Friday, September 11, 2009

Health Care for 2013

Concerning the National Endowment for the Arts....Patrick Courrielche: I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to take part in a conference call that invited a group of rising artist and art community luminaries “to help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda – health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education, community renewal.” I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts to attend a conference call scheduled for Monday August 10th hosted by the NEA, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve. The call would include “a group of artists, producers, promoters, organizers, influencers, marketers, taste-makers, leaders or just plain cool people to join together and work together to promote a more civically engaged America and celebrate how the arts can be used for a positive change!” Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans.

The people running the conference call and rallying the group to get active on these issues were Yosi Sergant, the Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts; Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; Nell Abernathy, Director of Outreach for United We Serve; Thomas Bates, Vice President of Civic Engagement for Rock the Vote; and Michael Skolnik, Political Director for Russell Simmons.

We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these “focus areas” as we had brought to Obama’s presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to “shape the lives” of those around us. The now famous Obama “Hope” poster, created by artist Shepard Fairey and promoted by many of those on the phone call, and william’s “Yes We Can” song and music video were presented as shining examples of our group’s clear role in the election.

The New York Post reports that "the federal government needs to hire more than 270,000 workers for "mission-critical" jobs over the next three years, a surge prompted in part by the large number of baby-boomer federal workers reaching retirement age, according to the results of a government-wide survey being released Thursday. The numbers also reflect the Obama administration's intent to take on several enormous challenges, including the repair of the financial sector, fighting two wars, and addressing climate change".

Well, this is indeed a jobs program for Obama.
One plain fact should outweigh all the words of Barack Obama and all the impressive trappings of the setting in which he says them: He tried to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation's medical care before the August recess-- for a program that would not take effect until 2013! In his speech to the American public, he noted: "The time for bickering is over," Obama said to sustained applause before a joint session of Congress. "The time for games has passed." Obama called the tumultuous summer, during which a growing number of people questioned his ability to handle the health care issue, "a partisan spectacle" fueled by "bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost." If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out. [It's so nice to have a President who threatens to come after his adversaries, but refuses to address the misrepresentations in his pontifications. He must feel that if he lies and misrepresents often enough, at least those who adore him will believe].
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Barack Obama will cement the new co-operative relationship between the US and the United Nations this month when he becomes the first American president to chair its 15-member Security Council. [You say you haven't heard this? It begs us to figure out what this might mean or portend.....]
Miami -Arrest warrants have been issued in Miami for 11 people suspected of falsifying information on hundreds of voter registration cards last year. The FBI and state authorities were making arrests Wednesday. The workers being sought were hired to register voters by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. Prosecutors say they were first notified by ACORN about problems with workers in June. Several ACORN members in Baltimore were fired after explaining to a pimp and a prostitute on how they can game the system, even going so far as to advise listing 13 underage sex slaves from a foreign country as being their dependents..
The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility has begun an official inquiry into the dismissal in May of a civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party and two of its members who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place during the November general elections.
The sample of speech-watchers in the after-Obama's-speech poll was 45 percent Democratic and 18 percent Republican. And we wonder why the poll says Americans, following Obama's speech, favor government health care by a wide margin???

As reported in the American Spectator on Aug. 24, Mr. Yearwood explained that the administration wants to take Sept. 11 back from the right. The minister and others kept saying that they wanted Sept. 11 to be used for something "positive," "forward-leaning" and "productive," a confidential source who listened to the call told me.

Their plan is to convert what the left considers a "day of fear" that helps Republicans into a day of activism that helps the left, the source said. "They think it needs to be taken back from the right," the source said. "They're taking that day, and they're breaking it because it gives Republicans an advantage." [I guess Obama really doesn't believe his own words that he will bring bipartisanship and civility to our country....]

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