died in 2007.

Young Marcelas – goaded by his left-wing activist grandmother and promoted by Democrat Sen. Patty Murray — is now a regular on the pro-Obamacare circuit and is leading a congressional sit-in until the Democrat plan passes. He admits he doesn’t understand the complexities of health insurance reform and doesn’t “think it’s anyone’s fault” that his mom passed away. “But they could have done more” for her, he says.

It’s a heart-wrenching story, but the tale raises more questions than it answers. Washington state offers a plethora of existing government assistance programs to laid-off and unemployed workers like Marcelas’s mom. Why didn’t she enroll? Second, she died nine months after she reportedly lost her health insurance. By the time she lost her coverage through her employer, she was apparently already in dire health straits. It’s not clear that additional doctors’ visits in the subsequent months would have prevented her death.

All that said, the Owens’ case demonstrates the flaws of the employer-based system of health insurance. It needs real reform. Unfortunately, the current crop of Democrat plans would leave the employer-based system fully intact. What we need are grown-ups to start over from scratch and leave the kids on the playground.

Do you feel safe? YOU ARE GONNA LOVE THIS !!!!

Do you feel safe?

                  YOU ARE GONNA LOVE THIS !!!!

                  How good is our government?  A local talk radio host, Ed Henley on 700AM radio, was talking about how yesterday, he decided he would make some calls to Washington DC to see if our government was prepared for the storm (not like they didn’t have any warning).  First he called the HQ for Homeland Security.  Guess what!  The phone rang for 3 minutes and no one answered (he recorded the calls he made all day long by the way).  He called back and someone did answer to tell him no one was there it was closed because of the weather.  Homeland Security HQ was down?  No phone call forwarding?  No answering system in place?  No contingency plan for this type of situation?  I feel safe now!!!

                  Then Ed decides to contact FEMA.  Ed has a daughter in DC and thought, “suppose she was snowed in without power?”  What was she to do?  Now,… ALL of FEMA is in Washington DC , all 3,700 folks making up the organization.  And FEMA is Federal EMERGENCY Management Assistance?  Well, their offices were closed, they were without power (no backup generators?).  His call was forwarded to a switchboard in VIRGINIA .  The switchboard operator said the offices were closed because of the storm and loss of power and all she knew was the governor of Washington DC would have to declare a state of emergency and ask the President for help.  What is wrong with this picture?….(hint,… what is the state that Washington DC is located in?).  That’s right!, they aren’t in a state,… they don’t have a governor.  He is then transferred to the disaster relief group and is told the same.  All Washington government offices are closed because of the blizzard?  So the government branch responsible for handling disasters and preparedness is incapable of doing their job when a blizzard hits DC? But it gets better.

                  Ed then wonders if all businesses are closed.  So he finds a Holiday Inn 3 blocks from the capital building and calls.  Guess what!  Not only are they open, their restaurant is open and serving full meals.  They have a full staff on duty including maid service.  And the FEMA folks are staying there!

                  So,….. in case of Emergency, the government can’t function but the Holiday Inn can!

