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Michelle Touts Mother’s Milk

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

In conjunction with the IRS, and in the name of “choice,” the First Lady of the United States is presently “throwing the spotlight on nursing as a way to reduce childhood obesity.” Thanks to Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Moo-ve” campaign, the whir of a breast pump can now put tax rebates in the pocket of women who, in lieu of aborting offspring, choose instead to breastfeed.

The Obamas have managed to wriggle their way into America’s pocketbooks, healthcare, and grocery carts, and now, as soon as a newborn is placed in its mother’s arms, while IRS agents are out tracking nursing bras and tubes of lanolin Michelle will be right there dictating the benefits of mother’s milk.

Maybe Michelle can avoid spreading herself too thin by mandating that soon-to-be-government-run hospitals replace overhead delivery room mirrors with public service announcements instructing women on the delivery table to promptly begin nursing.

It’s surprising that Mrs. Obama is suddenly concerned with the well being of newborns. In a 2004 fundraising letter, Michelle warned supporters of the “rise of conservatism in this country, especially as it relates to women.”  At the time, conservatives were trying to ban partial-birth abortion. Michelle’s big fear was that women wouldn’t be able to kill a full-term baby and that the right to privacy would be violated by the “Justice Department’s request for hospitals to turn over the private medical records of dozens of patients.”

The abortion/breastfeeding advocate spouse of a President who wants to put medical records online while simultaneously demanding access to an Internet kill switch was adamant about “the right to choose … privacy rights…pay equity… ending domestic violence, promoting health care around the world, and letting doctors decide treatment options, not federal judges.”

Six years later, with Barack in charge, revisions to that list include the deletion of “letting doctors decide treatment options” and penciled in are the benefits of breast milk.

Just as she became an authority on food choices by denying dessert to her own children, Mrs. Obama has “spoken in public about nursing her youngest daughter, Sasha,” which obviously qualifies her to assume the role of the government’s chief lactation specialist.

One thing’s for sure — Michelle is a self-appointed authority on everything from where to find the best barbeque to executing perfect Indian dance steps, which makes it difficult for her to “tread carefully in what might be a sensitive area for some women — and not use her bully pulpit to directly ask more women to breast feed.”

Instead, Michelle has decided to “nudge” mothers toward choosing government-issued breast pumps. Kristina Schake, Mrs. Obama’s communications chief, said “Breastfeeding is a very personal choice for every woman.” Thus, “we,” as in mammary management teams, “are trying to make it easier” for those who choose to nurse to do so by passing federal legislation that compels businesses to provide accommodations for working women to pump breast milk or nurse at work.

Moreover, Michelle is deeply troubled that “only 3 percent of births occur at U.S. hospitals with a ‘Baby Friendly’ designation.”  To address the inequity, Mrs. Obama is teaming up with other pro-choice organizations like UNICEF to “push more hospitals” who, when not administering government-funded abortions in one room, will oversee certified pro-breastfeeding/”Baby Friendly” zones across the hall.

Michelle Obama apparently believes government intervention is needed to foster maternal/newborn bonding.  Coming from anyone else, parenting advice might be minimally appreciated, but having the wife of a president who opposed the Born Alive Act counseling women on newborn care is a tad hypocritical.  Is infant nourishment suddenly a concern for woman whose husband voted to deny medical care, warmth, and hydration to babies who would otherwise thrive after surviving a failed abortion?

Killing babies in the womb or, if necessary, with their heads sticking halfway out of the womb, is a right Michelle believes should be constitutionally upheld.  If the baby happens to make it out alive, the First Lady converts to Mommy mode and laments the tragedy that “especially in the black community — 40 percent of [the] babies never get breastfed at all, even in the first weeks of life.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “breastfeeding rates are low among African-American mothers compared to other racial and ethnic groups.”

Michelle should consider the fact that Barack’s pro-choice policies prevent millions of black babies from being born, let alone nursed.

In New York City alone, 60% of all African-American never-to-be-nursed babies are systematically aborted. Maybe the Dilettante of Data, while out saving lives by way of breastfeeding, could address the dire statistic that abortion is the leading killer of African-Americans in New York City and that since 1973 “black women’s share of abortions has consistently been at least twice their share of live births.”

Nevertheless, as long as “touch points in a child’s life” do not include any of the time from conception to birth, Mrs. Obama strongly supports informing the public that when it comes to breastfeeding and preventing childhood issues such as obesity, “early intervention is key” – just ask Planned Parenthood.

So as Michelle Obama continues to address the welfare of America’s children, what could be better than a First Lady who is able to balance infanticide and breastfeeding in perfect tandem? By deploying IRS agents to monitor prolactin levels and wet nurses to attend to babies whose mothers have a low milk supply, Michelle Obama will not only be addressing childhood obesity, she’ll be singlehandedly creating jobs.

