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Democrats get panties all twisted at Sen. Schumer (D) calling Obamacare misguided

As Obama’s approval ratings keep plunging — now at 39% for registered voters and an abysmal 27% for working-class (non college graduates) whites — Democrats are abandoning his sinking ship.

The latest rat to abandon ship is Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who recently called Obamacare “misguided.” That, in turn, has led to other top Democrats getting their panties all twisted into a wad. LOL

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Democrats in a food fight

Brett Logiuratto reports for Fusion, Nov. 26, 2014:

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-New York) comments on Wednesday about Democrats’ misguided focus on health care in President Barack Obama’s first term prompted backlash from top Democrats and left-leaning groups, who accused him of being politically craven.

At a speech before the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, Schumer said Democrats made a mistake by entering into a fight over health care after they passed the 2009 economic stimulus.

His reasoning: Democrats were targeting the uninsured, a population that he said makes up only about 5 percent of registered voters. Only about one-third of the uninsured, he said, are registered or eligible to vote. […]

“After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem – health care reform,” Schumer said.

“The plight of uninsured Americans and the hardships caused by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed,” he added. “But it wasn’t the change we were hired to make. Americans were crying out for an end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs — not for changes in their health care.”

It was a characterization with which top Democrats took issue, all the way up to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), who was instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed into law as the speaker of the House. Through a spokesman, Pelosi said there are “14 million reasons that’s wrong” — referring to 14 million Americans that have gained insurance coverage through various provisions of the law. […]

Multiple Republican and Democratic congressional aides speculated Schumer’s speech was an attempt to forge a break from Obama, who remains largely unpopular, ahead of the 2016 presidential election. But one Senate Democratic aide said the Affordable Care Act was the wrong piece of policy on which to focus. […]

Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter, criticized Schumer for “confirming the public’s most cynical beliefs about the political process.” And Jon Lovett, another former speechwriter, went on an extended rant on Twitter that ended with him saying a test for prospective Democrats is whether they “listen to” or merely “tolerate” Schumer as a prominent voice within the party….

Obama and his mouth, Jon Favreau

Obama and his mouth, Jon Favreau

Note: If Jon Favreau wants to see a political cynic, he should look in his mirror. After graduating from the *Catholic* College of the Holy Cross in 2003 with a degree in political science, Favreau first worked for the pro-abortion John Kerry, then “graduated” to become a speechwriter for pro-infanticide Obama who thrice voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Taxpayers should know that for his speechwriting being the Mouth of Sauron, Favreau received a 6-figure salary of $172,200 a year. Favreau has aspirations to become a Hollyweirdo by writing a screenplay.

For his part, Jon Lovett is not just a political “speechwriter” hack, he’s also a Hollyweirdo writer and producer.

~Eowyn

Obama lies again: Jon Gruber never worked for me

Jonathan Gruber is an MIT economics professor who is heavily involved in crafting public health policy and is widely called one of the key architects of Obamacare — the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

For his work as a “technical consultant” on Obamacare, Gruber was very well paid, to the tune of almost $400,000 ($392,600 to be exact), according to Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), on Fox News’ “On the Record” on Nov. 12, 2014.

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On Nov. 11, 2014, news came of Gruber being caught on video saying that, to ensure its passage, Obamacare was deliberately and intentionally written in a confusing way so as to conceal the law’s true costs from the American people who are too stupid to understand the law. 

So Gruber went on MSNBC, claiming that his comments were “off the cuff” and should be disregarded. And he expects us to believe his lie because, after all, Americans are really really stupid. The only problem is that we have video evidence of him making those arrogant and contemptuous remarks, which you can see and hear for yourself by going to my post “Obamacare’s architect says Americans are too stupid to understand it“.

Gruber is now politically radioactive. So Democrat politicians are doing their darnedest to distance themselves from him. Congresswoman (and still head of House Democrats) Nancy Pelosi actually claimed she did not know who Gruber is although she once had touted his work. Like Gruber, Pelosi also thinks we are stupid.

Obama, too, is denying he’s ever known Gruber.

On November 15, 2014, while he was in Brisbane, Australia for the G20 Summit, a reporter asked him about Gruber.

Reporter: “At your Burma town hall a couple of days ago, you tried to inspire young leaders by saying governments need to be held accountable and be responsive to the people. I wonder how you square that with your former adviser Jonathan Gruber claiming you were not transparent about the health law because, in his words, the American voters were stupid. Did you mislead Americans about taxes, about keeping your [health] plan, in order to get the [Obamacare] bill passed?”

Obama: “No, I did not. Uh, uh. I just heard about this. Uh, I get world-briefed before I come out here. Uh. the fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff, uh, expressed an opinion that, uh, I completely disagree with, uh, in terms of the voters, is no reflection on the actual process that was run.” Obama then said every detail of Obamacare was “fully debated on” and insisted it was “fully transparent.”

By referring to Gruber as “some adviser who never worked on our staff,” Obama is:

  • explicitly denying Gruber had worked on Obamacare and was paid for his work by the federal government (“never worked on our staff”); and
  • implicitly saying he doesn’t even know who Jon Gruber is (“some adviser”).

