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This is a new section.  It will offer fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in this rapid-fire world of ours.  Of course, as in military campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction.  Charge that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military campaign must maintain to be effective.  But the mission will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.  That's all I promise.
GS

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SUNDAY, January 31, 2010

VERY IMPORTANT.  Now we can see how Wall Street and their minions in Washington have replaced the tobacco industry in their ability to LIE, CHEAT, AND STEAL.

GS

Watchdog: Bailouts created more risk in system

By DANIEL WAGNER and ALAN ZIBEL, AP Business Writers Daniel Wagner And Alan Zibel, Ap Business Writers Sun Jan 31, 7:29 am ET

WASHINGTON – The government's response to the financial meltdown has made it more likely the United States will face a deeper crisis in the future, an independent watchdog at the Treasury Department warned.

The problems that led to the last crisis have not yet been addressed, and in some cases have grown worse, says Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the trouble asset relief program, or TARP. The quarterly report to Congress was released Sunday.

"Even if TARP saved our financial system from driving off a cliff back in 2008, absent meaningful reform, we are still driving on the same winding mountain road, but this time in a faster car," Barofsky wrote.

Since Congress passed $700 billion financial bailout, the remaining institutions considered "too big to fail" have grown larger and failed to restrain the lavish pay for their executives, Barofsky wrote. He said the banks still have an incentive to take on risk because they know the government will save them rather than bring down the financial system.

Barofsky also said his office is investigating 77 cases of possible criminal and civil fraud, including crimes of tax evasion, insider trading, mortgage lending and payment collection, false statements and public corruption.

One case concerns apparent self-dealing by one of the private fund managers Treasury picked to buy bad assets from banks at discounted prices. A portfolio manager at the firm apparently sold a bond out of a private fund, then repurchased it at a higher price for a government-backed fund. A rating agency had just downgraded the bond, so it likely was worth less, not more, when the government fund bought it. The company is not being named pending the outcome of Barofsky's investigation.

Barofsky renewed a call for Treasury to enact clearer walls so that such apparent conflicts are less likely.

Treasury said it welcomed Barofsky's oversight but resisted the call to erect new barriers against conflicts of interest. The new rules "would be detrimental to the program," Treasury spokeswoman Meg Reilly said in a statement. The existing compliance rules "are a rigorous and effective method of protecting taxpayers," she said.

Much of Barofsky's report focused on the government's growing role in the housing market, which he said has increased the risk of another housing bubble.

Over the past year, the federal government has spent hundreds of billions propping up the housing market. About 90 percent of home loans are backed by government controlled entities, mainly Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration.

The Federal Reserve is spending $1.25 trillion to hold down mortgage rates, and millions of homeowners have refinanced at lower rates.

"The government has stepped in where the private players have gone away," Barofsky said in an interview. "If we take government resources and replace that market without addressing the serious (underlying) concerns, there really is a risk of" artificially pushing up home prices in the coming years.

The report warned that these supports mean the government "has done more than simply support the mortgage market, in many ways it has become the mortgage market, with the taxpayer shouldering the risk that had once been borne by the private investor."

Barofsky's report echoed concerns raised by housing experts in recent months, as home sales and prices rebounded. They warn that the primary reason for the turnaround last year has been billions of dollars in federal spending to lower mortgage rates and prop up demand.

Once that spigot of cash is turned off, they caution, the market will be vulnerable to a dramatic turn for the worse. Daniel Alpert, managing partner of investment bank Westwood Capital, wrote in a report that national home prices are bound to fall 8 to 10 percent below the lows of last spring.

"The lion's share of the remaining decline will occur in markets that saw sizable bubbles but have not yet retrenched," he wrote.

Officials from the Obama administration counter that massive federal intervention has helped the housing market stabilize and prevented more dire consequences.

Barofsky's report also disclosed that, while the Obama administration has pledged to spend $75 billion to prevent foreclosures, only a tiny fraction — just over $15 million — has been spent so far. Under the Making Home Affordable program, only about 66,500 borrowers, or 7 percent of those who signed up, had completed the process as of December.

