March 10, 2014
Column: Obamacare Just Keeps on Tanking
How I pray we don't get so numb to the endless nightmarish stories of Obamacare that we become fatalistic and resigned to its continued existence. As an antidote to that, I submit another update.
First, Unite Here -- a major union for the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry and airport industries -- has issued a report concluding that Obamacare will result in wages being reduced by up to $5 an hour, reduce worker hours and exacerbate income inequality. The report, titled "The Irony of ObamaCare: Making Inequality Worse," states: "Ironically, the Administration's own signature healthcare victory poses one of the most immediate challenges to redressing inequality. ... We take seriously the promise that 'if you like your health plan, you can keep it. Period.' UNITE HERE members like their health plans."
Next, let's look at some very interesting -- and compelling -- "hard data" from Forbes on the difficulties people will have finding doctors under this exasperating law. Forbes obtained its data from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield "because it is regarded to offer higher quality plans in both the commercial market and on the exchanges."
The report looks at nine states and compares the number of specialists in the various fields of practice -- cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, dermatology, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology -- who are available in private health plans with those in the Obamacare plans in the same markets. The numbers are astounding and cannot be dismissed by cynics as anecdotal.
Let's look at the cardiologists. In Connecticut, there are 400 practitioners in private plans and 177 fewer (223) in the Obamacare plans. In Kentucky, 376 are in private plans, and there are 182 fewer in Obama plans. In New Hampshire, it's 84 and 13 fewer. Colorado, 71 and 34 fewer. Indiana, 1,055 and 981 fewer. Maine, 71 and 23 fewer. Nevada, 324 and 225 fewer. Ohio, 511 and 244 fewer. Wisconsin, 286 and 187 fewer. Just running through these quickly, it looks as though the available choices under the Obamacare plans in many of these specialties are less than half or worse.
March 09, 2014
Cape Girardeau County Lincoln Day Speech
Thank you, Ed, distinguished public servants, ladies and gentlemen, and fellow rightwing nutjobs:
I am honored to speak to you tonight. Uncharacteristically, I'll try not to be long-winded in deference to the sheer volume of speeches you'll have to endure.
First, let me say that I love God. I love the United States of America. I love you fellow patriots, and I love this great city, and the surrounding area, which is the best place in the world to live and raise a family.
We are so blessed; blessed to live here, to enjoy freedom to express ourselves, to worship who and how we please, and to conduct our lives the way we believe they should be conducted. Even under the disastrous Obama administration, we are still freer and more prosperous than most people who have ever inhabited the earth. But all this is in jeopardy. I know you sense it. Almost everyone I talk to in this community and elsewhere realizes the threats we are facing that imperil our liberties, our prosperity, our financial security, and most importantly our children and grandchildren's future.
Trust me when I tell you I am not indulging myself in hyperbole to get a rise out of a presumably friendly audience. I am not being hysterical. I am not being extreme, or radical. But most of all, I'm not being pessimistic.
There is a world of difference between recognizing and calling attention to our very grave problems on the one hand, and believing they will finish us, on the other. I believe we will beat back these threats against America, but we will NOT do so by ignoring them or downplaying their severity. Only if we recognize our problems, appreciate their magnitude, and resolve to address them aggressively and fiercely, will we be able to preserve America's greatness.
Despite what some may assume from my writings and my passion for politics, I am not about partisanship for the sake of it. I belong to the Republican Party because it has been the best vehicle of those available for advancing ideas that I believe in, though at times it has also been very disappointing in that respect.
Unlike so many Democrats, we do not believe in our party, right or wrong. We don't believe in our party, at all costs. We believe in America and its founding principles, which are embodied in political conservatism. To the extent that the Republican Party deviates from political conservatism, we are disappointed and oppose it, because to deviate from conservatism is to deviate from the ideas that have made America unique and the envy of the world.
I could pass a polygraph test when I tell you that if a Republican president were operating as lawlessly, as recklessly, as brazenly, as narcissistically, and as disrespectful of the United States Constitution as President Obama has and is, I would favor throwing him out on his ear -- for this isn't about party. This is about the United States of America; it's about the State of Missouri; the County and City of Cape Girardeau and all other states and communities in this country. And it's about us -- the people.
