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BARACK OBAMA’S JOKE TIME YIPEE! The Unemployed Have Healthcare

Barack Obama#WOriginally posted at CLASH Daily

At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, once again “aging socialist Muslim” Barack Obama dipped his toe into the stand-up comedy pool. The problem is that what he had to say was more sad than funny.

At the podium, where he was supposed to be poking fun at himself aided by a cache of really bad jokes, Obama endeavored to justify his failed policies (hardy-har-har) and humiliate his critics.

At one point in his largely vindictive routine the president had this to say:

The fact is, though, at this point, my legacy is finally beginning to take shape. The economy is getting better. Nine in ten Americans now have health coverage. [Applause.] Today, thanks to Obamacare, you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance if you lose your job. You’re welcome, Senate Democrats. [Laughter and applause.]

“If?” Shouldn’t it be more like “since you lost your job,” or “when you lose your job?”
Either way, there are many problems with the president’s statement, the most glaring of which is Obama’s lack of elaboration on the “you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance if you lose your job” comment.

Although the comedically-challenged Obama is anything but amusing, what’s really not amusing is the cold hard truth that approximately 92 million, count ’em, 92 million, or half of America’s working-age population, may have Obama’s shoddy health insurance but are also not working.

In other words, how big of a laugh would Obama have gotten if, instead of pumping up his pathetic legacy, he decided to mention that in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – wait, wait, this is really hilarious – 19.9% of the 81 million families in America, or 16 million family units, had no one working?

It could have gone something like this: “I’m proud to say that, thanks to me, half of all working-age Americans, although hopelessly and possibly permanently unemployed, have all the time in the world to apply for Obamacare.”

Talk about rip-snortingly funny.

The data on unemployed families comes to us through the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey of the civilian non-institutional population.

Although, based on what’s happening in Ferguson and Baltimore, clearly some of those counted among the unemployed belong either in jail or in an insane asylum, census numbers include people 16 and older who are not on active duty in the military or in an institution such as a prison, nursing home, or mental hospital.

Looters and lunatics aside, when looking for stuff to tickle the funny bone of sycophant celebrities and fawning journalists, maybe instead of mocking Dick Cheney and FOX News and trying desperately to convince America he’s not a socialist Muslim, Obama the Joke Teller could have been more upfront. But he wasn’t.

And that’s understandable, because at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner love fest, Barack Obama was probably so excited about telling jokes and having “anger translator” Keegan-Michael Keys, aka “Luther,” verbalize what is really seething below the surface of his otherwise calm demeanor that he forgot to mention that in 1 out of 5 American families no one is working.

For us it’s different. According to William Shakespeare’s King Lear, “In jest, there is truth,” so how about we do what the president didn’t do and provide a witty visual?

For those who have problems grasping numbers:  16,000,000 American families amount to 879 Madison Square Gardens filled to capacity with one representative from each family unit. Of the staggering 92 million people in America who are currently not in the workforce, a large number of jobless people clearly belong to some of the 16 million families where not one person in the household is employed.

With that visual in mind, what really would have been comical is if instead of sharing what he perceives to be a superb legacy, the president ’fessed up, mixed a little truth in with his jest and said, “Thanks to me, Obama-unemployment-induced bleeding ulcers, heart attacks, strokes and migraine headaches are now fully covered by Obamacare!”

Christmas Lights, Too? Is Obama’s Higher Electricity Prices Promise Coming True?

Christmas lights


Originally posted at Clash Daily

From the day Barack Obama was elected, a sense of foreboding has hung over the lives of sensible Americans that can only be described as sort of an ‘”uh-oh” factor.

The sane knew that we were like a nation on a conveyor belt, heading toward a list of impending disasters such as socialized medicine, higher taxes, wealth redistribution, and harder work for less money for those lucky enough to find or keep a job. The realization that Americans’ earnings wouldn’t go as far as they once did dawned as the nation inched slowly and systematically from someday to today!

And as America grits its teeth in anticipation of tumbling off that conveyor belt into the Obamacare meat grinder on January 1st, there are other promises that Obama made that are pilfering the pocketbooks of those too busy worrying about healthcare to notice.

It’s Christmas and the Obama family is in Hawaii for 17 days enjoying unlimited luxuries with nary a money concern in the world. Back home, steeped in a multitude of woes, the American people are struggling to eke out some enjoyment. During the holiday season, some of us escape from the day-to-day doldrums by injecting a little childlike magic into the nightmare we’re living by decorating our homes and Christmas trees with colored flickering lights.

Typically, electricity prices normally go up in the summer and decrease in the fall, winter, and spring. The problem is that this year, decorating for Christmas has cost Americans more on average than ever before.

According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the United States the average price for a kilowatt hour of electricity set a record for the month of November this year and the seasonally-adjusted electricity price index hit an all-time high. During 2013, each month the electricity prices were more expensive than in any previous month, and in fact set an all-time record.

What this proves is that those Americans who are convinced that Barack Obama doesn’t keep his promises are dead wrong.

Some believe that electricity and fuel oil increases are offset by gasoline and natural gas indexes, which supposedly fell significantly. In other words, the American consumer is now at the point where we’re supposed to applaud paying $3.26 per gallon for gasoline on average, which is sort of like someone dragging around 1,000 lbs. feeling relieved when the burden is reduced to 950 lbs.

Maybe what is needed is a refresher course in Barack Obama promises.

Way back in January of 2008, Barack Obama boldly admitted in a taped interview with the San Francisco Chronicle that under his plan for a “cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

Obama said, “Coal-powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”

“The problem is,” Obama said, “can you get the American people to say this is really important?”

Probably not, since most Americans, especially middle-class Americans, are already struggling to feed their families, so carbon emissions currently take a back seat to baby formula and diapers.

To circumvent public disapproval, one Obama ploy was to terrorize the American public with concerns over how to find new healthcare plans and pay for increased healthcare premiums. Meanwhile, as a growing anger gripped the nation, the next step was to stealthily move ahead with a Climate Action Plan that advanced left-wing environmental goals without alarming the poor schlubs bankrolling Obama’s progressive whims.

Right after Thanksgiving this year, the White House Office of the Press Secretary released a “Fact Sheet” that proudly announced the following:

In the latest step under his Climate Action Plan, President Obama today signed a Memorandum directing the Federal Government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 – more than double the current level.  Meeting this renewable energy goal will reduce pollution in our communities, promote American energy independence, and support homegrown energy produced by American workers.

In 2009, the President directed the Federal Government to become a leader in clean energy and energy efficiency when he signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, setting aggressive targets for Federal agencies for reducing energy use, carbon pollution and waste in their operations, and saving taxpayer dollars as a result.

Thus, as those increasingly expensive Christmas lights twinkle brightly against the fallen snow, regardless of the sticker shock and the devastating effects his policies will continue to impose on America, President Barack Obama’s climate action plan, which we hear very little about, presses FORWARD. And regardless of how detrimental that progress is to the economy or the lives of a nation already stooped under immense financial pressure, the president who flies back and forth to Hawaii on Air Force One “anticipates achieving a 17 percent reduction of greenhouse gases by 2020 from 2005 levels.”

Although what’s currently happening isn’t officially viewed as full-blown “cap and trade,” it still means Barack Obama continues to advance his Federal Leadership on Energy Management, which he already warned will further harm America’s economic future.

As the conveyor belt continues to inch forward, the milestones Barack Obama is meeting and surpassing stand to greatly impact Americans, who won’t realize until they open their electric bill once Obamacare has kicked in that they’ve been penalized this time for enjoying their Christmas lights.


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