He said the key to preventing future crises is to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, create and improve loan underwriting and supervision of banks. He stopped short of endorsing specific proposals for overhauling financial regulation, but said many of the proposals would go far to improving the system.


FRIDAY and SATURDAY, January 29 through 30, 2010

NEW LONDON, CT. - GARDEN SPOT OF THE WORLD.
 
No kidding, folks.  Located at the two - hour midpoint between New York City and Boston, whether by auto or by train, this historic maritime community located where Long Island Sound meets the Atlantic Ocean is eminently liveable, especially for single persons and for couples who are beyond their child - rearing years.  As described by Professor John Renne, an expert on transportation and urban planning who was recently invited to New London to address these topics: "It's beautiful here...you have the water and restaurants, great architecture and an arts scene". (See "New London Development Goals Need To Be Clearly Defined, Planner Suggests", by Kathleen Edgecomb, in The Day Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, pA1). We also have three colleges (Connecticut College, the Coast Guard Academy and Mitchell College) as well as General Dynamics - Electric Boat Company and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Global Research and Development Center.  So, "come on down". 

During his presentation, Dr. Renne posed this challenge to the city: "What is the 'there' you're trying to get to?"  Later, I tried to answer that question with my own question: "What if we're where we want to be, except for lower taxes, more residents and more visitors?"  I also stressed that any planning and development in Downtown New London be coordinated with the same activities regarding Fort Trumbull, too important an asset to neglect. 

GS


MONDAY through THURSDAY, January 25 through 28, 2010

THE STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE

The first such message, by George Washington, lasted 12 minutes.  This one did not, despite blowing through several logical closing lines. 
But I digress.  At first, I found myself mesmerized by such good theater: well presented, attractive, satisfying...like a Chinese meal.  Soon, and as with a Chinese meal, I found myself hungry again. 
More analogies: WHERE'S THE BEEF?  ALL HAT; NO CATTLE. 
No surprises here, including the 80 Joke in the Box standing ovations. 

The most nearly substantive comment, really a quip, was a request for suggestions from the Republican side of the room.  He should be taken up seriously, promptly and publicly on that.  Republicans will not be able to beat something with nothing next November. 

Just one question: were his quips also beamed on the teleprompter ?

Bottom Line: I'm hopeful.  But then...I'm always hopeful.

GS


SUNDAY, January 24, 2010

Consider this a STATE OF THE WORLD...AND UNION...MESSAGE.

PAKISTAN.  There should be a finite limit to our support for a divided nation whose controlling Army either ignores or denies our urgent requests for help in eliminating the current sanctuary that country allows for our enemies in Afghanistan.  And what's this about our planning to give "unarmed" Predator drones to that country?  Are you mad?  Have you already forgotten "Nuclear Khan" who sold nuclear secrets to our enemies?

INDIA.  Enough with this animosity between you and Pakistan.  What is the perceived terrible danger between the two of you?  Each a nuclear power, your greatest danger is individually to yourselves.  We should predicate any support to these two nations on their efforts at peace between them. 

AFGHANISTAN.  If we can't or won't destroy the opium industry in that area and convert the people's efforts to sustainable legal agriculture, then encourage the tribalism that has ruled there for hundreds of years, instead of "democracy"; only get the tribes to be on our side - with aid, graft, whatever.  Right now, our end-game is not achievable, regardless of the number of "surge" American lives we put on the line. 

IRAN.  Regardless of what we say, this Administration acts as if we have decided that Iran will be a nuclear nation...given our impotence and the aid and policies of Russia toward Iran.  If that is the game, we will soon be in another Cold War, with MAD again as an international policy.  However, before we accept that, read "The Dead Hand" by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday, 2009).  In reality, it's amazing how the world dodged that holocaust. 

IRAQ.  It's time to extract ourselves from that country, conditioned on America's continuing right to pre-emptive self-defense anywhere in the world - regardless of the niceties of international diplomacy.  The people of Iraq have tasted democracy.  It's their choice now. 

ISRAEL.  Did you know that we have a famous deportee from this country.  His name is John Mitchell, special envoy to the Middle East.  Come home, John.  You'll never accomplish anything while Israeli people seek an "Israel of the Bible", and while the chronically agitated Arab nations play into their hands by denying Israel's "right to exist". 

