Saturday, 02 November 2013

OBAMACARNAGE - PATRONAGE GAMES

Ken Berwitz

Last week, I blogged that a Senior Vice President of the company in charge of the ObamaCare web site catastrophe, CGI, just happened to be a college classmate of Michelle Obama's and a fellow member of the Princeton Black Alumni Association.

What an amazing coincidence.

Well, here's another amazing coincidence, excerpted from yesterday's article in the New York Post:

A tech firm linked to a campaign-donor crony of President Obama not only got the job to help build the federal health-insurance Web site - but also is getting paid to fix it.

Anthony Welters, a top campaign bundler for Obama and frequent White House guest, is the executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, which owns the software company now at the center of the ObamaCare Web-site fiasco.

UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI), which built the data hub for the ObamaCare system, has been named the new general contractor in charge of repairing the glitch-plagued HealthCare.gov.

Welters and his wife, Beatrice, have shoveled piles of cash into Obama's campaign coffers and apparently reaped the rewards.

Beatrice Welters bundled donations totaling between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama's campaign during the 2008 election cycle, according to campaign- finance data compiled by Center for Responsive Politics.

The couple then became top donors for Obama's inauguration festivities, kicking in $100,000 out of their own pockets and bundling another $300,000 from friends and business associates, according to the center.

The investments quickly paid off for Beatrice Welters. The Obama administration tapped her in 2009 for the plum job of US ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, which she held through last November.

That's right.  The ObamaCare monstrosity is being run the same way as the Green Scandal, during which virtually every "green" company which went out of business - soaking the US taxpayer for a total of over a billion dollars in the process - was either owned or fronted by a big Democrat donor, . 

Under this corrupt, pay-to-play administration, the single best investment an organization can make is to assure Obama & Co. that they will be getting a piece of the action. 

Their operative philosophy?  "You give me a big contract, I contribute a ton to you and your fellow Democrats.  Who cares if the work my company does is shoddy and overpriced?  I get something and you get something.  As for the voters? We'll send out the Pelosis, Reids, and useful idiots like that Pallone guy from Jersey, to sell them a ridiculous cock and bull story...and enough of them will believe it so we'll be just fine." 

In other words, ObamaCare is not just health care legislation.  It is a prime opportunity for greased palms and political kickbacks.  And since ObamaCare is huge, so are the amounts involved. 

Here's a question for you:  which is more important to Obama & Co.:  whether ObamaCare actually works, or how much $$$ they can get out of it?  Which do you think?

Any doubt about why ObamaCare is such a disaster? 


RACISM AND THE VIRGINIA GOVERNOR'S RACE

Ken Berwitz

As you may be aware, the Virginia Governor race between Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli has, in the past week or two, gone from a relatively comfortable lead for McAuliffe (most polls had him ahead by double digits) to a too-close-to-call nail biter.

Not surprisingly, therefore, there is a lot of last-minute activity - fundraising, get out the votes efforts, etc. - for both candidates.

Let me stop here, and ask a question:  how would you feel about a racist organization - say a group of White Citizens' Councils - expressing its support for Mr. Cuccinelli, and aggressively campaigning on his behalf?  Would you have a problem with that?

I'm assuming you would.  I'm also assuming that mainstream media would be reporting such an effort prominently - along with commentaries questionning what kind of man Cuccinelli must be to generate such support, and demands that he immediately repudiate it.

Fair enough.  I would be doing the same thing.

With this in mind, please read the following excerpt from Suzanne Gamboa's article for  nbclatino.com, and see what you think:

Latino groups are intensifying get-out-the-vote efforts in the Virginia governors race against a national backdrop of a congressional struggle over immigration reform.

The groups said Thursday immigration reform is a critical issue on which candidates will be measured by Latino voters in the race.

As the groups work to have a strong showing of Latino turnout in Tuesday's race, pressure has intensified on House Republicans to move immigration reform legislation in the waning days of this congressional year.

