Playing Both Sides

Paul Ryan’s plan to save Medicare sounds like it has more choices and is explained here in this video.

As you can see, Ryan’s plan eliminates a huge government bureaucracy and gives more choices to the individual to decide their best, and economically affordable, healthcare plan.  The plan puts more freedoms for the individual patient to decide along with their doctor, to provide the needed care.  It eliminates a Death Panel [sic] of Washington bureaucrats judging if your care is worth the expenditure.

Remember that Obama himself said during a Townhall meeting that grandma should suck up the pain and take a pill.  Better to have an end of life conversation, rather than considering extending the quality of life.

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This has been the message from Obama and the democrats.  These quality of life decisions shouldn’t be made by either you or your doctor.  No, these decisions are best left to the government to decide.  Because, the government believes you are not capable to decide your needs to control your costs, and your usage, of the Medicare system.  Never mind that spark of joy in living is there.  The Government Will Decide.  This is Socialized Medicine.  This is Obamacare.

Medicare is going broke.  Obamacare is bankrupting the nation.  Social Security is depleted.  Entitlements are out of control and are poorly managed by the government.  In fact the government has raided Social Security to pay off its debt.  As the country hurtles towards certain financial doom, the Obama regime wants to raise the debt ceiling and continue to borrow against our debt.

The Paul Ryan plan offers a clear direction on making Medicare solvent, but democrats are using scare tactics to frighten seniors.  This despicable act of lying by democrats and scaring people is shameful.

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The Liberal Lie

This ad by the National Democrat Socialist Party shows the callous disregard for the American people.  The fine art of demagoguery is what the democrats know best.  Stealing your freedoms, stealing your money, robbing you of your freedoms; this is who the democrats are, on display, for all to see.

Another example of democrat untruths is by their female attack poodle Debbie Downer Wasserman-Schultz.  This vile excuse for a human would use deliberate hate speech to attack the Republican plan, and she doesn’t even offer an alternative, but she’s good at avoiding answers and sticking to socialist talking points.

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Note the language; “We’re going to throw you to the wolves, allow the insurance companies to drop you fro pre-existing conditions“.  She did say one thing that was true, the Ryan plan allows the patient to choose how and what plan they want.  It will eliminate Medicare as we know it.  As we know, Medicare doesn’t allow the patient and doctor to decide their needs.  The government decides what will be covered and what will not be covered.  If you allow competition between private insurance companies, you get lower rates, better services, and better healthcare.  Under the current Medicare plans, Doctors are starting to refuse patients because the government has lowered the reimbursement costs.  This is Obamacare.

Bill Clinton tells Paul Ryan, privately, he hopes democrats don’t use the NY-26 election to smear the need to reform Medicare.  Then Slickmeister Willy publicly says the Ryan plan will throw grandma over the cliff.  The impeached former President was again lying and playing both sides.  Die Quickly!

Clinton threw a roundhouse right at Paul Ryan’s plan, approved by the House, to turn the health care program for the elderly into a voucher system. Not only would that approach fail to cut costs, he said, “people will use less, get sicker and die quickly. Or they will be poorer because they’ll have to spend so much of their money on health care.”

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Demagoguery, this is the liberal answer to any plan that reduces the intrusive, and grossly inefficient, government spending problems.  Liberals use fear mongering to suggest that Paul Ryan’s budget  is designed to kill old people by taking their Medicare away.  What have the democrats proposed?  The usual answer is to raise taxes, increase entitlements, and spend more money.  That has always been the socialist democrat solution, take more of your hard earned money and spend it using government run programs.  A Socialistic Panacea, of Single Payer Universal Health care.  Meanwhile, you’ll get sick, along with the economy, and the government will deny your claim.  Where do you go for appeal?  The government controls the system.  You have no recourse.  You are screwed.

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Der Slickmeister and Paul Ryan

Clinton went on to lie about Paul Ryan’s budget.  After telling Paul Ryan he hope’s democrats don’t use the New York-26 election as a means to put the Medicare debate into stagnation, Clinton went on to smear more fear.  This, from a former President that lied under oath, to the American people.

Let’s look at that again.  Now in an open debate on this issue, a democrat strategist cannot address the issue and walks off camera.  They would rather use fear mongering to make their talking points.

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Note the democrat argues using tactics used by other democrats to change the discussion to a scare tactic as a deflection away from the truth.  They, the democrats, have no plan.  This is who they are.

