Posts Tagged: Funny


11
Oct 10

Newly nativist Democrats and their own foreign funny money


(Photoshop credit: Sean via Doug Powers)

The Obama White House has been an echo chamber for the Soros-funded Center for American Progress from Day One — from bashing Fox News, attacking talk radio, and pimping “media justice” and the Orwellian Fairness Doctrine, to crusading for the government health care takeover using Astroturfed doctors and taxpayer-funded operatives installed in the health care bureaucracy.

Team Obama has gotten away with its left-wing myna bird routine. Until now.

Mimicking the Center for American Progress attacks on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Soros suck-up-in-chief himself accused Republicans last week of benefiting from “money from foreign corporations” — which liberals claim the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funneling into political ads. Democrat clown prince Al Franken is leading a Senate inquisition against the Chamber. Endangered Democrat candidates across the country are dutifully parroting the line. From here in my home state of Colorado:

Democrats are swinging hard at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for potentially spending foreign money to support Republican campaigns across the country, including Ken Buck in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race.

The chamber has spent more than $ 400,000 in Colorado on ads attacking Sen. Michael Bennet, according to campaign-finance records.

Bennet spokesman Trevor Kincaid called on Buck’s campaign to reject the chamber’s help and disavow the ads allegedly made with “tainted foreign money.”

“Why won’t Ken Buck stand up against the practices of these shady special interests orchestrating attacks on his behalf?” Kincaid said.

It’s triple-snort-worthy to see the party that cries “RAAACISM” whenever conservatives question their shady foreign funny money suddenly sounding the alarm over non-U.S. campaign cash. Guess we are all “nativists” now, eh, President Obama?

But I digress. The Bennet campaign and every other endangered Democrat candidate preparing their CAP-approved attack press releases might want to get with the times. You see, a funny thing happened on the way to this desperate smear of American businesses exercising their political free speech: Liberal media outlets have called the Obama demagogues out. And now, Obama himself is backpedaling faster than high-wire clowns on a quadricycle.

The New York Times concluded on Friday that “there is little evidence that what the chamber does in collecting overseas dues is improper or even unusual, according to both liberal and conservative election-law lawyers and campaign finance documents. In fact, the controversy over the Chamber of Commerce financing may say more about the Washington spin cycle — where an Internet blog posting can be quickly picked up by like-minded groups and become political fodder for the president himself — than it does about the vagaries of campaign finance.”

And via Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters, liberal CBS journalist Bob Schieffer castigated White House senior adviser David Axelrod for the pathetic attack — which Schieffer derided as “peanuts:”

CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Sunday mocked President Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod for echoing last week’s unsubstantiated charge by a liberal website that the Chamber of Commerce is funneling foreign money to support Republican candidates.

“The New York Times looked into the Chamber specifically and said the Chamber really isn’t putting foreign money into the campaign,” said the Face the Nation host.

“This part about foreign money, that appears to be peanuts,” chided Schieffer.

When Axelrod continued to press the issue, Schieffer said almost laughing, “If the only charge, three weeks into the election that the Democrats can make is that there’s somehow this may or may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?”

Oh, I’m sure they’ll sink even lower. Three weeks is plennnnnty of time to get to the bottom of the barrel.

In the meantime, GOP candidates who face this ridiculous onslaught must remind voters of all the shady foreign cash that the Democrats and their deep-pocketed donors have pumped into the political system. Strike back twice as hard:

Remember Obama/Hillary/Democrat top fund-raiser and convicted fraudster/campaign finance crook Norman Hsu.

Remember Obama/Hillary/Democrat top fund-raiser and convicted fraudster/campaign finance crook Hasan Nemazee.

Remember soft-on-China Obama Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, shady Buddhist temple cash collector.

Remember Senate Democrats raising funds in Canada.

Remember Obama’s presidential campaign soliciting foreign donations on its website (via Doug Ross):

Remember: Obama’s Foreign Donors: The media averts its eyes.

