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Posted at 1:21 AM ET, 01/23/2011

Obama's 2010 State of the Union address--an accounting

By Glenn Kessler

Every president announces a slew of initiatives in his State of the Union address, and President Obama last year was no exception. Here, in order of delivery, is a summary of the key proposals, pledges or priorities announced by Obama a year ago--and what happened to them. Overall, he did rather well in getting his ideas enacted by Congress, the clear benefit of having commanding majorities in both houses of Congress. With the prospect of divided government in the coming year, his batting average in 2011 is sure to fall.


The Proposals

Obama: "So tonight, I'm proposing that we take $30 billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat."

This idea was contained in a small business law that won final passage by Congress in September, but at least one report said that there was little enthusiasm among community banks to take the money.

Obama: "To encourage these and other businesses to stay within our borders, it is time to finally slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas, and give those tax breaks to companies that create jobs right here in the United States of America."

This plan has long been an Obama applause line but there is little enthusiasm for it in Congress and so it has gone nowhere. Even Democrats have said they would only consider such an idea only in the context of comprehensive reworking of the corporate tax code.

Obama: "The House has already passed financial reform ... And if the bill that ends up on my desk does not meet the test of real reform, I will send it back until we get it right."

In July, Obama signed into law a sweeping banking and consumer protection bill.

Obama: "It means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America. I am grateful to the House for passing such a bill last year. And this year I'm eager to help advance the bipartisan effort in the Senate."

The energy bill failed in the Senate, and many Democrats in the House were punished at the polls for their votes in favor of the bill.

Obama: "So tonight, we set a new goal: We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in America."

In September, the Obama administration unveiled a strategy for reaching this goal, and it recently concluded a major free trade agreement with South Korea that now needs congressional approval. In the first 11 months of 2010, U.S. goods and services exports are up nearly 17 percent compared to same period in 2009, according to data released this month by the Commerce Department.

Obama: "Here's what I ask Congress, though: Don't walk away from [health care] reform. Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people."

Despite the loss of a filbuster-proof majority in the Senate, Democrats reached a compromise that resulted in final passage of Obama's chief legilslative initiative.

Obama: "Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected. But all other discretionary government programs will."

Obama's budget proposal fulfilled this pledge, but Congress never finished its work on the budget and so the outcome is uncertain. Spending has continued at 2010 levels and Republican want to cut further.

Obama: "But at a time of record deficits, we will not continue tax cuts for ...those making over $250,000 a year. We just can't afford it."

Obama's vow to end the Bush era tax cuts for couples making over $250,000 in the name of fiscal responsibility was abandoned as part of a compromise with Republicans to extend the tax cuts for two more years.

Obama: "I'd like to begin monthly meetings with both Democratic and Republican leadership. I know you can't wait."

Scheduling such meetings is completely within the president's power, but according to House and Senate GOP officials, there were only five such bipartisan, bicameral meetings--Feb. 9, April 14, June 10, July 27, and Nov. 30. A report in The Hill newspaper last year said Republicans regarded the meetings as "hollow public-relations moves" and the White House believed Republicans came to the sessions with closed minds. A White House spokesman did not respond to a query about why monthly meetings were not scheduled.

Obama: "We will have all of our combat troops out of Iraq by the end of this August."

Mission accomplished.

Obama: "This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It's the right thing to do."

The "don't ask, don't tell" law was repealed in December

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So tonight, we set a new goal: We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in America."
-----------------------------------------------And, What, pray tell, will we we "export?" What on earth, is there, that we can Make/manufacture, export, and sell, for less than the Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Pakistani's can?
I'm from Missouri, you've got to show me.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | January 23, 2011 2:23 AM | Report abuse

When a supermarket tabloid begins a story with "Fact Checker" does it make their propaganda any more believable?