Consequently, the Obama big-government teat will be jammed even further down the throats of American businesses, who will be forced to accommodate nursing mothers by a federal bureaucracy represented by a First Lady who, when not advocating for partial-birth abortion, spends time teaching the motherly art of latching on.

Long Island’s Living Dead

For Americans convinced the federal government should be the proprietor of health care, maybe before submitting to a surgical procedure at the hand of a government employee, future Obamacare recipients should speak to Carol Colmes of East Quogue, NY.

Carol is the “official historian for the village of East Quogue, Long Island. She cares for headstones and writes local obituaries.”  Little did the village historian know that Social Security data indicated an obituary for the recently deceased Carol Colmes may as well have been in the registry and a newly engraved headstone positioned over a freshly dug grave.

Small detail: Colmes, although declared dead, was very much alive.

In June, while at work busily scanning the Social Security Death Index, a stunned Carol found out that she’d been deceased since May. In all probability, Carol’s initial reaction began with touching her face to check whether she was actually alive, after which she uttered, “Whoa…there’s my name, Carol Colmes, where I was born, when I died.”

Carol’s case is not a surprise. The soon-to-be-administrating-health-care federal government pays hundreds of millions of dollars in funds to dead people.  In the government’s “competent” economy, dead people are assumed living and living people presumed dead. According to Social Security representatives, out of 52 million stimulus checks sent out, 10,000 have been sent to dead people.

Take for instance federal farm aid recipients. When crosschecked with the same Social Security Administration Death Index file Colmes was checking when she found out she had passed on, it was revealed that “checks [were] being cut to farmers after they died.”

Question: Are the same government workers that can’t differentiate between living and dead going to be administering defibrillator paddles on the chests of heart attack victims?

Recently it was also revealed that the federally financed, $5 billion a year Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) granted 11,000 deceased individuals $3.9 million dollars in taxpayer funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as prisoners and postal workers.

If only Carol Colmes could have been patient, the Long Island woman might have also received a post mortem subsidy check in the mail—and after this incident the Colmes’ need it.  Thanks to Social Security, “room temperature” Carol “was quickly cut off from bank accounts, Medicare and more.”

Carol claims, “Every account I had was frozen …I was left with just pocket change.”

For the last two months, Carol and husband Rich have attempted to resurrect the lifeless Mrs. Colmes.  The couple has “collected hundreds of documents, made endless trips to social security offices, and spent hours on the phone with government workers who finally solved the riddle. They traced the error to a clerk in Alabama typing in the wrong nine-digit number.”

With health care on the horizon and data being entered by government workers, an expressive face maker could end up sporting an unneeded pacemaker, not to mention the possibilities for those in need of any emergency “…ectomy.”

A remorseful Social Security Administration vowed to continue to, Lord help us, “monitor” Carol’s situation because the government-controlled “IRS, VA Hospital and banks may be slow in getting the correction,” which is expected.

To date, “Some of Carol’s assets remain frozen.” However, contrary to the federal government’s assumptions, up to this point Carol Colmes’ body is 98.6 °F.

Payday for the Dead

Amazingly there are entitlement mentality Americans perfectly comfortable with handing over health care to the government. Somehow, these people don’t mind bureaucrats making life and death decisions or government, “Sorry, I’m on my break,” civil servants doing kidney biopsies.

True believers are convinced that in America things won’t be like Europe, Canada, or Michael Moore’s favorite health care panacea, Cuba. Some Americans believe health care will provide an efficient, high performing, state-of-the-art system by a bankrupt United States government who promises to finance the endeavor with full faith, financial abandon and total commitment.

There are many examples of government inefficiency that can be linked directly to health care and how it will be administrated.

Glowing examples of government inefficiency include the habit of sending checks to dead tax payers. It seems that the Internal Revenue Service, one of government’s shining stars, hunts down money from living, breathing human beings and sends the proceeds to the deceased, which is one of many examples of bureaucratic competence, accuracy and dedication to high standards. The money to the dead issue should be cause for concern, especially if government plans to run health care. A problem arises when the dead are mistaken for the living, because there is a good chance, with government in charge, the living will be mistaken for the dead.

Take for example the case of Rose Hagner. Mrs. Hagner has been room temperature for 40 years. Yes, Rose went home to be with the Lord on Memorial Day 1967. The IRS is closed on Memorial Day, which might explain why, after four decades, bureaucratic drones were still unaware Rose was dearly departed for nearly half a century.  As a result of IRS being closed on the late Mrs. Hagner’s deathday Rosie received a long overdue check for $250.00.

James Hagner, Rose’s 83-year old son, after receiving the money, said he’d like to frame the check and hang it on the wall. “I just want to keep it as a souvenir, that’s all. I’ll never cash it.” Word to the wise: “Hand it over Jimmy Boy, that check is a recyclable  ‘piece of the pie’.”

