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The AP Celebrates Its ‘Historic Victory’

Just one of any number of similar articles from the Associated Press and the rest of the lickspittle media:

Personalized pens for the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., to be used for signing the Senate Health Reform Bill, are arranged on a table on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 22, 2010.

Obama achieves health law success that eluded past

By Calvin Woodward, Associated Press Writer

March 22, 2010

WASHINGTON – Rarely does the government, that big, clumsy, poorly regarded oaf, pull off anything short of war that touches all lives with one act, one stroke of a president’s pen. Such a moment has come.

Huh, here we thought it was just the paranoid right-wingers who thought that ‘healthcare reform’ was going to change our lives.

After a year of riotous argument, decades of failure and a century of spoiled hopes, the United States is reaching for a system of medical care that extends coverage nearly to all citizens. The change that’s coming will reshape a sixth of the economy and shatter the status quo.

To the ardent liberal, President Barack Obama’s health care plan, passed by the House on Sunday night, is a shadow of what should have been, sapped by dispiriting downsizing and trade-offs.

To the loud foe on the right, it is a dreadful expansion of the nanny state.

Got that? Liberals are “ardent,” conservatives are “loud.”

It’s just like the other rules of the AP style guide, where liberals have ‘principles’ while conservatives only have ‘ideology.’

To history, it is likely to be judged alongside the boldest acts of presidents and Congress in the pantheon of domestic affairs. Think of the guaranteed federal pensions of Social Security, socialized medicine for the old and poor, the civil rights remedies to inequality.

Again, up until this morning, we were told that Mr. Obama’s ‘healthcare reform’ was nothing of the sort. It was just going to keep insurance companies from denying people with pre-existing conditions.

Only the fear mongers on the right were trying to make it seem like a big deal, a major change to our country.

Change is coming, but in steps, not overnight. The major expansion of coverage to 32 million people — powered by subsidies, employer obligations, a mandate for most Americans to carry insurance, new places to buy it and rules barring insurance companies from turning sick people away — is four years out.

Again, a minor detail all but forgotten in previously reports from the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, notice that the AP neglects to mention that all of the taxes kick in immediately.

In contrast, on June 30, 1966, after a titanic struggle capped by the bill signing a year earlier, President Lyndon Johnson launched government health insurance for the elderly with three simple words, as if flicking a switch: "Medicare begins tomorrow."

Obama practically needs a spreadsheet to tell people what’s going on and when with the law he will sign after the Senate takes final action this week.

Yet he and LBJ share a distinction: They are the only two presidents to succeed with a transcendent health care law.

"We rose above the weight of our politics," Obama said late Sunday night in relishing the House victory on a 219-212 vote. "We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things."

You can be sure Obama, a student of history, is aware of how LBJ captured the moment when Medicare became law with his pen. That happened in Independence, Mo., in the presence of the very first American to sign up for the program: Harry Truman. The ex-president had ended a world war but could not achieve national health insurance in his time.

"Care for the sick, serenity for the fearful," Johnson promised that day. "In this town, and a thousand other towns like it, there are men and women in pain who will now find ease." …

And let’s hope that Mr. Obama, that student of history (see Selma), remembers what happened to Mr. Johnson’s brilliant political career.

By the way, if you seek Mr. Johnson’s monument – look around at our medical system today.

It was his ‘stroke of the pen’ as much as anyone’s who got us to where we are today. The system that the Democrats pretend to castigate and despise.

Ted Kennedy lived long enough to see a goal of his lifetime take shape but not long enough for it to happen.

If it is any consolation, Mr. Kennedy did live to see his ‘immigration reform’ destroy change the country in ways he insisted it never would. Shouldn’t that be satisfaction enough for any America-hater?

His death last summer was almost the death of the whole plan because a Republican won his Senate seat, changed the voting balance and left despondent Democrats in search of a second wind, which they found.

Gosh, what drama. It’s almost like a good daytime serial.

Why is this so hard? In part, because self-reliance and suspicion of a strong central government intruding into people’s lives are rooted in the founding of the republic, and still strong.

Oh, those ‘bitter clingers.’

In 1854, President Franklin Pierce vetoed a national mental health bill on the basis that it would be unconstitutional to treat health as anything but a private matter that is none of the government’s business.

Seventy-five years later, the American Medical Association denounced proposals for organized medical services as an "incitement to revolution" at the hands of "Medical Soviets."

