Jail time for people who don't get health insurance. I kid you not.
During an exclusive interview with ABC News' Jake Tapper today, President Obama said that penalties are appropriate for people who try to "free ride" the health care system but stopped short of endorsing the threat of jail time for those who refuse to pay a fine for not having insurance.
"What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don't, you're subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it's affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there's a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are -- are burdened by because of the fact that people don't have health insurance, you know, there's nothing wrong with a penalty."
JAKE TAPPER, ABC NEWS: Philosophically, what separates an act of violence from an act of terrorism?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, look, we -- we have seen, in the past, rampages of this sort. And in a country of 300 million people, there are going to be acts of violence that are inexplicable. Even within the extraordinary military that we have -- and I think everybody understands how outstanding the young men and women in uniform are under the most severe stress -- there are going to be instances in which an individual cracks. I think the questions that we're asking now and we don't have yet complete answers to is, is this an individual who's acting in this way or is it some larger set of actors? You know, what are the motivations? Those are all questions that I think we have to ask ourselves. Until we have these answers buttoned down, I'd rather not comment on it.
Note that Barry is off to Ft. Hood today, I have no doubt his speech will be mellifluous, moving and utterly meaningless upon close examination. Except possibly for yet another warning to the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to lay off the backlash crap. The VRWC seems to be easily cowed by all this tough talk from Democrats, they haven't even spray-painted a mosque this week.
"Unfortunately, America loves Guns. We love guns to a point where that uh we see devastation on a daily basis. You don't blame a group."
U.S. Department of Justice sent a subpoena to Indymedia ordering it to provide details of all reader visits
In a case that raises questions about online journalism and privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to an independent news site ordering it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day.
The grand jury subpoena also required the Philadelphia-based Indymedia.us Web site "not to disclose the existence of this request" unless authorized by the Justice Department, a gag order that presents an unusual quandary for any news organization.
The Independent Media Center is a left-of-center amalgamation of journalists and advocates that – according to their principles of unity and mission statement – work toward "promoting social and economic justice" and "social change."
Taken together, we have a regime that considers its citizens a bunch of crooks, idiots and madmen on the thin edge of exploding, who must be threatened into good behavior. A regime who's minions won't follow their own rules, and who don't even distinguish friends from enemies. A uniform policy of "comply or be ground under" is in force, and Leftists are not exempt. They hate that. Bush was supposed to be Hitler, not their guy. I can hear the "WTF?!" explosions from here.
I don't see that as a recipe for roaring success in 2010 and 2012 elections. I do see it as the last desperate grab of a party who sees its former power base in the mainstream media being decimated by new technology, and its collectivist/pacifist ideology being demonstrated as both false and dangerous by the economy and the war.
Couple that with a spectacularly incompetent President, and you have the end of the Democrats. The Republicans can run a yellow dog against Obama in 2012 and the dog will win. Go Old Yeller!