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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Quote of Note: Keep Newspapers Independent

"Newspapers are the heart of America's greatest publishing tradition - independent voices eager to expose official wrongdoing, to shine light in dark places, to speak for ordinary people. It is no exaggeration to say that newspapers were so crucial to public debate that the American Revolution might never have happened without them. From the Republic's earliest days, newspapers have been the watchdogs of the high and mighty, holding them to account, criticizing their actions, and even denigrating them, though usually with good reason. Policy decisions on wars, taxes, tariffs and debts have been routinely judged as well, and often even more harshly. John Jay, for example, who was one of the 'Publius' trio of authors of the Federalist Papers, once complained that he could travel at night by the light of his own burning effigies after signing the Jay Treaty of 1794 with Britain.

If newspapers become tax-exempt foundations, such independence will sooner or later be lost forever. The tax code bars such organizations from taking positions on legislation or endorsing candidates. Just as think tanks now are routinely threatened with loss of their tax status for getting too close to politics, so editors of every political stripe will find themselves at constant risk, forced to weigh the words of their editorials and news stories based on tax consequences rather than accuracy and merit. Even more ominously, the bill extends the offer of tax-free status to newspapers only so long as they remain 'necessary or valuable in achieving an educational purpose.' No genius is required to figure out who will define what is an appropriate educational purpose."

-Editorial, "No government bailout for newspapers," Washington Examiner, October 1, 2009


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:31 PM

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Project 21's Bob Parks Discusses Health Care Policy on BET Special This Sunday

BParksProject 21 member Bob Parks has taped a panel discussion on health care policy that is scheduled to air on Black Entertainment Television this Sunday, September 27, at 9:00 PM eastern.

Bob participated in BET's "Critical Condition: What's at Stake in Health Care Reform" with White House Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes and Representatives James Clyburn (D-SC) and Maxine Waters (D-CA).

You can read Bob's comments about the taping of the show by clicking here.

Check your local listings for BET on cable. BET is available on channel 230 on Fios, channel 124 on Dish Network and channel 329 on DirecTV.

Editor's note: BlackNews.com has published a story about the broadcast, which can be accessed here.

Written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 12:53 AM

Friday, September 25, 2009

Project 21's Borelli to Discuss ACORN on Fox

FoxandFriendsLogo.jpgProject 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli is scheduled to appear on Fox & Friends on Saturday morning, September 26 at 9:50 AM Eastern.

The topic is on the undercover filmmakers who investigated ACORN and whether they should be prosecuted.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:50 PM

Outrage of the Day: Tax-Financed Business Loans to Wealthy, Politically-Connected Investors

I need go no further than posting the first sentence of Josh Mitchell and Stephen Power's Wall Street Journal News story, "Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan: "A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000."

If it makes you feel any better, the loan was approved by a senior advisor to Obama's Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu. The car venture is partially backed by a firm of which Gore is a partner. The firm has made $2.2 million in political donations, mostly to Democrats, including Obama.

Mitchell and Powers quote Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste saying about the car, "This is not for average Americans. This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It's status symbol thing."

Do read the whole thing.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:47 PM

It's a Sad State of Affairs...

...when the leader of the free world isn't the President of the United States, but the Israeli Prime Minister.

Written by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 5:04 PM

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

On Rt. 50 this morning, I saw a black VW plastered with left-of-center bumper stickers. These made clear the driver's support for an expansion of the nanny state and for laws designed to protect us from ourselves.

Imagine my surprise to see the driver reading a document and pulling a cigarette out of a package all while attempting to drive down this heavily-trafficked major highway.

Guess she isn't familiar with the slogan, "Think globally, act locally."

Written by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:24 PM

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Netanyahu Asks World: "Is This a Lie?"

Netanyahu delivered a terrific speech before the U.N.

He asked the nations that didn't boycott the Iranian dictator's speech, or who didn't walk out during it when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched into an anti-semitic tirade, "...but to those who gave this holocaust denier a hearing... Have you no shame? Have you no decency?"

The U.S., fortunately, was one of a little over a dozen that did the right thing. Canada was the best. It didn't wait to hear what was said and boycotted from the outset.

Written by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 6:27 PM

A State of War Exists in the Americas

Brazil should be expelled from the Organization of American States. It is currently housing deposed would-be dictator Manuel Zelaya in its embassy in Tegucigalpa, which seems to be a fairly clear violation of Article 19 of the OAS Charter, which states: "No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. The foregoing principle prohibits not only armed force but also any other form of interference or attempted threat against the personality of the State or against its political, economic, and cultural elements."

Brazil also risks triggering the collective defense provisions of the charter as any act of aggression, including but not limited to military action against a member state -- including by another member state -- is considered an act of aggression against all member states.

Article 29 states: "If the inviolability or the integrity of the territory or the sovereignty or political independence of any American State should be affected by an armed attack or by an act of aggression that is not an armed attack, or by an extracontinental conflict, or by a conflict between two or more American States, or by any other fact or situation that might endanger the peace of America, the American States, in furtherance of the principles of continental solidarity or collective self­defense, shall apply the measures and procedures established in the special treaties on the subject."

By harboring Zelaya, Brazil is endangering the peace in Honduras. Whether declared or not, a state of war exists between the OAS and Brazil.

Written by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 7:03 AM

Project 21's Joe Hicks to Discuss Race and Opposition to Obama on CNN HLN Friday Afternoon

HickscnnProject 21 member Joe Hicks is scheduled to appear on CNN HLN (Headline News) to discuss the myth that racial animosity is fueling opposition to the policies pushed by the Obama White House.

Joe will be a guest of "Prime News" host Richelle Carey between 5:30 and 6:00 PM eastern on Friday, September 25.

Check your local listings for CNN Headline News on cable. HLN is available on channel 100 on Fios, channel 202 on Dish Network and channel 204 on DirecTV.

Written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 6:25 AM

Conservatives Take Social Networking to the Next Level

Though my musings are often posted here, on a blog -- a quintessential tool of the web savvy Gen Y-er -- I am really no more than a troglodyte, blessed to be surrounded by many kind, helpful, computer nerd friends and co-workers. My level of personal internet knowledge is about that of a hound's understanding of pancakes, they're good, but just as the hound would rather chase birds than learn the intricacies of a griddle (indulge me as I ignore the obvious lack of opposable thumbs for the purposes of this tenuous metaphor), I often find myself engaged in other endeavors besides exploring the inner workings of Al Gore's much heralded brainchild. For, despite my relative youth, I am a representation of the type of conservative that needs to pull her act together and jump on the internet/social networking/online media bandwagon.

Many already have. The vast swarms of patriotic Americans who showed up for Tea Parties and Townhall events around the country used networking tools like Facebook and Twitter to communicate, organize and coordinate. Their efforts yielded tremendous results and will serve as a model for future ventures. While many may argue that it was the passion fueled by representatives' deafness to constituent appeals and the Obama/Pelosi/Reid government's odious infringements on American liberty, the Internet's ability to connect people drove a large portion of the movement's success.

It is a relief to see the conservative movement embrace these new methods of communication. During the 2008 election Barack Obama and his youthful disciples were experts at manipulating the Internet to manage their movement and garner popularity. Conservatives, it appears, are catching up and taking the directive a step farther. This week, the Washington Times and the Heritage Foundation gave new meaning to bringing "power to the people" with the launch of a new website that does just that, only online, TheConservatives.com. Using various multimedia communication and information gathering applications, TheConservatives.com is a one-stop-shop for political research, networking, and debate.