But, regrettably, the Democratic Party has either sold its soul for the sake of maintaining raw political power, or it is so irretrievably invested in extreme leftist policies that it won't withdraw support for this menace of a destructive president nor lift a finger of opposition to his ghastly agenda.
The Democrats are in lockstep with this president, who is literally destroying this country in the process of actualizing his promise to fundamentally transform it. They are either in concert with him, applauding him every step of the way, or they are so blindly partisan that they can't even recognize the abject failure of his policies.
We can no longer honestly say that the two major political parties share the same goals for this country but just prefer different policies to achieve them. I'm sorry if it makes some people uncomfortable that I am making these statements, but, on balance, I can't defer to those sensitivities at the expense of telling you the truth.
Part of the reason we are still saddled with this nightmare in the executive branch is that too few good people have been willing to acknowledge, much less express just how noxious his policies are for this Republic. If our side didn't make a practice of downplaying Obama's nefariousness, if the consummate gentleman Mitt Romney hadn't backed off on Benghazi when he had his flagrantly dishonest opponent on the ropes in the presidential debate; if certain so-called rightwing commentators hadn't routinely pulled their punches for fear of either incurring the disapproval of beltway elitists or of being tarred as racists, if certain party regulars hadn't demonized the Tea Party -- the very lifeblood of the conservative movement -- then maybe we wouldn't be suffering through Act 2 in the worst real-life play that has ever unfolded in the history of that "white house" on Pennsylvania Avenue.
I've repeatedly pondered whether I'm too strident in expressing my concern over the current state of affairs, but I always end up concluding that I have a duty to keep speaking out. Some say we should take this in stride, but I think this approach can be more problematic than mine. We cannot minimize what's going on here, or we minimize our future. We'll have to just deal with the blowback and continue to do our part in trying to protect this nation, along with and following the example of my unfairly maligned brother, Rush Limbaugh, who I am most proud to call my brother, and who is fighting every day to save America. Let them call him divisive and extreme. Let them call us divisive and extreme. Let them call the Tea Party divisive and extreme. For if divisive and extreme means that we refuse to abandon the fight for this country lest it divide us from those hell-bent on destroying it, then let us proudly plead guilty.
Democrats aren't sitting around shooting themselves with friendly fire. They aren't accusing each other of extremism, divisiveness, and stridency, even though their leftist radicals have become the mainstream of their party, and even though their president has governed and campaigned stridently and divisively.
No, we no longer share a vision with the Democratic Party, which is led by the most virulent anti-Americanism we've ever witnessed in the Oval Office. Whether Dinesh D'Souza was correct in his theory as to WHY Obama doesn't like America, the fact is he has an obvious grudge against this nation as it was founded and as it flourished prior to his taking office -- otherwise he wouldn't have promised to fundamentally change it. Period.
Obama sees our founding steeped in racism, economic injustice, power imbalances and free market principles for which he has unmistakable contempt, though he fervently denies it. His vision is to radically change America, and his vision has become the Democratic Party's vision, because they have fully embraced it and supported him each and every step of the way.
What is that vision? It is a utopian hallucination featuring an equality of economic outcomes rather than maximizing economic opportunity; of expanding the power of the federal government over ever-greater areas of our lives; of using the government not to ensure equal justice and impartial treatment under the law, but as a weapon to force payback on those they believe to have oppressed others in our past; of downsizing our military; of selectively diminishing the religious liberties and freedom of expression of those who don't agree with their worldview, and of continuing to misappropriate the incomes and private property of some people for the benefit of others, who they are encouraging NOT TO BE productive members of society and TO BE dependent on the government as they fan the flames of envy and covetousness. In so doing, they show contempt for the 10th Commandment, to the detriment of our social fabric. Their vision looks nothing like the America we love or that the founders instituted.
It is also a vision, folks, that is utterly unsustainable. There used to be time when socialist-oriented statists could continue to burden the free market and our political liberties with their incremental encroachments, but we are reaching the tipping point beyond which this near-miraculous engine of freedom we call the United States will not be able to support its own dead weight. This is tragic but wholly avoidable, if we join together to act.