More:

Obama’s campaign said it would refund the money to the foreign donors the AP identified.

One donor, Tom Sanderson of Canada, made clear his $ 500 contribution came from a foreign source. He included a note that said, “I am not a American citizen!” Obama’s campaign took the money anyway, even publishing Sanderson’s cautionary statement about his citizenship in its official finance reports.

Obama has raised at least $ 2 million abroad, far more than McCain’s total of at least $ 229,000, according to the AP’s review of campaign finance records…

…The AP analyzed 1.27 million campaign contributions to Obama and McCain to identify 6,948 contributions from people who appeared to live outside the United States and who were not obviously in the U.S. military. The AP contacted 123 donors in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland and interviewed them about their citizenship and donations.

Obama has far more overseas donors than McCain, and that was reflected in the number of interviews: the AP was able to reach 116 Obama supporters, six McCain backers and one donor who gave to both.

Australian Richard Watters gave Obama’s campaign $ 1,000 over the Internet, entering a fake U.S. passport number — a random jumble of numbers and letters — so the site would take his money. He said he also checked a box stating that he was an American living overseas, “because I could see it wasn’t going anywhere if I didn’t do that.”

Watters was surprised when a reporter told him it was illegal for foreigners to donate to U.S. presidential campaigns, but he said he was still glad he gave.

…Swiss citizen Gilles Massamba gave Obama at least $ 436 and received campaign souvenirs. He said the campaign didn’t ask whether he was a U.S. citizen.

Remember: FEC Issues Record Fines In Democrats’ Scandals; Commission Faults Players in 1996 Foreign Fundraising.

And don’t forget this fun fact: “The outrage over the Chamber is especially amusing considering the role of foreigners in U.S. labor unions. According to the Center for Competitive Politics, close to half of the unions that are members of the AFL-CIO are international.”

Distraction. Deflection. Projection. Yup, it’s the best they can do.

Michelle Malkin


9
Oct 10

Life Is Funny

John

You never know, as a young person, which of your acquaintances might wind up famous. One of my college friends, who was anything but a liberal at the time, went into politics a couple of decades later and served two terms as a liberal governor of of a western state. He is running for office again this year. Another friend-junior high school, this time, in South Dakota-survived a lot of ups and downs and has become sort-of-famous as a performance artist and left-wing rabble rouser.

His name is Bill Talen-William C. Talen, Jr.-and his family lived in my home town in South Dakota for a few years before moving to Wisconsin. His parents were, and his father still is, close friends with my parents. The family owns banks. Billy Talen has become well-known in recent years as a street-theater performance artist, Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. He and his street theater troupe migrated to St. Paul for the Republican convention in 2008, and the Wall Street Journal ran an article about the “Reverend Billy.”

Yesterday’s New York Times theater section had a long article about the Reverend Billy and a new musical that just opened in Amsterdam, celebrating his achievements. Or something:

Two weeks ago Reverend Billy, the performance artist and activist best known as the leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, was plying his trade, public proselytizing. He and 15 members of the church’s choir traveled from New York to Washington to stage a protest as part of Appalachia Rising, a campaign to end mountaintop-removal coal mining. They gathered around a mound of symbolic dirt in the lobby of a bank that they say finances mountaintop removal, shouted “Hallelujah!” and sang folk songs. Reverend Billy was arrested for what his wife and performance partner, Savitri D, guessed was the 50th time.

Standard stuff for the Reverend and his crew of satiric rabble-rousers, who have built their lives around preaching an anti-consumerist, pro-environment gospel. …

The Amsterdam show is well-financed and apparently a big deal in the Netherlands:

It didn’t hurt that Reverend Billy already had a sense of the exuberant; they borrowed liberally from his staging — for example, when he goes into the audience and enacts a televangelist-style “exorcism” of credit cards.

“He takes the credit cards and falls down — we use that exactly in the show,” Mr. van der Meyden said. “It’s a great success because people have never seen that in Holland.”