Obama’s Czars WOW What a Gang Of Losers

Obama’s Czars

OB A M A ‘S CZ A RS
CZ A R Czar Position Summary
Richard Holbrooke Afghanistan Czar Ultra liberal anti gun former Gov. of New Mexico. Pro Abortion and legal drug use. Dissolve the 2nd A mendment
Ed Montgomery Auto recovery Czar Black radical anti business activist..  Affirmative A ction and Job Preference for blacks.  Univ of Maryland Business School Dean teaches US business has caused world poverty.   ACORN board member.  Communist DuBois Club member.
Jeffrey Crowley AIDS Czar Radical Homosexual.. A Gay Rights activist. Believes in Gay Marriage and especially, a Special Status for homosexuals only, including complete free health care for gays.
Alan Bersin Border Czar The former failed superintendent of San Diego .   Ultra Liberal friend of Hilary Clinton.   Served as Border Czar under Janet Reno – to keep borders open to illegal’s without interference from US
David J. Hayes California Water Czar Sr. Fellow of radical environmentalist group, “Progress Policy”.  No training or experience in water management whatsoever.
Ron Bloom Car Czar Auto Union worker. A nti business & anti nuclear.  Has worked hard to force US auto makers out of business.  Sits on the Board of Chrysler which is now A uto Union owned. How did this happen?
Dennis Ross Central Region Czar Believes US policy has caused Mid East wars.  Obama apologist to the world.   Anti gun and completely pro abortion.
Lynn Rosenthal Domestic Violence Czar Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  Vicious anti male feminist. Supported male castration. Imagine?
Gil Kerlikowske Drug Czar devoted lobbyist for every restrictive gun law proposal,  Former Chief of Police in Liberal Seattle.  Believes no A merican should own a  firearm. Supports legalization of all drugs
Paul Volcker Economic Czar Head of Fed Reserve under Jimmy Carter when US economy nearly failed.  Obama  appointed head of the  Economic Recovery A dvisory Board which engineered the Obama economic disaster to US economy..  Member of anti business “Progressive Policy” organization
Carol Brower Energy and Environment Czar Political Radical Former head of EP A – known for anti-business activism.  Strong anti-gun ownership.
Joshua DuBois Faith Based Czar Political Black activist-Degree in Black Nationalism.   A nti gun ownership lobbyist.
Cameron Davis Great Lakes Czar Chicago radical anti business environmentalist.  Blames George  Bush for “Poisoning the water that minorities have to drink.” No experience or training in water management.  Former ACORN Board member (what does that tell us?)
Van Jones Green Jobs Czar (since resigned)..  Black activist Member of A merican communist Party and San Francisco Communist Party who said Geo Bush caused the 911 attack and wanted Bush investigated by the World Court for war crimes.  Black activist with strong anti-white views.
Daniel Fried Guantanamo Closure Czar Human Rights activist for Foreign Terrorists.  Believes A merica has caused the war on terrorism. Believes terrorists have rights above and beyond A mericans.
Nancy- A nn DeParle. Health Czar Former head of Medicare / Medicaid.   Strong Health Care Rationing proponent.  She is married to a reporter for The New York Times.
Vivek Kundra Information Czar Born in New Delhi , India.  Controls all public information, including labels and news releases.  Monitors all private Internet emails. (hello?)
Todd Stern International Climate Czar Anti business former White House chief of Staff- Strong supportrer of the Kyoto A ccord..  Pushing hard for Cap and Trade.  Blames US business for Global warming. Anti- US business prosperity.
Dennis Blair Intelligence Czar Ret Navy.  Stopped US guided missile program as “provocative”.  Chair of ultra liberal “Council on Foreign Relations” which blames A merican organizations for regional wars.
George Mitchell Mideast Peace Czar Fmr. Sen from Maine Left wing radical.  Has said Israel should be split up into “2 or 3 “ smaller more manageable plots”.  (God forbid) A true A nti-nuclear anti-gun & pro homosexual “special rights” advocate
Kenneth Feinberg Pay Czar Chief of Staff to TED KENNEDY.   Lawyer who got rich off the 911 victims payoffs. (horribly true)
Cass Sunstein Regulatory Czar Liberal activist judge believes free speech needs to be limited for the “common good”. Essentially against 1st amendment.  Rules against personal freedoms many times –like private gun ownership and right to free speech.
John Holdren Science Czar Fierce ideological environmentalist, Sierra Club, A nti business activist.  Claims US business has caused world poverty.  No Science training.
Earl Devaney Stimulus A ccountability Czar Spent career trying to take guns away from A merican citizens.  Believes in Open Borders to Mexico .   Author of  statement blaming US gun stores for drug war in Mexico .
J. Scott Gration Sudan Czar Native of Democratic Republic of Congo.  Believes US does little to help Third World countries.  Council of foreign relations, asking for higher US taxes to support United Nations
Herb A llison T A RP Czar Fannie May CEO responsible for the US recession by using real estate mortgages to back up the US stock market. Caused millions of  people to lose their life savings.
John Brennan Terrorism Czar Anti CI A activist.  No training in diplomatic or gov. affairs. Believes Open Borders to Mexico and a dialog with terrorists and has suggested Obama disband US military
Aneesh Chopra Technology Czar No Technology training. Worked for the A dvisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals. Anti doctor activist.  Supports Obama Health care Rationing and salaried doctors working exclusively for the Gov. health care plan
Adolfo Carrion Jr.. Urban A ffairs Czar Puerto Rican born  A nti A merican activist and leftist group member in Latin A merica .  Millionaire “slum lord” of the Bronx , NY.  Owns many lavish homes and condos which he got from “sweetheart” deals with labor unions.  Wants higher taxes on middle class to pay for minority housing and health care
Ashton Carter Weapons Czar Leftist.  Wants all private weapons in US destroyed.  Supports UN ban on firearms ownership in A merica ..  No Other “policy”
Gary Samore WMD Policy Czar Former US Communist.   Wants US to destroy all WMD unilaterally as a show of good faith.  Has no other “policy

Who is in McCain’s Inner Circle?

