You've got to be kidding .....
On Wednesday, Mr. Obama will address the nation in a prime-time news conference. Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said in an interview that the president intended to use it as a “six-month report card,” to talk about “how we rescued the economy from the worst recession” and the legislative agenda moving forward, including health care and energy legislation, which squeaked through the House and faces a tough road in the Senate.
I don't know whether to laugh 'til I fall out of my chair, or facepalm.
First, let's address that last sentence. Crap and Tax passed the House, narrowly, and it is languishing in committee Hell in the Senate; recently shelved by Democrats until September. But the health care reform can't seem to get out of committee to face a floor vote! We find it disingenuous that the New York Times would allude that the health care bill passed the House. (We're sure they'll correct that, or print a correction on page A210.)
Let's move onto the next gripe. What has the administration done to "rescue" the economy from this recession? Pork-A-Palooza passed in February amidst a flurry of crisis rhetoric. Barry demanded it be passed to rescue the economy because we had no time to waste on it. It was important and necessary for it's immediate passage. He told the nation that if passed, unemployment wouldn't go above 8%. We're sitting at 9.5% unemployment now, and as Captain Ed notes in his post, unemployment claims, both adjusted and non-adjusted, are continuing to climb. We have predicted unemployment will hit 12% before the year is out. The stimulus money hasn't helped the economy at all, unless you're a union worker or members of ACORN (in other words, the people who helped get him elected). Businesses that aren't facing such dire circumstances aren't hiring anyone right now out of concern that if the economy sinks lower they'll end up having to lay off employees.
In short folks the stimulus didn't work.
Barry is going to take to the airwaves tonight to lie about the "success" he sees only in a fantasy realm. He's going to lie about the health care reform package -- a package he readily admits he's "not familiar" with some of the provisions:
BLOGGER: Investor's Business Daily, they're saying that H.R. 3200 will make individual private medical insurance illegal. Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?
OBAMA: You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you're talking about.
Not familiar with it? Betsy McCaughey read the bill in it's current draft form and she discovered that, yes, the government will force private insurers out of business, and demand that everyone be under a "qualified plan" offered by the government. Your employers will be given a five-year grace period to transfer employees over to this plan; if you pay for your own your grace period will be shorter.
Funny how we, the people, know more about this reform package than the president does. It'll be interesting to see how he spins this tonight. We know the "tingling class" will be running cover for him. Any hard question will be met by a "Barry filibuster." (Definition: yammering on for ten minutes, and never answering the question at all.) And after that question he'll move onto a friendlier reporter for a softball question that he will, again, mount his filibuster to waste more time. Readers can dislike how we characterize these pressers, but when you've seen on Barry presser, you can practically write the script for each one after the first.
Let him pimp it if he wants. We call on people to continue the pressure on Congress. We don't care if you have nothing but liberals representing you in the Congress. Call them anyway. Be polite, but firm. Have the knowledge of what's in this disaster at your fingertips. It's starting to sink into the tick skulls on Capital Hill that we know what's in it, and we know it won't help reform the health care system, cut costs, or save us any money in the short or long term. You know the number -- 202-224-3121. Use it liberally until this fiasco is finally dead.