The Dutch Reverend Billy, called Domini Bob, also bears a striking resemblance to Mr. Talen, down to his white suit.

Here is the real Reverend Billy:

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The Times’ theater critic reports that Billy and his wife, Savitri D, were a little disappointed that the Amsterdam musical wasn’t more political. At the end, in fact, theater-goers are presented with gift bags, more or less the antithesis of the Church of Stop Shopping. I wonder, though, how many of the Reverend Billy’s street followers know about his trust fund. I’m guessing, not many. Life is funny, and highly unpredictable.




Power Line


8
Oct 10

NPR Host Coos Over ‘So Funny’ Jon Stewart, As He Says ‘Tough [Bleep]‘ to Liberals And Denounces Media as Timid, Corrupt

Nationally distributed NPR talk show host Terry Gross was putting her feelings on her sleeve and on the air Monday in an interview with liberal comedian Jon Stewart. The episode was taped at an event at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan with a live audience. Gross began by proclaiming "I just want to say thank you before I ask you the first question…..Thank you for the last thing I see every night, in addition to my husband and my cat, is your show. And I’m able to go to bed with a sense that there is sanity someplace in the world."

Stewart joked constantly through the hour, but it was also clear he had serious anger with how the Democrats haven’t been leftist enough, and about a media that hasn’t been biased enough. He expressed frustration near the show’s end when he asserted that the media’s too timid because of the talk of a "liberal media conspiracy." When asked about liberals being concerned that his October 30 "million moderates" march will hurt Democrats, he actually said "Tough [expletive]."

GROSS: Now, some people are worried. There’s a big AFL-CIO liberal march, there’s the FFL, the NAACP, a whole bunch of groups. Some people worry that your march is going to take away from their, like, serious political march.

STEWART: Right, yeah, tough (bleep). (Laughter, applause.)

GROSS: Why do you say that?

STEWART: I have a job. I don’t have to do yours. I don’t have to do their job. Let them do their job. If their job is to motivate the voters and to rally people to their cause, God bless. Do whatever you’ve got to do. But that’s not my job. My job is to, again, express our point of view comedically about what we view as the political process.

You know, I don’t I have no obligation to the Democrats or progressives or liberals or unions. Our feeling is, corruption is corruption. If a union is corrupt, you can’t leave it alone because it’s a union, and they help so that 8-year-olds don’t work in factories anymore. You know, you have to go where you feel like the absurdity is. So we’re not anybody’s we’re not warriors in their cause. And if they’re upset, they should have thought of that, you know, the past couple of years, before they lost, you know, the momentum that they had gained in 2008.

Stewart would tell his fans that he’s all about taking down the pomposity of politicians, but there is a great deal of pomposity about how it’s somehow his sacred duty to "express his point of view comedically." When asked if he’s become more political since his start at The Daily Show (replacing Craig Kilborn as host in year), he said he’s more concerned about corruption — not from the politicians, but from the media, who aren’t aggressive (leftist) enough for him:

GROSS: So he [Stephen Colbert] feels that he became more political because you pushed him to make passionate political choices in humor. Did doing the show make you more political than you ever expected to be - more politically aware, more politically engaged?

STEWART: I think it made me less political and more emotional. The closer you spend time with the political and the media process, the less political you become, and the more viscerally upset you become at corruption. So its - I dont consider it political because political - I always sort of denote as a partisan endeavor.

GROSS: Mm-hmm.

Mr. STEWART: But we have - I have become increasingly unnerved by just the depth of corruption that exists at many different levels. I’m less upset about politicians than the media. I feel like politicians, there is a certain, inherent - you know, the way I always explain it is, when you go to the zoo and a monkey throws its feces, its a monkey. (Laughter)  But, when the zookeeper is standing right there, and he doesnt say bad monkey… (Laughter)

Somebody’s got to be the zookeeper. And that’s - so I tend to feel much more strongly about the abdication of responsibility by the media than by political advocates. (Applause) They’re representing a constituency. And the media, you know, our culture is just a series of checks and balances. That’s why I’m never - you know, the whole idea that we’re in a - suddenly a battle for, between tyranny and freedom; its a series of pendulum swings. And the swings have become less drastic over time.

