Back on March 24, I posted editorials from the NY Post and the Washington Times stating that Congress had exempted itself from Obamacare.  Well, it appears  a) that the Post and the Times may have been a bit hasty and b) that Her Highness, Nancy Pelosi, was right in telling us that we’d know what was in it when they passed it.  Somehow I don’t think this is what she meant. Hmmmmmmmm……

I don’t normally pay much attention to anything the NY Times has to say, but this is interesting, to say the least.   I think it’s positively Schadenfreudelicious.  

Hat tip to Hot Air’s Allahpundit:

…theoretically the law kicks them out of the federal health plan now in order to force them to join insurance exchanges … that don’t exist yet. Looking forward to tomorrow, when we’re inevitably told that they meant to do that. Exit question for lawyers: Who would have standing to sue to force the federal health plan to drop Congress now? Any citizen, or is it more refined than that?

At this point, I really don’t care who would have standing to sue.  I just want this thing gone.

Nunspeak has a terrific take on the situation, one that is naturally less snarky than mine.  Thank you, Sister Lisa.

Yes, it’s early, but I cannot help thinking about 2012 and the possibility that we will be able to rid ourselves of the malignant, narcissistic, megalomaniacal, economically ignorant, scarily incompetent Marxist who currently occupies the White House.

Those of us on the Right get slammed when we refer to Obama and his minions as Marxists, but don’t take our word for it.  Take THEIR OWN WORDS for it.  Obama himself telling us that we need to spread the wealth (here, too).  Anita Dunn and Ron Bloom have publicly admired Mao.  Van Jones and his support for cop-killers and communism.  Nancy Pelosi scoffing at the idea that a mandate to purchase medical insurance is unconstitutional.  Max Baucus telling us that the health care reform act is really nothing more than an attempt to redistribute wealth.  Andy Stern’s SEIU thugs trying to silence dissent.  Alcee Hastings telling us that they make up the House rules as they go along.  And the latest Democrat to throw the Constitution (the document, not the ship) under the bus is Rep. Phil Hare of (drum roll please…) Illinois:

When asked where in the Constitution Phil Hare finds the power to take over the economy, our healthcare, and any other thing he feels that he’s smarter than us to take over, Congressman Hare admits that he doesn’t care about that silly old Constitution thingie.

Video is here.

I truly fear for the future of this country.

However, there is someone who could rid us of this troublesome President. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Paul Ryan, Representative from Wisconsin.

He gave a speech last week at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and it’s just brilliant:

Last week, on March 21st, Congress enacted a new Intolerable Act. Congress passed the Health Care bill – or I should say, one political party passed it – over a swelling revolt by the American people. The reform is an atrocity. It mandates that every American must buy health insurance, under IRS scrutiny. It sets up an army of federal bureaucrats who ultimately decide for you how you should receive Health Care, what kind, and how much…or whether you don’t qualify at all. Never has our government claimed the power to decide when each of us has lived well enough or long enough to be refused life-saving medical assistance.

This presumptuous reform has put this nation … once dedicated to the life and freedom of every person … on a long decline toward the same mediocrity that the social welfare states of Europe have become.

Americans are preparing to fight another American Revolution, this time, a peaceful one with election ballots…but the “causes” of both are the same:

Should unchecked centralized government be allowed to grow and grow in power … or should its powers be limited and returned to the people?

Should irresponsible leaders in a distant capital be encouraged to run up scandalous debts without limit that crush jobs and stall prosperity … or should the reckless be turned out of office and a new government elected to live within its means?

Should America bid farewell to exceptional freedom and follow the retreat to European social welfare paternalism … or should we make a new start, in the faith that boundless opportunities belong to the workers, the builders, the industrious, and the free?

We are at the beginning of an election campaign like you’ve never seen before!

Of course, Democrats will find a way to demonize him, but this man really needs to be in the White House.   He may be a bit young, and he is a Representative, not a Governor or a Senator, but he is truly one of the best and brightest in politics today and I would vote for him in a heartbeat.

Some people are making a case for General Petraeus, and I’d be more than happy to support a Petraeus/Ryan ticket. Pretty much anything is better than what we’ve got now.  I honestly never thought I’d miss Bill Clinton. *sigh*

Updated, 4/8/10: In the interest of fairness, here is a piece byAndrew McCarthy at National Review in which he states that Petraeus may have an “Israel problem.”  We’re going to have to wait and see where the truth really lies.  I don’t want to believe this, but do want to put it out there.

Almost. 😉  Because, if I were, I would do what I could to make this man my doctor.

Again, this is old-ish news, but for anyone who still hasn’t seen it, here goes.

A urologist near Orlando posted this sign at his office (you can click on it to see it better):

Here is the story:

MOUNT DORA — A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obamato seek care “elsewhere.”

“I’m not turning anybody away — that would be unethical,” Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. “But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it.”

All I can say is “Good for him!”  But Democrat gadfly (nice way of saying Moonbat whackjob) Rep. Alan Grayson (of the “Republicans want you to die quickly” Graysons) is not amused:

An outspoken U.S. congressman is planning to file a complaint against the central Florida urologist who posted a sign on his office door warning supporters of President Obama to find a different doctor.

A spokesman for Rep. Alan Grayson, who angered Republicans last year when he said they wanted sick Americans to “die quickly,” told FoxNews.com that Florida Democrat is helping a constituent who was affected by the sign to file a complaint next week with the proper authorities. Grayson will also file additional complaints with all relevant boards or agencies,  Grayson spokesman Todd Jurkowski said.

