Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Healthcare Law Will Not Reduce Costs or Deficit; UN Human Rights Council on America; Government as Community Organizer; and Net Neutrality Loses Support

The Washington Examiner writes: Faced with that bad news, the pollsters came up with several recommendations for Democratic candidates. When talking about Obamacare, Democrats should "keep claims small and credible." They should promise to "improve" the law. They should avoid talking about policy and stick to "personal stories" of people who will benefit from Obamacare. And above all, the pollsters advise, "don't say the law will reduce costs and deficit."
It's a stunning about-face for a party that saw national health care as its signature accomplishment. "This is the first time we've seen from Democrats that they clearly understand they have a serious problem in terms of selling this legislation," says Republican pollster David Winston.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

The Washington Post writes about the President's first-ever report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on conditions in the United States.  The State Department said Monday that some Americans, notably minorities, are still victims of discrimination.The report noted that although the U.S. now has an African-American president and that women and Hispanics have won greater social and economic success, large segments of American society suffer from unfair policies and practices.
High unemployment rates, hate crime, poverty, poor housing, lack of access to health care and discriminatory hiring practices are among the challenges the report identified as affecting blacks, Latinos, Muslims, South Asians, Native Americans and gays and lesbians in the United States.  [I guess if one is a poor, unemployed, homeless white person with poor health care access, this Administration just doesn't see it or doesn't care.]

The administration sought to rebuff criticism in the report, saying its participation in the review was not an acknowledgment "of commonality with states that systematically abuse human rights." [Is this a statement about countries such as Iran, China, etc. - or the state of Arizona?] It also said the report did not reflect "doubt in the ability of the American political system to deliver progress for its citizens."
At the same time, it said that the U.S. welcomed "observations and recommendations" from council members "that can help us on that road to a more perfect union."  [Perhaps we will be told to have the "shared sacrifices Obama has discussed, or perhaps we will be told to have a Constitution which includes "positive liberties" such as free housing, food, health care, etc, as Obama has mentioned.]
Washington Times writes: Saying Washington is hampered by "endless spending sprees, entangled tax structures and bureaucracy run amok," the top House Republican on Tuesday demanded President Obama fire his entire economic team and immediately submit a plan to cut spending to pre-stimulus 2008 levels.
"We've tried 19 months of government as community organizer. It hasn't worked. Our fresh start needs to begin now," Rep. John A. Boehner
The Hill writes: A bipartisan coalition in favor of net neutrality has lost a key conservative supporter amid signs that the issue is becoming more divisive.
The Gun Owners of America (GOA) severed ties with the net-neutrality coalition Save the Internet after a conservative blog [RedState]questioned the association with liberal organizations such as ACORN and the ACLU [and SEIU and MoveOn.Org].

GOA was one of the charter members of Save the Internet, but a spokesman for the gun rights group said times have changed.
"Back in 2006 we supported net neutrality, as we had been concerned that AOL and others might continue to block pro-second amendment issues," said Erich Pratt, communications director for GOA.
"The issue has now become one of government control of the Internet, and we are 100 percent opposed to that," Pratt said.

1 comment:

  1. Good news about the position of the GOA...I had not heard about this and thanks for the alert. Of course the Dems need to find something to say about the healthcare reform monster they created--people are angry about it, but the responses are weaker than snot...Awful legislation and legislators !!