Re-debunking the Mythbusters

myth-debunked.001Desperate Obamacare apologists, acting like the bitter gun and religion clingers that haunt their nightmares, are claiming that this LA Times article by Michael Hiltzik “debunks” the “myth” that people are losing their current health care plans and being forced into more expensive insurance. Here are the basics of Ms. Deborah Cavallaro’s Obamacare story:

…she’s angry at President Obama for having promised that people who like their health plans could keep them, when hers is getting canceled for not meeting Obamacare’s standards… Her current plan, from Anthem Blue Cross, is a catastrophic coverage plan for which she pays $293 a month as an individual policyholder…As for a replacement plan, she says she was quoted $478 a month by her insurance broker, but that’s a lot more than she’ll really be paying… I won’t divulge her current income, which is personal, but this year it qualifies her for a hefty federal premium subsidy… she’s eligible for a good “silver” plan for $333 a month after the subsidy — $40 a month more than she’s paying now.

To recap:  Obamacare confused and frustrated a woman who was happy with both her insurance and its cost, forced her to pay $500 more a year for a slightly better plan, and forced the government to kick in an extra $1800 a year to cover the rest. It transformed a content, self-sufficient citizen into an angry, expensive government dependent. Well done, cost-curve-bending maestros.

Conn Carroll at Townhall.com breaks down Hiltzik’s shaky claims in greater detail, but fails to mention one more aspect. Perhaps Ms. Cavallaro took satisfaction out of providing for herself, and isn’t thrilled about now having to accept a government handout to make ends meet. But she no longer has that choice, because Democratic social programs have taken their logical next step – from disincentivizing self-reliance to virtually outlawing it.

What most pundits didn’t understand about Cruz’s speech

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Ted Cruz at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two years from now, no one will remember the details of Senator Ted Cruz’s floor speech. They will not remember the continuing resolution. They will not remember his curious vote to end debate a day after saying he would vote against it. All they will remember is that he spent twenty-one hours speaking out against Obamacare.

For standing in front of the country and spotlighting the festering hulk of the legislative haunted house known as Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz is considered an outlier and a belligerent extremist. And that’s just what his fellow Republicans are saying about him.  Read more of this post

The Media’s Unnatural Selection

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“Media bias lies in selection — what you choose to cover and what you choose to ignore. Accuracy is a problem. But selection is the big manifestation of bias. It’s possible to be 100 percent accurate — white-glove clean — and yet loaded with bias.”  - Jay Nordlinger

So at the end of today, we’ve learned from sworn Congressional testimony from recently fired/resigned/leaving-anyway IRS commissioner Steve Miller that a spontaneous YouTube video demonstration, er, I mean a spontaneous press conference question, in which Lois Lerner disclosed that the IRS had targeted political enemies, was actually a terrorist attack, er, a staged question.

From today’s hearing:

Rep Nunes asked, “Was her question to Ms. Lerner about targeting certain groups planned in advance?”

Miller replied, “I believe we talked about that, yes.”

We also learned from testimony from Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George that he informed senior officials in the Treasury Department of his investigation into IRS corruption last June, which was smack dab in the middle of a tightly contested presidential campaign and a fierce battle for control of the Senate.

This all happened in the last twelve hours.  So doing a rewind to this morning, what are the five things ABC News thought you needed to guide you through the news of the day? Certainly they’d mention Benghazi, the IRS, AP wiretapping, the two suspected terrorists who suddenly vanished from the witness protection program, or even HHS Secretary Sebelius illegally pressuring health-industry companies for funds that Congress wouldn’t dish out? No? But they’d mention that the woman who was charged with examining tax-exempt organizations at the IRS during this episode of political intimidation now runs the Obamacare branch of the IRS, right? No? Well, what else is there?

Here’s where ABC thought the most relevant “5 Things to Know This Morning“: Read more of this post

Creationists for Obamacare

hypocrisyI don’t really get “young earth” Creationism. If the world was created 6,000 years ago, then how do you explain the fossil record, which provides clear evidence of much older life? Why would God jam million-year-old bones into the bedrock just to confuse us? While He certainly isn’t averse to mystery (quite the contrary), this would fall into the realm of purposefully misleading.

On the other hand, I don’t get the near conniptions thrown by secular progressives in response to Creationists, as if a misguided belief about the origins of Earth is any more damaging to young minds than inadvertently hearing a Nicki Minaj song on the radio. Furthermore, their disgust with Creationists’ lack of acceptance of scientific evidence is a prime example of their not listening to Jesus’ teaching in the only subject they claim he cared about. Hypocrisy.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5

Who really knows what happened 6,000 years ago? No one. But in the 5,999 years and 364 days since, people have consistently responded to financial incentives, yet the left still acts astonished when it happens. For example, when France’s new Socialist president enacted a 75% tax rate, a number of prominent millionaires left the country to avoid the extortion. How did the socialists react to this perfectly predictable response to their new policy? Shocked outrage.

Beyonce’s chart-topper Single Ladies is a tribute to fed up women who have finally kicked an unappreciative man to the curb. The culture rightfully cheers on those independent women.  Yet when the abuse is financial, and an unappreciative society undermines small business owners or others making more than $250,000, the rich are expected to turn the other cheek, and are vilified as ungrateful traitors when they have other ideas. All hail the god of Envy.

In another case of blind-faith-divorced-from-reality Read more of this post

Obama’s humblebrag for the ages

humblebragUrbandictionary.com defines “humblebrag” as “subtly letting others now about how fantastic your life is while undercutting it with a bit of self-effacing humor or “woe is me” gloss.” Adding: “A typical and popular approach is to use a disingenuous complaint about something, a self-deprecating statement… as a vehicle to deliver the real message, which invariably shows the person in a favourable light. In fact it shows what an attention seeking and insecure person they really are.”

With that in mind, here is President Obama today:

“You know, the one thing about being president is, after four years, you get pretty humble. You’d think maybe you wouldn’t but actually you become more humble–you realize what you don’t know,” Obama said.

“You realize all the mistakes you made. But you also realize you can’t do things by yourself. That’s not how our system works. You’ve got to have the help and the goodwill of Congress, and what that means is you’ve got to make sure that constituents of members of Congress are putting some pressure on them, making sure they’re doing the right thing.”

1. This should be an incredibly embarrassing admission. Read more of this post

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