Saturday, March 27, 2010
Workin' the rope line:
Closer-ups of Palin in Nevada:
Palin in Searchlight slideshow:
Find more photos like this on Team Sarah
Friday, March 26, 2010
This, however, is no metaphor:
@sEaTtLe_MeTrO Death 2 Palin family them retarded hillbillies take teabaggers w/ you hateful bitch
We cant expect gov to intervene we must shoot Gen. Palin on site be 4 her troops strike again!
@Palin360 you need 2 b assassinated soon we ll settle 4 one of the family if not u!
@BRIANGLAD Palin will b met with gunfire her or her family
I cant wait till someone serious hurt that bitch Palin or one of her children soon she out of control!
#hcr proof that Palin targeted Va. rep. w/ her map and someone followed up we have 2 stop this terrorist name Sarah someone please kill her
Does anyone have that alaskan address 4 the Palins?
There are more tweets here.
I wait in great anticipation for the MSM to wring their hands over this.
Oh, and, Gryphen - you might want to consider revising your words here and here. Someone could say you were, oh, I don't know, inciting something. ;)
Here's some more statements on this stupid "Crosshairgate" issue. I don't think I've ever seen anyone make such a mountain out of a, well, not even a molehill. More like an apple peel:
Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine released a sharply-worded statement Wednesday night accusing several Republican leaders, including Palin, of inciting dangerous behavior.
"Republican leaders are themselves engaging in actions and rhetoric that previously would have been limited to fringe elements of the Republican Party," Kaine said. "Sarah Palin has invoked health care 'death panels' and has now placed gun sights on 20 Members of Congress who supported reform."
An adviser to Palin responded by pointing to several instances in which the former Alaska governor has urged supporters to focus their energies on civil debate and action at the ballot box - not extremist activities.
"We are now the keepers of an honorable tradition of conservative values and good works," Palin said at the national Tea Party Convention in Nashville last month. "We must never forget that it is a sacred trust to carry these ideas forward. It demands civility and it requires decent, constructive, issue-oriented debate."
The adviser also noted that Palin spoke out last year after the murder of abortion provider George Tiller in Kansas, writing on her PAC Web site that "violence is never an answer in advancing the pro-life message."
"Its good that she finally agrees with the Democrats on something," the adviser told CNN. "[House Majority Whip] Jim Clyburn said that silence equals consent, and in this matter she agrees, which is why she has been vocal about condemning violence."
Sen. John McCain, who tapped Palin as his running mate during his 2008 presidential bid, defended Palin's Facebook posting on NBC's "Today Show" Thursday.
"I have seen the rhetoric of targeted districts as long as I've been in politics, please," McCain said. "Any threat of violence is terrible but to say there that there is a targeted district or that we reload or go back into the fight again, please, those are fine, they are used all the time."
Since arriving in Canada I've been accused of thought crimes, threatened with criminal prosecution for speeches I hadn't yet given, and denounced on the floor of the Parliament (which was nice because that one was on my "bucket list").
Posters advertising my speech have been officially banned, while posters denouncing me are plastered all over the University of Ottawa campus. Elected officials have been prohibited from attending my speeches. Also, the local clothing stores are fresh out of brown shirts.
Welcome to Canada!
The provost of the University of Ottawa, average student IQ: 0, wrote to me -- widely disseminating his letter to at least a half-dozen intermediaries before it reached me -- in advance of my visit in order to recommend that I familiarize myself with Canada's criminal laws regarding hate speech.
This marks the first time I've ever gotten hate mail for something I might do in the future.
Apparently Canadian law forbids "promoting hatred against any identifiable group," which the provost, Francois A. Houle advised me, "would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges."
I was given no specific examples of what words and phrases I couldn't use, but I take it I'm not supposed to say, "F--- you, Francois."
While it was a relief to know that it is still permissible in Canada to promote hatred against unidentifiable groups, upon reading Francois' letter, I suddenly realized that I had just been the victim of a hate crime! And it was committed by Francois A. Houle (French for "Frank A. Hole").
What other speakers get a warning not to promote hatred? Did Francois A. Houle send a similarly worded letter to Israel-hater Omar Barghouti before he spoke last year at U of Ottawa? ("Ottawa": Indian for "Land of the Bed-Wetters.")