We have a $17T debt and $100T of unfunded liabilities and a president who, along with his party, outright refuses to address them. Unless we restructure our entitlements we will -- not might -- go bankrupt. Unless we unshackle our businesses and individuals from his oppressive regulatory, taxing, and spending policies, and his premeditated expansion of the welfare state, we will remain quagmired in HIS -- not George W. Bush's -- perpetually sluggish economy, and the worst labor participation rate in our history. Unless we restore economic growth we will not be able to fund the military we desperately need in this age of terrorist threats, on top of potential threats from Russia and China. And unless we repeal Obamacare we will ensure the disintegration of the best health care system in the history of the world and the further erosion of our liberties.
But Obama and his party are obstructing our pathway to remedy all these problems. They are wedded to the pernicious myth that the only way to grow the economy is through harebrained Keynesian stimulus schemes -- stealing money from the private sector and forcing its wasteful expenditure in the manner liberal bureaucrats direct, rather than through the wisdom of the invisible hand of the market. And they are addicted to the partisan political benefits they derive from their overt war on the work ethic and from demonizing achievers and those daring to earn their own way in this climate of government-encouraged sloth. They are determined to destroy our conventional energy resources -- coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear -- and the industries producing them, in favor of phony, failed, unpromising, inefficient, and colossally wasteful green energy ideas grounded in the infernal fable of global warming, which they have now conveniently -- and shamelessly -- morphed into "climate change." You could almost believe that these leftwing cultists were sincere about the necessity of bankrupting ourselves to save the planet if you didn't understand that if we were to implement every draconian measure mandated by the Kyoto treaty it wouldn't reduce the mean global temperature beyond a meaningless fraction of a degree in a hundred years. It's a transparent excuse to expand government, just like Obamacare, which was sold on the lie that it would increase access and choice and decrease costs, but is doing precisely the opposite, as we knew it would. But they're not abandoning that either -- because, just as with global warming, it's not about what they say it's about. It's about restructuring America in their warped image. After five plus years of this avoidable train-wreck of an agenda, coupled with every other time they've tried such insanity in our history, how could they not know it cannot work? Yet they will not abandon these schemes, and so as long as they're in power we will see more of the same, which is why we must thoroughly defeat them.
But what about us? What do we believe in? Do we still believe in America and its founding principles? Do we still believe in the constitutionally prescribed limitations on government -- our separation of powers, our federalist scheme of dividing powers between the state and federal governments, and our Bill of Rights, all designed to maximize individual liberties, which has the happy consequence of also maximizing prosperity? Or are we afraid of our shadow, fatalistically resigned to diluting our platform and doing whatever we think we have to do to win over so-called moderates and independents. Have we chosen to become Democrat lite -- demonstrating our differences from Democrats with pale pastels rather than bold colors?
Do we still believe in American exceptionalism, in liberty, in equality of opportunity, in the rule of law, and in the Constitution, which was designed to safeguard all these things?
I am betting that we do. I am betting that despite your fear and horror about what's going on in this country, that along with me, you will refuse to pronounce America, as we have known her, dead. I know you wouldn't be here tonight if you were ready to throw in the towel, if you were ready to abandon your children's future to a liberal establishment that has infiltrated every aspect of our culture, our educational institutions and our government.
We must stand together to prevent them from completing their transformation of America into something my parents wouldn't recognize. We will stand with the rest of the patriots in this still great and always resilient nation and fight until we have no more breath remaining in us to take back this country -- not for ourselves, as if it is some kind of partisan power trip -- but for America and Americans.
Despite what Obama endlessly says and his partisan parrots dutifully repeat, we DO have wonderful ideas -- timeless ideas that involve unleashing the private sector and free market forces to restore ourselves as the most industrious and productive people on the planet. We have specific, workable plans to reform health care, to restructure entitlements, to reinstitute responsible spending on constitutionally prescribed government services, to roll back the regulatory state, to quit using the tax code to punish producers and the successful, who happen to create jobs. We have tried and tested programs to wean people off of government dependency and free them from the prison of inferior public schools in the inner cities. We have concrete proposals to unburden our energy industry and to refurbish our military commensurate with our national commitment to continue as the strongest, most benevolent world power in history. And we must be emboldened to stand up for life and for traditional values that God ordained as necessary for the organization of a civil society.