And that wasn’t even about government-run health care. The AMA’s fierce opposition to collectivism included objections to private health insurance, the norm today, and the pooling of doctors into what became health maintenance organizations decades later.

No wonder would-be health reformers were thwarted one generation after another even as they made deep imprints on the nation in other ways.

Teddy Roosevelt couldn’t do it — and he’s carved into Mount Rushmore.

Franklin D. Roosevelt rewrote the social compact with his job and retirement security and regulatory expansion, all in the jagged teeth of the Depression, then took the nation to war. He made national health insurance a second-tier priority and it eluded him.

Even so, social responsibility for medicine grew.

In 1930, citizens paid nearly 80 percent of the nation’s medical costs from their own pocket. Government at all levels covered a mere 14 percent, with industry and philanthropy picking up the few remaining crumbs. Insurance was barely in the picture.

Notice how much better (apart from the advances in science) and cheaper healthcare was at the time.

This is what we refer to as the ‘golden age.’ It is also what used to be referred to as ‘normal.’ Now it is described as some benighted past.

Federal and state programs now cover half the cost of health care purchased in the country and were expected to go over 50 percent in the next year or two even absent Obama’s plan. By that measure, the government takeover of health care that opponents warn about is happening regardless of congressional action.

Why the creep of government in health care? In part, because individualism isn’t the entire American story. The idea of watching out for each other is also in the nation’s fabric.

Yes, we see that in all the polls. We see how the Democrats know this bill is so popular with their constituents that they are afraid to go back home.

Besides, as much as Americans hate overbearing government and higher taxes, give them a federal benefit and then just try to take it away. Today’s hot potato becomes tomorrow’s cherished check.

That’s one reason government programs grow — and why Democrats dared to push for a less than popular package mere months from congressional elections, when people were telling their leaders to create jobs instead.

And this is why the Chinese fought the British in the ‘Opium Wars.’

Just think how disgusting it is for the AP to not only admit but to delight in how easy it is to enslave people with ‘free handouts.’

Johnson, full of beans after his Medicare victory, realized all of this.

"The doubters predicted a scandal; we gave them a success story," he crowed a month after the law took effect, as hundreds of thousands of patients entered hospitals for treatment covered by the government and some 6 million children and needy adults began getting benefits.

"Where are the doubters tonight?" he asked. "Where are the prophets of crisis and catastrophe? Well, some of them are signing their applications; some of them are mailing in their Medicare cards because they now want to share in the success of this program."

Let’s promise to revisit this article in ten years.

Obama can only hope for such a first-blush reception. He took on the cause of universal coverage after a campaign in which he did not promise it, intending only to secure insurance for all children and shrink the pool of uninsured adults. His health care ambition grew in office, quickly.

Mr. Obama took on health care because his union bosses demanded it. The UAW and SEIU’s healthcare plans were on the point of bankruptcy, having spent so much money getting Democrats elected, they needed to be bailed out.

This program bails out the unions and allows them to spend all of their money buying power, instead of wasting it on their members.

More than a quarter century before, Ted Kennedy came close to the prize with none other than the Republican president, Richard Nixon, who embraced ideas that mainstream Republicans today cannot tolerate. Nixon was ready to force businesses to provide health insurance to their workers or pay heavy penalties.

Sound familiar? It will.

At its core, Nixon’s proposal is a pillar of Obama’s plan today. Nixon’s willingness to subsidize coverage for the working poor is also seen in the plan, though writ larger.

Anyone who thinks Mr. Nixon was anything but a centrist Democrat is deluded. Which is why he was so reviled by the Democrats.

Back then, Kennedy’s union and liberal allies gambled that by spurning Nixon, they’d get something better later. They didn’t. In similar fashion years after that, President Bill Clinton aimed high and crashed hard.

Clinton no doubt drew on his own failure when, in December, he advised Democrats to pass what they could manage and not make it an all-or-nothing fight. "America," he said, "can’t afford to let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

Obama absorbed these lessons.

For him, a system with government as the sole or principal payer of everyone’s medical bills was a nonstarter, nice for the ideologues and other countries but not the American way. He would have liked the option of a government-run plan competing in the marketplace, but didn’t need it.

For months he stood so far back from the legislative nitty-gritty that it was hard to tell what he stood for.

In the end, he stood for more than the incremental steps that succeeded in the past, and for less than the towering ideas that failed.

In sum, Mr. Woodward and the AP are applauding Mr. Obama for lying to the American people and ramming through this wildly unpopular and unconstitutional bill.