John McCain claims his many years in the Inner Circle of the Washington elite make him qualified candidate to be the Senator from Arizona.

Who is in McCain’s Inner Circle?

When it comes to Illegal Immigration, La Raza and the Democrats are part of the McCain inner sanctum. McCain, LaRaza and the Democrats are all in when it comes to the quest to grant Illegals Amnesty

Who is LaRaza? The Amnesty Lobby! (So much for curbing special interests, Senator McCain!)

Do you remember the McCain-Kennedy Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill? Do you remember the last time John McCain tried to force Amnesty on America? That was back in 2007…

  • …After 12 to 40 million illegal aliens had invaded the U.S. from across the Mexican border, John McCain proposed Amnesty!
  • …When the economy crashed, causing the largest recession and loss of jobs since the Great Depression, John McCain proposed Amnesty (and is still pushing for illegals to come to America and take the jobs that U.S. citizens desperately need.)!
  • …And as the flow of drugs from South America and Mexico across the U.S. border increased to record levels, John McCain proposed Amnesty!

McCain’s record of National and “Border INsecurity” continues even today. According to Homeland Security’s own reports, thousands of people from 14 “special interest” countries with links to terrorism have already come into the United States illegally.

Do you still doubt what John McCain will do if given another term in the U.S. Senate?(Click here to contribute to the Campaign to make certain that McCain doesn’t get another term)

…The REAL John McCain is clear on his Amnesty position.

When John McCain proposed S1433, the McCain-Kennedy Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, he promised America: “Amnesty has to be an important part.

…and John McCain hasn’t backed down from that position. After losing his presidential campaign to Barack Obama, he immediately tried to broker a new peace with the Obama White House by pledging to work with the president to pass Amnesty.

And, just days ago, John McCain badly pretended to be surprised when he questioned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a committee hearing: “…People could come up through our southern border?” and she truthfully responded, “Potentially, yes.”

It is outrageous that McCain could even pretend to be surprised when Napolitano continued and said of illegals crossing the border, “On the human trafficking side, it’s not solely illegal immigrants coming to work, but the ability of people from countries of special interest to immigrate into Central America and be ferried up to the border and over into the United States.”

The bottom line is we just can’t trust John McCain on Amnesty. We just can’t take another chance!

As long as John McCain is determined to be La Raza’s voice in Washington for Amnesty and open borders, he can never be our voice!

BUT… No one questions the Consistent Conservative, JD Hayworth, because his position on Illegal Immigration is, well, consistent.

  • J.D. Hayworth is a national leader in the fight to secure our borders
  • J.D. Hayworth has actually “written the book” on the subject, “Whatever It Takes”.
  • When John McCain proposed his Amnesty Plan-the Heritage Foundation said it would cost taxpayers $2.6 Trillion-J.D. Hayworth stood up and fought against it.

Taking on a U.S. Senator with nearly 30 years of seniority took courage, but J.D. understood that our economy could not survive the long-term effects of the McCain-Kennedy plan, and that encouraging millions of illegals by granting amnesty to break our laws was a recipe for disaster.

J.D. has led the fight for real border security, interior enforcement, requiring that law our current laws need to be enforced to protect our citizens.

It is no surprise that he has been endorsed by great leaders like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio whose efforts have captured and detained 25% of all illegals in the US that are returned to Mexico or their home countries.

We believe we have had enough of the kind of experience that John McCain brings to Washington. It is time to Secure the Southern Border of the United States.

The choice is clear. The choice is yours. Choose to help JD restore consistent conservative ideals to America. Make your choice today by Selecting here and donating $10, $20, $50 or even $100.P.S. J.D. Hayworth is the consistent conservative running against John McCain for Senate. As a friend of conservatism, we ask you to select here and join our Million Dollar March Money Bomb. It is time to send a message to Democrats and Republican establishment!

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Desperate Dems Cling to Human Kiddie Shield

Desperate Dems Cling to Human Kiddie Shield
Michelle Malkin
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Have you noticed something about the audiences that President Obama has cherry-picked to cheer his government health care takeover roadshow? They’re getting younger and younger.

On Wednesday, Obama brings the traveling campaign to St. Charles High School in St. Louis, Mo., for a closed-door, invitation-only speech. If he doesn’t end the endless “No More Time For Talk” talks soon, he’ll be peddling Democratic reconciliation tactics on “Dora the Explorer” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

But desperate times call for demagogic measures. True to form, the Obama White House is wielding the human kiddie shield as its last-stand defense for Demcare.

