Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Obama's Hamlet, Sarah's Off On A Turnaround...

Maureen Dowd
Camille Paglia
Kathleen Parker
Sarah Palin
Dana Milbank

"When and how did we become so ridiculous?" - Kathleen Parker

"By foolishly trying to reduce all objections to healthcare reform to the malevolence of obstructionist Republicans, Democrats have managed to destroy the national coalition that elected Obama and that is unlikely to be repaired" - Camille Paglia

"I think that there is a place for the president of the United States to talk to schoolchildren and encourage schoolchildren...  And I think those have been changed. And I think it's also really important for everyone to respect the president of the United States." - Laura Bush

"I couldn't agree more." - Sarah Palin

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounc'd it to you, trippingly on the tongue...
Now that we have gotten past the non-event of President Obama's socialistic doctrine to America's children: study hard, stay in school, listen to your parents because it rewards the state and is part of Satan's plan... The sad truth is over 1/3 of students in high school will drop out, and the college drop out rate is 30 - 41%. We really need to overhaul our educational system instead of throwing money at it. Home schooling can be a good experience if the kid is smart and can become self-motivated, but the bulk of home schoolers seem to be kept at home because their parents are close minded religious right wingers who want to narrow their child's educational experience instead of broadening it. Let's bring back the apprentice approach and get rid of what we have now that's based on Prussian military doctrine...

but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines...
Tonight Barack Obama will address both House and Senate of Congress, and so much is being written about it, trying to predict what he must do and whether he will fall short or not. Because he is such a great orator, the GOP response will be given by someone who cannot ruin his chances at furthering his career like Bobby Jindal did, when comparisons are made. MSNBC has a good analysis, that the speech has to sway three audiences. First, for us average Americans, he: "hopes to explain that his health-care reform will 1) cover nearly everyone and 2) cut costs in the long run. If that message isn’t hammered home, then the White House will consider tonight’s speech a failure."

Second, are the progressives who insist on a public option: "...he never uttered the words "public option" or "public plan" in his big campaign speeches on health care. But there is no doubt that the public option has fired up the left, and how he sells them near-universal coverage and lower costs -- even if it means no public plan -- could very well be the trickiest part of tonight's speech."

Third, is to that lone, fair-minded Republican, Maine's Senator Olympia Snowe. No pressure, pop up some popcorn and enjoy...

In the past Obama has been pretty general in his desires, and he will have to be more specific in what he wants from Congress, instead of expecting Congress to come up with the details. "In his interview with ABC this morning, Obama admitted to one thing that many inside the White House have whispered on background but ever never said on the record: that he left too much ambiguity, and that was because they left the details to Congress. It may be a "Captain Obvious" observation, but coming directly from the president is telling. That does sound like a president whose intent is grab hold of the health-care debate and own the legislation." I know that I'll be switching between the speech and the Rockies baseball game, if it's on. I hope they both knock one out of the park...

use all gently, for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance...

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Sarah's full article in the Wall Street Journal, which she did not write, is in the links at the top of the post. The Daily Beast comments: "Second time’s a charm? Sarah Palin revives her death panel claim in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal. “Is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats’ proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by—dare I say it—death panels?” she writes. Of course, the reason the elderly are concerned about “death panels” is not because of anything the Democrats have said, but because Republicans like Palin decided invented them as a scare tactic last month."

Laura Bush 
- 2012 - 
Meghan McCain

I would have such a fellow whipt for o'erdoing those late night jokes, pray you avoid it...:
"If conservatives get to call universal healthcare 'socialized medicine,' I get to call private, for-profit healthcare 'soulless, vampire bastards making money off human pain.'" --Bill Maher
"President Obama has been explaining his healthcare plan now to senior citizens. And yesterday, at a town hall meeting, he promised the crowd that he will not, quote, 'pull the plug on Grandma.' Then, there was an awkward moment when Grandpa stood up and booed." --Conan O'Brien
"It does seem to me a tad ironic that Sarah Palin is so against killing old people considering that she's the one who smothered the life out of the McCain campaign." --Bill Maher, on Palin's opposition to the so-called "death panels" she claims are part of the health care reform bill
"Over the past week, congressmen have been holding town hall meetings across the country. They've been disrupted by angry protesters who are against Obama's new healthcare plan. And things could have gotten violent, but nobody could afford to get hurt. So, it was very peaceful protesting." --Jimmy Fallon
"And now, there's actual fist-fights that are breaking out in the town hall meetings. And I have to say this, if you get injured while fighting against health care, you have to lie there and bleed. You just do. I'm sorry." -Bill Maher
"I saw a thing on YouTube, a town hall meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas. And a woman from Brockside, Arkansas, stood up. She was weeping about the threat of socialism. You know what, lady, Brockside, Arkansas, doesn't have capitalism yet. Your idea of health care is leeches and moonshine and you're worried about socialism? Oh, Lord." -Bill Maher
"But Obama's birthday is a reminder of why healthcare is so important. As you probably know, due to a lack of healthcare coverage, Obama's mother was turned away from a number of hospitals and was ultimately forced to give birth in a manger." --Jimmy Kimmel
"President Obama said today that Congress probably won't vote on his health care bill until October. Yeah, what's the rush, Congress? Take your time. It's not like there's some crazy flu epidemic out there or anything like that." --Jimmy Fallon
"You know who really is opposed to the Obama healthcare plan? The Republicans. Apparently it does not cover breast implants for their mistresses so they think, 'We don't want it. We don't need it.''" --David Letterman
"We're learning more and more about Obama's healthcare plan, and if it passes, the healthcare plan, if that passes, President Obama will have the governor of South Carolina neutered. Did you realize that?" --David Letterman
"It looks like healthcare reform really is gaining momentum and is going to happen. Now of course Republicans say the plan is too confusing, too convoluted, but you know, these are the same people who say they can make sense out of a Sarah Palin speech." --Bill Maher

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