Sure, we can compromise with Democrats when we have no other choice, but we must be mindful that our history of compromise with Democrats has often been to allow them to demagogue and bully us into getting most of what they want, with the result that we continue our slow, steady march -- now rapidly accelerated sprint -- to a socialist state.
Above all, we must stop being ashamed of what we claim to believe in and start preaching it and teaching it unapologetically. We know our ideas work and have always worked, so why would we ever want to emulate Democrats?
In the meantime, we must no longer ignore the institutionalized slander from the left that depicts us, simply by virtue of our conservatism or "Republicanism," as being uncompassionate, racist, and sexist. We are the ones who are compassionate. We don't just TALK compassion; our policies produce results. They produce the most prosperity for the most people and despite what Democrats say, we are not opposed to a reasonable safety net for those who slip through the cracks. Democrats no longer get a pass in calling themselves compassionate when their policies destroy, impoverish and enslave the very people they claim to care most about. Obama lectures us on income inequality while his policies have grossly exacerbated that condition -- as if he's an innocent bystander. We can no longer sit by while Democrats smear us as racists when we demand voter ID to ensure the integrity of elections, and policies to protect our borders from illegal immigrant encroachment.
We aspire to a colorblind and gender-blind society, which treats all people equally under the law. We do not believe in using the law to uneven the odds. We believe in promoting equal opportunity and maximizing liberty for all.
So let's start proudly advocating what we stand for -- a recapturing of the American dream. And let's quit shooting ourselves over disagreements within the party. Establishment oriented Republicans are delusional if they think they can purge the party of its conservative base and survive. We Tea Partiers are short-sighted if we think we can build a coalition without working with the party. We Republicans must all unite to defeat the common opponent, the opponent who is well underway to reestablishing this nation into something foreign to us and everything we believe in.
Let's join hands; let's crouch in the same foxholes to take America back, and to work toward our common goal of restoring it as the glorious land of liberty our ancestors established and spilled blood to protect, and as the shining city on a Hill that remains the envy of the rest of the globe. With our undying dedication, steadfast prayers, and God's blessings, we can do this. So let's do it.
Thank you very much.
Copyright 2014 -- David Limbaugh
March 06, 2014
Column: Finally, One Obama Radical Bites the Dust
This week, the Senate, by a slim margin assured by opportunist Democrats up for re-election, rejected the nomination of Debo Adegbile, another radical Obama nominee, to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.
The feckless Democratic senators who broke ranks with his royalness are probably responding to the latest polling data showing that Obama has reached his all-time low for job performance approval. The Fox News poll found that just 38 percent approve of the president's job performance and that 54 percent disapprove. Prior to this poll, his worst rating was 40/55 percent in November 2013.
I happen to believe that Democrats are going to get a drubbing like they haven't seen for years, possibly even worse than 2010, because of Obama and despite the intramural struggles within the Republican Party.
For multiple reasons, Obama's disastrous performance hasn't backfired on him directly -- apparently typical of his whole life of taking credit for meager achievements and avoiding responsibility for his failures. But though he manages to always be out of the room when blame is being assessed, he still sports long reverse coattails, such as in 2010, which was a referendum on him personally, largely because of Obamacare.
Back then, Obamacare was just a gazillion-page bill on a blackboard waiting to be implemented by bureaucratic vultures hovering over the dying body politic of freedom. Now it is a live parasite choking the life out of our health care system and squeezing dry our checkbooks. Even if Obama gets a personal exemption for his unconscionable fundamental transformations, he is toxic for those associated with him. We'll see whether this disingenuous dissent by a few Democratic senators to save their own skins will even work. If voters are smart, it won't, because these same people have enabled this man's dismantling of the American dream every step of the way and his radicalization of every department within his reach.
March 03, 2014
Column: The Closed Mind of the Open-Minded Mr. Kaiser
Former Washington Post Managing Editor Robert Kaiser took to the opinion pages of the Post to lament the disintegration of the good old days in Washington when political life was wonderfully collegial and lawmakers had fun governing.
