Saturday, 21 December 2013

OBAMACARNAGE (CONT.): THE MIDDLE CLASS TAKES A HIT Ken Berwitz


It is not hard to find disasters associated with ObamaCare.  They are as plentiful as potholes after the snow season.  But this one happens to be on the front page of today's New York Times - which supports Barack Obama and ObamaCare about as avidly as any media venue in the country.

Any doubt that the problem must be a pretty big one?  Nope.

Here are a few key excerpts...judge for yourself.

Ginger Chapman and her husband, Doug, are sitting on the health care cliff.

The cheapest insurance plan they can find through the new federal marketplace in New Hampshire will cost their family of four about $1,000 a month, 12 percent of their annual income of around $100,000 and more than they have ever paid before.

The Chapmans acknowledge that they are better off than many people, but they represent a little-understood reality of the Affordable Care Act. While the act clearly benefits those at the low end of the income scale - and rich people can continue to afford even the most generous plans - people like the Chapmans are caught in the uncomfortable middle: not poor enough for help, but not rich enough to be indifferent to cost.

An analysis by The New York Times shows the cost of premiums for people who just miss qualifying for subsidies varies widely across the country and rises rapidly for people in their 50s and 60s. In some places, prices can quickly approach 20 percent of a person's income.

Experts consider health insurance unaffordable once it exceeds 10 percent of annual income. By that measure, a 50-year-old making $50,000 a year, or just above the qualifying limit for assistance, would find the cheapest available plan to be unaffordable in more than 170 counties around the country, ranging from Anchorage to Jackson, Miss.

So now, long after ObamaCare was conceived, enacted and implemented, the New York Times suddenly notices that middle class people are, collectively, getting their backsides handed to them by this unworkable monstrosity?  Congratulations, guys...very insightful of you.

But the Times' belated epiphany is not going to do the Ginger and Doug Chapmans of the world much good.  The "Affordable Health Care" ship sailed almost three months ago and they are the ones left holding the bag.  To Ginger and Doug:  did you vote for President Obama?  Were you thrilled with wonderful promises he made about ObamaCare - for example that you could keep your insurance and you would save money?  Well, this is the real version:  how do you like it?

And a note to President Obama, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, et al:  if even an Obamaniacal venue like the New York Times is nailing this disaster on its front page, it just may be a pretty good bet that other media will finally throw in the towel, also admit ObamaCare is what - according to the polls - most people know already, and start reporting from that perspective.

But do have a happy 2014 election campaign.... 


PHIL ROBERTSON AND MARTIN BASHIR: A COMPARISON

Ken Berwitz

Phil Robertson is the patriarch of a Louisiana family which stars in A&E's "Duck Dynasty".  During an interview for Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ), Robertson made a series of what I consider to be ignorant, offensive comments about gay people. 

Robertson's comments immediately exploded throughout mainstream media.  He was immediately suspended from the show and, depending on which report you read, may or may not ever be allowed to return - which, in turn, is causing the rest of the cast/family members to threaten that they will either shut down the show altogether or attempt to move it to another network.

Martin Bashir is a political commentator who had his own show on MSNBC.  On November 15th, Bashir offered his viewers an insult-laden verbal assault on Sarah Palin for her comment that, because China is financing our huge national debt, "it's going to be like slavery when that note is due" - calling her, among other things "America's resident dunce" with "a long deceased mind".  Bashir then recounted the discipline slaveowner Thomas Thistlewood meted out to slaves - specifically, having another slave defecate in his mouth and , in another instance, urinate in a slave's eyes and mouth.  Bashir ended by saying this:

"When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn't just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate."

Bashir continued on the show until Thanksgiving, when it was announced that he was taking a "planned vacation".  Two weeks later he "resigned".  It is still unclear whether he actually did so, was fired, or some combination of both.

After those comments, and during the three week time period when, at least publicly, Bashir remained the host of his show in perfectly good standing (no suspension, or censure or reprimand of any kind from MSNBC) mainstream media barely covered this event.  Aside from the "and in other news"-quality report that he had "resigned", what little mainstream media coverage there was, disappeared in a day or two.

If there is anyone left who still rationalizes, against all evidence, that there is no pervasive media bias in this country, this should end the issue.  Even for them.


BURSTING THE GLOBAL WARMING BALLOON Ken Berwitz


Why is Global Warming like Barack Obama's long form birth certificate?  Because no matter how much evidence suggests it is a fraud, people who say so are made out to be complete idiots.

I'll skip the rehash of how obvious it appears to be that the long form version of Mr. Obama's "birth certificate" which suddenly, magically materialized two years ago, is a fake.  You can read why by clicking here and here.

Today I am concentrating on Global Warming...an event no sane person, we are told incessantly by mainstream media and talking heads at venues like MSNBC (of course), should have even the slightest doubt about.

Here are excerpts from Michael Bastasch's piece at dailycaller.com, which - I would hope - makes you think twice before reflexively nodding your head in agreement with this bunch:

This year has been trying for climate scientists and environmentalists who have been trying hard to explain away the 17-year hiatus in global warming and link "extreme weather" to rising greenhouse gas emissions - despite strong evidence to the contrary. There has been a breakdown in the manmade global warming consensus, and some even argue we are headed for an ice age.

In honor of the 17th year without global warming, The Daily Caller News Foundation has put together seven setbacks for global warming alarmism.

1) Studies show that the world was warmer than it is today during the Roman Empire and when the Vikings were plundering Europe and North America. In fact, even in the 19th Century, there were discussions surrounding the fact that the Vikings could settle the northernmost reaches of Greenland and North America because there was less ice coverage.

2) During the second week in December, the U.S. saw more than 2000 record low temperatures and record snowfalls, according to the National Weather Service and HamWeather records center. There were 606 record low temperatures, 1,234 low maximum temperatures and 285 record snowfalls across the country. In the meantime there were only 98 high temperature records and 141 high minimum temperature records.

3) Satellite data shows that the polar bears have at least one reason to be happy this year  Arctic sea ice coverage was up 50 percent over last year's record low coverage. 

4) Global cooling is on the way, according to an increasing number of scientists. German scientists have predicted that based on declining sunspot activity and natural climate oscillation the world will cool over the next century. Temperatures will eventually drop to levels corresponding with the "little ice age" of 1870.

There is a lot more in Mr. Bastasch's piece, and I urge you to read every word.  But even without the rest, isn't what you just saw enough to demonstrate that, at the very least, Global Warming is not "settled science" at all, and is still at issue?

The people who, either out of ignorance, self-impressed righteousness, or (worst of all) political ideology sneer out their insulting disdain for anyone who thinks otherwise, are the ones rejecting major pieces of evidence and generally acting like fools.  Not the people - like you, I hope - who consider all sides before coming to any conclusions.  Never forget that.

Zeke .... ...... ..... These Warm-Mongers actually say "Lower temperatures are a result of Global Warming", "More polar ice is the result of Global Warming", .. .. .. . . .. . . pretty soon, it will be "Reduced solar activity results from Global Warming". . . . . . . . . Logic ? ... Facts ? .... ..... Warm-Mongers don't need no steenkin' Facts ... no steenkin' Logic . . . . . . . . . (12/21/13)


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