How about Angela Davis, Communist Party member and former Black Panther who spoke at the University of Zero just last month?
Or do only conservatives get letters admonishing them to be civil? Or -- my suspicion -- is it only conservative women who fuel Francois' rage?
How about sending a letter to all Muslim speakers advising them to please bathe once a week while in Canada? Would that constitute a hate crime?
I'm sure Canada's Human Rights Commission will get to the bottom of Francois' strange warning to me, inasmuch as I will be filing a complaint with that august body, so I expect they will be reviewing every letter the university has sent to other speakers prior to their speeches to see if any of them were threatened with criminal prosecution.
Both writer Mark Steyn and editor Ezra Levant have been investigated by the Human Rights Commission for promoting hatred toward Muslims.
Levant's alleged crime was to reprint the cartoons of Mohammed originally published in a Danish newspaper, leading practitioners of the Religion of Peace to engage in murderous violence across the globe. Steyn's alleged crime was to publish an excerpt of his book, "America Alone" in Maclean's magazine, in which he jauntily described Muslims as "hot for jihad."
Both of them also flew jet airliners full of passengers into skyscrapers in lower Manhattan, resulting in thousands of deaths. No, wait -- that was somebody else.
Curiously, however, there was no evidence that either the cartoons or the column did, in fact, incite hatred toward Muslims -- nor was there the remotest possibility that they would.
By contrast, conservative speakers are regularly subjected to violent attacks on college campuses. Bill Kristol, Pat Buchanan, David Horowitz and I have all been the targets of infamous campus attacks.
That's why the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute (a sponsor of my Canada speeches) and the Young America's Foundation (a sponsor of many of my college speeches) don't send conservatives to college campuses without a bodyguard.
You'd have to be a real A-Houle not to anticipate that accusing a conservative of "promoting hatred" prior to her arrival on a college campus would in actuality -- not in liberal fantasies of terrified Muslims cowering in terror of Mark Steyn readers -- incite real-world violence toward the conservative.
The university itself acknowledged that Francois' letter was likely to provoke violence against me by demanding -- long after my speech was scheduled, but immediately after Francois disseminated his letter -- that my sponsors pony up more than $1,200 for extra security.
Also following Francois' letter, the Ottawa University Student Federation met for 7 1/2 hours to hammer out a series of resolutions denouncing me. The resolutions included:
"Whereas Ann Coulter is a hateful woman;
"Whereas she has made hateful comments against GLBTQ, Muslims, Jews and women;
"Whereas she violates an unwritten code of 'positive-space';
"Be it resolved that the SFUO express its disapproval of having Ann Coulter speak at the University of Ottawa."
At least the students didn't waste 7 1/2 hours on something silly, like their studies.
At the risk of violating anyone's positive space, what happened to Canada? How did the country that gave us Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd and Catherine O'Hara suddenly become a bunch of whining crybabies?
After Tuesday night, the hatred incited by Francois' letter is no longer theoretical. The police called off my speech when the auditorium was surrounded by thousands of rioting liberals -- screaming, blocking the entrance, throwing tables, demanding that my books be burned, and finally setting off the fire alarm.
Sadly, I missed the book burning because I never made it to the building.
But, reportedly, a Canadian crowd hasn't been this excited since they opened a new Tim Hortons. Local reporters couldn't make out what the crowd was chanting, but it was something about "Molson" and a "sled dog."
I've given more than 100 college speeches, and not once has one of my speeches been shut down at any point. Even the pie-throwing incident at the University of Arizona didn't break up the event. I said "Get them!", the college Republicans got them, and then I continued with my rambling, hate-filled diatribe -- I mean, my speech.
So we've run this experiment more than 100 times.
Only one college speech was ever met with so much mob violence that the police were forced to cancel it: The one that was preceded by a letter from the university provost accusing me of hate speech.
(To add insult to injury, Francois didn't even plan to attend my speech because Tuesday is his bikini wax night.)
If a university official's letter accusing a speaker of having a proclivity to commit speech crimes before she's given the speech -- which then leads to Facebook postings demanding that Ann Coulter be hurt, a massive riot and a police-ordered cancellation of the speech -- is not hate speech, then there is no such thing as hate speech.
