Monthly Archives: July 2009

Andrea Mitchell: Americans Opposed to Obamacare Don’t Know What’s Good for Them

Every now and then it’s fun to get the view from the condescending Ivory Tower of the mainstream media. This one comes from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who has been carrying Obama’s water so long she has Hope & Change induced osteoporosis:

Sometimes, sure, I don’t always know what’s good for me. I confess. However, I always know what’s not good for me — and putting my health in the hands of a bunch of theorists who would screw up the recipe for making ice cubes isn’t bound to be good for me, or good for Andrea Mitchell for that matter.

Andrea just doesn’t know what’s good for her (two can play that game).

Did ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Just Kill Obamacare?

“Cash for Clunkers” — a program that our genius financial managers in Washington budgeted to run, appropriately enough, to around Halloween — has been suspended after just a few days. There were many “unforeseen” problems, meaning that nobody who created the program knew anything about what they were doing. These guys couldn’t organize a two hybrid car funeral.

The Obama administration will attempt to attribute the fact that the program was popular with consumers as evidence of its success, but all it serves as is evidence of government incompetence. Unfortunately for Obama, too many people are aware that sometimes “too successful” is far more expensive than “didn’t work at all.” If Apollo 11 had been “too successful” by the Obama administration’s definition, the crew would have overshot the moon, and they’d be dead and halfway to Alpha Centauri by now.

The fact is the program could not have lasted for very long in its present form even if the government didn’t run out of money, for reasons I outlined here.

In the private sector — which the government hopes to compete with using the private sector’s own money (some “competition”) — when you create a “sale” of some sort, you must make sure you’re covered in case it is very successful. Poor planning equals unhappy customers, which equals going out of business. Fortunately for the government, they have no such consequence as “going out of business.” In government, incompetence is rewarded. Simply put: In private sector business, there are just as many execs who have been fired because they didn’t plan for what to do if a sale went “too well” as there are who created sales that didn’t work at all.

But people are catching on, and you’re seeing that reflected in the poll numbers for government-run health care and even in Obama’s plummeting approval ratings.

This sums it up:

“If they can’t administer a program like this, I’d be a little concerned about my health insurance,” car salesman Rob Bojaryn said.

Unfortunately for Obama, Pelosi, Frank, et al, this is going to be an oft-repeated observation. We may be intimidated by the size and scope of health care and think that somebody else may know better than we do, but when we see those same people screw up a freakin’ car sale, the mask comes off and we don’t want them messing with our health too.

We don’t need to go back far in time to find a similar government cluster f*#k. Remember the well thought out “converter box” coupon program? The one that quickly exceeded the $1.34 billion funding limit set by Congress, causing a delay in the transition and costing an additional few billion dollars to taxpayers and private industry? “Cash for Clunkers” is brought to us by most of the same people — the same ones who will bring us our “free” health care.

The White House and Congress are going to go all out to resuscitate Cash for Clunkers. They have to — because the total failure of this “wild success” may well kill their dreams of National Health Care — a clunker none of us can afford to have our cash confiscated for.

‘Cash for Clunkers’ Suspended

Gee, that was fast:

The government plans to suspend its popular “cash for clunkers” program amid concerns it could quickly use up the $1 billion in rebates for new car purchases, congressional officials said Thursday.

The real reason isn’t that the government was afraid it would run out of money (hey, thanks to you and me, they never run out!), but the reason for the suspension was because the government was damn near bankrupting the same people they claimed to be trying to help — does that sound familiar?

Through late Wednesday, 22,782 vehicles had been purchased through the program and nearly $96 million had been spent. But dealers raised concerns about large backlogs in the processing of the deals in the government system, prompting the suspension.

This entire endeavor was another example of genius government thinking. Just one of the huge flaws in this was that the dealers take it in the shorts for the “credit” to the buyer on the new purchase, and only get reimbursed after the government agrees that the “clunker” that was turned in qualifies under the gov’t regs. Only then does the dealer receive the gov’t reimbursement. But, that takes quite a while, as you’d imagine.

