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President Obama’s Convenient Lie Gives Free Advertising to His Donors

by Whitney Pitcher

Earlier today President Obama tweeted the following about women’s “health”:

It’s intriguing that the President decided to tweet a quote from a women’s health magazine to make a policy point. The quote Obama used was from a scare tactic campaign from Women’s Health magazine that indicates that women’s reproductive “rights” may go the way of the dodo bird. A little closer look shows that President Obama may be giving Women’s Health magazine the Solyndra treatment. The CEO of Rodale Inc, Maria Rodale, which publishes the magazine, has given the President $5,000 to his campaign and and another other $5,000 to the DNC. Rodale Inc mostly focuses on health and wellness related magazines and books, but interestingly also published Al Gore’s “global warming” fictional book, An Inconvenient Truth–indicating their aim may be more political than solely “health and wellness”. It sure was nice of the President to give some advertising to one of his donors and ideological peers, huh?

Of course, Women’s Health Magazine , in addition to campaign funding, also gave First Lady Michelle Obama the platform to promote the President’s health care reform bill this past May. Mrs. Obama writing in part about contraception (emphasis added): 

 It used to be that even many women with health insurance would skip these check-ups because of the cost. In fact, before the health reform law that my husband signed back in 2010, some insurance companies would routinely charge women 50 percent more than men for the same coverage because they needed more frequent access to preventive services like mammograms and cervical screenings. Fortunately, the new health care bill makes that discrimination against women illegal starting in 2014, and today, insurance companies are required to cover life-saving cancer screenings and other preventive services like contraception and immunizations without a co-pay.

While the First Lady wrote this piece for Women’s Health and provided them with her workout play list,  interestingly, she turned down an interview and cover with the Heart & Soul, a  health magazine for African American women.

Beyond the cronyism of free advertising, the tweet is blatantly false. President Obama implies that the Republican Party is trying to limit or ban birth control. Those claims are only true in liberal newspeak where “ban” is synonymous with “not forcing employers to pay for”. However, this is the kind of fight the Obama administration brought upon themselves when they sacrificed the first amendment to expand government, and it’s a problem easily solved if the free market is brought into health care, a concept I describe in a post at Breitbart.com in February:

Beyond the economic benefits, a free market based health care system provides the best vehicle for religious liberty. When health insurance is detached from employment, it means that employers—be they religious institutions or religious business owners– have no requirement to violate their conscience by providing insurance that covers contraception and abortion causing drugs.

The same is true for individual health care consumers and insurance companies themselves. Individual health care consumers would have the option to purchase plans from insurers that either do or do not cover contraceptives. While individuals opposed to contraception would not desire contraception for themselves anyway, choosing a plan that does not cover contraception means the money they used to purchase health insurance does not have the potential to “cross subsidize” contraception or abortion causing drugs.

“Cross subsidization” occurs when insurance premiums are pooled by the insurer and then dispersed to pay medical bills for those they insure, meaning that the money one pays in insurance premiums beyond what care they need may ultimately cover another individual’s care . Market based healthcare also provides health insurers with the freedom to abide by their conscience in what they will cover. Insurers who oppose contraceptives would not be obligated to provide coverage, and those who approve contraceptives would be free to do so. There is a market for both, and it would provide employers, individuals, and insurers the freedom to exercise their religious liberty.

President Obama is again trying to scare women into believing that the only way to protect their so called reproductive freedoms is to grow government and quash religious freedom–and in the process, he’s providing free advertising for his donors. In reality, the free market providers the greatest platform for both individual and religious freedom.

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Michelle Obama Spends 10 Million Tax Payer Dollars on Vacations But LA Times Covers Ann Romney’s “Expensive” Horse Hobby

You know, let me tell you, the one thing I believe is that families are off-limits

~ Michelle Obama

By Gary P Jackson

Barack Obama has many mega-wealthy supporters, especially in Hollywood, and his wife has spent a reported $10 million in tax payer money to go on extravagant vacations around the world, and yet, the Los Angeles Times has decided Ann Romney’s love of horses is just too expensive and makes her out of touch with America.

For those that don’t know the back story, Ann Romney has MS, and riding provides her great therapeutic benefit. The Times goes out of it’s way to say only the wealthiest among us participate in the sport of dressage, but that’s not exactly true. A lot of kids scrimp and save, and their parents sacrifice just so they can enjoy horses.

Still, we get this:

Dressage is not for the faint of wallet; it requires healthy outlays of cash for upkeep, training, transportation and veterinary care. It attracts some of the world’s richest people — the daughter of billionaire New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg competes. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and his wife own dressage horses.