Either Francois goes to jail or the Human Rights Commission is a hoax and a fraud.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
She has consistently voiced her love and loyalty to him, even in the midst of the ridiculousness of the campaign leaks from staffers. I think it boils down to what she said in this interview with John Ziegler at about 5:30. He's a war hero. That's what she sees. You'll never catch her saying anything bad about him:
Palin is much more gracious and big-hearted than I.
In the Arizona Republic:
It was one of my life's greatest privileges to serve as Sen. John McCain's running mate on the 2008 Republican ticket as he sought to lead us as president of the United States. And it's an honor to stand beside him now as he runs for re-election to the United States Senate.
Long before the summer of 2008, I respected the man known as the "maverick of the Senate." From up in the Last Frontier state, I'd watched with deep admiration as he fought tirelessly against wasteful spending and corruption. I was inspired by his willingness to buck his political party - and even his president - to do what he believed was right for this country. And as the mother of a son who would soon deploy to Iraq, I took comfort in the knowledge that Sen. McCain was there to ensure our men and women in uniform had the strategy, resources and unwavering support they needed to complete their mission.
In the campaign, I got a chance to see up close the qualities I'd long admired from afar. As we traveled across the country, I got to know John McCain personally. He's a man of faith, a man of honor and - most of all - a man of the people. He's deeply devoted to his state; the patriotic, hard-working Arizonans who call it home; and the founding principles they hold dear.
The desire to serve his fellow citizens has defined Sen. McCain's entire career - and it's been tested in ways that few can imagine. As a young man, he went to war to fight for our freedom. He was captured, tortured and held in a lonely cell far from home as an American prisoner of war. When his captors offered early release, he refused, insisting instead that his fellow POWs be released in the order they were captured. It was the honorable, brave and heroic thing to do. It was a sacrifice that cost him nearly six years of his life.
As a young congressman, John was a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. He knew even then that Washington was broken, and he set out to fix it. Since those early days in Congress, he's led the charge against earmarks and pork-barrel spending. He's been a strong advocate for the Second Amendment and has pursued an "all-of-the-above approach" for meeting our energy needs. And he's worked to create a culture that values innocent human life in every way, at every stage.
When it comes to issues of war and peace, Sen. McCain has been a leading voice in the most important national-security debates of our time. When many in Washington wanted to cut and run in Iraq, Sen. McCain championed the surge. When people pointed out that this position might cost him the presidency, he told them that was fine; he'd rather lose an election than lose a war.
It's that kind of courage that makes John one of the finest public servants this country has ever known. A man of principle, he's not afraid to take tough positions, and he doesn't shy away from a fight. He's not worried about what's popular or partisan or personally advantageous. He's guided only by a desire to do what's right for the people he serves and the country he loves.
After the 2008 campaign, Sen. McCain didn't miss a beat. Since November 2008, he's introduced 15 bills and hundreds of amendments. He's leading the loyal opposition in Congress against a misguided agenda that is making us less secure, putting us further into debt, and making us more beholden to foreign regimes.
When the Obama administration proposed a nearly trillion-dollar stimulus bill, Sen. McCain gave them a little straight talk. He told them that bill was generational theft and voted "no."
When the president began to waver on Afghanistan, John knew our men and women in uniform deserved better. He asked the president to listen to the advice of his commanders on the ground.
When it came to "Obamacare," Sen. McCain stood up and spoke out against this government takeover of one-sixth of our economy. And he told the president that transparency in the legislative process must be more than just a campaign promise.
That's the kind of leadership we need if we're going to turn today's challenges into tomorrow's opportunities. In 2008, I firmly believed that John McCain was the right man for America. Today, I know he's the right man for Arizona. Your state deserves more than rhetoric; you deserve a leader with a real record of accomplishment. That's why, on behalf of Sen. McCain, I'm asking for your vote. For the good of our entire country and the future of your state, please send John McCain back to the United States Senate.
- Sarah Palin
Palin in Midland:
[Palin] spoke to a crowd of about 1,300 people in folding chairs for the better part of an hour Thursday afternoon at the Commemorative Air Force in an event that was primarily political but between the “Amens” and cowbells from the crowd, often resembled church or a football game....
Palin was focused on getting people out to reverse what she called the leftist direction of the county under President Barack Obama.
