A Few Notes on Barack Obama’s Press Conference This Afternoon

Doublespeak and outright misrepresentations were the order of the day with regard to Iran, energy policy and health care reform

I was able to catch the president’s prepared remarks and the first one or two questions from today’s White House press conference on the radio early this afternoon. I found it interesting that the room was completely TelePrompTer-free, so for the time I had to listen, I was pushing my ADD to the limits and paying as close attention as I could.

He spoke about the ongoing situation in Iran, energy policy here at home, and the coming health care debate. Of course, I naturally had problems with what he had to say with regard to all three.

Iran

The Iranian people can speak for themselves. That’s precisely what’s happened in the last few days. In 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness to peaceful protests of justice. Despite the Iranian government’s efforts to expel journalists and isolate itself, powerful images and poignant words have made their way to us through cell phones and computers. And so we’ve watched what the Iranian people are doing.

This is what we’ve witnessed. We’ve seen the timeless dignity of tens of thousands of Iranians marching in silence. We’ve seen people of all ages risk everything to insist that their votes are counted and that their voices are heard.

Above all, we’ve seen courageous women stand up to the brutality and threats, and we’ve experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets.

While this loss is raw and extraordinarily painful, we also know this: those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history.

Really? If such people are always on the right side of history, why in the world did it take the Obama White House nearly ten days to provide any sort of support? Why? Because our president is so vested in his detente-at-all-costs approach to foreign policy that he dare not step on the toes of a murderous regime.

If such people are always on the right side of history, then the current regime in Iran certainly is on the wrong side — yet this White House went out of its way to remain silent in an attempt to somehow preserve a chance at diplomatic relations with a foreign government which we shouldn’t be speaking with in the first place.

The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, the beatings and imprisonments of the last few days.

I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost.

“I condemn these actions,” he might as well say, “but remain steadfast in offering an invitation to the current regime in Tehran to sit down at the negotiating table without preconditions, and even to join us in celebrating our own Independence Day this year.”

That’s right. As of now, the White House will not say whether Iranian diplomats are still invited to July 4th parties in less than a fortnight. As reported by The Weekly Standard, the administration has just yesterday officially stated that “[t]here’s no thought to rescinding the invitations to Iranian diplomats,” and that “[w]e have made a strategic decision to engage on a number of fronts with Iran. And — and we tried many years of isolation, and we’re pursuing a different path now.”

More over, Obama would not answer the question at today’s press conference, telling Fox News Channel’s Major Garrett that “I think that we have said that if Iran chooses a path that abides by international norms and principles, we are interested in healing some of the wounds over the last 30 years of U.S. Iranian relations. … that’s a choice the Iranian” government will have to make.”

I like John McCormack’s words over at the Weekly Standard: Does that mean there’s a deadline by which the Iranian militias need to stop shooting innocent women in the streets in order to enjoy the July 4th barbecues?

Energy Policy in America

At a time of great fiscal challenges, this legislation is paid for by the polluters who currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink and pollute the air we breathe.

And, it all depends upon what your definition of “polluters” is. This president and his disciples on the American left define polluters as any successful business or industry which needs to be taken down a notch. It could be a small business with a fleet of pick-up trucks, or a widget factory employing thousands of American workers. If it’s successful, then it’s fair game.

I did an in-depth analysis of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade nightmare back on Monday, May 18, entitled The Exponentially Increasing Costs of a Manufactured Environmental Crisis. In that piece, I made the comment that to the left, this is not about the environment. It’s not about the clean-ness of the energy. It’s about the control. It is about the transfer of wealth, I wrote, and the forced end of American exceptionalism. American business and industry, and the jobs and revenue that come along with it, will be forced from American shores to nations which place no such counterproductive regulations on industry. American families will struggle, as increasing prices at the pump or in monthly energy bills could put people like myself and my wife–who struggle each and every month to keep in the black instead of the red–over the top when it comes to financial sustainability. Increased fuel costs will adversely affect the shipping industry, which in turn will adversely affect anyone who purchases clothes, appliances, paper goods or food.