Posted by: fury60 | January 23, 2011 4:40 AM | Report abuse

All these hog wash so called civility sermons by the Mr. President are just usual political appeasement for the misled and gullible nation in the midst of the worst ever economic terror besieged nation, ideologically divided, polarized and on a fast track of self destruction from within. The pit falls are at the top and yet this president as others in the past is trying to solve the problems from bottom up rather then top down. The real basic issues are the fundamentally flawed economic system, set up by the private entity the so called Federal Reserve, a mafia like organised organization under the tutelage of the god father the chairman and his 12 so called regional banks, with Mafia like family governors , their boards of shyster bankers. Who take tax payers money, use, abuse and mismanage with impunity for the profits of the secret perpetual stock holders. SOBs mostly conservative republicans, who dictate policy, through their mafia like organized system with no amenability, transparency, rules regulations. These SOBs like the Mafia even hold their pow wow in some far away secret places with no excess to the public and in secret.
The bottom line for the State of the union is is a nation ideologically divided, polarized , on a fast track of self destruction from within. involved in fraud foreign war in Iraq and the BS untenable war on terror in Afghanistan / Pakistan, all total costing the tax payers some $50 billion a month ( including the DOD, CIA, State Department, FBI, the big white elephant of home land security, so called foreign aid to malignant nations like Israel, Egypt, Pakistan, and others. plus the expenses of all other US agencies.

Mr. President some 50 million people in this nation who have no jobs, have fore closed homes, no health insurance cannot not eat your civility BS.

Is it civil of you to travel around in a fleet of SUVs traveling way far above speed limit, fixing red lights on your jaunts for some hot dogs or burger lunches plus that 747 at the cost of some $250,000 per hour.

Posted by: winemaster2 | January 23, 2011 5:13 AM | Report abuse

Pretty good track record, Mr. President! - and good use of your time.
There's no reason to hold monthly meetings with Republicans while they're voting "No!" on EVERY bill designed to dig us OUT of Bush's Great Recession and move our country forward.

As McConnell later confessed - voting "No!" was their strategy from the gitgo, regardless of the legislation.

Posted by: angie12106 | January 23, 2011 5:37 AM | Report abuse

So, the President Rams his agenda --ObamaCare-- down our throats -- the damage is done.... and now we're supposed to be believe he's "becoming a Centrist"??
We have a "Chameleon" president, and I'm be very surprised if Americans allow this type of leadership too much longer!

Posted by: ohioan | January 23, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

In response to OHIOAN:

Health Care was one of the mandates Obama was elected on...check the facts... he delivered on it and according to all economist it will save this country millions over the next 10 years while insuring 30 million who were using emergency rooms as their private Doctors while the Federal Govt. picked up the tab. Heard of Title 19? Of course not, your one of those who screams your opinion, along with spittle running down your chin, from a position of uneducated rhetoric.
As far as the American people allowing him a second term? LOL try again with that magical world you live in! Obama INHERITED the largest recession in 60 years, has FOUGHT the party of NO in the House and Senate for 2 years and STILL achieved much of what he promised on the campaign trail.
Check out the Gallup poll released this week or the NBC/NYT poll also released this week and then try to feed me BS again about how the American people feel.
Go worship at your Palin/Rush/Genn alter, after taking your meds like they do, and perhaps you will feel better when you wake up...and learn to read other than just watching Fox News.
Rush, that family values, thrice married, drug rehabbed man who fights for the rights of the unborn but is ready to let adults die for lack of medical care... LOL...any of this penetrating? Bristol Palin's baby was paid for using Title 19...federal money.... yet mama idiot wants to take that away from 30 million other people....your "idols" are laughing at you all the way to bank to deposit the money made off the backs of the uneducated and deranged in this country.

Posted by: Bulldoglover1001 | January 23, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I still remember the nightmare Reagan years:

101 promises made

8 promises kept

And all eight of those promises dealt with tax cuts for the rich and crippling government, wounds that still have not been cured, especially after a pair of Busch-leaguers and the devastating Contract On America.

Posted by: PoliticalPrisoner2012 | January 23, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

When Bush was running for his second term against Kerry, Bush's confidential medical records were released to the public. Now, we find that the hospital who has or should have Obama's original birth certificate will not release it without his permission because of privacy laws.
The question is, why doesn’t Obama give his permission? We know he was born. All he would be doing is re-leasing a document which will prove what he and others have said about him being born in the US. What is his reason for not giving permission? His own family friend was trying to help him out and stop the "Birthers" from suggesting he was not born in the US and he ran into a privacy law. Why?

Posted by: nychap44 | January 23, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Reality is a distant land that needs to be conquered at the expense of the Americans and their families.