On Monday, Obama surrounded himself with a ticketed-only crowd of Arcadia University college students in Pennsylvania (sprinkled with purple-shirted officials from the Service Employees International Union, natch). The Washington-based commander in chief traveled outside his Beltway bubble to a campus bubble to trash the political climate, which he leads.

“That’s just how Washington is. They can’t help it,” he pontificated as the idealistic young students nodded like empty bobbleheads. “They”?

You won’t be surprised by Obama’s biggest applause line of the speech: peddling a Big Nanny provision in the Senate-passed health care bill that requires insurance plans that cover dependents to provide benefits to children up to age 26. Vowed Santa Obama: “If you’re a young adult, which many of you are, you’ll be able to stay on your parents’ insurance policy until you’re 26 years old.” Whoops and huzzahs erupted from the eager wards of the permanent, ever-expanding Nanny State.

As I’ve reported before, there are now an estimated 20 states that have already passed legislation requiring insurers to cover adult children. The slacker mandates cover “kids” ranging in age from 24 to 31. And it’s these very government health care mandates that contribute to rising health care costs.

But there was no time for higher learning at Arcadia University. Out: education. In: adulation. “I love you!” screamed a cult follower in the stands. “Love you back,” Obama responded.

Now comes word from The Hill that Senate Democratic leaders want to graft Obama’s single-payer plan to nationalize the student loan market onto the Senate health care reconciliation bill. That way, Obama’s college-age foot soldiers can argue that a vote against Demcare is a vote against The Children.

How low can they go? One of Obama’s youngest lobbyists — 11-year-old Marcelas Owens of Washington State — traveled to D.C. on Tuesday on the dime of astroturf group HCAN (Health Care for America Now). His 27-year-old mother, Tiffany, died of pulmonary hypertension. According to the family, Ms. Owens — a single mother of three — lost her job as a fast-food manager and lost her insurance. She received emergency care and treatment throughout her illness, but died in 2007.

Young Marcelas — goaded by his left-wing activist grandmother and promoted by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray — is now a regular on the pro-Obamacare circuit and is leading a congressional sit-in until the Democratic plan passes. He admits he doesn’t understand the complexities of health insurance reform and doesn’t “think it’s anyone’s fault” that his mom passed away. “But they could have done more” for her, he says.

It’s a heart-wrenching story, but the tale raises more questions than it answers. Washington State offers a plethora of existing government assistance programs to laid-off and unemployed workers like Marcelas’ mom. Why didn’t she enroll? Second, she died nine months after she reportedly lost her health insurance. By the time she lost her coverage through her employer, she was apparently already in dire health straits. It’s not clear that additional doctors’ visits in the subsequent months would have prevented her death.

All that said, the Owens’ case demonstrates the flaws of the employer-based system of health insurance. It needs real reform. Unfortunately, the current crop of Democratic plans would leave the employer-based system fully intact. What we need are grownups to start over from scratch and leave the kids on the playground.

Pelosi: We Need To Pass Health Care Bill To Find Out What’s In It

Pelosi: We Need To Pass Health Care Bill To Find Out What’s In It

March 9th, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.

US El Salvador

Excerpt from Pelosi Remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties, posted at bitch’s website:

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform.”

Stimulus or Sedative?

Stimulus or Sedative?

Posted By Thomas Sowell On March 10, 2010 @ 12:09 am In FrontPage | 6 Comments

Abraham Lincoln once asked an audience how many legs a dog has, if you called the tail a leg? When the audience said “five,” Lincoln corrected them, saying that the answer was four. “The fact that you call a tail a leg does not make it a leg.”

That same principle applies today. The fact that politicians call something a “stimulus” does not make it a stimulus. The fact that they call something a “jobs bill” does not mean there will be more jobs.

What have been the actual consequences of all the hundreds of billions of dollars that the government has spent? The idea behind the spending is that it will cause investors to invest, lenders to lend, and employers to employ.

That was called “pump priming.” To get a pump going, people put a little water into it, so that the pump will start pumping out a lot of water. In other words, government money alone was never supposed to restore the economy by itself. It was supposed to get the private sector spending, lending, investing and employing.

The question is: Is that what has actually happened?

The stimulus spending started back in 2008, during the Bush administration, and has continued under the Obama administration, so it has had plenty of time to show what it can do.

After the Bush administration’s stimulus spending in 2008, business spending on equipment and software fell— not rose— by 28 percent. Spending on durable goods fell 22 percent.