Oh, the irony of this Beltway liberal's devoting 2,225 words to decrying conservatives for destroying something that liberals have largely been in charge of for years -- government and its growth.
Kaiser sounds a lot like Chris Matthews, who often mourns for the days when politics was fun -- as if the process of governing is the only thing that matters. For Kaiser says he misses those days when liberal GOP lawmakers (though he doesn't identify them as such) "knew and cared a great deal about governing."
What really sticks in his craw is that "162 members of Congress ... voted 'no,' votes meant explicitly to drive their government into bankruptcy, when there was a real chance that their view might prevail. Here was an entirely new style of public service, and it turned" his stomach.
He continues: "Those 162 votes reflected the deep hostility felt by the newest version of Republican lawmakers toward the government of their country. It is a cynical and often uninformed hostility, befitting the age we live in. And it has many adherents in a country with an elaborate regulatory and welfare state that many like to pretend we don't really have, don't really need and don't really like -- three blatant falsehoods."
February 27, 2014
Column: Big Brother vs. Little Sisters
Why aren't more people outraged over the Obama administration's war on religious liberty?
The administration insists on coercing full compliance with the Obamacare mandates, even when 99.9 percent compliance would fully serve its purposes, and chooses to impose its iron will even against American citizens' God-given and constitutionally and statutorily protected religious freedoms.
Despite straight-facedly promising that he would protect the religious liberties of people and groups and would not violate their conscience rights by forcing them to provide or support contraceptive or abortion services, President Obama has vigorously engaged in a scorched-earth campaign to do just the opposite.
It's not enough that Obama has imposed a mandate on a formerly free America to compel people to purchase health insurance under his woefully inferior new health care scheme. He is insistent on gratuitously forcing it on those whose faith-driven consciences object to the mandate, even when exempting them surely wouldn't impair the workings of his already chaotic law.
This president doles out exemptions like candy for his friends and supporters when he has absolutely no legal authority to do so. But when he is legally required to exempt people (on religious liberty grounds), he refuses. What's the common denominator here? Obama gets his way and the law be damned -- period! The will of the people matters -- if Obama says it does and not if he doesn't.
February 24, 2014
Column: A Chilling Proposal
Any freedom-loving person would be outraged at the attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to inject itself into monitoring the practices of print and broadcast media organizations, but the outrage came almost exclusively from conservatives, which is highly instructive.
But liberals and conservatives are on such different planets that they don't even agree that this development -- that only conservatives objected -- is instructive, which is also instructive.
The Washington Post was hoist with its own petard in reacting with a subtly pointed headline, "Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks conservative outcry," and exposing its own biases rather than those of conservatives.
Simply put, everyone should object to this proposed action, and the fact that only conservatives did shows they are the only ones acting as freedom's guardians. That liberals didn't object is bad but is made much worse by their opinion that conservatives' objection is itself objectionable.
If blindly ideological liberals had a clue, they'd understand that the primary reason conservatives object is not their fear that certain media outlets will be exposed as unfairly conservative. Conservatives strenuously oppose the proposed action because it is such a threat to our First Amendment liberties, and any government that would even casually contemplate such a move is one to be greatly feared -- and beaten back.
February 20, 2014
Column: We Must Reject Liberalism's Economic Death Sentence on America
There seems to be a common characteristic among those who follow the liberal orthodoxy, especially those in the old media. Their ideology and rabid partisanship prevent them from acknowledging, much less correcting, policy failures.
My brother, Rush, expounds the "Limbaugh theorem," which holds that President Obama studiously avoids accountability for his disastrous agenda by positioning himself, with the willing aid of the media, as an outsider -- as one who is merely observing, rather than primarily causing, these failures.
For five years, he's mostly blamed President George W. Bush. The old media never call him on it, for example, in reminding him that he promised to lead us out of this economic hellhole way before now.