So, yes, the costs of this bill will be paid for by the so-called polluters. The problem with that, however, is that the cost will be passed down to everyday people like you and like me. The worst part is that the president and the left get that — and simply don’t care. Why? Because they hate an exceptional America more than they love prosperous families.

Health Care

Right now, Congress is debating various health care reform proposals. This is obviously a complicated issue, but I am very optimistic about the progress that they’re making.

Like energy, this is legislation that must and will be paid for. It will not add to our deficits over the next decade. We will find the money through savings and efficiencies within the health care system, some of which we’ve already announced.

We will also ensure that the reform we pass brings down the crushing cost of health care. We simply can’t have a system where we throw good money after bad habits. We need to control the skyrocketing costs that are driving families, businesses and our government into greater and greater debt.

I’m running a little short on time–maintaining timely commentary at America’s Right while balancing a day job and still aspiring to get home to my family in time for dinner is a difficult thing at times–but, thanks to House Republicans, here are some key numbers for all of us to remember when, in the coming days and weeks and months, the talk turns to health care:

  • 852. Pages in the bill.
  • 120 million. Number of individuals who could lose their current coverage as a result of the government-run plan reimbursing at Medicare rates created in the bill, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group.
  • 4.7 million. Number of jobs that could be lost as a result of taxes on businesses that cannot afford to provide health insurance coverage, according to a model developed by Council of Economic Advisors Chair Christina Romer.
  • $88,200. Definition of “low-income” family of four for purposes of health insurance subsidies.
  • Trillions. New federal spending, which likely could exceed the $1.6 trillion reported price tag of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus’ legislation.
  • 32. Entitlement programs the bill creates, expands, or extends.
  • 48. Additional offices, bureaus, commissions, programs, and bureaucracies the bill creates over and above the entitlement programs listed above.
  • 1,367. Uses of the word “shall,” representing new duties to be carried out by federal bureaucrats and mandates on individuals, businesses, and States.
  • $10 billion. Minimum loss sustained by taxpayers every year due to Medicare fraud; the government-run health plan utilizes the same ineffective anti-fraud statutes and procedures that have kept Medicare on the Government Accountability Office’s list of high-risk programs for two decades.
  • $1.75 billion. Mandatory spending on home visitation services that would educate parents on “skills to interact with their child.”
  • Zero. Prohibitions on government programs like Medicare and Medicaid from using cost-effectiveness research to impose delays to or denials for access to life-saving treatments.
  • 2017. Year Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be exhausted — a date unchanged by the legislation, which re-directs savings from Medicare to finance new entitlements for younger Americans.

That’s all for now. Check back later. I have some information on a conservative alternative to the Obama health care plan that should raise some eyebrows.

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Comments

  1. TOTUS says:

    Sorry, I had a case of digital diarrhea today.

  2. Amy says:

    With regards to the Iranian situation, it reminds me of what could happen even here if Obama keeps pushing his total takeover of our lives.

    Now, we have not even begun to suffer what Iranians have put up with and I am not putting us in the same category, but there are parallels between what's going on there here.

    We also had elections that were stolen by ACORN, intimidation of voters, and a guy who couldn't be bothered to prove his citizenship. Unlike people in Iran, we sat back and let it happen.

    Iran has a civilian brigade of some kind that basically works for the gov't and is the guys in the streets doing all the beating up and harming of protestors. Isn't Obama's civilian militia exactly the same type of group as this? Is that not the reason Obama wants his own little military group, so he can do to us what is happening to the people in Iran?

    I'm tired and not very good with words right now, but the parallels have struck me. I just wish I could articulate it better.

  3. Hugh says:

    Amy:

    We get you point! You are spot on!

  4. Anonymous says:

    You hit the nail on the head Mr. Schreiber. Well done.

  5. Gail B says:

    Amy–
    You did fine!

    Thanks for wording my thoughts so well!

    Gail

  6. novangli says:

    There is no logical reason to rush health care reform through Congress by the end of summer. POTUS understands that close scrutiny of his plan will doom it to failure. Where are all the deficit hawks now? Any plan which has the potential to fiscally cripple or salvage the future US economy should require a full, open public debate without a fixed deadline.

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