But she said that media reports mischaracterized the conservative message as inciting violence.
“'Take up your arms' means voting,” Palin said....
Palin, who said that she was glad to see all of the young kids in the audience, was very critical of the debt she said liberals had created.
“That’s selfish and it’s generational theft,” Palin said.
Crosby Cobb, a 10-year-old from Greenwood, was also missing school. But for someone who dressed as Sarah Palin for Halloween, this wasn’t a surprise.
“She’s just someone who stands up for women’s rights and shows that just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can’t do something,” Cobb said.
When asked about media restrictions during the event from no television cameras or recordings to being asked not to ask audience members questions, Cocchia said that Palin didn’t want the event to be about her but rather about the people of the area. Media was not allowed recording devices, other than still photographs, and photographs were not to be taken except for the first and last five minutes of her speech.
Cocchia also said that some of the restrictions in effect, such as not allowing interviews with people attending the event or asking their names, were not due to Palin or the foundation, and may have been because volunteers misinterpreted what they were supposed to do.
“Maybe next time we’ll do things just a hair different,” Cocchia said.
More pics here.
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke to a large crowd Thursday morning at a motivational seminar at the Civic Center in downtown Beaumont.She's going to have fun with that one now. By the way, Eric Cantor and other GOP peeps are getting threats now too. Here's the transcript of a phone call. Politicians actually get threats all the time. I suppose JFK's murder and Reagan getting shot at was all Palin's fault too.
Palin spoke to the crowd at about 8:40 a.m. KFDM anchor Ashley Rodrigue was in the Civic Center to cover the story. Ashley says Palin told the crowd that when faced with a challenge, "Don't retreat-reload."
You know, maybe people are upset because emotions are running very high due to Congress passing a bill that basically just transformed our country forever.
Nah. It's because Palin posted on Facebook.
This comment was more interesting than the article:
I went to see Sarah Palin because I wanted to hear her speak for myself and not get a tv reporters version. I told my mother before I even read your report that the only thing report would be the "Don't Retreat - Just Reload" which was an advice she received from her father about not giving up. I enjoyed her speech and it was a tremendously pleasure to hear her for myself.
Some of the other remarks she did make were:
Opportunity meets preparation equals success.
Do today what others won't do so tomorrow you can do what others can't!
She talked about putting family first, take time to be inspired, and God doesn't drive parked cars - you have to get out and find where God wants to use you....
Don't expect others to cheer you on for what you are suppose to be doing anyway...
She enjoys being a runner because it just requires you to put your shoes one and go - in a marathon you only think about the first mile you are in....
Maybe next time your reporter could give a little more depth to your report instead of just going for what the liberal version of Sarah Palin is! Please give us a break!!!
As for the threats...
@jimgeraghty BREAKING: Nation founded by men willing to shoot people over tax rates recoils in horror at threats to lawmakers.....And when it comes to Palin....
Media Matters has picked up that tweet, knowing that in some way, some how, it must be offensive to _someone_.
SHOOT, I just dropped a frozen turkey and it went BANG! on the floor and HIT! my foot. I could just DIE from the pain...now I won't be able to use my staple GUN to attach my son's artwork on our kitchen BULLETIN board.
Oops...sorry trolls... I hope does not TRIGGER any lefty trauma, tears, pants-wetting, panic, stress disorders or paranoia.
- Susan W
I knew this was coming. The moment I saw that she used little gun sights to pinpoint the HC20's districts, I knew some Lefty wuss was going to claim that Sarah Palin wants to take these folks out - literally! It's why I used a picture of a soldier with a gun for my "Targeting" post below.
And to make matters worse, she used "salvo." Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! She's going to kill us all!!!!!!
Let me get this straight.
America is racist, therefore Obama was going to be killed on the campaign trail, but nobody spared a thought for what kind of a President Joe Biden would make, even as they hollered all day long that Sarah Palin was "one heartbeat away." (Note: McCain's still kickin').
If the stimulus package wasn't passed, over 300 million Americans would lose their jobs.
If the health care bill wasn't passed, husbands all over the country would start beating up their wives. Or was that the Jobs Bill?
No matter. We're all going to melt from Global Warming in about twenty years anyway.
Sarah Palin uses an obvious metaphor that she's been using for the past year, and all of a sudden she's a domestic terrorist who should be thrown in jail for being allowed to breathe.