You see, like Gruber and Pelosi, Obama also thinks the American people are stupid — so stupid that we can’t unearth evidence that directly contradicts his denial.

But some not stupid American(s) did.

Here’s video evidence of then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) at a Brookings Institute forum  on April 5, 2006, referring to Jon Gruber by name, calling him one “of the brightest minds” from whom he had “stolen ideas”.

Obama said, “You [Brookings Institute] have already drawn some of the brightest minds from academia and policy circles, many of them I have stolen ideas from liberally, people ranging from Robert Gordon to Austan Goolsbee; Jon Gruber; my dear friend, Jim Wallis here, who can inform what are sometimes dry policy debates with a prophetic voice.”

In fact, Gruber had attended 5 meetings on Obamacare at the White House in 2009, including one with Obama present, as you can see in the video below, which also includes Pelosi and Senators Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Max Baucus (D-Montana) extolling good ol’ “Americans are too stupid to understand Obamacare” Gruber.

Simply put, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Baucus, and Gruber are sociopaths. Only sociopaths can lie so shamelessly, easily, and without remorse.

H/t ZeroHedge

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~Eowyn

Obamacare’s architect says Americans are too stupid to understand it. 32% of Americans agree

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Jonathan Gruber is an MIT economics professor who is heavily involved in crafting public health policy, being a key architect of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that’s better and more aptly referred to as Obamacare. For his “consulting” work in crafting Obamacare, Gruber was paid almost $400,000 ($392,600 to be exact), according to Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), on Fox News’s “On the Record,” Nov. 12, 2014.

But both Gruber and the Obama administration kept his work on Obamacare a secret, and instead portrayed him as an independent economist who supports Obamacare. Gruber was frequently quoted by journalists and lawmakers who did not know of his connection to the administration; nor did Gruber disclose his connection when writing opinion articles.

Last Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, news came of Gruber being caught on video saying that, to ensure its passage, Obamacare was deliberately and intentionally written in a confusing way so as to conceal the law’s true costs from the American people who are too stupid to understand the law.

After that stunning news went public, Gruber and his fellow Demonrats compounded their contempt for Americans with lies and denials. Forbes reports that Gruber went on MSNBC, claiming that his comments were “off the cuff” and should be disregarded. The Washington Post reports that Congresswoman (and head of House Democrats) Nancy Pelosi actually claimed she did not know who Gruber is, even though she once had touted his work.

Despite their denials, we now have three videos of Gruber making those contemptuous remarks about the American people.

The first video is from a panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania in October 2013, in which Gruber says:

This [Obamacare] bill was written in a tortured way …. You get a law which said healthy people are going to pay in, it made explicit that healthy people pay and sick people get money, it would not have passed…. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to get this thing to pass.

The second video is from another October 2013 event at Washington University in St. Louis. The third video is from a lecture given by Gruber at the University of Rhode Island on November 1, 2012, just before the presidential election of that year. The second and third videos both focus on the origins of Obamacare’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on expensive employer-sponsored health insurance plans, which is a direct violation of a 2008 Obama campaign pledge.

In the two Cadillac tax videos, Gruber mocks the “lack of economic understanding” and “stupidity” of the American voter, because a more straightforward tax on employer-sponsored coverage encountered political resistance, while the Cadillac tax—imposed on employers, rather than on workers directly—made it through. This allowed Obama and his allies to falsely claim that Obamacare wouldn’t increase taxes on the middle class, despite the fact that the Cadillac tax clearly affects middle-income Americans, especially unionized industrial laborers.

It turns out that members of Congress are also too stupid to really understand Obamacare. Many of them didn’t even read the 2,700-page health care bill before voting for it. Since its passage into law, many Congress critters have expressed surprise about some of the things in Obamacare.

Gruber’s cynical view of the American people is shared by a third of Americans.

A Pew Research poll finds that 32% of Likely U.S. Voters agree that the American people are too stupid to understand the true costs associated with Obamacare. Just 52% disagree and another 16% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Some of the poll’s other findings:

  • Among voters who favor the health care law, only 18% think Americans are too stupid to understand the actual costs associated with the law. (These are precisely the stupid Americans, aka useful idiots, whom Jonathan Gruber and Obama count on to get the unaffordable care act passed.)
  • Those who oppose the law, however, by a 46% to 42% margin do think the American people are that stupid.
  • 62% of Democrats, 50% of Republicans, and 47% of Independents (voters not affiliated with either major party) say the American people are not too stupid to understand the actual costs associated with Obamacare. 
  • Men and those under 40 are more likely than women and older voters to believe Americans are that dumb.
  • Nearly one-out-of-three likely voters (31%) are not sure how their congressional representative voted on the health care law, even though not one single Republican voted for it and nearly all Democrats did.

And surprise, surprise! Jonathan Gruber is right!

Most voters have said in regular surveys since the law was passed by Congress in March 2010 that it will increase the cost of health care in America and that it is likely to cost more than its supporters have projected. This helps explain why most voters continue to view the health care law unfavorably. Voters are now evenly divided over whether to repeal the health care law entirely or fix it piece-by-piece.