THE ARAB NATIONS.  We must extract ourselves from the oil fields of that area...by increasing America's quest for native oil and natural gas, by making the coal industry clean up its act instead of allowing them to continue to destroy mountaintops and the surrounding valleys and estuaries, and by short-term rationing if necessary.  Anything to enable us to have bargaining power with Saudi Arabia and the other foreign oil producers to promote our national and international goals.  So far, we have no such leverage. 

WESTERN EUROPE.  Why are our troops still there?  Or is it only to boost the economies of our "allies", despite their recurring anti-American positions.  Bring them home; we need them here, for our defense and for our economy. 

EASTERN EUROPE.  We must make clear to Russia that none of the former Soviet Block countries are available as bargaining chips between us and Russia.  That includes Ukraine and Georgia.  They must continue to be under America's direct protection. 

RUSSIA.  That country and that people are "genetically" different from Americans, Orientals and not Occidentals in historical and current outlook.  They will never be "allies".  We should deal with them as such.  And that includes only actually verifiable nuclear draw-down.  It's unfortunate, but true. 

GREAT BRITAIN.  Always an ally, despite being currently in a fog regarding its self-interest vis a vis the Muslim world.  Allow Muslim residents in England to be ruled under Sharia law?  You're out of your minds. 

SOUTH AMERICA.  What happened to the Monroe Doctrine?  That does not mean supporting despots against poor people and necessary land reform.  It does mean putting a leash on Chavez, most directly by reducing our dependence on his oil. 

CHINA.  Despite unfortunately having become our landlord, that government cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over American and international trade through unilateral actions including their monetary policies.  We should forget about lecturing them on "human rights" - until we solve our own human rights problem: Abortion.  And we should consider revamping our own manufacturing sector - thereby addressing our jobless problem - while starting again to "Buy American".  America's current problems are the direct result of that "great sucking sound" that Ross Perot warned about, together with decades of Americans' "effuent society".  The point is this: "He who seeks equity must do equity". 

GLOBAL WARMING.  Green is good.  But we cannot hobble ourselves with excessive restraints on our industries while the actions of the rest of the world - particularly the Third World - negate all of our efforts.  As Abraham Lincoln put it a long time ago: You canot make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak".

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.  Take your head out of the books.  Look around you and smell the decaying American flowers.  And forget the cancerous concept of "entitlement", both for the people and for the Washington Nomenclatura.  None of us can do more sustainably than to reap what we sow.  WAKE UP!

GS


SATURDAY, January 23, 2010

NOT NEW...JUST TIMELESS...

GS

RONALD REAGAN...MISS THIS GUY YET?

"Socialism only works in two places : Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it." -Ronald Reagan

'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.' - Ronald Reagan

'The most terrifying words in the English language are : I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'-Ronald Reagan

'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.' -Ronald Reagan

'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the  U.S. was too strong.'- Ronald Reagan

'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress..' -Ronald Reagan

'The taxpayer : That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'- Ronald Reagan

'Government is like a baby : An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.'- Ronald Reagan

'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.' - Ronald Reagan

'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'- Ronald Reagan

'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases : If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it' - Ronald Reagan

'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'- Ronald Reagan

'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'- Ronald Reagan

'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'-Ronald Reagan



FRIDAY, January 22, 2010

It could be accurately noted, before the recent evidence of global warming, that Catholic - Jewish relations and problem-solving were proceeding at a "glacial pace".  We will now have to find another apt analogy. 
In fact, these relations as well as progress toward an Israel-Palestine settlement will go nowhere as long as Israel continues to work toward its "Israel of the Bible" while the Arab world stupidly denies Israel's right to exist at all.  Under these conditions, the U.S. must continue rightly to guarantee Israel's survival...with no consequent ability to influence or coerce the Israelis to be reasonable regarding the establishment of a viable Palestinian State and an international status for Jerusalem. 
If, on the other hand, the Arab world were to acknowledge the fact and rights of its neighbor, thereby removing the constant threat to Israel, effective U.S. and world influence could be brought to bear for a solution to that dangerous Middle East tinderbox.  In my opinion, the Arabs do not understand that...and Israel does. 
Please see the two articles on the subject of current Roman Catholic-Jewish relations posted in the section under "Abortion...." entitled 'Catholic Church".