Sarah Palin puts "Death Panels" in quotation marks.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Don’t Get Demoralized! Get Organized! Take Back the 20!
With the president signing this unwanted and “transformative” government takeover of our health care system today with promises impossible to keep, let’s not get discouraged. Don’t get demoralized. Get organized!
We’re going to reclaim the power of the people from those who disregarded the will of the people. We’re going to fire them and send them back to the private sector, which has been shrinking thanks to their destructive government-growing policies. Maybe when they join the millions of unemployed, they’ll understand why Americans wanted them to focus on job creation and an invigorated private sector. Come November, we’re going to print pink slips for members of Congress as fast as they’ve been printing money.
We’re paying particular attention to those House members who voted in favor of Obamacare and represent districts that Senator John McCain and I carried during the 2008 election. Three of these House members are retiring – from Arkansas’s 2nd district, Indiana’s 8th district, and Tennessee’s 6th district – but we’ll be working to make sure that those who replace them are Commonsense Conservatives.
We’ll aim for these races and many others.
This is just the first salvo in a fight to elect people across the nation who will bring common sense to Washington. Please go to SarahPac.com and join me in the fight.
Stand tall, America. Real change is coming!
- Sarah Palin
First off, he's joining Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski in challenging the EPA's attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions:
Parnell announced this week the state will move to intervene in the original suit, which was brought by the state of Massachusetts and ended with the U.S. Supreme Court ordering the EPA to determine whether greenhouse gas emissions are a danger to public health....He's also having the state Attorney General look into the recent health care legislation:
Murkowski, who would rather see Congress write such regulations, is seeking support in the Senate for a so-called "disapproval resolution," which would halt the EPA rule- making process.
The state of Alaska is challenging the EPA's assertion that Congress intended the agency and states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act. The state is also challenging the process by which the EPA came to its endangerment finding.
Gov. Sean Parnell calls newly passed federal health care legislation unconstitutional and "public policy at its worst." His attorney general is reviewing the measure to determine if the state may join others in suing over the issue, though a Department of Law spokesman cautioned against a rush to judgment....He's also working with legislators on moving forward a smaller, in-state bullet line.
Parnell said Sunday he was concerned about how the bill will affect state residents.
"For the many Alaskans currently unable to afford insurance, this legislation will do nothing but require that they purchase health insurance," he said. "This bill will increase insurance premiums and do very little to ensure that patients have access to needed health care professionals."
Parnell said the bill that Congress passed Sunday forces people into a health care plan they don't want, and the country can't afford. He called it unconstitutional. A Parnell spokeswoman said it was Parnell's "personal opinion."
Monday, March 22, 2010
The particular work that Sarah was referencing is, I believe, Alaska's Wolf Man.
How is Jim related to the Palin family? As near as I can figure, it's by marriage. This article states that Jim's wife is Audrey Rearden. And in this article speaking about Todd's Yup'ik heritage, it references an Audrey Rearden as being Lena Andree's daughter. Lena Andree is Todd's grandmother.
Todd's mother is Lena's daughter Blanche. This would make Audrey his Aunt. And if she's the same Audrey Rearden that's married to Jim Rearden, that's the connection. Long story short, Jim Rearden married Todd Palin's Aunt. At least that's my educated guess.
Which brings me to the answer of my previous trivia question. Palin wrote the foreword for one of Rearden's books, Slim Moore Alaska Master Guide. I've never read it. Perhaps she makes the connection between Jim and the Palins more clear in it. Great, now I'll have to buy it. :)
The other book she wrote a foreword for was Wild, Wonderful Alaska Seafood.
In other trivia bits, apparently, Shannyn Moore's father is a good friend of Jim Rearden's. Skip down to the comment by Dave O to see it. It's a small world.
What two books did Palin write forewords to before the 2008 election?
(At least there's two that I know of. Maybe there's more.)
THOSE who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it....
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.....
If a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to "bind me in all cases whatsoever" to his absolute will, am I to suffer it? What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a common man; my countryman or not my countryman; whether it be done by an individual villain, or an army of them?
If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference; neither can any just cause be assigned why we should punish in the one case and pardon in the other.
Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man.