Over and over again the media carried worthless narratives, such as "death panels" and pushed huge amounts of misinformation and angry rhetoric into the American psyche. It's a pay to play media and Republicans, thanks to the Citizens United ruling, outspent Democrats 2 to 1 with moneys coming from secret sources. It’s the classic response of the fossilized right-wing status quo: Create a grotesquely distorted caricature, broadcast the delusion at the top of your lungs, and hope that you manage to reinforce just enough cynicism and hopelessness to ensure the election of someone who truly cares only for funneling all of the country's wealth and power into the hands of a tiny, corrupt elite.

Republicans exploit the people who vote for them in order to give tax breaks to the richest among us, and do so by stoking anger at Liberals who, ironically enough, are usually the only types of leaders in government who have ever done good things for the majority of the people of the United States of America.

If you have Social Security, Medicare, the right to vote, the right to an education, a clean park or a lake near you. If you were given a disability check or a wheel chair ramp into the store you buy your food, if you like safe bridges, clean drinking water, clean air and a nontoxic environment, if you feel safe when you fly, or eat out, or give your child a toy, then it’s time you give Liberals the credit they deserve.

I prefer that Democrats keep using the facts, no matter how boring. With Democrats we have a government that cares. Thank you all who vote for them!

Banking reforms.
HealthCare reforms:
Nuclear arms agreements:
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:
Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act:
Children's Health Insurance Reauthor-ization Act:
Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act:
Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act:
Student loan reform:

Keep on truckin Democrats.

Posted by: getcentered | January 23, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@ fury60 Who Posted
by: fury60 | January 23, 2011 4:40 AM

When a supermarket tabloid begins a story with "Fact Checker" does it make their propaganda any more believable?
--

Well....... fury60 here's my answer:

Even if this article were written by a supermarket tabloid it is definitely credible. It's merely a summary of what the President said in his- State of the Union Address in 2010- and what has been the response from each party regarding the items addressed by the President.
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Below are 1)-- 2) clear Facts:

1) "The Fact Checker" provided reliable information in the written summary / account pertaining to each item and its progress, passage, or failure-- to date, as per " the President's State Of The Union Address in 2010."


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2) "The Fact Checker's" articles beat the hell out of the constant flow of unchecked / inaccurate articles and emails online and/or printed issues.

Why?
Because articles that are written by so called trusted sources- which aren't checked for accuracy or ease of understanding before publication only serve to mislead readers.


It becomes even worse when the unclear or inaccurate information is contained within the opening paragraphs like in the snippet of an article on the Rasmussen Reports website.

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Below are the first - two paragraphs where the Facts starting off become misleading or confusing.

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Rasmussen Reports- website reported the following:

Health Care Law
Monday, January 17, 2011

Most Still Favor Repeal of Health Care Law, Say It Will Increase Deficit

* Support for repeal of the national health care law passed last year remains steady, as most voters continue to believe the law will increase the federal budget deficit.


* The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that *55% of Likely Voters favor repeal of the health care law, while *40% oppose repeal.

Just *40% Strongly Favor repeal, matching the lowest level found since the health care bill became law.

Thirty percent (30%) Strongly Oppose repeal.

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The article's first - two paragraphs contradicts itself.


The above article has the ability to mislead and confuse readers,--especially readers who are in a hurry, ones not paying close attention, or the readers who have limited reading or comprehension skills.


The article states,
" 55% of Likely Voters favor repeal of the health care law "

then it states:
" while 40% oppose repeal. "

then it states:
"Just 40% Strongly Favor repeal, matching the lowest level found since the health care bill became law. "

then finally states:
* Thirty percent (30%) Strongly Oppose repeal.

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You can read the entire article at the below website:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/health_care_law

Posted by: dove28 | January 23, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

In 2009 he promised to focus on jobs and then spent a year doing health care and attacking corporations, profits and all things business.

In 2010 he promised to focus on jobs and then spent the year trying to sell his health care plan and attacking corporations, profits, all things business and Republicans. (They are not only enemies that should be punished but they 'gotta' sit in back.)

In 2011 he is going to promise to focus on jobs and...

Most of us don't really care what he promises or how the press 'scores' it. We all know that:

Under Obama all animals are created equal but animals that belong to unions that contributed to his campaign are more equal than others.