That’s why I feel sort of - not sanguine, but at least a little bit less frightful in that our pendulum swings have become less and less. But what has changed is, I think, the media’s sense of their ability to be responsible arbiters or - I think they feel fearful. I think there is this whole idea now that there’s a liberal media conspiracy. And so if they feel like they express any moral authority or judgment, which is what you would imagine is editorial control, that they will be vilified. Or there’s, you know, I honestly don’t know what it is.

Gross also loved Stewart’s Beck-bashing:

GROSS: So although the rally isn’t directly inspired by Glenn Beck, I think there is a bit of an echo there. So I thought we’d play the Glenn Beck clip first because you are so funny. You recently devoted a show, the better part of a show, to your impression of Glenn Beck.

STEWART: Yes.

GROSS: And it was so funny and so good, and so right on the money.

STEWART: Thank you.

GROSS: So I want to play a clip. I don’t know if you saw it. I don’t know if you saw it or not when it was on, but you’ll get to see it now, and this clip actually starts with Glenn Beck himself, with a clip from his show that you will then comment on. Here we go. [Clip from Daily Show begins] 

STEWART: You just blew my mind.

GLENN BECK ("The Glenn Beck Show"): Progressives think they know better than you do. They want to control every aspect of your life.

STEWART: I didn’t know that that’s what I wanted, but I guess I want to control every aspect of your life. As a progressive, I might say: I think it’s a good idea for an agency to monitor pollution. (Laughter)

But I guess what I really mean is, it’s in the state’s interest that we be allowed to put a chip in your head that tells you when you can masturbate. (Laughter) Total control. And in my America, nobody tells people when they can masturbate. (Applause) That is a decision that should only be made between myself, my doctor, and that new Calvin Klein billboard outside my window’s that’s lit 24 hours a day - no not that one, the new one. The new one. Ew, no, the new one that’s got the yeah. (Laughter, applause, end of clip).

GROSS: So I’d love it if you could kind of take us behind the scenes a little bit and tell us, like, what goes on - like, how did you try to deconstruct Glenn Beck and figure out what is his logic that you’re going to apply in your version?

Mr. STEWART: The beautiful thing about what he does is, it’s very difficult to argue with his facts. It’s the conclusions. You know, you can string together all type of fact. It’s sort of like, you know, the old thing where, like, he’s got a thing about progressives. If you somehow believe that the country should have some type of social safety net for, you know, our least-fortunate people, then you believe that the government should control the banks and also, all of our institutions. And you know, it’s that slippery slope. And he’ll come up with, you know, these little arguments that go along and - but the conclusions he draws. So what you do is, you just grab together facts, and then you take them and you put them together and do a grab bag of conclusions.

You know, it’s - everything is discovered as evidence of secret plots, you know, secret things that could be occurring. You know, you take the word conservative or libertarian, you know, and you break it apart. You know, libertarian - L-I, lie, lie. Why would the word lie be in there? And then bert. Bert was the gay communist half of Ernie and Bert. Why would that be in there? (Laughter) And if you arian, Aryan. Do you see? Aryan is the last they are Nazis. You know, and you blow it all out as though it’s a conspiracy, and it’s easy to perform because it’s comedy.

When the time was up, Gross proclaimed, "I would love to talk to you for hours, and I have a feeling our audience would love to listen to you for hours, but I am (applause) I am, sadly, required to end it about now."

NewsBusters.org - Exposing Liberal Media Bias


7
Oct 10

CNBC Anchor: Hugo Chávez is ‘Funny,’ ‘Charming,’ ‘A Seductor,’ but ‘Dangerous’

What is it with Hollywood personalities going to Venezuela and being swept off their feet by the thuggish dictator Hugo Chávez. They come back with these stories claiming he is just misconstrued by the media and that he’s really a great guy.