The site's architects hope to use the site as a way to proliferate knowledge and facilitate connections among not just the conservative/independent hoi polloi, but also leaders in positions of power. John Solomon, executive editor and vice president for content of The Times expressed his enthusiasm:
TheConservatives.com creates a cutting-edge new marriage between the social publishing world of bloggers and the social networking world of Twitter, YouTube and the like. Most opinion sites today enable thought-leaders to talk down to the masses, but TheConservatives.com empowers users to change the direction of that dialogue, allowing the Joe the Plumbers of the world to speak up to major thinkers, like Newt Gingrich.
Conservatives continue to make great inroads in the world of Internet organization. While we conservatives were working, raising families, and going to church the left leapt ahead early on to harness the political power of the Internet. Now that we are catching up, conservatives can and will do it better -- as perhaps demonstrated by innovative TheConservatives.com.

I for one resolve to join this new site and become an expert on all things Internet... Join me!

Written by Caroline May, policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by Caroline May at 12:01 AM

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Project 21's Deneen Borelli on "Hannity" on Thursday Night, "America's Newsroom" on Friday Morning

DeneenNY0709Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli is scheduled to appear on two Fox News Channel panels later this week, discussing the pressing issues of that day.

On Thursday night, September 24, Deneen will be a member of Sean Hannity's "Great American Panel." "Hannity" airs at 9:00 PM eastern.

On Friday morning, September 25, Deneen will participate in a similar panel-style discussion on "America's Newsroom" at approximately 9:30 AM.

The topics of both panels will depend on the headlines at the time.

Check your local listings for Fox News Channel on cable. Fox News is available on channel 118 on Fios, channel 205 on Dish Network and channel 360 on DirecTV.

Editor's note: Deneen's appearance on the September 25 show has been changed to 10:45 AM Eastern.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 11:44 PM

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

David Ridenour Appearing on WBAL Baltimore

If you are in the Baltimore/DC area or on your computer now, you you can tune in to WBAL 1090 AM to hear David Ridenour discussing his latest paper, which is on how 820,000 people a year will lose health insurance if the Obama-supported Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill goes through.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 3:39 PM

Monday, September 21, 2009

AFRO: One-on-One with Deneen Borelli

Danyel Jones of AFRO interviewed Project 21's Deneen Borelli.

You can read his interview here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:46 PM

A Vision of Health Care Reform that Works

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a must-read op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today on health care, "A Growth Vision for Health Reform."

It begins:
A 3-year-old boy was recently diagnosed with a rare, aggressive, soft-tissue cancer in his bladder. Radiation treatment would have stunted the growth of his pelvic bones, hips and bladder and left him disabled. Radical surgery could remove his bladder, prostate and portions of his rectum. That would have left him impotent, using a colostomy bag, and urinating through another bag in his abdomen.

His parents chose a third option - a new "unproven" therapy where a proton beam precisely targeted the radiation dose so that it didn't cripple their son for life. The boy is now cancer-free and his body functions normally.

This story would seem to be an example of our health-care system at its best. But it is incompatible with the left's vision for overhauling the health-care industry...
Read the rest here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:06 AM

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Deneen Borelli to be on Fox and Friends Monday

Project 21's full-time fellow, Deneen Borelli, will be a guest Monday morning on the Fox New Channel's Fox & Friends show.

Deneen will appear at approximately 6:15 AM Eastern. She is scheduled to discuss President Obama's lackluster reaction to the ongoing ACORN scandal as well as the Obama Administration's Department of Justice's investigation of the CIA.

As noted here Saturday, Deneen also will be a guest of the nationally-syndicated G. Gordon Liddy radio show on Monday at noon Eastern and on the Great American panel on the September 24 9-10 PM Eastern Hannity Show on the Fox News Channel, among other upcoming appearances.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:30 PM

Has the Congressional Black Caucus Ever Been Polled on the Slavery Question?

Here's a bit of irony for a Sunday evening, courtesy of James Taranto, writing in his Best of the Web column published by the Wall Street Journal:
Only seven Congressional Black Caucus members voted to defund Acorn, and here's the honor roll...:

Sanford Bishop (Ga.)
William Lacy Clay (Mo.)
John Conyers (Mich.)
Artur Davis (Ala.)
Hank Johnson (Ga.)
Kendrick Meek (Fla.)
Laura Richardson (Calif.)

That is to say, fewer than 1 in 4 Black Caucus members voted to stop spending taxpayers' money on an organization that has been caught on video at least five times offering advice on how to practice slavery.
To be fair, hypocrisy may not be involved. I'm not sure anyone has ever polled the Congressional Black Caucus on the slavery question. Maybe a handful of its members have been for it all along.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:15 PM

Saturday, September 19, 2009

G. Gordon Liddy to Interview Black Conservative Deneen Borelli

Project 21's Deneen Borelli will be a guest on the national G. Gordon Liddy radio program Monday, September 21, at noon Eastern.

The Liddy Show archives interviews online, so if you are a hard-working taxpayer who can't listen in live, you can catch it later here.

Momentarily walking down memory lane, I recall that when Project 21 was first formed in 1992, Gordon Liddy was one of the first major talk show hosts to interview its members. He hosted several Project 21 members in a roundtable-style discussion in his studio, covering a variety of issues, not least of which was the hypocritically intolerant and unacceptably hostile way (my terms) the left treats black Americans who choose to believe in free markets.

Seventeen years later, the left still can't stand it when a black American holds an opinion contrary to those of the socialist left.

As noted earlier, in other upcoming major interviews, the Fox News Channel has also booked Deneen for an appearance Sunday, September 20 at 11:05 AM Eastern and Deneen will appear on the Great American panel on the September 24 Hannity Show on the Fox News Channel.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:57 PM

Daily Kos Wants Tea Party Participants to Forgo All Government Services, But Still Pay All Taxes

At times, activists of the superficial left write such stupid things, it is embarrassing to read them.

Such is the case with a Laura Clawson Daily Kos post Friday in which lefties are encouraged to send a faux "Socialist Free Purity Pledge" around the Internet. The gist of Clawson's message is that anyone who attended a Tea Party rally is a hypocrite if they from this point forward ever use a single thing funded by the federal government.

The post had at the time I read it 265 comments, most of which were favorable to the idea, which many of them actually thought was clever.

I ask myself, can the activist left be so uniformed as to believe that when it comes to government spending, there are only two positions possible, that of wanting the feds to spend more and grow larger, and that of wanting the feds to spend not one penny? That anyone who does not support President Obama's government-expansion plans is, ipso facto, the strictest of libertarians?

Seeing how badly the left governs when in office, I conclude "yes." Yes, they really can be this ignorant.

Which explains why the leftists in Congress and the White House think socialized medicine works and that the best way to deal with the Kremlin is from a position of slobbering, supplicating subservience.

The leftists think anyone who attended a Tea Party rally should sign a document pledging they will never use a government service again...

...but what the lefties don't put in their "Socialist Free Purity Pledge" is a pledge of their own to pass legislation offering to refund the tax dollars coercively paid by every person who might choose to sign their Purity Pledge and who sticks to it.