GS


THURSDAY, January 21, 2010

HAITI. 
Within all of the tragedy and sorrow and anger afflicting that benighted people, there are truths of Haiti's early and of current history that add to the stench rising from that land.  There are few commentaries addressing such issues now, since it is easier to dwell on the isolated individual successes than on the general failure of assistance.  This recalls the ultimate cynical statement of Josef Stalin: " One death is a tragedy.  20 million deaths is a statistic".  But this is the teachable moment, if anything is to be learned to benefit inevitable future similar tragedies. 
Unfortunately, there will be plenty of time for literal and policy postmortems...if our leaders have the fortitude to engage in them.

GS

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, January 18 through 20, 2010

The election of Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate seat held for four decades by Ted Kennedy...
FROM THE PEOPLE TO BARACK OBAMA, NANCY PELOSI AND HARRY REID:

                        CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

GS


SUNDAY, January 17, 2010

ISLAM – A PERSONAL STUDY

ISLAM.  As a Christian and before the events since the late 1980’s, my knowledge of and interest in Islam and the Muslim world were cursory at best.  I am not proud of such ignorance; it’s just fact.  All of that changed on 9/11/2001…and by March of 2003 I had begun to share my quest for insight into that part of humanity – and America’s role in that part of the world – through the vehicle of the section entitled “Rapid Response: Daily Commentary On News Of The Day” on my web-site (www.asthma-drsprecace.com). 

Now, hundreds of thousands of lost lives later, my studies lead me toward a conclusion that America is engaged in the wrong struggle in the wrong place and time and for the wrong reasons.  We always retain the right to self-defense (including pre-emptive self-defense) and the right to pursue our vital national self-interests.  But we are wrong to try to impose our views of democracy and universal human rights on other and very different cultures.  We should offer; and, if the offer is accepted, we should facilitate such actions.  But we should not and cannot impose such views on an alien population by force and coercion.  At the very least, it is a fool’s errand.  It  greatly weakens our own nation.  It is also immoral. 

As suggestions for those who would pursue their own personal study, I offer the following:


The following are some highly abbreviated observations gleaned from the above and from other continuing readings:
  1. For thousands of years, the people of the Arabian Peninsula developed within tribes, tribalism and paganism.
  2. In the seventh century A.D., the Prophet Muhammad offered through Divine Revelation and personal experience a monotheistic Faith built directly on that of his Hebrew and Christian forefathers.  His was a religion of Peace, Equality, Tolerance, Compassion and Justice.  Furthermore, these goals were to be pursued and achieved within the daily living community and its political life, and not to be sequestered in some austere and separate religious life. 
  3. The first Muslim experience with Jews and some Christians was when this new Faith of Islam was ridiculed and shunned by them in Medina during his lifetime.  The next Muslim experience with The West and with Christianity was during the Crusades, which destroyed Jerusalem and its inhabitants – the third most holy place for Muslims, then and now. 
  4. The Colonial Era produced nothing but misery and confusion for the Islamic world…until the discovery of Oil enabled some of their own leaders to prey upon the people.  A prime example was the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, which in the 1930’s asserted its primacy over the world of Islam and imposed strict tenets of Wahhabism over all Muslims…thereby enhancing its control. 
  5. Meanwhile, the Muslim world witnessed the secular and irreligious West nearly destroy itself during the 20th century through two great wars and a prolonged Cold War.  The West became more and more secular, anti-religious and decadent in the eyes of Muslims…who as always did not compartmentalize their Faith from their community and politics, but rather saw their Faith as being entirely woven into the fabric of their society.  And what they witnessed and had personally experienced was not a high-minded Jeffersonian democracy, but rather the immorality and unjust plunder of an unfettered marketplace, totally alien to their community life and to their Faith.  Then came the TV and the Internet, not our shining moment.
  6. And the vast majority of Muslims are having none of it.  Although there is great debate within Islam regarding the role of military Jihad and especially of terrorism, they are in the main “Islamists”.  What is “Islamism”?  In the description of Andrew McCarthy: “It is the belief that Islam is not merely a religious creed but a comprehensive guide to human existence, conformity to which is obligatory, that governs all matters political, social, cultural, and religious, from cradle to grave and beyond”.  A far cry from Western secularism and its “Freedom from Religion”.
Is it any wonder, then, that the West (especially personified by that “Great Satan”) is losing everywhere in its poorly conceived battle against…what?  This is a war against terrorism directed against us.  It cannot be a war against Muslims or Islam, against their way of life or their Religion.  And regardless of the ambivalence toward or actual opposition to the tools of terrorism on the part of the vast majority of Muslims, any “free”, Western-style elections in the nations of Islam (if that were possible) would very likely produce victory for the proponents of “Islamism”.