I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from a being, who at the last day shall be shrieking to the rocks and mountains to cover him, and fleeing with terror from the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America.
There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and this is one. There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful.
It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both.....
Mutual fear is the principal link in the chain of mutual love, and woe be to that state that breaks the compact. Howe is mercifully inviting you to barbarous destruction, and men must be either rogues or fools that will not see it. I dwell not upon the vapors of imagination; I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as A, B, C, hold up truth to your eyes....
I thank God, that I fear not. I see no real cause for fear. I know our situation well, and can see the way out of it....
By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils — a ravaged country — a depopulated city — habitations without safety, and slavery without hope — our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented....
A bad cause will ever be supported by bad means and bad men; and whoever will be at the pains of examining strictly into things, will find that one and the same spirit of oppression and impiety, more or less, governs through your whole party in both countries:
Not many days ago, I accidentally fell in company with a person of this city noted for espousing your cause, and on my remarking to him, "that it appeared clear to me, by the late providential turn of affairs, that God Almighty was visibly on our side," he replied, "We care nothing for that you may have Him, and welcome; if we have but enough of the devil on our side, we shall do."
However carelessly this might be spoken, matters not, 'tis still the insensible principle that directs all your conduct and will at last most assuredly deceive and ruin you....
The world has seen her [America] great in adversity; struggling, without a thought of yielding, beneath accumulated difficulties, bravely, nay proudly, encountering distress, and rising in resolution as the storm increased. All this is justly due to her, for her fortitude has merited the character. Let, then, the world see that she can bear prosperity: and that her honest virtue in time of peace, is equal to the bravest virtue in time of war.
She is now descending to the scenes of quiet and domestic life. Not beneath the cypress shade of disappointment, but to enjoy in her own land, and under her own vine, the sweet of her labors, and the reward of her toil. — In this situation, may she never forget that a fair national reputation is of as much importance as independence.
That it possesses a charm that wins upon the world, and makes even enemies civil. That it gives a dignity which is often superior to power, and commands reverence where pomp and splendor fail.
I am happy that Obamacare is passed. As a non-American living in Asia, I believe we will reap huge and almost immediate benefits from it.
Almost 50% of the US doctors may quit if this Bill is passed. Why would medical professionals want to spend more time to work longer and harder, burdened themselves with greater stress and responsibility, spend lesser time with their family for the same amount or even much lower pay (due to impending tax hikes to fund this Healthcare Bill)?
Why don’t they all come to Asia and work where they can make more money (as Asia has comparatively lower personal and corporate tax than America), work more leisurely and spend more time with their family, and with Asian economy booming and English commonly used, they can enjoy almost similar quality of life as they have in America.
Better still, by working overseas, they may avoid paying growing taxes and not penalized for not buying health insurances. When they become old or struck with disease, they can then return back to US and buy comprehensive health insurance that are subsidized by other American taxpayers who are still staying behind.
Like the 1930’s German Jews who were legislated to work much harder, earn much lesser and yet be demonized and made scapegoats, US healthcare providers may be force to quit America just as the German Jews who were forced to abandon Germany and came to America to make her a much stronger and richer place while Germany became weaker and poorer.
I believe the fastest and effective way to improve healthcare is to increase the number of healthcare providers. This is something that cannot be computerized or mechanized as patients require quality face-to-face time with their medical professionals. They are as rare and limited resources like oil or uranium. It is very expensive and time-consuming to train and groom medical talents. It is much cheaper and faster to poach them from other countries.
Whenever I visit hospital, I always see many foreign workers here as doctors, nurses and pharmacists. I feel sorry for their home country as their governments have spent huge resources and money to groom their professional careers. Their people have placed high hope on them to improve the country healthcare services. But these healthcare providers choose to abandon their fellow countryman and come here to serve us in return for a better quality of life.
But when I look at myself, I find that I don’t have to wait longer queue and not paying exorbitant cost. I don’t feel bad and sorry for their country. As a matter of fact, I feel very happy for myself and hope that all healthcare providers will abandon their country and come here to work. It is the fault of their own government for failing to keep them in place.
In recent years, there is an increase of Caucasian faces among the foreign medical professionals here. This show that the pay and quality of life offered is competitive to that in developed country. With Obamacare becoming law, we hope to see more American medical professionals quit their country and come here to work.
