News/Politics 9-25-12

This is the thread for all things News.

A couple of Days ago Sails posted a link on the AARP and their relationship with the Obama admin.

From the WSJ

“Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 as an extension of a Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets the stage for rationing. We know that despite AARP’s awareness that its seniors overwhelmingly opposed the bill, the “nonpartisan membership organization” chose to serve the president’s agenda.

The 71 pages of emails show an AARP management taking orders from the White House, scripting the president’s talking points, working to keep its board “in line,” and pledging fealty to “the cause.” Seniors deserve to know all this, as AARP seeks to present itself as neutral in this presidential election.”

Read more here

And a Hat/Tip to Sails

Now you read that, and it’s bad enough. But it gets a whole lot worse when you know the numbers further digging has dug up.

From Forbes

“As you know if you’ve been reading this blog, Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare in order to pay for its $1.9 trillion expansion of coverage to low-income Americans. It’s one of the reasons why seniors are more opposed to the new health law than any other age group. So why is it that the group that purports to speak for seniors, the American Association of Retired Persons, so strongly supports a law that most seniors oppose? According to an explosive new report from Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), it’s because those very same Medicare cuts will give the AARP a windfall of $1 billion in insurance profits, and preserve another $1.8 billion that AARP already generates from its business interests.”

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All this new info comes to light via Sen. Jim DiMint (R-SC)

“Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) released a new staff report, “Profits Over Principles: How AARP Wins When Seniors Lose” that examines how AARP profits at seniors’ expense.”

““AARP’s actions show they’re more worried about their own bottom line than what’s best for seniors.” Said Senator DeMint. “AARP helped pass Obamacare even though it was opposed by their retiree members, but blocked bipartisan reform that would help reduce costs on seniors. AARP is not a nonpartisan or independent group, they make billions of dollars from health insurance and work closely with Democrats to protect their business profits. Congress should take a close look at AARP’s questionable sales tactics and treat them with the same skepticism as other billion-dollar companies in the health insurance industry when they weigh in on legislation.””

“Even as AARP racks up billions of dollars in insurance profits by overcharging seniors for Medigap plans, Democrats encourage these abuses by giving AARP special favors, and ignoring its questionable sales tactics.  As noted above, the health care law exempted AARP’s lucrative Medigap insurance plans from the ban on pre-existing condition discrimination, thus allowing AARP to continue to impose waiting periods on individuals applying for coverage.”

Read more here

It’s long, because DeMint makes his case rather well, but it’s worth the time.

HotAir has a decent summary here

If you are a member of AARP, perhaps you should reconsider it.

News/Politics 9-24-12

What’s News today?

How about this.

There is just so much wrong here I don’t even know where to begin.

From the NYPost

“The Department of Education is giving morning-after pills and other birth-control drugs to students at 13 high schools, The Post has learned.

School nurse offices stocked with the contraceptives can dispense “Plan B” emergency contraception and other oral or injectable birth control to girls without telling their parents — unless parents opt out after getting a school informational letter about the new program.”

“It might be a nationwide first as well. The National Association of School Nurses could cite no other school district supplying Plan B.”

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UPDATE

The Senate vote on Rep. Paul’s Bill

From the DC

“By a vote of 81 to 10, the Senate on Saturday defeated legislation that would  have suspended  foreign aid to Pakistan, Egypt and Libya in the wake of the violent  anti-American demonstrations in those countries. All 10 supporters of the bill  were Republicans.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul had threatened to hold up all Senate  business until the bill was considered. He succeeded in forcing a vote, but  couldn’t come close to passage.

“When nearly 80 percent of Americans believe foreign aid should be reduced – especially to countries that are not our allies – it is inconceivable why their  views are ignored by so many in Congress,” Paul said in a statement. “I am far  from defeated on this; I will continue to fight for this issue when Congress  returns, and I will continue to call attention to the billions of American  dollars – borrowed from China, among other places – being sent to governments  that are not willing to respect and protect our interests overseas.””

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News/Politics 9-22-12

What are we talking about today?

What do you think of this?

From the DC

“After weeks of pressure from Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, the Senate  is scheduled to vote on cutting off U.S. aid to Pakistan, Egypt and Libya.

A resumption of aid would be contingent on Egypt and Libya arresting the  people responsible for the recent embassy attacks and turning them over to  American authorities.

Pakistan would be required to release an imprisoned doctor who helped the CIA  identify Osama bin Laden.

Paul had threatened to hold up all Senate business until the measure came up  for a vote.”

Read more here

Sounds good to me.

How about this one?

From the WaPo

“Senior Republicans say they will be forced to retreat on taxes if President Obama wins a second term in November, clearing the biggest obstacle to a deal with Democrats to defuse a year-end budget bomb that threatens to rock the U.S. economy.”

“If Romney wins the White House, Republicans say, their strategy is clear: They would push to maintain current tax rates through 2013, giving the new president time to draft a blueprint for overhauling the tax code and taming the $16 trillion national debt.

But if Obama wins, the GOP would have no leverage — political or procedural — to force him to abandon his pledge to raise taxes on family income over $250,000, according to senior Republicans in the House and the Senate.

Read more here

This makes it obvious just how important this election is.