Posted by: TECWRITE | January 23, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Never in the course of Human Events have so many had to suffer for the Blind Followers of a Jug-eared Boob who is the most unqualified oaf to squat in the Brown House.

Posted by: puck-101 | January 23, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse


Why wouldn't Obama get most of his agenda passed? He had Pelosi, Reid cram his agenda thru Congress, while Americans were pleading with them not to pass these disastrous Bills.

Obama had the majority in both houses so what else would you expect.

But even then, the Dems had to pass Obamacare by reconciliation which is only to be used for Budget legislation.

If you consider passing Bills while a majority of the country are against them as being successful, then you are really delusional.

This was a real usurpation of power, not to mention as with most of their legislation, unconstitutional.

November 2012 can't come soon enough!


Posted by: janet8 | January 23, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

In 2009 he promised to focus on jobs and then spent a year doing health care and attacking corporations, profits and all things business.

In 2010 he promised to focus on jobs and then spent the year trying to sell his health care plan and attacking corporations, profits, all things business and Republicans. (They are not only enemies that should be punished but they 'gotta' sit in back.)
Posted by: TECWRITE | January 23, 2011 2:49 PM

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Right, health care reform was a campaign promise and he kept it. Businesses and corporations should have been dealt with considering they have been sitting on record profits and still whining about having to take normal business risks. Funny how the right are screaming to cut the salaries of Federal employees but don't seem to have a problem with the salaries and bonuses of business owners and corporate CEO's, but I digress...... Meanwhile, Republicans voted NO to everything the President and the Democrats attempted to do to stimulate job growth, so how eager were Republicans to help the President improve unemployment after all?

In 2010 Republicans promised jobs and to fix the economy. So far we have gotten tax cuts for the rich and repeal of everything the President and the Democratic Congress achieved over the past two years. I haven't heard a single Republican come out and tell the American people how they plan to create jobs over the next two years. I have however heard how they plan to use our tax dollars investigating and holding hearings on everything Obama. We have heard how their main goal is to make President Obama a one term President.

It is really sad to think how much further along our country would be if Republicans had decided to work WITH the President rather than trying to destroy him.

Now, you may not like what he has accomplished, that's your choice. The people who elected him while not completely pleased with everything he has done see that he IS WORKING FOR ALL Americans unlike Republicans who seem to exclude quite a few Americans when they talk about what the American people want. They don't speak for me because I want them to cut the crap and work together WITH the President rather than against him. I do know however that it takes time and I guess I don't understand why people think that this President should achieve ALL of his goals and promises within the first two years of being in office.

I guess Republicans will show us how it is done since they will decrease unemployment and fix the economy within the next two years. The same amount of time they gave President Obama and the Democrats. OOPS!!!! I'm not sure that is on their agenda though.........

Posted by: catmomtx | January 23, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I've finally figured what Obama's real vocation should have been . No , not a " stand-up comic, though he seems to be more fitted to that than the job he pretends to now . He should have been a painter like Hitler was a Paperhanger . After the fake applause has died down from all his followers after his newest speech, we'll see the best white-washing job done, since Tom Sawyer painted Aunt Becky's fence.

Posted by: puck-101 | January 24, 2011 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Has President Obama ever paid for anything with CASH? Apparently not!
From his days as a Community organizer in Chicago he has believed in demanding credit from banks and other people and if they won't give it to him, he demonstrates and pickets forcing them into submission. Lending money to people who have demonstrated they can't pay it back is this President's legacy.

Posted by: rteske | January 24, 2011 6:17 AM | Report abuse

ObamaCare: major Failure. This was Obama
administration's "big deal", and it will be an albatross for Obama.
Failed to reduce healthcare COSTS.
Exports: great idea, but you have to Manufacture More in this country to Export More....How is this accomplished with the Union Infestation in this country?
Obama visited a GE plant in Schenectedy which made Huge, Monstrous equipment, but how many of those do you think they sell in a year? Not many, unfortunately.
Our high volume Consumer products are the problem. We can't be competitive as long as we have old union contracts with ridiculous Cadillac benefits and pensions.
America needs to hold this president accountable for what he says.