On Oct. 7, at an appearance at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., CNBC “Power Lunch” co-host Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, in an appearance promoting her book “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government,” explained how this could happen. She told an audience that Chávez has a very charismatic, seductive personality.

“I was telling – my two most interesting interviews I think I’ve ever done are Milton Friedman, very influential on me, and also Hugo Chávez, because when I interviewed him I was struck by how much I like him,” she explained. “He’s very funny. He is so charming. He is smooth. He could be a stand-up comedian. He is a seductor, as I suspect most dictators are – that’s how they get to where they are.”

Seductive isn’t probably how most view Chávez, who over the last 12 years has compiled quite the list of human rights violations. But Caruso-Cabrera’s observation gives us insights on why Danny Glover, Sean Penn and Oliver Stone come back from visits to Venezuela singing the dictator’s praises. According to the CNBC host, who gave the impression she saw through this, his abilities are dangerous and are sending Venezuela down the same path Cuba that ruined Cuba under Fidel Castro.

“I got a very clear sense of how dangerous I think he is because clearly what’s happening in Venezuela, my mother’s Cuban – my family left Cuba for a reason,” she continued. “I see what’s happening in Venezuela as very similar to what happened in Cuba. It’s terrible. Poverty is on the rise. Inflation is on the rise. People are suffering. But, he can win you over. I mean it’s very, very impressive.”

Chillingly, Caruso-Cabrera likened him to other personalities.

“It reminded me of actually serial killers that I interviewed in Florida,” Caruso-Cabrera said. “They’re very, very charming. They’re seductors. That’s how they get where they’re going to go and so there’s a lot of similar qualities to their personalities.”

“Wonder how far we can take that analogy?” Cato Institute Senior Fellow and Business & Media Institute Advisory Board Member Dan Mitchell added.

NewsBusters.org - Exposing Liberal Media Bias


7
Oct 10

Too funny: Obama leaving the country for 2 weeks less than 48 hours after Midterms

He will have time for a one-line comment on the elections, and then will shift the narrative to his pilgrimage to his Islamic roots.  This is just too funny:

US President Barack Obama is likely to arrive in India on November 5 instead of November 7 as originally scheduled. He will leave Washington DC on the night of November 4 soon after the mid-term Congressional election where many pundits are predicting severe reverses for the Democratic Party.

He will be away from the US for almost 12 days, one of the longest tours during his presidency, touching India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea, before returning to Washington DC on November 14.

And see the return date?  A day before Congress comes back into session.  Oh, yeah, and this is the infamous on-again-off-again Australia trip which, btw, doesn’t include a stop in Australia.

What a loser.

Liberty Pundits Blog


6
Oct 10

So funny: Muslims say Geert Wilders make them feel “unsafe”

OK, did you ask Wife #4 or 7 to hold your partially assembled bomb while you answered the pollsters question?

Muslims in the Netherlands say that remarks by politician Geert Wilders have poisoned attitudes toward them, according to complaints disclosed at his hate speech trial today.

“My family and I no longer feel safe in the Netherlands because Mr. Wilders is continually making hateful remarks about Islamic Dutch people,” said one complaint read out by the judge.

“It’s getting scary. … Soon the kids won’t be able to say that they’re Muslim or half-Moroccan,” wrote the citizen, whose name was not released.

I’ll tell you about “unsafe.”  Try “not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”  Try 3,000 dead in the heart of NYC.  Try “Israel must cease to exist.”  Try Iran shipping 22 tons of explosives into Afghanistan marked as “children’s toys.”

And that’s just for starters.

Here’s the deal, Mr. Unsafe.  You have sat passively as your religious brethren have committed murder worldwide in the name of your religion.  There is a cost to passivity.  And now you are paying it.

Shut up about Wilders, control your brethren, and then we’ll talk.

Liberty Pundits Blog


6
Oct 10

So funny: Muslims say Geert Wilders make them feel “unsafe”

OK, did you ask Wife #4 or 7 to hold your partially assembled bomb while you answered the pollsters question?