Funny, those mentioned are democrats and Obama supporters. That seems to be lost on the Times.

When John Kennedy was President, Caroline’s pony called Macaroni freely roamed the White House grounds. The media swooned and called it “Camelot.”

No matter, what Ann Romney does, she does it with her own money, not the tax payers.

On the other hand, as the UK’s Daily Mail reports, Michelle Obama’s extravagant vacations have cost the American tax payer $10 million dollars:

The Obamas’ summer break on Martha’s Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.

But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.

White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.

Branding her ‘disgusting‘ and ‘a vacation junkie‘, they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol.

The ‘top source‘ told the National Enquirer: ‘It’s disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.

When it’s all added up, she’s spent more than $10million in taxpayers’ money on her vacations.’

The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

And the first family’s nine-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.

The source continued: ‘Michelle also enjoys drinking expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.

The vacations are totally Michelle’s idea. She’s like a junkie. She can’t schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next – all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans.

For all of the figures, click here.

This article, written late 2011 doesn’t include this year’s spring break trip for Obama’s two girls to Mexico, that included 12 of the daughters’ friends and 25 Secret Service agents. No telling what that cost you and me.

Maybe President Barack Obama just doesn’t like horses [or maybe he likes them too much] after all, he signed legislation late last year allowing for the slaughter of horses for food. I hear they go well with dog meat.

Either way, the sycophantic media is certainly trying to help out their buddy Obama any way they can. It used to be in America that we celebrated success. Hell, we all strived for it ourselves. In the land of Obama only liberals are allowed to be successful. Anyone else is considered evil and must be destroyed.

While the Times is wasting space with this non-story, it should be noted they still haven’t released the Khalidi tape that reportedly shows Obama celebrating with Palestinian terrorist Rashid Khalidi. Terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn were also said to be in attendance.

That’s something the American people need to see. But the Los Angeles Times refuses to release it.

As for Ann Romney, I’m happy for anyone who has found something they enjoy. Ann is a cancer survivor and suffers MS. If riding horses makes her feel better, then more power to her.

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Obesity Policy Expert: Sarah Palin Is Right, Michelle Obama And Mike Huckabee Are Wrong

By Gary P Jackson

We’ve said this before, but get used to seeing “Sarah Palin was right and [fill in the blank] was wrong” a lot in the many years to come.

Though he comes at it from a different angle, the editors of National Review Online highlight prominent New York University obesity-policy scholar Rogan Kersh’s take on the obesity issue. Our take is the First Lady and Huckabee are Big Government, Nanny State progressives who are a direct threat to personal Liberty and Freedom. Kersh comes at it from the medical angle and scientific angle.

From NRO:

One key ingredient in Sarah Palin’s political dynamite is the cheerful scorn with which she regards Washington, a small but zesty serving of which she recently dished up for First Lady Michelle Obama and her anti-obesity crusade. During an episode of her reality show, the once (and future?) candidate cooked up a mess of hot s’mores and a side of even hotter politics, declaring: “This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert.

Palin was being over-generous in her paraphrase. What Mrs. Obama in fact said was considerably more worrisome: “We can’t just leave it up the parents.” Her particular target was unhealthful school lunches, which parents presumably require help from distant federal authorities to improve; it is clear from this and much else that the first lady envisions a very broad role for the federal government in menu planning. If her vision leaves any room for limitation on government interference in family affairs, it is impossible to detect it. Palin, responding specifically to this boundless license for federal meddling, later expanded on her views: “Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us, according to some politician’s — or politician’s wife’s — priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us, as individuals, to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions.” (There is something particularly delicious in Palin’s tone when she pronounces the words “politician’s wife” — if there should be such a thing as a Palin administration, we are confident that the apparently easygoing Mr. Palin will not evolve into the first scold.)

As is the case with practically all things Palin, this latest statement has led to a predictable chorus of harrumphing nanny-staters, not every one of whom is obviously qualified to lecture the body politic on healthful eating. CNN’s fulsome Roland Martin declared Palin’s observation “so stupid that it defies logic,” and added that the former governor is too ignorant to “understand how devastating obesity is to the future of the United States.” Defying logic, Mr. Martin, along with practically all of Mrs. Palin’s critics on the issue, is missing a piece in his argument: specifically, even a smattering of evidence that busybody campaigns of the sort in which Mrs. Obama is engaged are likely to do more good than harm when it comes to extraordinarily complex issues such as obesity — which is indeed positioned to impose significant costs, both financial and human, on the American people.