Here’s a couple of socialist yucking it up over the NY-26 election and claiming it was a victory for socialism.  This is the future people if we are not careful.  Government Central Planning by a hand full of Elitist Socialists.  These are the people that will usurp your freedoms, your liberties, and your healthcare.

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Joe Kline from Time Magazine, and Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC, are both avowed socialists, talking up Obama’s plan to make healthcare in this country a Single Payer Plan.  That’s the same healthcare plan that Europe, Canada, and Cuba have.  Just because the government pays for your healthcare doesn’t mean its quality healthcare.  Why else do people around the world come to this country to get the care they need?

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What’s For Lunch?

Soft Boiled Egg with Fresh Homemade Toast

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Keeping the boot on the neck of bad government

File this one for the good good guys.  Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has put a hold on the pay raise of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar until he allows he allows more oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.

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“Every day, Interior’s policies are costing more Gulf energy workers their jobs. But the Interior secretary needs a raise? That’s ridiculous – it’s offensive,”

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Mr. Vitter said in a statement to The Washington Times. “I’ll do everything I can to block his raise until Gulf energy workers are at least where they were in terms of work and job security pre-BP. I really want to see new deepwater exploratory permits being issued at pre-BP levels over a three-month period.”

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Bad Guys Wear Black Hats

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The man in the black hat has only issued one new deepwater exploratory drilling permit since Obama’s job killing moratorium was lifted in October of 2010.  This is causing the oil rigs to move out of the Gulf of Mexico, and taking with them thousands of jobs.  The Interior Department has been over-regulating the industry into stagnation, and its being done deliberately.  It’s costing jobs and draining the economy.

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The Obama administration is preventing job creation and raising the price of oil by preventing drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.  Bravo to Senator Vitter in using creative methods to spread the pain back to the people causing it.  Obama once said he wants to spread the wealth around, then why not spread the pain right back to the administration that’s causing job losses.  Let them feel our pain.

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The Interior Department, like the EPA are destroying jobs, is making our economy sick.  Obama is using European socialism policies like leeches to promote Green Energy which doesn’t exist.

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What’s For Breakfast?

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EggaMc’Kini

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Elevated Fire Wagon

Honolulu is taking a great gamble with the taxpayers monies to build an elevated rail system.  Federal funding for this project hasn’t been allocated yet.  Given the Federal Government’s debt problems, this project may end up being a huge waste of taxpayer’s monies.

The project is an elevated rail system that would run 20 miles from Kapolei in west O’ahu, to Ala Moana center in downtown Honolulu.  It is composed of electric, steel-wheeled, trains that would carry about 300 passengers each.

Transit Rail Map

The island of O’ahu has raised the General Excise Tax (GET) a half percent to help pay for the project.  Anyone doing business in Hawai’i is required to obtain a GET license.  Depending on the business you are in, the GET tax can range from 1/2 of 1% for Wholesaling and Manufacturing, to 4% on Retailing, Contracting, Rentals, Entertainment, and anything else.  Add the 1/2 of 1% to any business done on O’ahu and your tax rate can be as high a 4.5%.

Hawaii does not have a sales tax; instead, we have the general excise tax, which is assessed on all business activities. The tax rate is .15% for Insurance Commission, .50% for Wholesaling, Manufacturing, Producing, Wholesale Services, and Use Tax on Imports For Resale, and 4% for all others.

To put all the eggs in the Rail Basket, the City of Honolulu is relying heavily on federal funding to build the rail system.  The project is still ongoing despite the uncertainty of federal funding.  The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has even raised the question of the city’s funding abilities:

“Given that GET surcharge revenues are highly leveraged in the financial plan, any shortfall in revenue would have material consequences on the City’s ability to finance the local share of project cost, unless other sources of capital funds are identified.”

The FTA also warned that the financial stress test the agency uses to grade the viability of the city’s ability to meet its obligations would not meet the agency’s standards.  Under the rail’s current plan, and the city’s projected financial weakness, the FTA would deny the request to advance the rail project.  So where will the city make up for the revenue deficiencies?

In 1879, King Kalakaua inaugurated the first rail system in Hawai’i on the Island of Maui.  Kahului Railroad Company was started to operate passenger service between Kahului and Wailuku.  Ka’a Ahi Kau I Ka Lewa literally means Elevated Fire Wagon.  The song, Ka’a Ahi Kahului speaks of this.

The first question is, does the city of Honolulu need an elevated train service?  The second question is, can the city support and pay for the rails construction and upkeep.  The environmental impact on the city is enormous.  It will mean rerouting sewer line, electric, traffic and roads.  There a host of unseen costs that hasn’t emerged from this project.