People were turning in clunkers so fast that dealers were incredibly upside-down on the front end with no back-end reimbursements coming in from the gov’t — so they’re moving all these cars but still can’t even meet payroll & operating expenses in some cases. Essentially some dealers were going short-term broke because of this and had not enough cash flow to continue to operate. I talked to one dealer who was going to suspend the program himself because he couldn’t afford to take the short-term hit with nothing yet coming in on the other end — but the gov’t beat him to it.

Yet another example of the brilliant leadership we have in Washington. Too many theoreticians, not enough people with real-world business experience — or even simulated business experience.

You don’t even need to check resumes to know Obama and his team of campus dreamers don’t have business experience, because anybody with business experience would never let the government get involved with private-sector business in the first place.

The only “clunkers” in “Cash for Clunkers” are the people who thought of the idea in the first place.

Dan Rather Wants Obama to Appoint a Media Czar, Offer Reporter Stimulus

Dan Rather wants Barack Obama to start the ball rolling toward a government takeover of the media, because if this doesn’t happen, America risks losing its freedom. Huh? Yeah, I know:

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute.

“I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said.

Such a commission on media reform, Rather said, ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive.

At stake, he argued, is the very survival of American democracy.

In the past couple of years, the American press engaged in a gross dereliction of duty and was more ignorant, gullible, distracted and duped than the Trojan guards at the walls of Troy who let the Greeks bring in their cute wooden horse — and now freedom and democracy depends on the survival of this same media?

On the issue of “big media” survival, I’m Darwinist to the core. There’s an evolution going on, so let it happen — it’s just going faster because the extinction of the traditional mainstream media has been accelerated by the mainstream media itself.

If what Rather says is true, and that the government taking a greater role in ensuring the survival of the mainstream media is the only way to save it, then contrary to what ol’ Dan says, the survival of American democracy depends on letting the mainstream press fail.

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Reaching into his bag of “Texanisms,” Rather said that if the government doesn’t help the mainstream media, the American press will “go down faster than Barney Frank at a cast party for ‘Rent’.”

Tea Party Breaks Out at Townhall Meeting

Prediction: We’re going to be seeing fewer and fewer townhall meetings that are sponsored by Democrats, because the natives are turning restless and these gatherings are ending up being sounding boards for the opposition.

Case in point: Claire McCaskill’s townhall meeting in Missouri. The topic was health care reform. McCaskill didn’t attend the meeting, but sent some staffers instead (another thing we’ll be seeing more of).

Here’s US veteran Paul Curtman demanding that McCaskill apologize to our soldiers who defend our Constitution while she’s at home ripping it up. Classic:

GatewayPundit has more video here.

Keep the pressure on! It’s working.

Pork Project Harpooned

Have you ever been to Massachusetts? I have on a couple of occasions — and I can’t tell you how many times I had conversations with with whalers who expressed a desire to look up their ancestors in Alaska and Hawaii — if only they had the money to do so.

Somebody in Congress recognized that the effort would be worth $8.7 million taxpayer dollars — but fortunately it was harpooned:

A group of conservative Republican congressmen is claiming a victory in the battle against wasteful Washington spending.

The self-dubbed “Sunset Caucus” pressured congressional Democrats to eliminate $8.7 million for a “cultural exchange program” to connect whalers in Massachusetts with their whaling ancestors in Alaska and Hawaii.

The spending was to have been included in the appropriations bill for the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Departments. The U.S. House of Representatives began considering the bill on Friday.

“It’s one small step for taxpayers, one giant step for common sense,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, who co-chairs the Sunset Caucus with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah.)

Since when do Democrats promote whaling? Since somebody figured out that there could be millions of dollars in it, that’s when.

The people in Washington who push this stuff really need their blowholes plugged (put your own Barney Frank joke here).