August 4, 2010

Lucid Links (080410, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:35 am

I had read that Andy Griffith was flakking for ObamaCare, but I didn’t actually see the vid until this morning.

Oh my, this is embarrassing propaganda (HT Matt Drudge on Saturday and a recent Hot Air post; direct YouTube):

Script:

1965. A lot of good things came out that year, like Medicare.

This year, as always, we’ll have our guaranteed benefits, and with the new healthcare law, more good things are coming: free check-ups, lower prescription costs, and better ways to protect us and Medicare from fraud.

See what else is new. I think you’re going to like it.

This is only incidentally intended to inform; its primary goal is to politicize. Its political purpose is to form the foundation for the biennial Democratic scare-the-seniors campaign, this time as “conservatives are going to take away your health care.” No, trillion-dollar deficits, the system’s current $38 trillion unfunded liability, the continuation of the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy, and the implementation of the statist ObamaCare regime Griffith is to his shame promoting are what will compromise the quality of seniors’ health care.

Update: The cost — $700,000. Charles Hurt’s lament: “Griffith shatters his credibility, promising all roses with a health-care law that even Barney Fife could tell you is a disaster in the making.”

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Barack Obama on Iraq:

“Make no mistake: Our commitment in Iraq is changing — from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats,” Obama told a group of disabled veterans in Atlanta.

This is occurring thanks to the victory in Iraq achieved in the fall of 2008 — a victory that was even recognized by the Washington Post, which declared that “The War, in a Sense, Is Over.” in January 2009. “In a sense” in grudging establishment media parlance meant that “there isn’t a war going on any more, but we can’t just admit that.”

Ralph Peters at the New York Post is not impressed with the President’s apparent mindset:

Ignoring his own opposition to the liberation of Iraq, supporting our troops and the surge, Obama spoke as if all’s well in Baghdad — thanks to him.

… While that country has passed its military crisis, it’s now in political turmoil — from which our government has utterly disengaged. We won that war, but we still can lose the peace. Obama shunned the fact that, almost half a year after its last national election, Iraq doesn’t have a new government. Determined to abandon “Bush’s war,” Obama’s been AWOL in Baghdad.

His neglect may prove disastrous. And the saddest aspect is that the Iraqis wanted us to step in and act as referees, to press them to get past their political differences.

… Even a sloppy, kinda-sorta, not-downright-awful outcome in Iraq improves the Middle East enormously. But all this administration cares about is getting out. We’re in danger of throwing away seven years of sacrifices — many made by those disabled veterans to whom Obama pandered — because our president won’t tell our diplomats to step up.

… He just doesn’t understand the stakes in Baghdad — and doesn’t want to.

But, then, he never has.

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An e-mailer pointed out something interesting yesterday after P&G announced its latest quarterly and annual results:

  • P&G’s $12.7 billion net for the year ended June 30 of this year on $78.9 billion in sales was about 16% of sales.
  • The company’s net income as a percentage of sales has been in the 13%-16% range for the past four years.
  • Meanwhile, Big Oil Epitome of All That Is Evil Exxon Mobil’s earnings from continuing operations as a percentage of sales has ranged from about 8% to 11% during the past four years.

So why don’t leftist politicians and pundits go after companies like P&G the way they go after Big Oil?

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The Big Three networks’ evening news shows drew 19.17 million viewers last week, down 950,000 from the 20.12 million result during the same week last year.

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Verbatim: ADP’s Employment Report overview for July (bold is mine) –

Nonfarm private employment increased 42,000 from June to July 2010 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the ADP National Employment Report®. The estimated change of employment from May to June was revised up slightly, from the previously reported increase of 13,000 to an increase of 19,000.

July’s rise in private employment was the sixth consecutive monthly gain. However, over those six months increases have averaged a modest 37,000, with no evidence of acceleration.

The result beat reported expectations I located of 23,000 (MarketWatch), 30,000 (Bloomberg), and 40,000 (Reuters). A similar number for the private sector this Friday isn’t going to impress anyone.

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3 Comments

  1. Perhaps the confused old Griffith agreed in return for not being the first in his age group to get the death panel penalty…(and we thought libs were against the death penalty).

    Comment by Anon — August 4, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  2. Isn’t a 100-125K/month increase needed just to keep up with net work force growth?

    Comment by Joe C. — August 4, 2010 @ 11:14 am

  3. Sorry, Andy, but with all due respect we’d have better and freer health options after 65 if it weren’t for Medicare. Not to mention less bureaucratized healthcare that does not suck up taxpayer money and contribute to a bloated government.

    As for Iraq, Obama is too busy screwing up in Afghanistan to turn his attention to screwing up Iraq.

    And in regards to BP, I think most libs are disappointed it was not ‘evil’ Exxon involved in the incident instead of the “green” infused, politically correct, and “social responsibility obsessed” BP.

    Comment by zf — August 4, 2010 @ 11:35 am

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