So, what is our goal in that part of the world?  We had better figure that out soon, and in conformity with the above facts on the ground, before we as a nation bleed to death.      

George A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D.
January 17, 2010


SATURDAY, January 16, 2010

This is one of those times when, regarding a number of issues, my well-being requires me to vent...which in Italian is more visual: SFOGARE": literally "to let the fire out".  So here goes, in no particular order. 
GS


FRIDAY, January 15, 2010

Haiti.  Now is the time to help, in every way and at the most direct and personal level.  In Southeastern Connecticut, we have a long-standing vehicle through which to channel our funds safely: The Haitian Ministry of the Diocese of Norwich. 

But these question must be answered: Where has all the money gone? Where will this money go?  We know who the victims of Haiti are.  But who are the perpetrators of this chronic festering wound in our midst?  We have an opportunity to re-build Haiti from scratch and the right way...but only if these questions are answered, right away.

GS

Haiti: Where will all the money go?

By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer Sharon Theimer, Associated Press Writer Fri Jan 15, 4:37 pm ET

WASHINGTON – How difficult will it be for the United States and other donors to track the millions of dollars in earthquake aid headed to Haiti? U.S. government auditors pulled out of the country years ago after concerns over kidnappings and other crimes scuttled their efforts to monitor Haiti's spending of $45 million in U.S. aid after storms there killed thousands.

Corruption, theft, violence and other security problems and Haiti's sheer shortage of fundamentals — reliable roads, telephone and power lines and a sound financial system — will add to the challenges of making sure aid is spent properly as foreign governments and charities try not only to help Haiti recover from this week's devastating earthquake but to pull itself out of abject poverty.

Past efforts haven't been easy. The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, faced problems on a smaller scale in 2005 and 2006 as auditors tried to review the use of roughly $45 million in aid the U.S. provided after Tropical Storm Jeanne struck Haiti in September 2004, killing more than 2,000 people, injuring more than 2,600 and affecting an estimated 300,000 others.

The inspectors wanted to visit projects funded with the money to measure progress. But after an initial fact-finding trip to Haiti, it was considered too dangerous for them to go back. They could visit only projects deemed safe as destinations. In summer 2005, many employees of the Agency for International Development — which is coordinating the current U.S. response to the earthquake — were temporarily pulled out of Haiti, according to government reports.

Haiti is one of the poorest places on Earth. Most basic public services are lacking, people typically live on less than $2 a day, nearly half the population is illiterate and the government has a history of instability. The public has little opportunity to be sure that aid to the government is used honestly and well. Nor is following the money easy for donors, including the United States, 700 miles away and one of the country's biggest helpers.

"It has been a challenge, and I think it really is one of the things we have to look at when the country has had such long-standing problems that it seems as though we have made little dent there," said Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's subcommittee on international organizations, human rights and oversight.

The immediate focus is search and rescue and addressing immediate public health needs. But after that, "I think there's going to be a number of questions that arise," Carnahan said.

Just last month, a private group, the Heritage Foundation for Haiti, urged Haiti's government to complete an audit of a $197 million emergency disaster program to respond to corruption allegations over how the money was handled. Haiti's senate cited the allegations when it removed Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis in November and replaced her with Jean-Max Bellerive.