The American people are so stupid and uninformed that only 63% of voters were aware prior to the Nov. 4 mid-term elections that Democrats run the Senate and Republicans control the House of Representatives.

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~Eowyn

Time for a Laugh

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A recent article in the Washington Post reported that Nancy Pelosi has sued a California hospital, saying that after
her husband had surgery there, he lost all interest in sex.

A hospital spokesman replied: “Mr. Pelosi was admitted for
cataract surgery. All we did was correct his eyesight!”

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While Nancy Pelosi calls Hamas a “humanitarian organization,” Egyptian media applaud Israel for its war on Hamas

Consortium of Defense Analysts

Hamas rockets over IsraelThe 3-day “humanitarian” cease-fire between Israel and Hamas which went into effect yesterday (July 31) lasted all of 90 minutes before clashes erupted and Hamas militants fired rockets into Israel.  (Washington Post)

We are living in “Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass” strange times.

The present renewed war between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza has an interesting assortment of groups arrayed for and against the two sides.

On one side are the anti-Israel Hamas sympathizers who include the usual low-information denizens of Hollywood, U.S. college students, and Democrats.

An example of the latter is none other than a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the present House Minority Leader, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

As reported by Matthew Burke for TPNN, on July 27, 2014, notwithstanding the fact the U.S. government gave Hamas the designation as a “foreign terrorist organization” in 1997 during the Clinton administration, Pelosi

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Nancy Pelosi Warns SF Bishop Not to March for Traditional Marriage

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Pelosi Warns SF Bishop Not to March for Traditional Marriage

June 16, 2014 By Stephen Frank 6 Comments

Democrats tell us that religion has no place in the public square, that religious values have no place in discussion of policies. Yet, the San Fran Nan maniacs still claim to believe in the First Amendment which gives us free speech and freedom of religion. The Left thinks IF your policies come from religious origins, you have no right to express them.

“In an astonishing challenge to traditional Catholic doctrine, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, nominally Catholic, has taken to telling San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that he should not attend the National Organization for Marriage’s June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

While Pelosi claims to be a Catholic, she has made it clear she openly opposes Catholics theology and Church leaders that publically speak about those values. Maybe Pelosi should stop promoting anti-freedom legislation, like ObamaCare.

Why does the Catholic Church still allow her in the doors?
San Fran Nan appears to be a self-loathing Catholic.

Pelosi Warns SF Bishop Not to March for Traditional Marriage
by William Bigelow, Breitbart CA, 6/15/14

In an astonishing challenge to traditional Catholic doctrine, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, nominally Catholic, has taken to telling San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that he should not attend the National Organization for Marriage’s June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

Cordileone is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the event, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which is consistent with his championing of Proposition 8 in 2008. Cordileone helped raise $1.5 million for the initiative, which intended to ban same-sex marriage in the state. He once said, “The ultimate attack of the evil one is the attack on marriage.”

Pelosi, who called the event “venom masquerading as virtue,” wrote to Cordileone, “We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco,” adding that the event would feature some participants displaying “disdain and hate towards LGBT persons,” and asserting, “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?”

The March for Marriage, which was initiated last year, features thousands of people standing up for “traditional marriage” walking from the U.S Capitol to the Supreme Court. Among the speakers are Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

Pelosi is not the only Democratic San Francisco politician sending Cordileone a letter decrying his participation in the march. Last week, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome issued a joint letter to the bishop protesting his participation. In the letter, cited by the Chronicle‘s Carla Marinucci, they wrote: “We ask that you will reconsider your participation and join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred …” They said the march was “organized by some of the nation’s most virulently anti-LGBT organizations and leaders.”

The National Organization of Marriage was also targeted by the federal government in the IRS scandal.

An online petition demanding that Cordileone cease and desist in his plans has been signed by roughly 20,000 people.

Cordileone is the head of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage for the U.S. Conference of Bishops. He has already referred to the March as “an important means to promote and defend marriage for the good of our culture, to pray for our federal and state governments, and to stand in solidarity with people of good will,” adding, “This is a critical time for marriage in our country, as marriage amendments are being struck down by federal courts and appeals of these decisions are being made.”

Woman who supports killing babies washes feet of lawbreaker

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“To honor the dignity and work of [illegal] immigrants,” the Catholic heretic, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-SF), helps Bishop Marc Andrus in the traditional foot-washing ceremony by pouring water on the feet of Yamile Cruz, 10, at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco.

Pelosi used the occasion to propagandize about HR15 – the bipartisan immigration “reform” bill that she claims would “reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship.”

One of the richest members of Congress, the pro-abort Pelosi has a net worth estimated to be $100 million.

The Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church identifies abortion (and the support of abortion) to be an “intrinsic (i.e., unnegotiable) evil” and mortal sin. Shame on you, Bishop Andrus, for allowing this heretic to mock Christ and the Church by continuing to receive the sacred sacrament of the Eucharist.

~Eowyn