The AP is reassuring their radical left colleagues that it is just the beginning – just the kicking in of the door. And that all of their wildest dreams will be soon enacted. Which, of course, is something our media watchdogs knew all along.

But just take a second to re-scan this article. Remember, this is supposed to be a ‘news’ report.

Keep this example in mind every time you read an AP story or anything parading itself as news from our media masters.

Our mainstream media outlets are first and foremost the propagandists for the Democrats. And they will say or do anything to advance their cause.

Whatever‘news’ they happen to report along the way is simply a vehicle to promote their masters’ agenda.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

24 Responses to “The AP Celebrates Its ‘Historic Victory’”

  1. ptat says:

    Have we lost our country? Is the USA over, now to become the USSA? I am so sad–please, someone, any words of hope?

  2. jobeth says:

    Hang in there ptat…It ain’t over til the black fat lesbian lady sings. If we are still breathing we will join our founding fathers in their fight against this kind of tryanny.

    I was listening to a comment from O’Balmy this morning. In it said this bill wasn’t for the democrats and it wasn’t for the republicans…it is “for them”.

    “for them”? Funny the things you hear when you really listen. “Them”. Shows exactly what most of us already knew. O’Balmy is admitting he isn’t part of us. We are merely a “them” to him. One more time he says what he means and most don’t hear a thing he says.

    • JohnMG says:

      Maybe that’s because we can’t believe anything that issues forth from this unmitigated liar’s mouth, jobeth.

      “Cry wolf” comes to mind. One of these days he might actually stumble and utter a truthful comment, but by then no one will know it IS the truth, or they will assume that that statement, too, is a lie.

      Looking back, I think this is by design, for most people have already tuned him out. I might be guilty of this, myself. I can scarcely bear to listen to him, and when he comes on to speak I’m rather dismissive of him. The media know and love this, thus he gets a free pass on even the most outrageous falsehoods.

      Right now, I can think of only one “fix” for this travesty, and most people are loathe to give voice to the solution.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I’ll be your Huckleberry!!

  3. jobeth says:

    John, I find he tells on himself all the time. Maybe even by design to tell those of his ilk what he is about to do.

    He mixes it with lies/ platitudes and puffery so that the average Joe doesn’t hear it either because he has tuned him out (like you and I) or because he is reading into it what he wants to hear.

    O’Balmy always words his comments like that. It can say anything you want it to say. I think that is why the Teleprompter is so important to him. He has to get those words just right so they mean what the hearer wants them to say.No room for mistakes.

    But if you listen and then refer back…he does tell us many truths…he just doesn’t want us, the lowly serfs to understand his true meaning.

    Remember when he said…”We are ‘X’ days away from fundamentally changing America” (can’t remember the number of days) He told us the truth then but we had no idea what he was talking about. But his buds knew.

    We as a people just aren’t used to having to view our government as a true enemy. A pest yes…and we had lots of complaints about it, but never like it is now. It truly IS the enemy now. It isn’t even lawful any more.

  4. jobeth says:

    I just tried to go to Supak’s website to send an email to tell him of my disgust. His email won’t take anything out side of his own district.

    Here this man has changed my world and he won’t take my complaints!

    There is always snail mail. He WILL get a piece of my mind…even if he doesn’t read it or care. It will make ME feel better to let loose on him.

    All those little babies’ blood will be on his soul.
    Is this how he wanted to go down in history?

    He has sold America down the drain.

  5. Right of the People says:

    Lock and load everyone and fasten your seatbelts, the ride is going getting really bumpy. We’re heading forward at full tilt bozo speed.


    We all have been tuning this clown out because it was bad for the digestion. Let’s hope this is “The straw” that is going to bring the sheeple to their senses and vote the bastards out this fall. If they can get a big enough majority in both houses they could begin to over turn this fecal material. With enough votes they could over ride the smarmy one’s veto.

    If that doesn’t happen there is always plan B. I’ve got plenty of ammo stocked up.

  6. TerryAnne says:

    Someone needs to write an article about how this bill isn’t supplying coverage to 32 million people, like it said it would. Forcing people to get coverage is not supplying coverage.

    And what about all of the illegals who are going to become citizens shortly when Oboy and The Socialists grant them amnesty? There are at least 30 million of them scattering like cockroaches. Therefore, that puts us around (at least) 62 million uninsured.

    And what about the people who are going to be fired by small businesses so that the business has no more than 49 people? If they are unemployed, they can’t afford insurance. So, it reasons that there will be more going on Medicare. Which brings us to….