Posted by: ohioan | January 24, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

And, What, pray tell, will we we "export?" What on earth, is there, that we can Make/manufacture, export, and sell, for less than the Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Pakistani's can?
I'm from Missouri, you've got to show me.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc
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Pornography and WMD !!!!!

Posted by: yard80197 | January 24, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Regarding exports, all you whiners should write to all your fat corporations that have shipped all of YOUR jobs overseas to manufacture products cheaply because YOU don't want to pay American rates for them, and ask them to bring your jobs (and exports) back!
Also, Congress and the White House do an immense amount of work every year (regardless of who is in charge). If FOX is only reporting about healthcare - find a new news source!
And, excuse me, but republicans did not win every seat last year and of the seats they did win, they did not get at 100% of the votes, and not everybody voted! So stop saying that republicans know what is best for the country. They don't know jack!
If everyone supported the republicans' view of America - there would be no Democrats in office!

Posted by: Rudesan | January 24, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

You guarantee the small business loans losses like S&L bailout, the banks will jump at the chance to lend risk free. The front end benefits of the health care law has changed opinion regardless of the usually off by 3-5% Rasmussen polls. Every bum in congress supporting outsourcing will pay a price in the next election, I can guarantee it. A lot of smoke and mirrors concerning the economy, things like inflation indexes don't have energy or food yet the same are used for increased consumer spending. Too many people are fooled by slogans and half truths, getting us to point fingers of blame instead of solving problems. For all the health care law's pro and cons the largest problem solvency of medicare/medicaid is not addressed by tax increase nor sensible cuts based on outcomes. People still avg. seeing over 50 doctors in the last month of life and we still spend 25% of medicare dollars on people that live less than 6 months. Instead of $25,000 a day for the last week of life in an ICU many would prefer a $5000 bonus paid to heirs for home/hospice expiration under morphine maintenance by a qualified nurse.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 24, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

""Health Care was one of the mandates Obama was elected on...check the facts...""

The facts are he promised to get healthcare costs under control. There is "nothing" in the current bill to even address costs. Anyone with an ounce of understanding gov't spending, knows this bill will crush the debt/deficit.

Obama and the dems didn't even have the guts to do a 2011 budget. There is no leadership in DC on our fiscal situation and we'll all pay later. There are no freebies for anyone if we go bankrupt.

Posted by: Tostitos | January 24, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

After all is said and done, a pretty astonishing record of accomplishment. You would never know it based on the rhetoric.

It is a big disappointment that we did not get any energy legislation done, but I really do not like the cap and trade approach anyway. It is doubtful the House will pay much attention to this issue despite its dire consequences.

Same for immigration reform. The census trackers say that we will have a great need for workers in the next 30 years as our current workers age and our population growth stalls.

As to the deficit - just let the tax cuts expire and the biggest chunck will be gone. If Obama gets elected for a second term this might be possible, but no politian can run on that platform and win, unfortunately. All this chatter about cutting government spending will just cause more jobs to be lost without having any significant effect.

Posted by: mandelm2001 | January 24, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

By your report Obama is 4 for 11 = 36% achievement. Isn't 70% required to get a "D" in school?

Posted by: steveotto | January 24, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Fury 60 says:

When a supermarket tabloid begins a story with "Fact Checker" does it make their propaganda any more believable?

My response:

Did the Fact Checker lie? Show me where. Calling names is not going to convince me.

Posted by: michael_chaplan | January 24, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

From what I see with the responses by conservatives is that taking this point by point and reciting what the president said and then pointing out what happened in that regard is not convincing. Would it help, perhaps, if we got out a white board with markers and cried? For "Fury 60" The facts are right there in the article. I am sure that if the absolute factual information, laid out in a logical manner, does not convince you, name calling won't be of any use either! As the song says..."there are none so blind as those who will not see!"

Posted by: imtheoz2003 | January 24, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I would just like to remind the folks Ms Pallin, sometimes is confused. I refer to a note posted in the Huffington Post:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care -- admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada's single-payer system.
"We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada," Palin said in her first Canadian appearance since stepping down as governor of Alaska. "And I think now, isn't that ironic?"
The irony, one guesses, is that Palin now views Canada's health care system as revolting: with its government-run administration and 'death-panel'-like rationing. Clearly, however, she and her family once found it more alluring than, at the very least, the coverage available in rural Alaska. Up to the age of six, Palin lived in a remote town near the closest Canadian city, Whitehorse.
Officials at several hospitals in that area declined to give out information on patient visits.