The evidence is, in fact, to the contrary, suggesting that well-intentioned government policies will make the problem worse: To the extent that political action has thus far affected American obesity, it has been a thumb on the wrong side of the scales, subsidizing the worst kinds of foods through the farm-subsidy and school-lunch programs, and often giving out precisely the wrong kind of dietary advice.

Obesity is, in truth, among our least tractable public-health problems. It is an absolute Gordian knot of nutrition, behavior, genetics, child-rearing environments, hormonal biology, economics, and other factors too numerous and too subtle to catalog. As New York University obesity-policy scholar Rogan Kersh has noted, the problem “has proved impervious to clinical treatment or public-health exhortation,” and it is by no means clear what, if anything, public policy can accomplish, or what the best avenue for reform is, if indeed there is one. For an administration prone to smug castigation of its predecessors for their allegedly insufficient deference to scientific expertise, the Obama team is here shockingly cavalier about a scientific question of substantial depth and complexity. If Mrs. Obama, between her undergraduate major in sociology, her minor in African-American studies, and her law degree somehow managed also to acquire a great deal of expertise regarding a medical issue that has proved remarkably difficult for actual scholars and learned authorities, she has not seen fit to share how and where she acquired it.

Mrs. Obama’s “eat your veggies” crusade is at once a remarkably shallow response and a remarkably ambitious one: She may know next to nothing about the deeper issues, but she has adamant faith that the transformative quality of political power will allow even the most ignorant politician — or politician’s wife — to ameliorate any problem, even one that has thus far proved “impervious to clinical treatment.” By the same token, Mrs. Palin’s dismissal of that conceit contains more wisdom than is understood by political entrepreneurs of the Obama variety or by their factota in the media. Advantage: Palin.

First ladies have their causes, the general rule of which is that they do less damage the farther away from public policy they stay. If the Obama administration should happen to win the wars (and keep the won wars won) and balance the budget, head off the looming fiscal crisis, and present the American people with the head of Osama bin Laden, perhaps at that time it can get back to us about the broccoli. Until then, we have more of an appetite for Mrs. Palin’s healthy skepticism of governmental ambition than for Mrs. Obama’s overegged federal pudding: Washington has enough on its plate.

Dr Kersh is right, of course. Now granted there are lazy people who just eat too much and won’t exercise, but for every one of those there are dozens who have real problems maintaining “approved weight.” These issues are indeed complex. One can simply lose the genetic lottery, or there can be a combination of problems. Since science and medicine haven’t found cures, it’s reasonable to think no government intrusion in our lives can.

In the end, it all boils down to Freedom and Liberty. Of course, with Freedom and Liberty comes personal responsibility. This is something progressives can’t tolerate. A free people, left to make their own decisions, good or bad, doesn’t NEED government’s help. That puts the progressives out of business, since their entire reason for living is telling others how to live their life. [No matter how poor of a job they have done living their own!]

The government already has problems fulfilling it constitutional requirements, only a fool would think having government take even MORE control of our lives will turn out well.

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Nanny State Alert! Mike Huckabee: “On ‘Child Nutrition’ I Must Side With Michelle Obama Over Sarah Palin”

By Gary P Jackson

I saw this little nugget over at Hot Air. At first I was going to let it go, but thought it merited some actual commentary, rather than Allahpundit’s inane musings about potential web hits.

For those unfamiliar with this little back and forth, Michelle Obama has been out there shilling for a “food safety bill” that would all but destroy independent farmers, and even has the ability to restrict [or eliminate] home gardens. In other words it’s another Big Government power grab that destroys a significant amount of Freedom and Liberty. It limits choices, and in a pinch, could even prohibit one from growing their own food for their own consumption.

As part of this Freedom and Liberty destroying package, there is an initiative that would try and force “children” to eat so-called healthy food, while banning everything else. I put “children” in quotations because depending on what democrats are selling, “children” can mean anyone up to 30 years old!

This program of oppression, for those keeping score, has a price tag of around $4.5 billion, to start. [just for Michelle’s little pet project] By the way, thanks to Republicans from states where Big Agriculture makes generous campaign donations, this monstrosity, the “food safety bill,” is now the law of the land.

Here’s the deal. This is one more situation where Big Daddy government, [or should I say Big Nanny] is going to tell you how you MUST live your life.

Rather than allowing parents to educate their own kids, and control what they eat, some little elite in Washington is going to control yet one more part of your life, and there will be nothing you can do about it [unless you are wealthy and send the kids to a private school or home school them]

This is where Sarah Palin comes in. While Michelle Obama has been out there preaching her nonsense, Sarah has been having fun with her. There was talk of banning school bake sales, so Sarah shows up at a school where she was giving a speech, cookies in hand! She’s been tweeting about this stuff for some time, just wearing MO out.