    And if only the “wealthy” (singles over $200K/year; couples over $250K/year) are going to be taxed to pay for everyone…what do we call it when all of our deductions for Medicare increase because 16 million people will be extended coverage? But when most people are out of a job because of small business’s trying to stay alive, or large businesses moving offshore…the government will just extend its benefits to them, therefore increasing the number of those on Medicare.

    And now gas prices are rising – in a time (early Spring) during which they normally decline. Looks to me like OPEC is using the situation to their advantage – bankrupt America – so we’ll stop involvement in the Middle East.

    Anyone taking bets on how long it takes the stock market to crash? I was thinking that it wouldn’t be until tax time next year…but the fact that Soros is the puppet master keeps niggling in the back of my mind. I can’t help but think that he took his time with Greece so that he had all of his ducks in a row to destroy us quickly.

  7. GetBackJack says:

    Pyrrhic Victory. The phrase is named after King Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army suffered irreplaceable casualties in defeating the Romans at Heraclea in 280 BC and Asculum in 279 BC during the Pyrrhic War.

    Although it is most closely associated with a military battle, the term is used by analogy in fields such as business, politics, law, literature, and sports to describe any similar struggle which is ruinous for the victor. Wiki entry

  8. artboyusa says:

    “…and so tonight I say to all Americans, living and dead, that the time for debate is over. Let me be perfectly clear; the time for talking has passed. The time for shutting the hell up and doing as you are told has arrived!

    “To those colleagues who have worked with me to push, wheedle, cajole, lie and bride this legislative piece of shit over the finish line, I say well done! This reeking turd will be the jewel in the crown of my administration, and the first of a whole sausage link of progressive excellence!

    “To those who gave way to the politics of smear and divide, who fear the role that government may play in my wise and generous health care proposals I say: please don’t think of the government as an intruder, think of it as friendly neighbour. A neighbor who collects your mail for you and opens it. A neighbor who reads all your emails, just in case. A neighbor who sits outside your house, watching every one who comes and goes and writes it all down in a little book, just in case. A neighbor who knows all your little family secrets and who uses that information to give you good, sound medical advice – which you had better take, by the way. Or else.

    “To my Republican friends I say bend over, spread those cheeks and work with me, bitch. I promise I’ll be gentle.

    “To all those who say that members of Congress should have to adhere to the same health arrangements as all other Americans, whatever form those arrangements may finally take once we’ve wedged and wheedled this sucker onto the statute books I say don’t sweat it. This President knows how to look after his friends. You and your families will still receive the same gilt edged, top drawer, free and perpetual care as before – that’s the Chicago way!”

    • jobeth says:

      Careful artboy….I can see you being pressed into service as “the one’s” speech writer. I’m sure he’d love this one.

  9. proreason says:

    “Our mainstream media outlets are first and foremost the propagandists for the Democrats Marxists.”

    Steve’s bottom-line sentence had one of his rare brainfarts, so I fixed it.

  10. TerryAnne says:

    Any one else realize that this quote from the article

    Why the creep of government in health care? In part, because individualism isn’t the entire American story. The idea of watching out for each other is also in the nation’s fabric.

    is almost word for word from what Oboy said to Democrats during his pep-rally before voting:

    Something inspired you to be a Democrat instead of running as a Republican. Because somewhere deep in your heart you said to yourself, I believe in an America in which we don’t just look out for ourselves…we have a sense of neighborliness and a sense of community and we are willing to look out for one another and help people who are vulnerable.

    It certainly doesn’t get more propagandist than that.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Yep, who can forget that gem too. America was ugly, rotten, and evil; a bunch of secretly planted operatives angry serfs spewing racial epithets. Then came Barack.

      “A sense of community.”

      You know who was really vindicated yesterday were the Conservatives.

      After a year of this group of slippery chameleons calling us radical for telling the American people exactly who they are and what they really believe, they’re now arrogantly parading it around – their “principles.” Hah. Bring it on.

      US vs them.

  11. MinnesotaRush says:

    This will become an oft repeated mantra of mine when visiting about this health care crap (and other misdeeds planned and orchestrated by the o-blah-blah gang and Democratic Party ..