What about the banks? Four months after the Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP) poured billions of dollars into the banks, the biggest recipients of that money made 23 percent fewer loans than before. A year later, the credit extended by American banks as a whole was down— not up— by more than $20 billion.

Spending in general was down. The velocity of circulation of money fell faster than it had in half a century.

Just two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported, “U.S. banks posted last year their sharpest decline in lending since 1942.” You can call it a stimulus, if you want to, just as you can call a tail a leg.

 

But the actual effect of what is called a “stimulus” has been more like that of a sedative.

Why aren’t the banks lending, with all that money sitting there gathering dust?

You don’t lend when politicians are making it more doubtful whether you are going to get your money back— either on time or at all. From the White House to Capitol Hill, politicians are coming up with all sorts of bright ideas for borrowers not to have to pay back what they borrowed and for lenders not to be able to foreclose on people who are months behind on their mortgage payments.

President Obama keeps telling us that he is “creating jobs.” But more and more Americans have no jobs. The unemployment rate has declined slightly, but only because many people have stopped looking for jobs. You are only counted as unemployed if you are still looking for a job.

If all the unemployed people were to decide that it is hopeless and stop looking for work, the unemployment statistics would drop like a rock. But that would hardly be a solution.

What is going on, that nothing seems to work?

None of this is new. What is going on is what went on during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Money circulated more slowly during the 1930s than during the 1920s. Banks lent out a smaller proportion of the money they had on hand during the 1930s than they did in the 1920s. Anti-business rhetoric and anti-business policies did not create business confidence then, any more than it does now. Economists have estimated that the New Deal prolonged the depression by several years.

This is not another Great Depression, at least not yet, and the economy may recover on its own, if the government will let it. But Obama today, like FDR in the 1930s, cannot leave the economy alone. Both have felt a need to come up with one bright idea after another, to “do something.”

The theory is that, if one thing doesn’t work, it is just a matter of trying another. But, in an atmosphere where nobody knows what the federal government is going to come up with next, people tend to hang on to their money until they have some idea of what the rules of the game are going to be.


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Obama: selling health care

Obama: selling health care

March 10th, 2010

The Source of Obama’s Trouble

The Source of Obama’s Trouble

March 9th, 2010

By BOB HERBERT, NYT

 It’s all about Jobs

The Obama administration and Democrats in general are in trouble because they are not urgently and effectively addressing the issue that most Americans want them to: the frightening economic insecurity that has put a chokehold on millions of American families.

The economy shed 36,000 jobs last month, and that was trumpeted in the press as good news. Well, after your house has burned down I suppose it’s good news that the flames may finally be flickering out. But once you realize that it will take 11 million or more new jobs to get us back to where we were when the recession began, you begin to understand that we’re not really making any headway at all.

It’s also widely known by now that the official employment statistics drastically understate the problem. Once we take off the statistical rose-colored glasses, we’re left with the awful reality of millions upon millions of Americans who have lost — or are losing — their jobs, their homes, their small businesses, and their hopes for a brighter future.

Instead of focusing with unwavering intensity on this increasingly tragic situation, making it their top domestic priority, President Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill have spent astonishing amounts of time and energy, and most of their political capital, on an obsessive quest to pass a health care bill.

Health care reform is important. But what the public has wanted and still badly needs above all else from Mr. Obama and the Democrats are bold efforts to put people back to work. A major employment rebound is the only real way to alleviate the deep economic anxiety that has gripped so many Americans. Unaddressed, that anxiety inevitably evolves into dread and then anger.

But while the nation is desperate for jobs, jobs, jobs, the Democrats have spent most of the Obama era chanting health care, health care, health care.

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Activists tell Obama to protect illegals

Activists tell Obama to protect illegals

March 10th, 2010

By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

 Immigration Activists want payback from Obama

Immigrant rights groups on Monday demanded that President Obama impose a full moratorium on deportations of illegal immigrants, arguing that his policies have been worse for their cause than those of his Republican predecessor.

Saying they’ve been “betrayed” by and lost patience with Mr. Obama, the advocates suggested that the president could regain their support by leading a fight on Capitol Hill for a bill to legalize illegal immigrants. Mr. Obama took the first step toward legalization during a meeting Monday at the White House with two lawmakers working on a bill.

But a bill could take months to pass. In the meantime, the immigrant rights groups say, Mr. Obama must end deportations altogether.

“We demand an immediate stop to all deportations, because each one of these deportations, each one of these numbers, equals a life destroyed and a family devastated,” Angelica Sala, executive director of the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said at a news conference in Washington.

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