So selfish, these lefties. In their bitter little world, even the people who don't use any government will be forced to pay for it.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:58 AM

Friday, September 18, 2009

Media Matters Attacks Me as "Nativist" for Criticism of Andrew Sullivan

Got attacked by Media Matters today for what I wrote here (I also cross-posted it at Newsbusters, where you can leave a comment if you like).

Media Matters regards me as "nativist" because I expressed discomfort with Andrew Sullivan involving himself extensively in U.S. domestic affairs while retaining his British citizenship and not making it clear that he has done so.

I wrote, in part:
Would a little disclaimer once in a while of the I'm-telling-you-how-to-vote-but-be-aware-if-I-ever-get-drafted-it-won't-be-the-U.S.-Army's-unform-I-wear variety really have gone amiss?

Because the team a writer is playing for actually is important information for a reader to know.
Media Matters didn't mention me saying that Sullivan should include a disclaimer occasionally. It's not as if I called for Sullivan to be deported.

Media Matters also complained that in June I quoted Mark Steyn saying that the only way to reduce health care costs is to have less of it. You see, Mark Steyn is Canadian. Unlike Sullivan, though, Steyn frequently mentions this. I've been reading Sullivan since the mid-1980s and I had the impression he became an American a long time ago. When Sullivan writes phrases such as "our nation's history," referring to the USA, is it strange that I thought so?

Anyway, my original comments are here. You can read them and decide for yourself if I'm "harken[ing] back to the good old days of Know-Nothingism and immigration quotas" and believe "Sullivan shouldn't be trusted because he's a 'foreigner,'" as Media Matters says.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:19 PM

Quote of Note: Crybabies

"They are the biggest bunch of crybabies I have worked with in my 30 years in Washington."

-Fox News Sunday Host Chris Wallace, O'Reilly Factor, September 18, 2009, referring to officials of the Obama Administration, who appear to take media criticism personally


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:09 PM

A Tasteless Display of Drivel

The thematic mantra emanating from the Obama administration this week has been a general lamentation of the "coarsening of our political dialogue."

So you can imagine my shock and indignation, while commuting to work on the Washington Metro this morning, when my attention wandered from the dulcet tones of Mark Levin's podcast commentary and my eyes focused on an inflammatory back page advertisement in the Washington Post Company's daily tabloid Express. Sponsored by a website called Avaaz.org, the ad featured a large picture of former Vice President Dick Cheney with the caption "Could this be Al Qaeda's best recruiter?" followed by "Close Guantanamo. End Torture. Investigate All Abuses."
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Sufficiently angered by the disrespect shown to not only one of the country's most effective Vice Presidents but also the men and women of our armed services and intelligence agencies (all of whom have kept the nation safe and protect the very rights permitting such contemptible displays), upon finally arriving to work, I quickly signed on to my Internet browser for a bit of Nancy Drew investigation. Here are my findings:

Avaaz.org advertises itself as "a community of global citizens who take action on the major issues facing the world today. The aim of Avaaz.org is to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decisions." That is, to ensure a voice for the views and values of the world's people who promote provocative activism on such issues as human rights (especially as they pertain to that bastion of evil - the USA), ending the war in Iraq, and global warming... Your basic liberal nightmare group.

The ad that disturbed me so much this morning apparently is part of a metro billboard campaign the group is sponsoring "to remind policymakers that torture is illegal, unethical and a top recruiting tool for the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network." The group's website says the ads will be running at the Farragut North Metro Station and in Washington papers.

In addition to the tasteless display of drivel to which I was treated this morning, there will be other editions of the ads. One has Osama bin Laden in an "I love Gitmo" t-shirt (in the wake of bin Laden's recent endorsement of Carter's book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," it might be more fitting to feature the terrorist in an "I love Jimmy Carter" t-shirt) and another quotes from President Obama and Senator John McCain.
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Though these ads appear to have a limited scope, due to the group's D.C. focus, they are nonetheless disturbing and deserve a response. The MoveOn.org General Petraeus "General Betray Us" advertisement in the New York Times two years ago garnered mass condemnation by a wide variety of powerful political leaders. We ought to demand a similar response to these Avaaz.org ads. Any less is an insult to those who fight each and every day to maintain our freedom to even have a commute.

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Posted by Caroline May at 4:28 PM

Washington Times Talk Radio Debuts

This afternoon, I was the first guest of the first broadcast of the new Washington Times Association Talk Radio show with host Chris Murch.

We discussed health care reform and the National Center for Public Policy Research's new book, Shattered Lives: 100 Victims of Government Health Care.

Based on what I heard today, it is a promising new show. You can listen live or to its archives via the Internet here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:26 PM

What's Happening Now

No independent thought tolerated: A sample of the abuse black conservatives routinely receive.

Polish newspaper: "Betrayal! The U.S. sold us to Russia and stabbed us in the back."

Czech newspaper: "An ally we rely on has betrayed us, and exchanged us for its own, better relations with Russia, of which we are rightly afraid."

Lauri Regan/American Thinker: "Missile defense Obama will ditch, but General Electric he'll enrich?"

Timothy Carney/Washington Examiner: Obama helps strengthen General Electric-Putin ties.

ACORN to file criminal complaint. (H/T The Other McCain)

Speaking of ACORN, defend Glenn Beck.

The Max Baucus money trail. (Is it that expensive to run in Montana?)

John McCain IDs "certainly the worst President of the 20th Century."


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:41 PM

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Andrew Sullivan, Domestic Foreigner

The Atlantic is telling the world its own Andrew Sullivan is the 9th most influential commentator in the United States, which is hogwash (or did I miss the nation following Andrew Sullivan's obsession with Sarah Palin's last pregnancy?).

The Atlantic's often-silly list (Paul Krugman is #1!) is not completely without value, however, as it provides a cautionary tale of how foolish we can look when we pretend there is no such thing as a conflict of interest.

But back to Andrew Sullivan.

Why has a man who is not a citizen of the United States been commenting on U.S. domestic policy for the last couple of decades as if he had a citizen's stake in the nation? As Robert Stacy McCain, Ace, Patterico, Ann Althouse, Glenn Reynolds and others have reported (somewhat incidentally, given the more interesting scandal with intriguing implications to which their attention was primarily directed), after a couple of decades of telling us how to arrange our domestic affairs (in more ways than one), Sullivan's retained his foreign citizenship, at least until whenever his upcoming citizenship hearing is.

Way back in the days when Andrew Sullivan was still a 20-something toiling for the New Republic, I took a phone call from a pollster during a major British election while at a friend's house in London. As I was keenly interested in the outcome of the election, I was sorely tempted to assist my favored candidate with a miniscule poll bump. But I kept my opinions to myself and told the pollster, that, as I am an American, I have no business influencing Britain's internal political processes as if I were a British subject.

Sullivan took a different course. He has been happy to tell Americans how to vote while owing his allegiance to a foreign power. (I don't see a disclaimer on the linked page anywhere, do you?)

