Stimulus Plan Kills Older People

Ok, so that’s a scare title. But not by much.

Buried deep in the so-called Stimulus Plan are new government-mandated health-care restrictions. Here are some snippets –

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system.

One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446).

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)

Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

I think most Americans will object to this being buried in a panic-induced overreaching deficit bill without debate. Why is our Obamanation ramming stuff like this down our throats without debate? If these are so important, why can’t they be voted on individually so each portion can be judged on its own merit?

Please, government, stop helping us. We can’t afford it. Just put the checkbook down, back away, and nobody will get hurt. We don’t need a “stimulus” plan. It’s that’s sort of government “help” that got us into this mess in the first place.

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Middle Class Military

Charles Rangel, the looney left-wing Democrat, has criticized the military on several issues, one of them that the military is made up disproportionately of minorities while middle and upper class families reap the benefits without risk.

Where he got that idea from, who knows. Certainly didn’t come from the facts, though. Turns out most of the military volunteers come from middle class families.

Researchers matched the ZIP codes of recruits over the past five years with federal government estimates of household incomes in those neighborhoods. Contrary to complaints from some liberal lawmakers and pundits, the data show that the poor are not shouldering the bulk of the military’s need for new soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines.

The poorest neighborhoods provided 18 percent of recruits in prewar 1999 and 14.6 percent in 2003. By contrast, areas where household incomes ranged from $30,000 to $200,000 provided more than 85 percent.

“We found that recruits tend to come from middle-class areas, with disproportionately fewer from low-income areas,” said the report, prepared by Tim Kane, an Air Force Academy graduate and economics scholar. “Overall, the income distribution of military enlistees is more similar to than different from the income distribution of the general population.”

Turns out they’re better educated than the average American, too:

Mr. Kane said overall evidence “is at odds with the image, painted by some supporters of the draft, that the military exploits poor, ignorant young Americans by using slick advertising that promises technical careers in the military to dupe them into trading their feeble opportunities in the private sector for a meager role as cannon fodder.”

About 98 percent of all enlistees from 1999 to 2003 had a high school diploma, compared with 75 percent of nonrecruits nationwide.

“In an education context, rather than attracting underprivileged young Americans, the military seems to be attracting above-average Americans,” Mr. Kane wrote.

Just something that warmed my heart, knowing my son returns from Army basic training tomorrow. 🙂

* Tip from Brutally Honest. About the news article, I mean, not the news about my son.

Latest Democrat Missile Misses Target. Again.

If for no other reason, you ought to vote for George Bush because the Democrats have shown themselves to be completely inept.

According to the Drudge Report, John Kerry has launched a new campaign today, claiming Bush lied. The latest claim is that campaign literature from 1978 says George Bush claimed to have been in the Air Force, but he was only in the Air National Guard.

“Flyers distributed to Texas voters during Bush’s failed Congressional race say ‘he served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard.’ But according to Air Force officials, Air National Guardsmen are not counted as members of the active-duty Air Force.”

My first reaction was, “Is this the best they can do?” Either way, Bush served his country. At best, it’s 26 year old news. Not exactly earth shattering news either way.

Democrats need to pull those ads before they’re shown – the Air Force immediately shot the story down, saying that he did indeed serve in May of 1968.

Drudge again has the scoop with documentation to prove it.

I can’t help but notice the type is *not* proportional Times New Roman font.

Memos Questioning Bush's Guard Service May Be Fake

The Houston Chronicle is publishing a story by the Boston Globe that memos aired by CBS last night appear to show evidence “embellished” his record. Among other records:

The four pages of documents also contain an August 1972 order from Killian, suspending Bush from flying status for “failure to perform” up to Air Force and Texas Air National Guard standards and failing to take his annual flight physical. The suspension came three months after Killian had ordered Bush to take his physical, on May 14, 1972.

It appears on closer inspection today that some or all of these memos are fake. CBS news has the memo they relied on here for inspection.

For one, a proportional font which was only available on the most expensive word processors appears to have been used. The Air Force used typewriters with fixed-pitch typeface Courier.

“That would not be possible on a typewriter or even a word processor at that time,” said John Collins, vice president and chief technology officer at Bitstream Inc., the parent of

Even more telling is the use of a superscript font. The “th” at the end of “111th” is superscript, something not possible with 1972 technology, but is automatic with today’s Microsoft Word.

These memos purportedly came from the “personal files” of squadron commander Jerry B. Killian, deceased.

Update: Little Green Footballs has a complete shakedown.

60 Minutes should offer a complete apology.

Update 2: Powerline has the original shakedown and first broke the story. In addition to the above, the letter were typed in Times Roman 12 which didn’t exist back then, the characters were ‘kerned’ or squeezed closer together that cannot exist on a typewrite, and the memo says the pressure was coming from General Staudt who had retired over a year earlier and was not in a position to pressure anybody.

