It appears that news of one step being closer to passing the porkulous porkapalooza "stimulus package" has not had much stimulating effect on the economy.
With the Dow Jones Average nosediving -383 points earlier today, the "stimulus package" had pretty much the paradoxical effect that would result by giving a guy a Viagra tab while forcing him to stare at a picture of a naked Janet Reno (and expecting him to still get a hard-on).
2. Our Grandmas Got Run Over By Obama.
Remember all the hope and change and fear that Obama instilled in the senior citizens so that they would vote for him? Well, it turns out that Obama's plan has a quaint little message of thanks embedded in it directed at the seniors who voted for him: "Welcome to my brave new world. Now don't let the door hit your ass on the way out." Embedded in Obama's plan is a new Grand Inquisitor of Health Maintenance, a/k/a the "National Coordinator of Health Information Technology" who,
"...will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”And here's the great part for our Seniors, compliments of Barack Hussein Obama and Tom Daschle, who, despite recusing himself due to excessive IRS entanglements, nonetheless has his greasy-grimy fingerprints all over this:
Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far
Seems that when our elderly voted for change, no one was banking on the fact that the "change" would involve a "change" in life expectancy.
Elderly Hardest Hit
Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.
Oops... Scratch that, turn it around. A departure from his inaugural address that featured "hope," Struck with his own legitimate fear that he and his party alone will bear the burden of a major policy failure, these days the "Big O" is peddling fear as freely as a crack-whore peddles one-night stands.
With continued rocket attacks from Palestinians in Gaza who operate under a death wish that would make Charles Bronson look like Richard Simmons, the Israelis are probably just a bit more interested in self-preservation, and are probably less-interested in singing Kumbaya than our own CINC.
President Obama's ambition to move quickly on Israeli-Palestinian peace suffered a significant setback yesterday with the rightward shift apparent in nearly complete Israeli election results, analysts said.While the centrist Kadima party appeared to eke out a victory, the right-wing Likud party more than doubled its seats and an ultra-nationalist party made big gains, increasing the prospect that a government uninterested in peace talks will emerge from the post-election efforts to form a governing coalition.
With the hapless Obama administration on its way to making a real-time, reality version of the Keystone Cops Go to Washington, and seeing how we're not even a month into his presidency, it wouldn't take a betting man to put his money on the fact that chances for even more irony down the road are a bit better than normal.