When the costs overruns begin to drown the city in debt, and when the project has gone too far to stop, I predict the state will step in and take control of the project.  Eventually, this will burden the costs of the project statewide.  It’s just a matter of time before that happens.

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What’s For Dinner?

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BBQ WINGS

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Double Talk

There’s a lack of credibility being mouthed from the Obama Regime.  On one hand, enhanced interrogation is bad, and shooting a man in the head, is good.  That line of logic wouldn’t fly if the Bush Administration were still in power.  So why is it allowed in the Obama Regime?

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Answer: Obama Regime, Good!  Bush Administration, Bad!

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Chris Wallace interviewing Tom Donilon (White House National Security Advisor) asked why is it acceptable to kill an unarmed man, and waterboarding a terrorist is unacceptable.  So listen to the squirming, and watch the wordy justification, of the supposed morality of a liberal viewpoint.  Then try and rationalize, imagine if you will, the difference between either removing a body part, or creating an uncomfortable situation to loosen lips, but not to remove them.  Watch the hilarity!

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Uncomfortable moments can be priceless.  How many times has the story of the killing of Usama bin Laden been changed?  When is Eric Holder, the Evil Justice League Attorney General, going to prosecute the Navy Seals for killing Usama?  He’s prosecuting the CIA people that produced the information that allowed the Seals to find their target.  Double Standards.  Double Speak.

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What’s For Dinner?

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SUSHI

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Hot Air In Hawai’i

As we get started in the 2012 election cycle, a number of polls and surveys are floating around asking who your favorite candidate is.  Given that many of these polls can be subjective to the questions asked and who is being asked.   Some polls sample groups as large as 1,000, is that large enough to get a realistic view of that people are thinking?  To date, I’ve only been involved in less than a handful of polls regarding political preferences and that been over the phone.

In Hawai’i, many people will blindly vote to reelect Obama and the reasons range from; he was born here, to, I really like the free government stuff.  However, a lot can happen between now and December 2012.  As the cost of food, gas, and other necessities keep rising, along with unemployment, the changes for any incumbent to be reelected becomes slim to none.  But after all, Hawai’i did vote in a “Tax and Spend” Governor.  So much for objective and responsible voting.

The Republican field of candidates remains large.  To date, there are some 26 potential contenders for the President of the United States.  Some of the candidates are serious, some are just wishful, and some are just a joke.  Assuming that Obama will go unchallenged by his own party, the polling focus will be on who the Republican favorite will be to challenge Obama.

For weeks, polls have been focused on a candidate’s favorable rating.  Usually they poll about ~1,000 people, but often times they never give the demographics.  Even when they do, it’s sometimes hard to really get a good picture of where and how distributed the polling data is gathered.  For example, a poll was done about Sarah Palin’s negativity numbers.  They sampled about 700 people.  Where?  In Long Island, NY, a liberal enclave of democrats.

HotAir.com Greenroom writer, Patrick Ishmael, has developed a unique way of visualizing polling data.  Using a program called Tableau to take the collected polling data and creating a graphic display of the results.  The information collected from the individual is done once.  The Zip Code and Telephone Area code is captured to get the geographic location of the polled individual, along with other information such as age and sex.  The next series of questions has the polled individual responding to their Presidential favorite, Vice Presidential, alternate if their favorite doesn’t run, and a series of questions based on political ideology.   You don’t have to be registered with Hot Air to take the poll, and the poll is designed to prevent the democrat practice of voting often.  This way the polling data collected is reasonably an accurate reflection of the individual.  Over 6,000 responded!

Each candidate in the poll is color coded to easily recognize the geographic location of those responding to the poll.  You can click on the candidates name on the list on the left to filter out the other candidates.  The map allows to pan and zoom into locations to a more detailed view.  Additionally, hover your cursor over any of the color coded circles displays the Presidential preference and the Zip Code.  In addition to a plethora of graphs and charts that breaks down the polling data into easy to see, the data can be combined with past polling data to see trends.

While the 48 contiguous states are displayed, the map controls all you to see the States of Alaska and Hawai’i.  I had always wondered if there were other people in Hawai’i that were Hot Air readers, and apparently there are quite a few.

There were more Hot Air readers in the State of Hawai’i than I had ever imagined.  I knew of some readers on O’Ahu, but I had no idea there were readers on Moloka’i!  In previous poll maps, there was at least one reader on Kaua’i Island, that didn’t show up on this round of polling.  However, Maui and Moloka’i was a surprise.