A bio of Sullivan I found in a source he presumably approved (an employer, not the often-fictional Wikipedia) doesn't mention his citizenship either way (beyond the fact that he was born and raised in England, a fact he does mention reasonably often), but it does say he testified before the U.S. Congress on domestic legislation as early as 1996. He may have testified as a neutral expert and taken no position on the legislation, but seeing as how the bill was the Defense of Marriage Act, I'm not going to bet on it. And an article Sullivan penned for the October Atlantic entitled "Dear President Bush" is topped by a paragraph including the phrase "our nation's history" (referring to the United States of America), starts with Sullivan saying to the most recent President Bush, "I supported your presidential campaign in 2000, as I did your father's in 1988," and includes the words "the America I love and have made my home."

I ask you, are these activities and phrases that could lead a reasonable reader to believe Andrew Sullivan, domestic commentator, had become an American? And was advising us as one?

Would a little disclaimer once in a while of the I'm-telling-you-how-to-vote-but-be-aware-if-I-ever-get-drafted-it-won't-be-the-U.S.-Army's-unform-I-wear variety really have gone amiss?

Because the team a writer is playing for actually is important information for a reader to know.

Next time I'm in London I suppose I'll answer the pollster (though given that the two biggest parties these days are both run by climate-deluded NHS vote whores, I can't imagine endorsing either one of them). So what if I have no allegiance to the Queen?

Cross-posted at Newsbusters, where comments are enabled


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:03 PM

Rebutting False Racism Claims - Upcoming Deneen Borelli TV Appearances

Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli will be a guest on Fox's "Your World with Neil Cavuto" today at approximately 4:10 PM Eastern to discuss claims by former President Jimmy Carter and others that critics of the Obama Administration are motivated by racism. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments today comparing current political rhetoric to that preceding the murders of two San Francisco elected officials in 1978 are also likely to be discussed.

The Fox News Channel has also booked Deneen for an appearance Sunday, September 20 at 11:05 AM Eastern.

Deneen also has been scheduled to appear as a part of the Great American panel on the September 24 Hannity Show on the Fox News Channel, and, as noted yesterday in this blog, will be a guest on Fox and Friends on Friday, September 18 at approximately 6:20 AM Eastern.

Deneen also continues to be interviewed by a variety of print and radio news organizations, so if you are a fan, keep an eye & ear out for her as she continues to rebut the offensive nonsense being spewed by the intolerant left (for example, this).


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:03 PM

What's Happening Now

Even the anecdotes are lies. (Does this White House vet anything?)

Would you support a sex tax to pay for Obama's health care reform?

When a health care system has other priorities: "We were told to wrap him in a blanket and let him die."

How the poor cheat the IRS.

Scott Johnson: Who is lower, ACORN or the New York Times?

538: Baucus compromise draws enthusiastic support of Senator Max Baucus.

Obama Treasury Department admits: Cap-and-trade a huge energy tax.

This time, it's caribou: The left is trying to regulate energy using the Endangered Species Act again.

David Harsanyi: Conservatives have never opposed a president before. (So it must be racism.)

Congratulations to Mark Levin. (I'm one of the million.)


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:46 AM

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Project 21's Deneen Borelli on "Fox and Friends" on Friday Morning to Discuss Race and Obama Opposition

Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli is scheduled to appear on the "Fox and Friends" program on the Fox News Channel on Friday September 18 at approximately 6:20 AM eastern.

Deneen has been asked to discuss the issue of race and opposition to the Obama Administration agenda. Deneen's comments on the issue of race and Obama in light of former President Jimmy Carter's comments on the issue can be found here.

Last Saturday, Deneen spoke at the 9/12 rally on the Capitol grounds. Coverage of her speech can be found here.

Check your local listings for BBCAmerica on cable. BBCAmerica is available on channel 118 on Fios, channel 205 on Dish Network and channel 360 on DirecTV.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 11:09 PM

Project 21's Deneen Borelli on BBCAmerica Wednesday Night to Discuss Race and Obama Opposition

Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli is scheduled to appear on the "BBC World News America on the BBCAmerica channel on Wednesday September 16 at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM eastern.

Deneen has been asked to discuss the issue of race and opposition to the Obama Administration agenda. Deneen was a speaker at the 9/12 rally on the Capitol grounds this past Saturday. Coverage of her speech can be found here.

Deneen's comments on the issue of race and Obama in light of former President Jimmy Carter's comments on the issue can be found here.

Check your local listings for BBCAmerica on cable. BBCAmerica is available on channel 189 on Fios, channel 135 on Dish Network and channel 264 on DirectTV.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 6:35 PM

British Readers Alert...

British readers may want to keep an eye out for Deneen Borelli, who will be appearing live on ITN in a little over an hour.

Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:53 PM

On-Air Alert

I'm having what I call a "radio day" today, discussing President Obama's health care push, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus' health care proposal and our new book, Shattered Lives: 100 Victims of Government Health Care.

If you'd like to tune in, I'll be on the following stations and possibly others: KTRH in Houston, WTVN in Columbus, KFAB in Omaha, WILM in Wilmington, KOGO in San Diego and WTAM in Cleveland at various times throughout the morning.

P.S. Add Louisville news/talk, KCOL in Fort Collins, KNST Tucson and the great Kirby Wilbur's show on KVI in Seattle.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:03 AM

Deneen Borelli to Address Race and Criticism of Obama on MSNBC Wednesday

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Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli is scheduled to be a guest Wednesday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Meeting" with host Dylan Ratigan.

The topic to be discussed: Are there underlying issues of race in regard to Obama's policies?

The segment should air between 9-9:10 AM Eastern.

Note: The time of Deneen's appearance has been changed to 9:15 AM Eastern.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:02 AM

Racial Politics and Pop Culture

Leftist reactions to the Tea Parties, Joe Wilson's 'liar' comment, and the recent expose of ACORN illustrate and verify that old sardonic joke often bandied about in conservative circles: "What is the definition of a racist? Anyone winning an argument against a liberal."

From Maureen Dowd's recent tirade in the New York Times chalking Wilson's outburst up to racism, to the charges of bigotry emanating from the ignorant lips of Bill Maher and Janeane Garofalo about Obama's dissenters, the humorous aphorism is proving evermore true. Mainstream talking heads on cable networks have not shied away from engaging in such vitriolic accusations either, fallaciously asserting that Obama's opponents do not oppose his policies, rather, they oppose and fear him because he is black, as Joe Klein elucidated recently on "The Chris Matthews Show."

All humor has an element of truth; sadly, this old joke has become indubitable fact. The reflexive reversion to the race card, as disgusting and transparent as it is, does show, however, that those in opposition to the administration's mass power grab and irreparably-flawed worldview are winning.

But while on this touchy subject of race, perhaps we ought to delve into a recent pop culture snafu which, though outside the purview of current policy debates, provides an interesting commentary on the societal double standard of contemporary racial finger pointing. Infamously at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, Kanye West, black rapper and outspoken Obama supporter, rushed the stage as the award for Best Female Video was awarded to the young, soft spoken country singer Taylor Swift. Snatching the microphone from her small white hands, West proceeded to protest that it was Beyonce who deserved to win (leaving the subject of his rant shocked and tastefully outraged). West has been known in the past for his racially-charged criticisms of the Bush Administration and his frank words about his fundamental identity as a black man in America... Would he have done the same if Swift were black?

