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Saturday, December 26, 2009


The Democrats, including Obama himself, have been touting this health care bill as one that will create $130 Billion in savings through Medicare cuts and higher taxes. The problem is that the CBO has shown that this does not account for the IOU's that will be sent from the Treasury to the Medicare Trust fund. According the CBO report itself, in order for the claim that a budget surplus would be realized, the money must be counted twice.

Here is the relevant portion of the two-page MEMO, released by the CBO on December 23rd, with the even more relevant excerpts bolded.
The key point is that the savings to the HI trust fund under the PPACA would be received by the government only once, so they cannot be set aside to pay for future Medicare spending and, at the same time, pay for current spending on other parts of the legislation or on other programs. Trust fund accounting shows the magnitude of the savings within the trust fund, and those savings indeed improve the solvency of that fund; however, that accounting ignores the burden that would be faced by the rest of the government later in redeeming the bonds held by the trust fund. Unified budget accounting shows that the majority of the HI trust fund savings would be used to pay for other spending under the PPACA and would not enhance the ability of the government to redeem the bonds credited to the trust fund to pay for future Medicare benefits. To describe the full amount of HI trust fund savings as both improving the government’s ability to pay future Medicare benefits and financing new spending outside of Medicare would essentially double-count a large share of those savings and thus overstate the improvement in the government’s fiscal position.
Now for the Video. Republican senators Jeff Sessions (AL), John Kyl (AZ), and Judd Gregg (NH) were visibly disturbed by the blatant attempt by the Democrats to lie in order to get this monstrosity passed, with Sessions actually making the accusation that if this was corporate America, someone would be going to Jail. The video is a little lengthy but very much worth watching.

Unfortunately, the CBO memo didn't come out until Wednesday, the 23rd. Thanks to Nebraska senator Ben Nelson's sellout, the vote to end cloture took place two days earlier at 1am so this CBO report was basically rendered inconsequential in terms of the Senate version of the bill passing.

Phillip Klein has been writing about this as well. In reference to the Democrats continuing to claim budget savings, Klein ended one ARTICLE this way:
Similar comments have been echoed by Democrats during the several weeks that the Senate has been debating health care -- it would have been nice to have the CBO memo back when it could have actually made a difference.
For some reason, I can't help wondering if that one-on-one meeting between Obama and CBO Director Doug Elmendorf back in July had anything to do with the delay between the Democrats getting 60 votes and the CBO reporting the truth. Elmendorf gets to go on record as having reported the truth about the costs and the bill still gets rammed through.

Remember THIS? When you watch this video, fast forward to the three-minute mark to watch the part about Elmendorf and the CBO.



What the right hand giveth, the left hand taketh away. On Christmas Eve, it was widely believed that Nidal Malik Hasan's radical Imam cleric and spiritual guide was killed in an air strike in Yemen. That appears now to be incorrect. Then again, authorities reportedly have no access to the area because it's run by radicals, the same radicals whose story that al-Awlaki is alive is what we're reduced to believing.

I guess we can factually say he felt the heat of this attack.

LA TIMES reported the story.

h/t to JW


After Nidal Malik Hasan gunned down nearly 50 people on November 5th, there was a reticence on the part of newscasters to say his name even though it was very obvious who he was. One exchange in particular involved Shepard Smith of Fox News with Senator Kay Bailey Hutcihson. That exchange is at the bottom of this post.

Here we have a very similar phenomenon in the form of CNN anchor Ali Velshi telling Rep. Peter King (R-NY) that his network was not prepared to utter the name Abdul Mudallad, the man aboard a commercial airline flight from Amsterdam to Detroit who attempted to detonate an explosive and failed. Mudallad allegedly commenced his trip in Nigeria. As NewsBusters points out (link below), several other networks had already revealed Mudallad's name.

Click HERE for the exchange between Shepard Smith and Kay Bailey Hutchison on November 5th. Note Hutchison's reason for not wanting to divulge the name of Nidal Malik Hasan. She says she didn't know if his family had been notified.

NOTE TO KAY BAILEY - WHO CARES! Notifying the family before going public is for THE VICTIMS, not the murderer.

h/t to NB
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