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I don't know why I'm even surprised anymore at the outrageous actions of this White House. It seems each new day brings a new outrage. They came down against Constitutional freedom of speech in the Citizens United ruling. They came down against the Constitutional right to bear arms in the McDonald ruling. They took 71 days to accept foreign help with the Gulf oil spill. They interfered and hindered local efforts to clean up the oil spill. They dropped a voter intimidation case they had already won against the New Black Panthers because it didn't fit their race-based agenda, according to a DOJ official who resigned over it. The one time this administration does cite the Constitution, they use the Supremacy Clause to sue the state of Arizona for enforcing existing federal law, coming down firmly against the rule of law to favor the illegal immigrants, again because of their agenda. We have a White House who somehow claims to have created 2 million jobs since the stimulus package was implemented, when the actual job numbers show 2.8 million jobs lost since the stimulus went into effect. We have VP Joe Biden and President Obama hypocritically taking credit for the successes in the Iraq War, when Biden and Obama were against the very Surge tactics that created those successes.
These are only a few of the things that have happened recently with the Obama Disinformation Machine. I have some more disinformation to add to the list.
President Obama announced the recess appointment of Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), thus bypassing Senate confirmation hearings for his man. While recess appointments are not unusual, the reasoning of the White House was. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said, "Republicans in Congress have made it clear in recent weeks that they were going to stall the nomination as long as they could, solely to score political points. But with the agency facing new responsibilities to protect seniors’ care under the Affordable Care Act, there’s no time to waste with Washington game-playing."
"Washington game-playing" is what this White House now calls Senate confirmation hearings. As for stalling the nomination, the Republicans haven't stalled anything. They can't, because the Democrats never even scheduled a hearing for Berwick. This is nothing more than the President bypassing the process to appoint a man who will oversee more than $800 billion of federal spending. The real reason Obama is bypassing the hearings is because of controversial remarks made by Berwick, remarks he knows the GOP will exploit:
In an interview last year with Biotechnology Healthcare, Berwick said society makes decisions about rationing all the time, and that the " decision is not whether or not we will ration care -- the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly."
He has also praised the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which he said had "developed very good and very disciplined, scientifically grounded, policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments from which we ought to learn."
Said Berwick, "You can say, 'Well, we shouldn’t even look.' But that would be irrational. The social budget is limited -- we have a limited resource pool. It makes terribly good sense to at least know the price of an added benefit, and at some point we might say nationally, regionally, or locally that we wish we could afford it, but we can’t. We have to be realistic about the knowledge base."
Berwick said the degree to which the knowledge base is "linked directly to policy and decision is a matter of choice. You could make it advisory, or you could make it mandatory, or you could make it a policy rule. But to remain ignorant of the cost implications of a drug that is marginally better than what is already out there is simply bad policy."
Sarah Palin received a great deal of ridicule from the liberal media for using the words "death panels" to describe how the government would make life and death decisions under ObamaCare. Now that Obama is appointing Mr. Death Panel to head CMS, it could prove a bit embarrassing. So the Prez chose to skip the embarrassment altogether, and go with the disinformation instead.
I mentioned how the Obama administration wasn't too keen on freedom of speech earlier. Well, it seems they aren't enamored with another tenet of the First Amendment either, freedom of the press. The administration has finally figured out a way to control the oil spill, or at least the reporting of it. They are keeping the reporters away:
In addition, a Congressional report showed that the Obama administration lied about the oil spill cleanup, and after Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser went public with his frustrations over the lack of federal response, two White House officials visited him and asked "What do we have to do to keep you off TV ?" It seems what this administration is really worried about is not the oil spill cleanup, just the bad publicity they might get from it. This is leadership ?
In closing, Obama is staying on top of the nation's largest environmental disaster ever by jetting to Las Vegas to raise funds for Harry "the war is lost" Reid's Senate campaign. The President will be staying at Caesar's Palace. He will leave no stone unturned until this crisis is over, people.
BONUS VIDEO: Here's a video of the nice young man from the New Black Panther Party who was charged with voter intimidation. This is the guy Attorney General Eric Holder let off due to an alleged lack of evidence (except for a video of the man wielding a club in front of the polling place, and several witnesses testifying that he hurled racial epithets at them). You'll see from the video that the Panther was probably just misunderstood:
Good thing that guy isn't in the Tea Party movement, or Obama would probably have to declare martial law.