Had the tables been turned and say, Toby Keith had rushed the stage and wrestled a microphone from Beyonce's hands to protest for Taylor Swift, the charges of racism would be fast and loose from all corners of society. Little to no racial connection has been made to Kanye West's outrageous actions. Charges of racism, it seems, go one way (often erroneously and with unfortunate results, a la the Gates 'profiling' affair, the Duke lacrosse injustice, and the current subversion of honest consideration of Obama's policy agenda).

To be sure, there are individuals across the ideological spectrum who see the world through racially-tinged glass. It is, however, the liberal wing of American politics which wields the charge of racism as a convenient tool to avoid debate and achieve desired political ends. As we have seen, time and again, and as Project 21 consistently reveals with alacrity, charges of racism are often an exercise in leftist hypocrisy. Best to move forward and attempt to relegate such ugly sentiments to the proverbial dustbin of history.

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Posted by Caroline May at 12:01 AM

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Reality Check

"Brevity is the soul of wit." It is also a purveyor of wisdom.

The original U.S. Constitution was 6 pages long, contained 4,400 words, and set the foundation for the freest, most prosperous nation in the world. Last week, Barack Obama spoke of his plans for a health care bill expected to exceed 1,000 pages.

Further compounding this departure from the beautiful simplicity of America's founding is the present day propensity to complicate legislative language. The Founders were careful to produce a document that all Americans could easily understand. The hotly debated health care legislation is too complicated apparently for even legislators to understand. As that staggering intellect, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), said, "I love these members, they get up and say, 'Read the bill,' What good is reading the bill if it's a thousand pages and you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?"

My, how far we have come... but not for the better, I fear.

I comment on this abandonment of the ways of the past as it emphasizes a concern held by many: that this loss of legislative simplicity implies a complimentary loss of freedom. The eight year anniversary of the September 11 attacks is also a time to celebrate the liberty we, as Americans, have protected and maintained these many years. Though liberal activists have worked to marginalize the patriotic fervor of this most tragic anniversary, the majority of Americans not only remember those who were murdered, they also consider with reverence the strength and sustainability of America and her freedoms (so hated by our terrorist attackers). As we reflect on our liberty as Americans we should also remember the lurking legislative threats to our sacred freedoms, as signified by this rejection of simplicity.

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Posted by Caroline May at 11:15 PM

Quote of Note: In 2007-08, 16.5% of Deaths in Britain Came After Terminal Sedation

"Rarely has the Atlantic seemed as wide as when America's raw debate on the future of health care provoked a near unanimous response from Britain's politicians boasting of the superiority of socialized medicine delivered by the country's National Health Service. Prime Minister Gordon Brown used Twitter to tell the world that the NHS can mean the difference between life and death. His wife added, 'we love the NHS.' Opposition leader David Cameron tweeted back that his plans to outspend Labour showed the Conservatives were more committed to the NHS than Labour.

"This outbreak of NHS jingoism was brought to an abrupt halt by the Patients Association, an independent charity. In a report, the association presented a catalogue of end-of-life cases that demonstrated, in its words, 'a consistent pattern of shocking standards of care,' providing details of what it described as 'appalling treatment,' which could be found across the NHS. A few days later, a group of senior doctors and health-care experts wrote to a national newspaper expressing their concern about the Liverpool Care Pathway, a palliative program being rolled out across the NHS, involving the withdrawal of fluids and nourishment for patients thought to be dying. Noting that in 2007-08, 16.5% of deaths in the U.K. came after terminal sedation, their letter concluded with the chilling observation that experienced doctors know that sometimes 'when all but essential drugs are stopped, 'dying' patients get better' if they are allowed to -- words that put a different complexion on Gordon Brown's August tweet."

-Rupert Darwall, "Life, Death and the NHS," Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2009

For more on life and death on the NHS, download a free PDF copy of our new book, Shattered Lives: 100 Victims of Government Health Care.



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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:16 AM

Sunday, September 13, 2009

AP Quotes Deneen Borelli's Tea Party Speech

Deneen Borelli's Tea Party speech begins at 3:30 on this video

An Associated Press story has quoted the Washington DC Tea Party speech of Deneen Borelli, who is a full-time Fellow of the Project 21 black leadership network.

Said the AP:
...Race also became an issue when a black Republican leader denounced African-American politicians that she said had an "affinity" for socialism.

"I'm outraged prominent black politicians use the race card" to cover up their failed policies, said Deneen Borelli of New York...
I have no clue why the AP referred to Deneen as a "Republican leader." Project 21 is completely non-partisan. I've worked with Deneen for years, and I don't even know if she is a Republican.

Some of my favorite lines from Deneen's remarks:
...I will not sit silently and allow our critics to say our cause is about race and that we are a bunch of rednecks.

Hey, Janeane Garofalo, my neck isn't red!

Speaking of race, I am outraged that prominent black politicians are using the race card to deflect attention from their failed policies and leadership. I’m also stunned that black politicians have an affinity for socialism....

...The goal of cap-and-tax is to force Americans to use less energy by making it more expensive. The consequences of higher energy prices will be devastating: it will reduce our disposable income and our standard of living; it will lead to jobs loses when manufacturing jobs move overseas [and] it will reduce economic growth. That's why cap-and-tax is a ball and chain for all Americans, but especially for low-income households. It’s an energy policy that will enslave all of us...
The complete AP story can be read here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:26 AM

Tea Party Edition: What's Happening Now

It's being called a "Conservative Woodstock." (H/T Vocal Minority & Atlas Shrugs)

More photos, from the British press. (H/T Althouse)

How many were there?

Michelle Malkin on the crowd size plus.

Booker Rising: Comments about and from black Tea Party participants.

Maybe my favorite pictures. But so hard to decide! (H/T Ed Driscoll and VodkaPundit)

Or maybe the George Washington "WTF?" photo is.

Bob Parks of Black and Right has more great photos.

Let every Congressman put this on his wall.

Dan Perrin's RedState Tea Party photos.

Still more: Moonbattery's DC Tea Party photos. And more. And more. And more. And the Phoenix Tea Party. And Roswell Georgia's Tea Party. And Statesboro's.

From The Other McCain: Something funny.

Dan Riehl: We'll be back.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:07 AM

More Washington DC Tea Party Pictures

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:44 AM

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Washington DC Tea Party Photos

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More to come.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:51 PM

A Lot to Worry About in This Story

Doctors in Australia's government-run hospitals are killing patients because they're exhausted, says an Australian doctors' union.

The government's response? Doctors should drink more coffee, and a different branch of government should run the hospitals.

From Reuters:
Exhausted Australian doctors have been told to drink up to six cups of coffee a day to stay awake during extended shifts, building pressure on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to seize control of state-run hospitals.

A document on fatigue management released by health officials in Queensland state recommended doctors ingest 400 milligrams of caffeine to stay awake on the job, or the equivalent of six cups of coffee, after warnings that patients were dying.

"For management to just say go and have a cup of coffee and get over tiredness, it cheapens the whole issue," Australian Medical Association Vice President Steven Hambleton told Reuters.

"We are talking about serious issues here, and this is not just a serious suggestion at all. It can't be a weakness to say you're dog tired," he said.

The recommendation followed warnings from a union representing Queensland doctors this week that public hospital patients were dying because dangerously tired medics were being forced to work up to 80 hours without a break...
You can read the rest here, but before you do, contemplate the following two concepts: "doctors' union" and "strike." Yikes.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:26 AM

Friday, September 11, 2009

What's Happening Now

Final words from 9-11. Don't forget.