Furthermore, there is an intense competition among Asian countries to attract foreign medical tourists.
In both government and private hospitals, one can always find foreigners from different countries as the medical cost here is cheaper compared to US. The hospitals have to upgrade their facilities and attract top medical talents to stay competitive.
The local patients who are receiving subsidized care can enjoy better service as they would also be sharing these facilities and expertise as well. These foreign patients will pay full market rate for the services allowing the government and hospitals to use these handsome profit to subsidize local patients.
US doctors who are hesistant to quit America because they worry that local patients cannot pay their service can instead cater their services to these high-end foreign patients. Governments have set up agencies overseas to promote their healthcare services so that there is a growing stream of rich patients to come to Asia for doctors here to make more money. These foreign patients usually stay longer, bring more family and friends with them, willing to spend any amount of money to save their life, and more likely to return for regular medical check-ups.
These foreign patients help to stimulate local economy more diversely and create more jobs than other tourist groups. With the impending ObamaCare, foreign patients may be discouraged from going to America and instead come to Asia, and thus deprive America a lucrative source of revenue.
While we win more high-end foreign medical tourists, you may gain more of the undesirable ones, ie illegal immigrants. “We got the corn, you got the husk” as Arnold put it. These low-end foreign “tourists” may wear down your already demoralized healthcare providers and bankrupt the system. Hopefully, these illegal immigrants will overwhelm your medical providers and drive them out of America into Asia.
In the end, Obamacare may or may not become the law of the land. However, the complicated procedure and heated debates have most certainly heightened anxiety and distress among the medical professionals making them vulnerable to poaching by foreign countries.
No man is an island. You do not expect America competitors to sit down, relax, idle and do nothing while watching America cuts its own throat. We will most definitely march out in full force to exploit and capitalize your blunders to our maximum benefits.
The competition for medical talents and medical tourists is a cut-throat, zero-sum business. Your loss is our gain. While Obama is busy tearing down the city wall and driving away its best city defenders, the barbarians at the gate are watching lustily and happily.
- Ymchoo at C4P
I saw Sarah Palin on the O’Reilly Factor and I am convinced that she is the best candidate to run against Obama and Obama-care. She is the only prospective candidate that is a real conservative and the only one that can solidly run against Obama-care. If anyone can beat Obama it is Sarah Palin and not some middle of the road moderate.
Conservatives will spend the better part of the decade trying to erase and defeat Obama-care. I pray they will be successful. Mitt Romney’s 2012 candidacy died today and he knows it. The Republican strategy is now and forever running against socialism and Obama-care and not embracing it.
We do not need a republican that enabled the model for Obama-care and championed it, while he was Governor of Massachusetts. The Republicans must beat Obama-care in court and at the state level and take the White House. They do not do this by agreeing with Obama and the leftists on socialized medicine.
Sarah Palin has been a strong critic of Obama-care and will absolutely run against it with no apologies. The Republican party must remain a conservative party and not a liberal party. The Republicans must succeed where the “so called” conservatives in Britain and Canada failed and end national health-care!
I think we can win this war and I hope we have real conservatives willing to fight it and not lousy RINOS willing to go along with it. That is why Sarah Palin should be the nominee! This is a fight that will probably last a decade.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I went through the normal doom and gloom spiral for about an hour just to work it out of my system, and now.... let's just say I am going to D.C. on August 28th. I am also going to get busy donating and volunteering here in my own state for our own Congressional candidates.
There's nothing like a little motivation.
It's now clear that Bart Stupak never had any intention of voting against the bill. I knew that he was a liberal, but now I know he's also a liar. The latter shouldn't be much of a surprise given the former.
Dan Benishek is Stupak's challenger in Michigan. You can find him on Facebook. His supporters have gone from around 600 to nearly 7,000 and counting, and that's just today. He doesn't have a Donate button up yet, but you can send him a check. Please include your employer info in the envelope.
You can follow Benishek on Twitter - http://twitter.com/Benishek
Don't get mad; get even.
Benishek now has a way to donate via PayPal here.
And his supporters now number over 10,000. :)
Remember when this was just a joke? :
In the meantime, enjoy something that doesn't have much at all to do with politics:
And um, yeah. I'm torn on this one. Funny and slightly disturbing....