But an apparently more rational person (not that this is hard) in Florida government says that Grayson doesn’t have a leg to stand on:

A spokeswoman from the Florida Department of Health, which licenses physicians and investigates complaints, said Friday there was no law prohibiting Cassell from advertising himself this way.

“Because there is no statute, there would be no grounds for a complaint,” spokeswoman Eulinda Smith said. “It would be legally deficient.”

Way to go, Dr. Cassell!

Applause.

OK, this is old news by now, but I do want to share it with those who may have missed it.

This is from The Hill, and contains the actual video from C-SPAN:

Addressing Adm. Robert Willard, who commands the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, Johnson made a tippy motion with his hands and said sternly, “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

Willard paused and said: “We don’t anticipate that.”

I want to congratulate Admiral Willard for maintaining his composure because I would probably have literally been rolling on the floor laughing my derrière off.

By the way, Mr. Johnson represents the 4th District of Georgia, the seat formerly held by Cynthia McKinney.  ‘Nuff said.

The President, the Vice President, the Cabinet, the members of Congress who crammed the “healthcare reform bill” down the throats of the American people, AND THEIR STAFFS are exempt from its provisions.

Yes, exempt.

Today’s NY Post has an editorial on the subject, as does The Washington Times, but Politico only says that these people “may” be exempt.  According to the Post:

Last fall, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Finance Committee, proposed that any health-care bill apply to all non-civil-service federal employees — from Obama on down — currently covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

The Times says:

President Obama declared that the new health care law “is going to be affecting every American family.” Except his own, of course.

The new health care law exempts the president from having to participate in it. Leadership and committee staffers in the House and Senate who wrote the bill are exempted as well. A weasel-worded definition of “staff” includes only the members’ personal staff in the new system; the committee staff that drafted the legislation opted themselves out. Because they were more familiar with the contents of the law than anyone in the country, it says a lot that they carved out their own special loophole. Anyway, the law is intended to affect “ordinary Americans,” according to Vice President Joe Biden (who – being a heartbeat away from the presidency – also is not covered), not Washington insiders.

Of course they’re exempt.  They’re not “ordinary Americans.”  They’re better and smarter and more moral than we are.  And, once again, Democrats show just how far beneath contempt they are.

Well, yes, maybe there are words, but none of them is terribly ladylike so I won’t use them.

I am just so angry that the President and the Democrats in Congress would go off and decide that they know better than we do how we should live our lives.  That they would pass this job-killing, budget-busting legislation despite the fact that the majority of American citizens don’t want it.  Even Gallup, which leans to the Left, has been forced to admit that those in favor of the bill are outnumbered by those who oppose it.  Listening to Democrats bray (hey, I’m not the person who assigned them the donkey mascot) about how the Republicans have nothing to offer is making me positively ill.  The Republicans have plenty of ideas, but the Democrats in government and their cronies, the sycophants in the media, continue to hammer away at the lie that they don’t.  They have always shown themselves to be firm believers in the credo that, if you say something often enough and loudly enough, people will believe it, regardless of how (in)accurate it is.

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Al Sharpton came right out and admitted that the President is a Socialist:

‘First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama,” Sharpton said. “Let’s not act as though the president didn’t tell the American people – the president offered the American people health reform when he ran. He was overwhelmingly elected running on that and he has delivered what he promised.”

Some of us knew all along that Obama was a Marxist.  It’s about time one of his friends admitted it publicly.

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I just saw this at The Daily Caller:

Top IRS officials have been working with Democrats on Capitol Hill to determine how the agency will enforce President Obama’s new health care law. Republican lawmakers estimate the legislation will require the hiring of many thousands of new (and armed) tax enforcement agents.

While it’s still not known exactly how many will be hired, here’s what’s clear: Under the new law, the IRS is required to fine taxpayers thousands of dollars if they do not purchase health insurance. In order for the government to enforce compliance, tax authorities will need information, for the first time, about people’s health care. Collecting that data will require more IRS personnel.

Yes, you read that right.  IRS agents, ARMED IRS agents, making sure American citizens have medical insurance. Can you say “jackbooted thugs?”  I thought you could.  That sound you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their respective graves.

Updated 3/23/10 @ 11:54 a.m.

The story at this link no longer uses the word “armed,” but the way I posted it last night is exactly the way I found it.

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I don’t have a lot of money these days (who does?), but I will do my best to send some up to Michigan, in care of Dan Benishek, who is running against that weasel, Bart Stupak.  I honestly hope and pray that the different factions on the Right can come together and take back the House and the Senate and, in 2012, the White House.  This President and the Democrats in Congress are a disgrace and they must be defeated.

This Administration’s incompetence goes beyond The One not knowing how to pronounce “corpsman.”  That’s merely a symptom.

As per usual, Mark Steyn hits the nail right on the head.  A couple of representative paragraphs:

The palpable whiff given off by the White House inner circle is that they’re the last people on the planet still besotted by Barack Obama, and that they’re having such a cool time starring in their own reality-show remake of The West Wing they can only conceive of the public — and, indeed, the world — as crowd-scene extras in The Barack Obama Show: They expect you to cheer and wave flags when the floor-manager tells you to, but the notion that in return he should be able to persuade you of the merits of his policies seems entirely to have eluded them.

And

The one thing that can be guaranteed is that a political class led by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, a handful of reach-across-the-aisle Republican accomodationists and an economically illiterate narcissist in the Oval Office is never going to rein in unsustainable spending in any meaningful sense.

‘Nuff said.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone!  I don’t have a dog in the fight but of course I’m heading out to Gecko’s to hang out with the usual suspects and eat my weight in fried food.