This really got going though after this past Sunday’s airing of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. While getting ready to do a bit of camping, after some white water rafting, Sarah is looking for the goodies to make s’mores, and dedicates them to MO because the First Lady “says we aren’t supposed to have desert

It was hilarious!

Bear in mind now, SP’sAK was filmed in the summer, months ago, when the debate was in full swing.

Of course, there was some buzz around the “cookie incident” at the time, but it seems Sunday’s episode turned into an international story. All one has to do is search Bing to find stories from around the world, mostly progressives losing their minds. How DARE Sarah Palin be against totalitarian rule!

That’s what makes Huckabee’s little “me too” so sad. This isn’t exactly fresh ground.

Look, childhood obesity is a real problem. But it’s not because we have stupid or lazy parents who can’t teach their kids to eat right, and don’t control what they eat at home. The school cafeteria food is no worse than it was when I was in school over 40 years ago. It was crappy then too.

The problem isn’t calorie intake, or “self control.” At least not for most of these kids. The problem is the schools. When I was in school we had exercise every single day. In grade school we had “recess” but that went from kinda hanging out and running around, to playing organized games like baseball and daily calisthenics. By the time we got to Jr High, we were running our butts off, and sweating in gym class every day, lifting weights, playing baseball, basketball and so on. This was everyone, not just those on the organized school teams. Where I grew up, the many Jr High’s were basically a farm system for the city’s one high school, and it’s football team, which was a powerhouse.

In most schools, this is gone. With progressives in control of education …. recess, PE, whatever you care to call it … is a thing of the past. They are much too busy with social engineering and indoctrination to have even the most rudimentary forms of exercise available.

Now I also know video games and other “sit on your ass” activities are an issue as well, but parents are the ones to kick Jr out of the house and tell them to do something physical, not Big Daddy Government.

Probably wouldn’t hurt the parents to get out there as well.

What Sarah Palin was mocking Michelle Obama for was not about wanting to do something about fat kids. Sarah was wearing Michelle out for daring to suggest the federal government take control, stealing Liberty and Freedom, [and spending billions of our dollars] to achieve her goals.

As someone who values Freedom and Liberty as much as life itself, Sarah, like most of us, simply cannot fathom anyone allowing government to continually encroach on our basic, God-given right of self-determination. We have the God-given right to live our lives as we please, as long as we aren’t interfering with someone else’s God-right to do the same.

Now as parents, we are responsible for our children. We do have the right [and responsibility] to control what they do, as we teach them right from wrong, and impart life’s wisdom on them. This is the right of parents, not the federal government. In fact, reaching into someone’s home, and taking over these most basic rights, by force, is as big of a usurpation of the Constitution as it gets.

Will parents screw up and feed their kids junk food instead of whatever is deemed healthy this week? Sure they will. But it’s their right to.

Now if MO and Big Nanny Huckabee were talking about spending money on an eduction initiative to teach parents and children about healthy choices, that would be a whole ‘nuther ball game. Same is true if they were going to double down and require all schools to have a serious physical exercise program available to anyone who wanted to participate. I’m talking requiring schools to offer, not students to participate. Parents could opt their children out at their discretion. I could get on board with that.

But that’s not what MO and Big Mike support. No, these two, and many more progressives like them, think you are too stupid to live your life without the government telling you every move to make. What to eat. What to wear. What to drive. What kind of light bulbs to use. The list of government intrusion into our lives is endless.

Of course, this is not new territory for Mike Huckabee. He’s been trying to sell himself off as a “conservative” for some time now, both on the 2008 campaign trail, and on his lame Fox News talk show.But it’s all an act.

He talks the talk, at times, and has a lot of people fooled, but his record as Governor of Arkansas is one of a Big Government Statist. A Nanny Stater who makes New York City’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg,  look like a piker.

Michael D Tanner, of the CATO Institute. wrote a scathing assessment of Huckabee called “The Biggest Big Government Conservative.” Besides pointing out his poor record, scoring a “F” on fiscal issues, Tanner delves into Huckabee’s progressive tendencies. What Karl Rove would call “Compassionate Conservatism” …. but on steroids.

This needs to be a warning to anyone thinking Mike Huckabee should be anything but a talk show host with a talent for so-so base playing.

One of the wonderful things about Sarah Palin is she has a knack for exposing phonies like Mike Huckabee.

I don’t think she actually tries to do this, BTW. Sarah is just someone who walks the walk. She’s also someone who says what she thinks. It’s just her nature as she goes about doing her thing.

