Rebuttal to President Obama's Charlotte, NC Stimulus Speech
April 17th, 2010
Rebuttal Excerpted from "All the Kings Horses, All the Kings Men"
Healthcare Prices Too High? The Democrats' Answer: Increase the Costs = Typical
The President had much to say in his Charlotte visit and promotion of the Stimulus. He reminded us, yet again, that he had inherited an economy which has been at its worst overall since the Great Depression. The fact that the President's legislative agenda has been so damaging to the economy since he entered office never seems to make it into the President's speeches. In addition, both the President and Congress fail to ever mention the fact that it was their legislative actions, under the Community Reinvestment Act, that caused the current economic dysphoria in the first place.
The President made a point to emphasize that the economy had added 162,000 jobs this month. Most experts have stated that this particular increase was due to the Government's hiring of Census Workers for the Summer. So the economy--via the Government--did add jobs; however, the jobs will be temporary and are Government jobs to boot-- and--will be paid for by taxpayers.
The President went on to state that while paychecks were flatlining various expenses--including healthcare coverage-- were increasing. Our take on this point would be--you haven't seen anything yet. The figures that have been touted for future healthcare coverage with regard to the new healthcare law have been estimated in the 15-20% range just for starters. So we can now begin to see that the Democrats' main explanation for establishing Healthcare Reform Law is, indeed, bogus. Costs are guaranteed to go up, as insurers must now include a veritable host of health maladies which are difficult to underwrite for and establish sufficient rates to pay claims while maintaining healthy claims reserves (as required by authorities).
A Liberal's Idea of Job Creating Stimulus: It Pays Well (Apparently) to Be a Junkie Monkey
The President then stated that Government had been very busy in its efforts to help Business create jobs and touted the Stimulus Plan as being one of the chief job creators. WE all now know what types of jobs have been created so far by the Stimulus. The following is an actual list, courtesy of the Civitas Institute, of just a few of the Stimulus Jobs created here in North Carolina:
1. Study of Monkeys using Cocaine $ 71,623.00
This particular job creating study was of rare importance for the individuals in Mexico who, perhaps, illegally traffic cocaine our way. Not to mention the monkeys who are, indeed, integral in our economy for reasons as yet unknown.
2. North Carolina Dance Theater $ 50,000
This was to retain 4 professional dancers for North Carolina Dance Theatre's Second Company. We wonder if perhaps the RNC was involved in this decision.
3. Reducing Hot Flashes through Yoga $ 147,694
This one, in particular, should be bifurcated into the "Green Energy Program." The heat energy which is produced by menopausal Women could, most likely, power small cities all over the country, which could greatly reduce our dependence upon foreign oil.
4. Collecting, researching, and reporting on the stimulus act $ 492,940
Perhaps we at Conservative Refocus should submit an invoice for our contribution...yet it is interesting to note that Bureaucracy seems to get the lion's share, so far.
5. Create Interactive Dance Performance Technology $ 762,372
Dance, again? The one thing that's lacking in our economy--no doubt--the ability to interactively dance...with technology. They should try this one in conjunction with the cocaine monkeys.
6. American Dance Festival Inc. $ 50,000
North Carolina-- "Let's dance!" (Since we have lost most of our factories and many jobs...)
7. Construction of New Town Hall in Bladenboro $ 300,000
This one item should actually produce jobs, as well as providing North Carolinians a place to dance, interactively, with Simian Cokeheads while performing Yoga to reduce hotflashes.
8. Preservation of an insect collection at NC State $ 253,123
Insects need jobs, too? We are unsure as to exactly why bugs need preservation when a substantial portion of our economy is dedicated to exterminating them, but there we are.
The President then went on to talk about how taxes have been cut--which rings hollow when looking at the increases we are facing--nevermind the fact that we haven't the foggiest notion where taxes actually have been cut. Obama also indicated that Government has promoted growth within the private sector (maybe for debt collectors would be our response). Nearly all of the growth has been in the public or Government sector which must be paid for by Taxpayers. The President then stated that, on our current trajectory, companies like battery manufacturer Celgard, would be producing nearly 40% of the worlds lithium-Ion Batteries (on our current trajectory that might be all that we producing in any significance). The President finalized with a question and answer session with audience members.
Condensing The President's Evaporative Ideas
In one question, a lady asked the President if he thought it was wise to be raising taxes in conjunction with healthcare since The People were already over-taxed as it is? The President then went on a long verbal sojourn in an effort to try to explain why the new healthcare law would be better, but ended with the following quote:
"But let me give you an example. If you’ve got a house and you’ve got a big hole in your roof, and it’s raining and snowing through that roof and there are some people who are inside the rooms where the roof is okay and they’re nice and warm, and then you got a few -- your family members in that room where there’s a big hole in the roof and they’re shivering, and they’re cold -- if you repair the roof, that’s going to cost some money. But if all the water damage from your floors and all the heat that’s going out of the roof, you count all those savings, over time it may turn out that it actually is saving you money and, by the way, all those family members now are warm, too. You’re not the only one who’s warm, right? That’s essentially what we’re trying to set up."
The above is not at all an accurate analogy for what the President and Legislators have done with Healthcare. In fact, we can take this same house in comparing it to our Healthcare, which--except for the hole in the roof--functions quite aptly:
The President and Legislators have actually torn down the entire house which is our healthcare system and now intend to rebuild it simply due to a hole in the roof.
It will be "interesting" to see what the final structure looks like.