CBS is now saying:

CBS verified the authenticity of the documents by talking to individuals who had seen the documents at the time they were written. These individuals were close associates of Colonel Jerry Killian and confirm that the documents reflect his opinions at the time the documents were written.

In other words, they’re saying the documents might be fake but the opinions are real and based on anonymous people who remembered what Killian thought 32 years ago.

And if all that wasn’t enough, the forged Killian signature doesn’t even match. :/

Update 3: Here’s the CBS / 60 Minutes story that the world media picked up that turns out to be fake. You can see all four faked memos. I’m wondering how long till the story is pulled. 😛

Bush Proudly Completed National Guard Service

Everywhere I look, it’s “National Guard” this and “National Guard” that. The media appears to be coordinating a worldwide “Attack Bush” day. Odd, they didn’t give the Swift Boat Vets this kind of attention; they waited a couple of days, buried the info on page A17 and hoped it would blow over.

The media is making an error – it doesn’t matter. George Bush isn’t running on his National Guard record to prove he would make a great Commander in Chief. Bush is running on his Commander in Chief record.

The only criticism of Bush’s years were that (a) there were 3 months he can’t prove he was there, and (b) he avoided Vietnam by signing up for the National Guard.

For (a)… well, frankly, who cares? If he took time off over 30 years ago but still gathered enough points to complete his National Guard service, does it matter? People are voting either for or against Bush because of his record the last 4 years. And as for (b), the media is making all those troops that served (or are still serving in Iraq today) mad that the media makes it sound as though Bush served his country in less of a capacity.

These accusations pale next to what Kerry’s being accused of. Either he committed atrocities or he lied about them. He embellished his war records to collect medals. He lied to the Senate subcommittee about being in Cambodia. He belonged to an Anti-Veterans group that discussed assassinating a Senator.

Every time the media tries to focus on Bush’s guard service, they remind Americans how poorly Kerry’s record compares.

Here’s the facts on George Bush’s National Guard service:

  • Joined National Guard in May 1968.
  • Six weeks of basic training.
  • Fifty-three weeks of flight training.
  • Twenty-one weeks of fighter-interceptor training.
  • There’s 80 weeks, and with other training, this totaled nearly 2 years of full time service.
  • National Guardsmen were required to accumulate a minimum of 50 points to meet their yearly obligation.
  • Bush earned 253 points in his first year
  • Bush earned 340 points in his second year.
  • Bush earned 137 points in his third year.
  • Bush earned 112 points in his fourth year. Far, far more than was required.
  • Bush earned 56 points in his fifth year.
  • Bush earned 56 points in his 6th year and earned an Honorable Discharge.

During the last year, Bush had permission from his superiors to go to Alabama to work on a Senate campaign. The Vietnam war was winding down; there was a glut of pilots, and the Air Force was giving desk jobs to pilots. Bush worked less, but still enough to get his 56 points that year.

And for this, the media is all in a dither? Please. The accusations against Kerry were serious, some say “aiding and abetting the enemy.” John Kerry’s own words were used as propaganda by the North Vietnamese. He’s been caught in a flat out lie about being in Cambodia in Christmas 1968, and then testifying that Congress knew he was there.

And the media is questioning whether Bush got a tardy slip or not.

Keeping Your Guard Up

Yesterday, the terror alert level was raised in New York, New Jersey and Washington, citing intelligence information that showed financial institutions such as Citibank, Prudential, and the World Bank were possible targets. Today, leftist news was dismissive of the threat, saying that it’s based on old news prior to 2001.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -Much of the information that led the authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas was three or four years old, intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Monday. They reported that they had not yet found concrete evidence that a terrorist plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way.

The implication in the article, of course, hints that the intelligence is worthless.

But some Democrats have raised concerns that the timing of the release of the information had more to do with politics than with fears that terrorists were about to strike.

But that would be a mistake to assume that:

“I think you have to keep in mind al-Qaida’s history of planning attacks well in advance and then updating those plans just before attacking,” said spokesman Scott McClellan, traveling with President Bush on Air Force One.

Top Bush administration officials said some of the surveillance was apparently updated as recently as January of this year. And they denied any allegations that the public release of the information now, and the raising of the terror alert, were politically motivated. They said the information was released now because it was just uncovered in Pakistan.

“We don’t do politics in the Department of Homeland Security,” Ridge said. “Our job is to identify the threat.”

It’s irritating that the Democrats accuse Bush of being concerned about terrorism for political reasons while simultaneously accusing him of not doing enough. The right thing is exactly what Bush is doing: take the threat seriously, no matter what. Remember what happened when we let our guard down on September 11, 2001?