Iran, Libya and Obama's inexperience.

An American experiences the NHS.

Government Electric?

Death panels strike again.

ATR: Top five tax fibs in Obama speech.

Osteoporosis drug controversy in the UK.

Britain may not have enough hospital beds to handle swine flu.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:40 AM

DC Tea Party: It Doesn't Matter Where You Stand, As Long As You Are There

I heard tonight on the Mark Levin Show, and elsewhere through the grapevine, some grassroots complaints that "Washington insiders" are dominating the speaker list at the "Tea Party Goes to Capitol Hill" 09.12.09 March on Washington.

My advice: Don't worry about it.

First of all, based on the speaker list on this page, the charge isn't true.

Second, who cares who is speaking? I've run a DC-based conservative group for more than 25 years, which ought to make me a (shudder) "Washington insider," and I'm not speaking, but David and I and are three kids are packing up some beach towels, sandwiches and juice boxes and showing up for the day Saturday.

It doesn't matter whether you are standing behind the podium or in front of it.

What matters is if you are there.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:27 AM

Thursday, September 10, 2009

British MP Charges Some Parents Have Been Threatened for Questioning Health System

A Liberal Democrat Member of the British Parliament is charging that some parents in Britain have been told they could lose legal custody of their children because they complained about the British government's National Health Service.

From the Times (UK):
Parents are being threatened with having their children taken into care after questioning doctors' diagnoses or objecting to their medical care.

John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP, who campaigns to stop injustices in the family court, said:
"Very often care proceedings are used as retaliation by local authorities against 'uppity' people who question the system."

Cases are emerging across the UK: The mother of a 13-year-old girl who became partly paralysed after being given a cervical cancer vaccination says social workers have told her the child may be removed if she (the mother) continues to link her condition with the vaccination.

A couple had all six of their children removed from their care after they disputed the necessity of an invasive medical test on their eldest daughter. Doctors, who suspected she might have had a blood disease, called for social services to obtain an emergency protection order, although it was subsequently confirmed that she was not suffering from the condition. The parents were still considered unstable, and all their children were taken from them.

A single mother whose teenage son is terminally ill and confined to a wheelchair has been told he is to become the subject of a care order after she complained that her local authority’s failure to provide bathroom facilities for him has left her struggling to maintain sanitary standards...
Read the entire story here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:19 PM

Project 21's Kevin Martin Rebuts Obama Health Care Address

Project 21 member Kevin Martin watched President Obama's address to Congress last night and didn't see much difference in what the White House and liberals on the Hill proposed before their summer vacation when it comes to reforming health care and what they are peddling now:
After losing control of their message on health care reform and having heard the criticism of their proposal at town hall meetings throughout the recent recess, one would expect the President and his liberal allies to return to Washington with new and innovative ideas about such reform. Instead, what the President said last night was a mish-mash of the same talking points, half-truths and misleading statements.

President Obama and his allies are ignoring the real reform Americans want in our health care system - namely reining in high costs and lessening the burden of lawsuit abuse on caregivers. Dealing with waste, fraud and abuse is something Americans have long wanted and this can be a point of agreement with the President - but it is odd that this is a cause the President's team is late in joining. What took them so long?

When supporters of a government option preach that their plan will be cost-effective and deficit-neutral as Obama did last night, it rings hollow. One has to look no further than the pork projects in this year's partisan "stimulus" package and the resulting explosion of the deficit to realize that being cost-effective and deficit-neutral are not the President's forte.
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Posted by David W. Almasi at 4:47 PM

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

My Take On the President's Speech

In his speech tonight, the President told the stories of several Americans who have had struggles with the American health care system, and unflatteringly compared the U.S. health care system to systems in other 'advanced democracies.' But people who live in those other advanced democracies would love to have the quality and quantity of care Americans routinely take for granted. And the stories the President shared in his speech, touching as they are, are not by any means worse than the stories Ryan Balis and I collected about the trials faced by people in Canada, Britain, Australia, Japan, Sweden and other nations with public systems.

The White House released a guest list of people who were to sit with the First Lady during the speech that included a gentleman whose insurance company delayed a colonoscopy for several months. A few months' delay is commonplace in countries with government medicine. In our collection, we tell the story of a man on Australia's public system who was told he had to wait TWO YEARS for a colonoscopy.

In the section of his speech about Senator Kennedy, the President evoked the sad hypothetical case of an American having to tell a loved one, 'there is something that could make you better, but I just can't afford it.' In Britain, it is estimated that 25,000 people die prematurely every year because the British government-run health care system 'can't afford' cancer drugs Americans take for granted. Surely the President knows this.

A few weeks ago, the President famously claimed that a noteworthy expense of the U.S. health system occurs when doctors unethically try to make money by performing tonsillectomies unnecessarily. Although the President's allegation was preposterous, this wouldn't even be a credible lie in many countries with government-run systems, where it can be difficult to even get a tonsillectomy. In one of the stories we've collected and made available for download, a small child in a public health system abroad waited TWO YEARS for a tonsillectomy.

The President complained in his speech that people oppose his public option because of 'politics.' He's just wrong. People oppose his public option, including triggers and government-backed co-ops and any other back door route to government-run health care, because they fear what government-run health care always brings: pain, misery and death. Anyone who doubts this should download a free PDF of our new book and read for themselves what President Obama's co-called 'public option' would really be like.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:13 PM

100 Stories of Personal Struggles with the Health Care System You Won't Hear from President Obama

ShatteredLivesCoverSm.jpgAs the White House has announced that the First Lady will watch the President's health care speech tonight with two people who have had what the White House terms as "struggles" with the U.S. health care system, I remind everyone about our new book, "Shattered Lives: 100 Victims of Government Health Care."

Shattered Lives tells of the struggles 100 people in countries that previously adopted the so-called "public option" (read: government option) on health care have had getting health care services. These are the kind of stories I think we can be confident the President won't reference during his speech tonight.

We are not charging for PDF copies of the book, which readers can download from http://www.nationalcenter.org/
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Why not download a copy now, and email it to any of your friends or family or are on the fence about the impact of increasing government control over our health system? Or post a link to the book's free downloads page on your Facebook page or blog?

Remember, folks: Government-run health care guarantees you health insurance -- it doesn't guarantee health care.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:55 PM

Possibly It Can Be Found in the Kiddie Sex Section of the Constitution?

Where do you suppose the federal government found the authority for it to do this in the Constitution?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:11 PM

What's Happening Now

Penny Starr: Obama pitched health care to young people in audience before his national speech to students.

Rich Noyes: How media covered HillaryCare. Look familiar?

Michael Barone: The convenient fantasies of President Obama.

Prohibition coming back -- but in Britain? (H/T JunkScience.com)

When do the hearings begin? (H/T Devon Carlin)

We were wrong, says Commonwealth Foundation.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:08 PM

The New Obama is A Deficit Hawk (Or So He Claims)

President Obama is saying he won't sign a health care bill that adds "one dime to the deficit":
"There are some principles that, if they are not embodied in the bill, I will not sign it," Obama said in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts aired on "Good Morning America" today.