    “Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force”
    –Thomas Jefferson”

    In “oh-10-speak” .. “stick it where the sun don’t shine”.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      In 2010, as you exit out the capital doors…don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

  12. mr_bill says:

    Even if this thing survives the court challenges, they still have to deliver on the promises. NerObama promised that this plan would do everything but wash your car and a lot of people (read: sheeple) believed him. When it doesn’t do what he said it would, people will not be happy, because they deserve what they were promised, even if the government has to take it with force. On the other hand, there is a pretty poor record of holding liberals accountable for big government’s failures. So take it for what it’s worth, but I have a feeling that the people are reaching the end of their tolerance and indeed the country is teetering closer to failure, which may cause the metaphorical pendulum to gain more momentum as it swings back the other direction.

  13. proreason says:

    Everybody should calm down. Bill O’Reilly says we are all overreacting.

    He knows that his beloved president is a really really sincere guy who is working overtime to implement his vision of America. Maybe it will work and maybe it won’t, but there can be no doubt of his sincerity. And taking over 16% of the economy shouldn’t get reasonable and objective observors like Bill excited at all.

    After all, Bill interviewed Barack for 20 minutes one time, and the great man touched Bill’s leg during one of their intellectlual exchanges.

    He’s confident that everything will be alright and that this is just the normal ying and yang of American politics.

    I feel a lot better now.

    • mr_bill says:

      Ah, thank goodness, O’reilly says calm down, that settles it – I can take a Xanax now. Seriously though, I think Bill is pretty fair but I also think he goes too far out of his way to avoid offending the patricians and his response tonight was, well, underwhelming, to say the least. I’m still betting that the Supreme Court is going to have some unkind things to say about this bill. There are still 5 Justices on the court that believe the Constitution is more than a set of loose guidelines. Chalk it up to that or to some Justices who don’t like being publicly belittled by a “Constitutional Scholar” who couldn’t find the preamble with a map and a headstart. My worry with the Court is that they will issue a fairly narrow ruling which strikes only the mandate and not the rest of the garbage in the bill.

    • jobeth says:

      I heard that too Pro.

      After I got through gagging I remembered that O’Reily was only “lookin’ out for the folks” as he always does and that he is such a brilliant guy. (/sarc)

      Maybe it’s me, but I about can’t stand this idiot anymore. When he’s not telling us that O’Balmy is a regular guy who is sincere in his views of a better America, he’s interrupting every guest he has on.

      I’d actually like to hear what some of these people had to say without his interrupting with a wave of the hand and “I get it…I get it”. Well….maybe some of us would like to hear what you “get”.

      It’s gotten so bad that even his guests are pushing back telling him to let them finish before cutting in. To be sure he has a few he doesn’t try to interrupt. There seems to be some sort of hierarchy that shows his base opinion of the guests.

      I said before…he is so jealous of Beck it shows. He knew he couldn’t compete with Beck…even with Beck’s awful time slot of 5 o’clock. He latched on to Beck while trying to act as if he was lending him support.

      Personally I think he is a rude egotistical ‘know it all”
      I noticed a big shift to the left from the moment he got that interview with O’Balmy. I honestly believe he had to have made some sort of agreement with this devil to get that interview. Something along the lines of not saying anything bad against him or something of that nature or O’Balmy wouldn’t grant the interview.

      Lately he seems even more obnoxious than usual…I think he’s beginning to lose it.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      I always love how O’Reilly is the first to point out how his show doesn’t engage in speculation but will then blather on about Obama being “a smart guy”. On what data does he base that observation? Is he the only person in the U.S. who has seen The Morons transcripts? I’m pretty much fed up with O’Reilly at this point.

    • jobeth says:

      As an eyeopener, I was perusing “Rush In A Hurry” web site this morning, and found this….fits our thread to a tee…

      “Obama continues to call these terrorists ‘folks.’
      Has anybody told Bill O’Reilly about this yet?
      Because Bill O’Reilly owns the term ‘folks.’
      I mean, Bill O’Reilly is looking out for the ‘folks.'”


  14. Mithrandir says:

    HOLY SMOKES! I have gotten more emails to donate money to Republicans than I can shake a stick at!

    Why do I have to pay to make Republicans do ANYTHING? It costs me $0 to vote in November. If I have to pay money so the stupid people are aware of Republicans and Democrats, and why they should vote this or that way, then forget it! ~It’s a waste of money.

    If Republicans can’t (EVEN NOW) convince people they should reject the Democrats with the resources they have, then they don’t deserve to win.

    I still won’t vote for a Republican lawyer~No Way, not even with ObamaCare looming. We have enough of those scumbags, I will just not vote at all if they keep putting those folks on the ballot.

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