President Barack Obama promised at least $100 million in earthquake aid. That comes on top of substantial spending by the United States in Haiti in recent years for economic development such as the country's textile industry, humanitarian assistance, environmental programs, and law enforcement, including trying to stop the use of Haiti as a pass-through point for narcotics en route to the United States.

Apart from earthquake relief, senators working on the next annual foreign assistance budget have proposed at least $282 million for Haiti; the House proposal would provide at least $165 million.

Much of the U.S. government's aid to Haiti comes through the Agency for International Development, which has provided at least $800 million from budget years 2004 through 2008, agency figures show.

At least $700 million more was pledged to Haiti by governments, international givers and charities at an April 2009 donors conference. Former President Bill Clinton, a United Nations special envoy to the country, told the U.N. Security Council in September that he was "100 percent committed to delivering tangible results to the U.N. and most importantly the people of Haiti."

The Haitian government relies on foreign aid to keep itself and its economy operating.

In a December 2008 Gallup survey, 60 percent of Haitians interviewed said there had been times that year when they didn't have enough money to buy food, and 51 percent said there were times when they couldn't afford shelter.

Statistics about Haiti, as gathered by the U.S. government, chronicle a grim standard of living. According to the CIA and State Department, 1 in 8 children in Haiti dies before age 5. The life expectancy is 59 to 62 years. Malaria, typhoid and dengue fevers and other life-threatening illnesses long ago wiped out in the industrialized world still plague Haiti.


MONDAY through THURSDAY, January 11 through 14, 2010

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Social Security

For the first time in history, the Democratic Congress will not allow an increase in the social security COLA (cost of living adjustment).

<>In fact, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation predicts there may not be any COLA for the next three years.

However, the per person monthly Medicare insurance premium will be increased from the 2009 premium of $96.40 to $104.20 in 2010 and to $120.20 for the year 2011.

Congress also gave themselves a $3,000.00 a month Cost of Living Adjustment!!!!!

Send this to all seniors that you know.

Remind them not to vote for the incumbent senators and congressmen in the 2010 and the 2012 elections.


SUNDAY, January 10, 2010

It appears that the hijackers of Islam have also discovered the only international body that can work to restore that noble Religion to its believers: Christianity.  In recent days, we have read reports of attacks on Christians in Egypt, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Iraq and Israel.  Only in Israel did the Orthodox leadership condemn such actions. 

This is not a time for Christians, hopefully in unison with the universal Catholic Church, to "turn the other cheek".  The peace of the world is literally at stake.  And it appears that our true Muslim brethren are unable to recapture their Faith from their would-be despots by themselves. 

This is the time for leadership from Rome, translating into appropriate helpful action by its Hierarchy and Laity throughout the world and into every community.  Our shock troops are already out there: God / Yahweh / Allah.

GS


SATURDAY, January 9, 2010


WE FIGURED HIM OUT!  By Ben Stein

Why is President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized medicine bill passed?

Because he and his cunning circle realize some basic truths:

The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008. They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith. They ignored his anti-white writings in his books. They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.

They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student. They ignored his ultra-left record as a "community organizer,"  Illinois state legislator, and Senator.

The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being touted as a scholar.

Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East , way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future. The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill -- a great idea in theory -- was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way an effort to help all Americans.

Now, Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.

The American people already know that Mr. Obama's plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never will be -- a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society. Either the costs go up or the free society goes away.

These are perilous times.. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation. Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to "protect us" from global warming, itself largely a fraud if believed to be caused by man.
Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he delays at all in taking away our freedoms. There is his urgency and our opportunity. Once freedom is lost,  America is lost. Wake up, beloved America.

It is amazing to me, the people that still believe in him.  He has done so much to damage to this country and people are still ignorant enough to believe him. He is an embarrassment to the American people.

 They may have already ruined my country and yours.
You must, as an American, FORWARD this to all, or you will wake up one morning and find that your freedoms no longer exist.

**Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu . He writes "Ben Stein's Diary" for every issue of The American Spectator.


FRIDAY through FRIDAY, January 1 through 8, 2010

This cartoon was published in the Chicago Tribune in 1934.   GS





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