They never make him answer for his reckless stimulus package, which created hardly any permanent jobs and in which little money was allocated to infrastructure as he promised. They've never called him on his irresponsible predictions, corruption and waste on Solyndra and similar green projects. Indeed, they promote the propaganda that the financial meltdown of 2008, which liberal policies caused anyway, was worse than anyone thought, that the stimulus resulted in lower unemployment than would have occurred without it and that green project failures are just growing pains in a promising new field.
But Bush isn't the only scapegoat. As Obama doesn't have to worry about blatant inconsistencies, he can blame Bush one day, Republican obstructionists the next and ATMs the next. But now I've noticed a disturbing development in his blame game saga.
February 13, 2014
Column: Americans, Where Have You Gone?
Recently, I saw a Photoshopped depiction of Charles Manson next to an unborn baby, and the caption suggested that liberals are more interested in protecting Manson than they are the baby. It got me to thinking.
Yes, it got me to thinking about the absurd positions modern liberals hold, which wouldn't be nearly so disturbing but for the fact that I'm not talking about fringe liberals. I'm talking about mainstream liberals, who control the Democratic Party, the old media, the executive branch of the federal government, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Supreme Court half the time, the mammoth federal bureaucracy, many state governments, our universities, our national educational establishment and other cultural institutions.
It still may be true that significantly more Americans self-identify as conservatives than as liberals, but liberals are calculating visionaries by nature, and with decades of planning and activism, they've exercised influence wholly disproportional to their numbers. Their Orwellian mindset oozes intolerance for opposing viewpoints, and with their cultural bullying, they've effectively scared many conservatives and other non-liberals into silence.
The America we see today is but a cloudy shadow of the one in which I grew up, and while mocking iconoclasts celebrate that, we're experiencing the fruits of their ruination every day. America will not long survive if people who reject these warped and rebellious attitudes -- these ideas that are in wholesale defiance of the biblically based values that launched and sustained this nation -- don't start organizing themselves and fighting back.
Just think about the agenda and priorities of Barack Obama, world liberalism's greatest proponent, and the indefensible positions he supports. America, where have you gone? Some liberals have publicly lamented the indefensibility of Obamacare, but have you noticed they aren't doing anything to oppose it? The entire Democratic Party apparatus and the liberal establishment are enabling everything President Obama is doing, including his lawlessness and abuses of power. It is now clear that until the next election at least, Republicans alone can't stop his power-mad constitutional assaults, so unless liberals or Democrats help stop him, they are de facto conspirators in his calamitous assault on this country.
February 10, 2014
Column: Socialism, Not Access to Care, Is Obama's Prize
Each passing day is more incriminating for President Obama's Obamacare, as the news is like a relentless prosecutor amassing evidence against a serial killer.
Yet the more evidence that rolls in condemning the president's "signature achievement" -- wouldn't you love to have that albatross hung around your epitaph? -- the more entrenched Obama becomes, making clear that his heart is not with the American people or their needs but stubbornly fixated on self. His singular goal is not to provide "affordable health care" but to slay those who are trying to take his "baby" away from him, with the deranged obsession of Captain Ahab.
The big ruse Obama and his henchmen manufactured to sell this sham in the first place was the myth that 50 million Americans were uninsured. (I won't go into the details again to prove how that was a deliberate fabrication.) That was deceitful enough, but their real hat trick was to conflate insurance coverage with affordable and quality care, which are not necessarily the same.
Bloomberg View columnist Lanhee Chen homes in on this very point, in opining why the Obamacare alternatives Republicans have offered have been ignored. Chen writes: "The main reason is that much of the mainstream media, as well as Democrats who support the law, isn't all that concerned about the affordability of health care. Instead, they have bought into a flawed thesis: that the only way to measure the alternatives is by counting the number of people they would insure."
I think she is half-right. They aren't concerned about affordability of health care. But most haven't bought into the flawed thesis; they are knowingly trying to promote it, in order to distort the important metrics in assessing our health care system: quality of care, access, cost and choice. They know that insurance coverage resonates well with focus groups, so they have foisted it onto the discussion as the primary yardstick. Obama's real focus with Obamacare, of course, is on none of these things. Rather, he knows that Obamacare is the best vehicle to drive this nation toward socialized medicine, which is the first destination on the trip to socialism writ large.