Muslims in the Netherlands say that remarks by politician Geert Wilders have poisoned attitudes toward them, according to complaints disclosed at his hate speech trial today.

“My family and I no longer feel safe in the Netherlands because Mr. Wilders is continually making hateful remarks about Islamic Dutch people,” said one complaint read out by the judge.

“It’s getting scary. … Soon the kids won’t be able to say that they’re Muslim or half-Moroccan,” wrote the citizen, whose name was not released.

I’ll tell you about “unsafe.”  Try “not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”  Try 3,000 dead in the heart of NYC.  Try “Israel must cease to exist.”  Try Iran shipping 22 tons of explosives into Afghanistan marked as “children’s toys.”

And that’s just for starters.

Here’s the deal, Mr. Unsafe.  You have sat passively as your religious brethren have committed murder worldwide in the name of your religion.  There is a cost to passivity.  And now you are paying it.

Shut up about Wilders, control your brethren, and then we’ll talk.

Liberty Pundits Blog


6
Oct 10

So funny: Muslims say Geert Wilders make them feel “unsafe”

OK, did you ask Wife #4 or 7 to hold your partially assembled bomb while you answered the pollsters question?

Muslims in the Netherlands say that remarks by politician Geert Wilders have poisoned attitudes toward them, according to complaints disclosed at his hate speech trial today.

“My family and I no longer feel safe in the Netherlands because Mr. Wilders is continually making hateful remarks about Islamic Dutch people,” said one complaint read out by the judge.

“It’s getting scary. … Soon the kids won’t be able to say that they’re Muslim or half-Moroccan,” wrote the citizen, whose name was not released.

I’ll tell you about “unsafe.”  Try “not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”  Try 3,000 dead in the heart of NYC.  Try “Israel must cease to exist.”  Try Iran shipping 22 tons of explosives into Afghanistan marked as “children’s toys.”

And that’s just for starters.

Here’s the deal, Mr. Unsafe.  You have sat passively as your religious brethren have committed murder worldwide in the name of your religion.  There is a cost to passivity.  And now you are paying it.

Shut up about Wilders, control your brethren, and then we’ll talk.

Liberty Pundits Blog


4
Oct 10

Funny: Chicago commuters not real excited to meet Rahm

Dancing with myself.


I wonder if this reaction was typical or just a slow couple of minutes mischievously clipped and showcased by the local Fox affiliate. Either way, it’s all part of a most inauspicious debut for the big “Rahm’s thinking today that he’d like to be mayor” campaign. Elsewhere, more election experts are warning that he doesn’t [...]

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1
Oct 10

US Senate Briefing, Fri 10/1/10: Obama’s so funny – still saying we can keep our insurance

On Wednesday, President Obama was in Iowa to again attempt to sell his policies, particularly his unpopular health care law. In a backyard discussion, a woman expressed her concerns to the President about his health care bill. Obama assured her, “[T]here’s nothing in the bill that says you have to change the health insurance that you’ve got right now.” He went on to say, “[I]f you’ve got health care through your employer, that’s not going to change, except to make it a little bit safer and more secure.”

But The New York Times reports today, “The Principal Financial Group announced on Thursday that it planned to stop selling health insurance, another sign of upheaval emerging among insurers as the new federal health law starts to take effect. The company, based in Iowa, provides coverage to about 840,000 people who receive their insurance through an employer.” So in the very same state the President assured an audience that if they get their health insurance through their employer, “that’s not going to change,” two days later, the NYT is reporting that 840,000 people in that state will no longer be able to get the exact same plan they had.

The NYT adds, “Principal’s decision closely tracks moves by other insurers that have indicated in recent weeks that they plan to drop out of certain segments of the market, like the business of selling child-only policies. State regulators say some insurance companies are already threatening to leave particular markets because of the new law.”