Here’s my humble contribution to the polling data.  One thing is for sure, for each poll that was conducted, a clear winner has constantly surfaced, and that has been Gov. Sarah Palin, and by very wide margins.  In this round of polling, out of the 6,000+ polled, the former Alaskan Governor garnered a health lead of 27% of the votes.  This has not been the first poll where Sarah Palin came out on top.

Again, since these polls have been conducted, the winner each time has been Gov. Sarah Palin, by a wide margin.  The other potential candidates seem to ebb and flow with the political tides.

Why has Sarah Palin been at the top of each of these polls?  I really don’t know given the swath of Hot Air reader’s views, especially in the comment sections.

I admit that if Sarah Palin does decide to run, I will vote for her.  However, there are some really solid candidates that I would consider should Sarah Palin not run for President of the United States.

However, it way too early, in my view, for anyone to determine who will be the eventual front runner, that will defeat Obama in 2012.  Also, there are some candidates that are just pure jokes, such as Donald Trump, who is nothing more than a circus clown vying for attention.  As we get closer to the Fall, and into the 2012 New Year, a front runner will eventually appear.  Till then, it’s anyone race.

From what I can gather, there are Hot Air readers that participated in this poll located on the Big Island Hawai’i in Mountain View, Na’alehu, Captain Cook, Kailua-Kona, and Waikoloa Village, besides me in Kea’au.  It’s refreshing to learn there are more like minded people here than I’ve ever imagined.

I’m Not Alone

What’s For Dinner?

Caesar Salad

Don’t Leave Home Without It

If there’s one card you should Not have, that is the Race Card.  Liberals are card carrying members of the race card, and when do they pull the race card out?  When they’re losing the argument, they pull the race card.  If they cannot win an argument, they pull the race card.  When they’re wrong about an argument, they pull the race card.  That’s what the liberals do, time and time again.

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So, Obama is embarrassed by capitulating to a circus clown.  Well, Boo Hoo Hoo!  Obama only brought it upon himself, and what goes around, comes around.  Does anyone remember Obama’s statements before he was emaculated to the highest office in the world?

He used his race as a shield to cloak himself against any criticism of his policies.  There’s video to prove it.

He joked about his funny name.  Like his name, was some kind of invincible, politically correct kryptonite, to protect him

He laughed about being… well, black.  Well, he’s half white also.  And 100% socialist Marxist.  Spread the wealth around!

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Those acid tongue harpies of The Peew, Whoopie Goldcrank and Joyless Blowhard, displayed their race card of indignation.  Guess what Woopsie Goldschlager, people around the world already know how stupid Obama is.  Defending Obama is what you’ll do.  Never mind the eight plus years of racial, and vitriol crap, you people spewed when George W. Bush was President.

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No, you hailed movies and books on George W. Bush’s death and assassination, as ART!  You portrayed Bush as a chimp.  As stupid!  You made the most fowl and offensive remarks about Bush.  You show “insane” disrespect for Bush.  And now you’re offended by Trump’s demands for a Birth Certificate?!  Are your memories that small, or just selective?

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Ed Schultz, that pretend to be journalist from pMS-NBC, calls Republicans racists.  This blithering idiot is a shill for the democrat socialist party.  Schultz is unhinged journalism at its worse and on display.

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Chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer thinks the question of President Obama’s birthplace should finally be put to rest, but calls out new questions about his academic record as racist.  Yet you saw no problem with Dan Rather’s “Fake but Accurate” documents about Bush’s service records.

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Let’s put it this way, Trump is a lefty, who has voted, and given money, more times to democrat campaigns.  Trump is one of you.  Trump is your reflection in the mirror.  He’s your hate, your vitriol, which you people speak on a daily basis.  Trump is a hypocrite, just like you.  Trump dresses like you, he talks like you, and he thinks like you, he speaks like you.  Trump is You!

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Maybe an example is needed to demonstrate your hypocrisy.  Here’s Charles Krauthammer explaining to the small minded elitist what eight years of the Bush administration when through.  “It’s Funny to Hear the Left Talk about how awful it is to delegitimize a President”.  Indeed it is!

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You lefties can dish it out, but you can’t take it!

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What’s For Dinner?

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Spicy Mango Pineapple Salsa over Hawaiian Ono Fish and Steamed Jasmine Rice

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DING DONG OSAMA’S DEAD

United States Soldiers captured and killed the worst mass murdering terrorist in the world.

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Congratulations to our Brave Military Men and Women

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I will dance on Osama Bin Laden’s Grave

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What’s For Dinner?

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American Apple Pie

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