Maybe President Obama is right, a you do need the medicare system in the US.

Posted by: jgleclair | January 25, 2011 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Re Iraq troop withdrawal, Fact Checker says "Mission accomplished." Was that irony intentional? Anyway, several Internet sources state we still have 47,000 troops in Iraq. Call them advisers, trainers, or whatever, that's still a significant drain on our military and our budget. Of those remaining, 60 were killed in 2010 and 6 so far just this month. The Washington Post may consider those deaths too few to matter. I don't.

Posted by: beachcomberT | January 25, 2011 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Re DADT Repeal...Come on, Fact Checker, let's be more precise. The law that passed in December just starts the process of repeal. Don't Ask, Don't Tell is still in force. It will be until the President, Secretary of Defense and Chairman of Joint Chiefs sign off that the military is finally ready to stop the witch hunt. In the interim, hopefully no fresh discharge cases will be started, but Obama has refused to issue a stop-loss order to that effect.

Posted by: beachcomberT | January 25, 2011 8:10 AM | Report abuse

"Democrats reached a compromise [on health care reform] that resulted in final passage of Obama's chief legilslative initiative."

'Compromise'? With whom? Not a single Republican voted for it, and many Democrats voted against it as well. It was as partisan and one-sided as a major piece of legislation will ever be.

Posted by: dbw1 | January 25, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

jgleclair:
"Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care -- admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada's single-payer system."

Although your post gives no indication that facts actually mean anything to you, figured I would at least invite you to consider two relevant pieces of information to this already-debunked story:

1) look at a map. You will find that Palin's experience going to Canada for health care had to do with geography. If I recall, with where her family happened to live at the time in the outer reaches of Alaska, it was a 1-2 hour direct train ride across the border to Whitehorse, and a 5-6 hour trip by ferry to the nearest Alaskan city with a hospital. It had nothing to do with the perceived 'quality' of the health care system.
2) I believe she was 7-8 years old at the time. Research your history, and you will find that the Canadian universal care system had just been passed and was in it's infancy, and it would take a couple decades for it to become bloated with higher-than-expected costs and create less access to quality of care with the flight of doctors and specialists to greener pastures in the U.S.

Posted by: dbw1 | January 25, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

dbw1 ... facts are just some writing on a paper as far as the Libdemoids are concerned. And they sure as hell don't let them get in the way of a good prevarication.

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jgleclair ... the problem is affordability. Neither Obama nor the Democrats in Congress could come up with a feasible and viable funding system to pay for the government take over of all healthcare ... that is why they had to abandon their favored "single payor" system.

Without a viable and competitive private insurance system in place there is no possible way to provide a high standard of healthcare to 300 million people. IT CANNOT BE DONE without a massive taxing system - which would be selfdefeating in the long run.

Check out the economic and political history of Argentina to see what massive government interference in the private economic system did to a once highly prosperous nation. Our progressive leftoids are moving to get US on the track towards oblivion.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 25, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Bulldoglover1001, it is you that speaks “from a position of uneducated rhetoric”. BOs Health Insurance Expansion "according to all economist it will save this country millions over the next 10 years”. Really? What economists? Are you writing from the U.S.? because it will not save this country any money at all. In fact, it will cost us money. How can we provide health coverage to 30 million more people and somehow save money? I'm not arguing that these people don't need coverage or that this is not money well spent, but to say its saves money is just BS and you know it (and so does BO, but the truth has never stood in his way). And to state that BO has "FOUGHT the party of NO in the House and Senate for 2 years and STILL achieved much of what he promised on the campaign trail,” is utterly absurd. The Dems controlled both houses of congress for the entire first two years of his administration, and they effectively shut out the GOP from all debate and discourse on any of the legislation BO wanted to pass. The fight with the GOP is just starting, and we will see how it goes, but don't try to credit BO with "fighting" the GOP when all he did was ignore them from the beginning. Read something other than Nancy's talking points and you may yet recussitate your credibility, but I doubt it.

Posted by: JCDC | January 25, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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