Indeed, the NYT notes that just yesterday, “McDonald’s recently asked federal officials for an exemption to rules that would ban the kind of health plans many of its restaurant workers have, because the existing policies sharply limit coverage.” The Wall Street Journal broke the story, pointing out, “The move is one of the clearest indications that new rules may disrupt workers’ health plans as the law ripples through the real world.” According to the WSJ, McDonald’s dropping its insurance plans could affect “nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers.”

Just last week, The Washington Post reported, “Some of the country’s most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start accepting children with preexisting medical conditions after Sept. 23.” As The Post noted, “Three insurers - WellPoint, Cigna and CoventryOne - all cited uncertainty in the health insurance market for their decisions. That incertitude and the resulting decision of other insurers to drop their child-only plans, according to WellPoint spokeswoman Kristin Binns, ‘has created an unlevel competitive environment.’”

Today’s New York Times story adds, “At the Principal Financial Group, the company’s decision reflected its assessment of its ability to compete in the environment created by the new law. . . . More insurers are likely to follow Principal’s lead, especially as they try to meet the new rules that require plans to spend at least 80 cents of every dollar they collect in premiums on the welfare of their customers. . . . “It’s just going to drive the little guys out,” said Robert Laszewski, a health policy consultant in Alexandria, Va. . . . Mr. Laszewski is worried that the ensuing concentration is likely to lead to higher prices because large players will no longer face the competition from the smaller plans.”

Of course, this isn’t what Democrats promised when they were trying to sell their health care bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said last year, “In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), the Finance Committee chairman who had a hand in writing the bill, said, “Folks who are satisfied with their current health insurance coverage could keep it. People would not be required to change health plans.” And another senator heavily involved in crafting the health care law, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), said, “I say at the outset, if you like what you have, you get to keep it, choose your doctor, hospital, choose the insurance program you have.”

But Americans were rightly skeptical of these unrealistic promises, and they were very clear that this wasn’t the kind of health care reform they were looking for. Yet Democrats arrogantly rushed the bill to passage. The bill was so poorly thought out that companies are already asking for waivers from some of the innumerable mandates in the bill so that tens of thousands of their employees won’t lose their health coverage.

As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in May, “Along with most Americans, the entire Republican conference opposed this legislation. We listened to the public and argued strenuously against its passage at every opportunity. . . . And since its passage, our arguments against this bill have been repeatedly vindicated, even as the Administration’s many promises about the bill have been called into question again and again.” Today’s news is just one more broken promise capping six months of storiesshowing the American people and Republicans in Congress were right all along in opposing Democrats’ health care law.

On The Floor

The Senate reconvened briefly for a pro forma session at 11:30 AM today. The Senate will hold a series of these sessions throughout the recess to prevent President Obama from making recess appointments, on the insistence of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Senate will next reconvene for legislative business on Monday, November 15th.

The Senate will also hold Pro Forma sessions on: October 5 at 11:00 AM, October 8 at 11:30 AM, October 12 at 10:00 AM, October 15 at 10:00 AM, October 19 at 12:00 PM, October 22 at 1:00 PM, October 26 at 12:00 PM, October 29 at 11:30 AM, November 1 at 9:00 AM, November 4 at 9:00 AM, November 8 at 12:00 PM, November 10 at 9:30 AM, and November 12 at 10:00 AM.

Before leaving, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on the motions to proceed to 3 bills: a bill to promote natural gas and electric vehicles (S. 3815), a bill Democrats named the “Paycheck Fairness Act” (recall that they named “card check” the “Employee Free Choice Act”) (S. 3772), and a food safety bill that expands the FDA’s regulatory powers (S. 510).

Around the Hill

The New York Times: Principal Financial to Stop Selling Health Insurance

ICYMI: The Wall Street Journal: McDonald’s May Drop Health Plan

Obama Admin May Already Need To Issue Waivers For Health Care Mandates In Dems’ Law (from The Wall Street Journal)

Interior Department Leaves Drilling Moratorium in Place (from The New York Times)

Politico: Snowe firm on extending tax cuts

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