Matthew McClellan, executive director of the National Council of La Raza Action Fund, said the get-out-the-Latino-vote groups are making more than 75,000 calls over the next few days leading up to the race.

Now:  what do you know about the National Council of La Raza? 

Well, do you know that "La Raza" stands for "The Race"?  Meaning "The Latino Race and no one else"?  Doesn't the group's name sound eerily like the Latino version of "White Citizens's Councils"?

While you're thinking about that, please also think about La Raza's association with Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA). 

What is MEChA?  How is it tied to La Raza?  How does it define itself?  Here is an excerpt from a seven year old article originally published in Human Events which will provide some very unsettling answers:

Behind the respectable front of the National Council of La Raza lies the real agenda of the La Raza movement, the agenda that led to those thousands of illegal immigrants in the streets of American cities, waving Mexican flags, brazenly defying our laws, and demanding concessions.

 

Key among the secondary organizations is the radical racist group Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA), one of the most anti-American groups in the country, which has permeated U.S. campuses since the 1960s, and continues its push to carve a racist nation out of the American West.

MEChA isn't at all shy about their goals, or their views of other races. Their founding principles are contained in these words in "El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan" (The Spiritual Plan for Aztlan):

 

"In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal gringo invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny. ... Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. ... We are a bronze people with a bronze culture. Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent, we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlan. For La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada."

 

That closing two-sentence motto is chilling to everyone who values equal rights for all. It says: "For The Race everything. Outside The Race, nothing."

Lovely. 

But, you might ask, has this group mellowed in the past seven years?  Evolved?  In any way changed its goals? 

The answer:  nope. 

Now, how do you feel about La Raza - The Race - going all-out for Terry McAuliffe?

Are you waiting for all those condemnations from civil rights groups?  All those commentaries in the newspapers?  All those howls for McAuliffe to disavow the group's support? 

If you are, my advice is not to bother.  Because they aren't coming.

So if you're looking for racism in the Virginia Governor's race, it is not hard to find.  What's hard to find is a word about it from the mainstream media - which clearly have no problem at all with racism...so long as it is the racism they approve of.

How proud they must be.


FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS --- A MONTH LATER

Ken Berwitz

We've been seeing stories like this every day for a month now. 

So it's nice to find out that the Associated Press - ever on the lookout for hard-hitting journalism - has discovered that people are being dumped from the insurance policies they chose, then forced to pick far higher-priced alternatives.

Here is the beginning of Kelli Kennedy's just-published AP article:

Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he'd be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect.

But the 64-year-old recently received a letter notifying him the plan was being canceled because it didn't cover certain benefits required under the law.

The Griffins, who live near Philadelphia, pay $770 monthly for their soon-to-be-terminated health care plan with a $2,500 deductible. The cheapest plan they found on their state insurance exchange was a so-called bronze plan charging a $1,275 monthly premium with deductibles totaling $12,700. It covers only providers in Pennsylvania, so the couple, who live near Delaware, won't be able to see doctors they've used for more than a decade.

"We're buying insurance that we will never use and can't possibly ever benefit from...."

What's wrong with this Dean Griffin guy?  Doesn't he realize that - as the left wing hack, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) has been telling us all week, the health insurance he selected is a lousy policy?  A scam?  Doesn't he realize that it is being dropped because no one wants it? 

Evidently not.

And how many other Dean Griffins are out there;  people who were perfectly happy with health care that ObamaCare regulations have forced thim to lose?  Hundreds of thousands?  Millions?  Many millions?  Maybe up to 93 million?

My congratulations to the AP for learning about this...33 days after OcamaCare kicked in (and kicked Mr. and Ms. Griffin in the backside).  Better late than never.

As for Mr. Pallone?  I'm sure he is thrilled that he and his staff are getting the wonderful benefits of ObamaCa....oh, what's that you say?  Legislation was passed providing subsidies for a large part of their ObamaCare coverage...courtesy of the US Taxpayer....so they don't get stuck the way the Griffins will?   

Wow.  What a lucky break for them.......


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