Yet the president declined in the interview to draw a line in the sand on a so-called "public option," offering government-run health insurance to those who cannot find coverage privately.

Asked if the must-sign elements include that option, the president said: "I will give you an example -- if it's adding one dime to the deficit, if it's not fully paid for," then he will not sign the legislation...
Nice words, but if he means them, why has he been working for months for the trillion+ dollar House health care bill?

Surely even a man who spends tax dollars as easily as does our president considers a trillion dollars to be real money.

Or perhaps he's signaling an intention to cut even more from Medicare?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:10 PM

Steve Milloy on O'Reilly Factor Discussing Relationship Between GE, NBC and White House

Steve Milloy, author of the 2009 book Green Hell, proprietor of the Green Hell and Junk Science websites and co-director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project, was the first guest on the O'Reilly Factor Monday evening.

The topic: The mutual support system between General Electric, NBC News, the left-wing environmental movement and the Obama Administration.

The discussion included an August 19 email by a GE vice chairman saying "The intersection between GE's interests and government action is clearer than ever," among other things. The e-mail made it clear GE supports climate legislation for its own financial benefit, and is working hard to see it enacted.

The August 19 email also makes clear that the company is making campaign contributions as part of its strategy to see the enactment of legislation from which it can benefit financially.

For more information on the August 19 email, see Timothy Carner's article in the Washington Examiner, "Leaked E-mail Shows How GE Puts the Government to Work for GE."

Hat tip to ConservativeNewMedia for posting the video on YouTube.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:34 AM

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

What's Happening Now

"Beyond Petroleum" finds some. What to do?

39 fallacies about health care.

Cash for Clunkers spent $3 billion to save $375 million. More here.

I agree with Elliot Spitzer. Yikes.

GQ runs story connecting Vladimir Putin to terrorism within Russia, then bans story's publication in Russia. Conflicted?

NY Times news story shows jobs being killed when wages are mandated to be higher. Does the Times editorial page read the news section?

Just for fun: A huge snake. (Click on pic to see detail.)

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:34 PM

Project 21's Bob Parks to Critique Obama Health Care Speech on BET

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Update on post below: BET has decided to schedule Bob for a different panel discussion to be recorded at another time, so he will not be appearing on BET this evening.

Project 21 member Bob Parks is scheduled to appear as a commentator during Black Entertainment Television's coverage of President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, September 9.

President Obama is going to Capitol Hill to push for his foundering socialized health care agenda.

BET's coverage of Obama's speech is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM and continue until 9:00 PM or 9:30 PM, depending on the length of the speech. Its coverage will be broadcast from the Newseum.

BET is available as a basic service on most cable TV systems. Check your local listings for the channel. On national services, it is channel 329 on Direct TV, channel 124 on Dish Network and channel 270 on FiOS.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 6:29 PM

Tom and Deneen Borelli to Speak on Global Warming Alarmism at Independence Mall in Philadelphia

Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli and Tom Borelli, director of the National Center's Free Enterprise Project, will speak at Americans for Prosperity's rally "Hot Air Tour Global Warming Alarmism: Lost Jobs, Higher Taxes, Less Freedom," on Wednesday, September 9th at Independence Mall in Philadelphia (rain or shine) from 4:30 pm to
6:30 pm.

Deneen will focus on the negative economic consequences of cap-and-trade legislation and Tom will urge concerned citizens to "vote with their wallet" and not purchase products from companies that are actively lobbying Congress to impose climate change-related economic restrictions.

You can keep up with Tom by reading his FreeEnterpriser blog. Deneen's most recent nationally-distributed op-ed, "Cap-and-Trade is a Ball-and-Chain for Poor Americans," can be read here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:48 PM

Outrage of the Day: ObamaCare Would Tax Some Workers So Others Could Retire Early

James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation highlights once again a genuine travesty included in the President's health care reform proposal, a $10 billion bailout of labor unions.

Sherk writes, in part:
...The most obvious benefit President Obama's health care plan provides to organized labor is a $10 billion taxpayer bailout for underfunded retiree health benefit plans. Many unions negotiate benefit packages that allow workers to retire early and collect health benefits until they qualify for Medicare. Many of these plans they are underfunded because unions mismanaged them.

The healthcare legislation transfers $10 billion to these accounts, in the form of a reinsurance program that pays most of the cost of claims for workers in these plans. Like the GM and Chrysler bailouts, the health care legislation requires all taxpayers -- including low income workers without retirement plans--to pay for benefits for already well-compensated union workers...
To recap:

1) The bailout is intended not for poor or disabled people, but people with jobs who would like to retire before reaching age 65;

2) The bailout would be paid for by taxpayers, most of whom will not enjoy the leisure and other benefits of retiring before 65. Many will not be able to retire even at 65;

3) The unions had funds available to pay for these benefits, but they mismanaged them.

Pathetic.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:49 PM

Senate Finance Crazy Talk

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, has developed a health care proposal that would cost taxpayers at least $900 billion while making health insurance less affordable.

The plan includes new taxes on health insurance companies. These would, of course, be paid by customers.

Our federal government taxes gasoline heavily as a conservation measure, that is, to reduce the amount of it we choose to buy.

Taxing health insurance makes sense only if you want to deter the purchase of it. It makes no sense whatsoever as a cure to the problem of too many uninsured Americans.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:05 AM

Monday, September 07, 2009

Next Year, Cancel Labor Day

President Obama said today that we all owe something to unions.

We certainly do: A big (figurative) punch in the nose, as a bigger job killing machine has never been invented.

Speaking of labor unions, I wish they (and the president) would stop claiming unions are responsible for the 40-hour work week. Prosperity and technological innovation, not lobbying or striking, is what made the 40-hour work week possible. Excluding businesses that accept bailouts, the only businesses that can offer workers 40-hour work weeks are the ones that can afford to. Lobbying and/or striking doesn't make that possible.

Besides, who has a 40-hour work week? Relatively few entrepreneurs and small business owners, I bet.

I suggest we cancel the day meant to honor people who only work 40 hours a week and instead create one to honor entrepreneurs and small business owners. The day could be spent penning thank-you letters to the people who make our jobs possible in the first place.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:44 PM

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Dr. Bernadine Healy on Health Care Reform

Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the Red Cross, has some interesting insights in this quick (3:35) Q&A on the President's health care proposal in this interview provided by her current employer, U.S. News and World Report.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:26 AM

Saturday, September 05, 2009

What's Happening Now

Government health care strikes again: 30 a day died in South Africa.

High taxes hurt soccer.

Scotland isn't the only nation releasing terrorists.

If government health care doesn't cure you, Joe Biden will claim it did.

Will Charlie Rangel face criminal charges?

Tom Blumer: "How crazy is it that Ford has to 'negotiate' a new contract with the United Auto Workers union, even though the union has ownership interests in two of its principal competitors...?

A competency question.

Jane Chastain: Cash for Clunkers not good for the environment.

Should government be able to harvest your organs without obtaining consent?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:12 AM

Friday, September 04, 2009

ABC Won't Air Anti-ObamaCare Ad, But a Double-Standard is in Play

ABC and NBC are refusing to air a commercial critical of Obama's vision to remake health care as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Uncle Sam, but ABC's reasons for doing so don't stand up to scrutiny.