It’s the reactions that Sarah causes, to her just living life, that are telling. People constantly expose themselves as less than desirable when they react to her. I can’t explain why this happens so often, but it’s fun to watch, and someday it will be interesting to write an essay cataloging all of the folks who were exposed by Sarah just being Sarah. The piece would be quite long.

The bottom line is this: The federal government has absolutely no right to reach so deeply into one’s life, and control so much of it. Every time they do, a big old chunk of Freedom and Liberty are gone. Gone forever. Liberty lost never returns. [at least not without drastic action]

Sarah Palin, in her own wonderful style, is out there advocating for maximum human Freedom and Liberty. The Freedom and Liberty to enjoy life to it’s fullest, without Big Daddy Government looking over your shoulders and questioning your every move, and sometimes outlawing moves altogether.

When government gets so deeply involved in the minutia of our lives, we loose our Freedom to choose how we live our lives. We lose all of our personal Liberties.

Sarah knows this well, and cautions against runaway government on a daily basis. She advocates daily for personal Freedom and Liberty.

On the other hand, here is Mike Huckabee not being able to help himself. He is a life long Big Government progressive, a Statist, and has the record tom prove it. He, along with most progressives, think the average person is too stupid to care for themselves, and Big Daddy Government must step in and do everything for you, lest you make “bad” choices. [as determined by them] It’s an insult to our Founding Fathers, and the American people.

On a personal note, when it comes time to take advice on fitness and healthy eating, I’d listen to Sarah Palin, a superb athlete whose running prowess landed her a cover story in Runners World [a story so popular it crashed their website] and someone who eats healthy, organic food most of the time, rather than a couple of con artists who, when told to “haul ass”, need to take two loads!

One last thing. In case you are wondering, the dog in the Huckabee family photo is NOT the one who received the “Michael Vick” treatment.

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Gov. Palin Reminds Americans About Unpatriotic Comments from 2008… LSM Freaks Out

By Stacy Drake

The left-wing media was freaking out Friday over some comments Governor Palin made during a speech she gave at the Liberty and Freedom Foundation forum in San Jose on Thursday. She said:

“You know, when I hear people say, or had said during the campaign that they’ve never been proud of America, haven’t they met anybody in uniform yet?”

I am happy to report that the media is paying attention to Governor Palin’s speeches (pay close attention, LSM you may just learn something). However, I think it’s funny that the press came ferociously to Michelle Obama’s defense after Governor Palin’s comments. Although Andrea Mitchell cited, in her lunatic brand of reporting, which is nothing more than spouting off delusional left-wing sentiment, that Governor Palin was “taking a direct shot at the First Lady.” Actually, Governor Palin never mentioned Michelle Obama by name. Somebody has a complex.

In all honesty, everybody in America knows who Governor Palin was talking about. That’s because what FLOTUS let slip during the pre-FLOTUS campaign days was so disgraceful, she rightly caught lots of flak for it.

Andrea Mitchell, still doing the bidding of the Obama administration, said today that Governor Palin “was taking the First Lady’s comments completely out of context!” How so, Andrea? She said what she said. Here’s the video of Michelle’s remarks during the campaign in proper context:

She talks about being “proud for the first time” in her “adult lifetime” of her country. She said it wasn’t just because “Barack has done well,” but because people were “hungry for change.” Meaning, people were going to vote for “change” otherwise known as her husband. She then goes on to talk about not feeling so alone in her “disappointment” in the country. What a patriot! How could Governor Palin get that so wrong?

Alas, she didn’t get it wrong at all. I happen to have received my college degree in the Arts. I obtained said degree in Southern California, so believe me when I tell you that I have been around my fair share of radical left-wingers. I know how they think and I know the way they talk. Like Michelle Obama, they generally have little nice to say about the United States of America and they surely aren’t proud of their country.

Like Governor Palin, I carried the patriotism my parents instilled in me, into my adulthood. Anytime I see a service member, or tall metropolitan buildings, a vast farm, or even the beauty of our deserts, I have a sense of pride in this nation. I read the founding documents and look at the legacy of liberty in which America was built, and I cannot even fathom living in a different country. I, like Governor Palin, have always been extremely proud of my country.

After Andrea Mitchell spun the details of Michelle Obama’s words, she then snidely asked the question “was smart to take on the popular First Lady.” I understand Michelle Obama is popular at Spanish resorts, but I’m not exactly predicting a revolt against the Governor for reminding Americans about the First Lady’s heart. The media on the other hand… Well, once again they showed their true colors while “reporting” on this Friday. They have no trouble with the thought that Michelle Obama may not be someone who dearly loves this country, as a First Lady should. No, they just don’t want Americans to think that is the case.

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