According to Social Security representatives, of the 52 million stimulus checks sent out, 10,000 have been sent to dead people. The math goes like this: for 13 paid government holidays, at 770 dead people per holiday, at $250.00 a check, the tab comes to $2,500,000.00. Two million dollars is chump change that wouldn’t have even paid for the appetizers at Obama’s inauguration party.

Now for those eager to hand over the controls of exploratory surgery to the government, an official explanation for the Rose Hagner mistake may make future patients feel more relaxed.  Apparently, the error is because of efficiency deadlines, which affect accuracy. Efficiency affects accuracy?

According to representatives, “…strict mid-June deadline of mailing out all of the checks, didn’t leave officials much time to clean up all of their records.” For forty years? That is a heck of a lot of break time even for perpetually-on-a-break civil servants. Health care proponents better hope that the  rationing of operating rooms doesn’t force surgeons, due to time constraints, to skip painting chests with Betadine® solution before cracking sternums for open heart surgery.

To be honest, the Internal Revenue’s explanation brings little comfort to the wary. Apparently, this isn’t the first time checks have been sent to the dead, which means government has never had the time to clean up records.

In December of 2008, the U.S. Treasury also issued economic stimulus checks to dead people. In fact, the checks actually had the words “deceased” printed on the front next to the name. “The first line of the check listed “Donabea M. Baker Dec’d, ‘Dec’d’, as in deceased.”

The only explanation is that the government must have had a money saving plan for issuing checks to the dead, or a plan that benefited  some stimulative economic initiative. The trustee of Donabea’s estate, whose name was also on the front of the check, said, “I don’t know what they [were] thinking?,” which may be a similar question to the one  America will be asking a few years into government-run nationalized health care.

In 2008, when Congress passed the $168 billion economic stimulus package, the goal was to stimulate the economy. If a person passed away after filing a 2007 tax return, the IRS still sent the deceased a stimulus check. I guess the government has faith in money’s ability to rouse that which is believed to have no hope of resurrection.

IRS spokesman Mike the-genius Dobzinski was jokingly prodded by an observer questioning the dead check error by asking: “But those dead taxpayers couldn’t stimulate the economy, could they?” Dobzinski’s response: “That’s not our decision to make!” Huh?

Can anyone say hysterectomy, prostatectomy, or emergency by-pass?”

Even Paul Caron, esteemed professor at the University of Cincinnati College Of Law was perplexed when he received a $600.00 stimulus check for his late father. Scratching his head, the guy with all the answers had to ask, “What is the purpose [of] making stimulus payments to dead people?” Professor Paul, haven’t you heard? Obama planned on “breathing new life into the economy,” and then “resting on the seventh day.

According to Mr. Spokesperson-for-the-IRS Dobzinski, the IRS doesn’t keep data records on how many dead people get paid.  However, they do know how many checks are sent and how many people who file taxes die in any given year, after which they lose track.  I bet groggy Americans awakening from anesthesia can’t wait to hear the words,  “I know I saw the scalpel before sewing the guy up.”

So apparently statistical experts don’t know how many checks with “deceased” printed on them go out every year to people who are “deceased?”  The reason could be because EEOC compels them to hire visually impaired operators to run printing presses in the Federal Reserve.

Think about it, these are the people who will be saying, “Slide down to the end of the table, this won’t hurt a bit!

Any clear thinking logical person would have to connect the dots and say, “Maybe these aren’t the individuals I want deciding who lives and who dies.

Yet Obama cheerleaders still herald the arrival of  Obama Health Care. The false promise of rolling away the stone  from the grave of high costs, greedy insurance companies, overpaid doctors and pharmaceutical companies, even has deaf-mutes enthusiastically signing, “Yes, we can!” Need we be reminded that Obama’s $800 billion dollar stimulus package also held the promise of resurrecting a dead economy and America at an 10.1% unemployment rate knows how that turned out?

Unfortunately, in the case of health care, while dead people won’t get checks…there is a good chance live people, being cared for by Dr. Dobzinski types, will be forced to check out.

For those who trust the government with their health care decisions rationalizing sending checks to dead people is not a big deal. Out of 52 million checks issued, only 10,000 dead people got a check, which is only 0.02%. However, 0.02% of 303,824,640 living, breathing American human beings calculates to be potentially 60,000 life and death errors that cannot be undone, sent back or framed and hung on the wall as a souvenir.

Live people becoming dead at the hands of incompetent government policies, procedures and workers is a reality that cannot be overlooked when considering obvious and unrelenting inefficiencies, errors, mediocrity and substandard government service.

Regardless, government officials will vigorously enforce the law regardless, and if Obama Health Care is responsible for killing Granny, an efficient government official will be on hand to remind survivors that it’s still a misdemeanor to bury Grandma’s body in the yard!

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