The ad, created by the League of American Voters, features neurosurgeon Dr. Mark J. Cuffe warning about threats posed by government-run health care such as rationing and limits on medical innovation. The commercial can be viewed above or by clicking here.

For reasons of full disclosure, be advised that League executive director Bob Adams is a former National Center for Public Policy Research employee. He did not, however, solicit this posting and my discovery of his link to the organization came after I was already appalled by ABC's duplicity.

According to a report posted on FoxNews.com, both ABC and NBC are refusing to run the ad nationally in its present form. In particular, ABC spokeswoman Susan Sewell said in a statement: "The ABC Television Network has a long-standing policy that we do not sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial public issue... Just to be clear, this is a policy for the entire network, not just ABC News." NBC might accept a revised version of the ad.

The ad is running on local affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.

Former Clinton Administration political advisor Dick Morris, who is now helping out the League of American Voters, disputed ABC's assertion of impartiality. He said: "It's the ultimate act of chutzpah because ABC is the network that turned itself over completely to Obama for a daylong propaganda fest about health care reform... For them to be pious and say they will not accept advertising on health care shuts their viewers out from any possible understanding of both sides of this issue."

In fact, during ABC's June 24 White House event in which Obama was able to lay out his health care agenda with virtually no opposition from a small and select audience, the network did air an ad from PhRMA - the pharmaceutical lobby group that is a strong proponent of ObamaCare. It also ran an ad from Health Economy Now, a coalition made up of PhRMA, labor unions and special interest groups that is also backing ObamaCare.

It seems there is a double-standard at ABC as to what constituted partisan activity. And yet they insist they are being objective.

The National Center has been tracking national advertisers of ABC's daily "World News" program all summer as well as its specials on health care and oil. You can find a list of these sponsors and their contact information here. Write or call those sponsors. Tell them what you think of a network that restricts the ability of both sides of an issue to make their case.

In the commercial, Dr. Cuffe warned that what he feared might happen here under Obamacare is already happening in places such as Canada and England. The National Center recently published a compilation of stories of people denied proper and efficient care under government-run health care schemes abroad that can be downloaded for free by going here.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 10:24 PM

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Don't Give the Speech, Mr. President

I issued a call to the President to drop his planned address on health care to a joint session of Congress earlier today. I suggested that the President instead meet with Congress in a Q&A session similar to Britain's "Prime Minister's Questions" in the House of Commons.

I did this because I believe another lecture by the President will get us (as a nation) no where. We've heard all his pretty words. Now we need to hear words that have specific, tightly-definable meaning. I doubt the President's teleprompter will provide him with that, but I think there's some chance that Members of Congress (assuming they don't get all tongue-tied because they are in the presence of the President, that is), given the chance to ask questions with followups, could get some specifics out of him.

I make no bones about the fact that I don't want an expansion of government-run health care in the United States. I'll be straightforward: I'm betting the President would muck up a genuine Q&A (especially if followups were permitted) and help defeat his own plan. but if I'm wrong about his abilities, I also think such a Q&A is his best chance to move his ball forward.

The President has gone as far as he can with charm, and charm is all he's going to be able to give us from the podium in front of Congress. A tour de force while engaging Congress in a specific, detailed way, however, would win him some support -- maybe enough to win the day for his side.

But, as I say, I'm betting he doesn't have it in him. Another show in front of the podium is his safe choice, and it is overwhelmingly likely that that's the one he's going to take.

For those interested, the full text of my statement earlier today can be found here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:12 PM

Does Charlie Rangel Think We Opposed Government-Run Health Care When Hillary Clinton Proposed it Because She's White?

I notice the White House was quick to distance itself from New York Governor David Paterson when Paterson claimed racism motivates people who disagree with President Obama's political philosophy.

But now that the powerful chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel, has made the same racism claim, has the White House spoken out in disagreement?

Not immediately, anyway.

Rangel's comments are a disgrace. There's no question he knows better. After all, the vast majority of those who oppose socialized medicine held those views before the blink-of-an-eye ago when Barack Obama entered the national political scene.

Does Charlie Rangel think we opposed government-run health care when Hillary Clinton proposed it because she's white?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:36 PM

A National Health Service: Costly, Yes, and Powerful, Too

Professor Jacobson over at the Legal Insurrection blog has a good post up on the cost of the British National Health Service, based on a recent article from the London Times.

Something the good professor does not address, at least in that post, are the political repercussions of creating such a large government workforce. By the time a public health system has 1.5 million employees, as Britain's NHS does, the politicians become afraid to enact reforms that affect even some of these workers adversely -- even desperately-needed reforms with plenty of support from the general public.

The U.S. has five times the population of the United Kingdom. Had we made the same decision Britain made 50 years ago and created a National Health Service of our own, all other things equal, it would have 7,500,000 employees today.

Anyone imagine that, had we done so, that either the Republicans or the Democrats would be willing to speak truth to a power block that large?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:06 AM

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Don't Let Health Care 'Reform' Rain on Your Picnic

The National Association of Manufacturers has a released a new video using a picnic analogy to succinctly illustrate ways we can improve our health care system -- and warning us of the dangers of the so-called "public option."


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:37 AM

What's Happening Now

Medicare proves it: Government-run health care leads to fraud.

A heartbreaking story.

Buycott party: Steak on the grill and salads from Whole Foods. We did it Sunday.

If you love Soviet art, you'll love this.

Looks like Hugo Chavez is trying to do to Pfizer what Pfizer, by supporting ObamaCare, is trying to do to us.

Canada cuts a deal.

Rationing may get worse in Britain.

More on the Swedish media's blood libel.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:11 AM

The Ad ABC Won't Run

Here's the health care ad ABC refuses to run.

Wondering who ABC News does accept commercials from? Go to our ABC World News Sponsors page to find out.

Hat tip: Bridgett Wagner


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:14 AM

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Postage Stamp Rationing Followup

If you followed with interest our articles from August (here and here) about how the U.S. Postal Service has been rationing stamps, you may want to check out Meredith Jessup's followup to it on the TownHall.com blog, and the comments to her post there.

I find amusing the people who -- on the TownHall.com blog and elsewhere -- complained that the real problem is that we wanted to buy 3,000 stamps in the first place.

C'mon, people! The post office makes its money by selling stamps. Plus, 3,000 letters is a miniscule amount of mail to the postal service.

As noted earlier, at least no one relies on the post office for health care.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:43 PM

Another Cash for Clunkers Clunker

During the Cash for Clunkers program, GM sales dropped 20 percent vs. last year's and Chrysler's dropped 15 percent.

Ford sales increased 17 percent.

The reason -- aside from the fact that people don't want to buy from Government Motors -- is that GM and Chrysler didn't have sufficient inventory of the kind of cars that qualified for the program.

So, let's see here... Government-run companies couldn't anticipate the demand from a government-run incentive program.

I knew they didn't understand the free market, but they don't understand government either.

And if Chrysler and GM didn't have sufficient inventory for demand, why the heck were the two companies matching the cash for clunkers program with their own incentive program? Why not apply their incentive to the vehicles that didn't meet Cash for Clunkers' specifications?

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 9:34 PM

Why Is the White House Doing This?

According to its website, the National Legal and Policy Center "has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites."

Lots more information here.

Hat tip: Matthew Sheffield.


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