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Obama’s FISA Flip-Flop

Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2008

It’s been really entertaining lately watching Barack Obama pretend that he’s a moderate and hasn’t changed any of his positions despite all the YouTube and print-media evidence to the contrary.  Today’s FISA reauthorization/clarification bill is a great example:

Here’s an Obama spokesman’s remarks from a talking-points memo from October 2007 on the issue of the FISA bill which included retro-active immunity for the telecommunications companies who hooked-up America after 9/11:

“To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”

That seems pretty clear and direct.  To reiterate, here is Obama’s Senate office in December of last year on the same point:

Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies…. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same.

Pretty heavy stuff… however, today Obama voted for the bill which contained that very provision which give retro-active immunity to those telecom companies.  McCain nailed him on the flip-flop, which Obama subsequently denied was a flip-flop. 

As it turns out (just to stir things up), She Who Must Not Be Named voted against the bill!  The Lefties are going nuts and Rush Limbaugh has even quietly initiated his “Operation Chaos, Phase II” in order to give SWMNBN a chance at the convention and place some plants at the DNC in an attempt to take advantage of the disorder on the Left, which is increasingly feeling alienated from Obama.  Obama’s vote was the right vote, but maybe too “Right” for the kooks out there who thought he was different.

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Death of Competition in Health Care

Posted by Sal on July 9, 2008

For years, Conservatives have been sounding the alarm on the dangers of socialized medicine, pointing to the problems that socialized medicine has brought to Britain, Canada, and more recently, Austrailia.  Back in 2006, the People’s Republic of Massachusetts (of which I am a resident) took the first step towards socialized medicine by mandating full-care health insurance for all citizensBesides spiraling, out-of-control costs and a major headache for all MA residents, the plan further opened the door to government-run health care.  It is also significant, beacuse it is the plan that presidential candidate Barack Obama has based his own national health care plan on. 

Now, the MA state government wants to limit people’s choices and direct competition of services.  Boston is the home of some of the world’s best hospitals (Mass General, Dana Farbor Cancer Instiute, Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Woment’s, etc.)  Most of these hospitals are teaching hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical, Tuffts, Boston University, and other high-quality medical facilities.  These hospitals also have satellite centers in various community hospitals throughout the state, bringing a high quality of care out to the suburbs.  However, currently the care is outpatient-only.  The hospitals want to expand the services and provide overnight care at these community hospitals as well.  It sounds like a great idea — have some of the same programs, the same high-quality doctors, as one can get by going into Boston.  However, this is too much for the administration of Deval Patrick, as it would diminish the role of the community hospital!  The Patrick administration is now planning to regulate so that the teaching hospitals cannot provide “duplication of services” that are available at community hospitals, in order to help contain costs.  This is yet another step into the degredation of our freedoms in choosing our own health care. 

It is a known fact that competition yields better costs and increased quality and innovation.  Yet the Patrick administration wants to curtail an individual’s right to choose medical care that is best for them, and the hosptial’s rights to expand and provide more services.  Obama and Patrick are close friends;  America, be warned — an Obama health care policy will adversely effect the quality of your health care.

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Terror in Turkey Kills Six

Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2008

The US Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, was attacked today by four men in what the American and Turkish authorities are calling an act of terrorism.  Three of the attackers were killed, but not before taking out three policemen, one point blank to the head.  The fourth attacker unfortunately got away in a speeding car, as Turkish authorities are frantically looking for him and are currently reviewing video tape to help. 

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but this has put everyone in Turkey on high alert, especially Americans in Turkey.  Aside from incursions into Iraqi Kurdistan, one hasn’t heard much from the War on Terror in Turkey — it’s been pretty quiet so to speak.  The attack was small, probably cellular.  That could mean the beginning of a new series of attacks, or that this attack was the best they could pull off.  I hope it’s the latter.

The US Consulate was refitted after al Qaeda’s 2003 bombing of the British Consulate, bank and two synagogues.  Yet, our rules of engagement forbid Americans to fire back at anyone outside the compound, hence, they ducked for cover rather than take out the assailants early.  I think those rules needs to be renegotiated.

AP photo.

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