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Bernie Sanders Pushes Healthcare that Failed in Vermont

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 9, 2017

Politicians of both political parties promote programs to satisfy their political base to ensure reelection.  Unfortunately, the tests of efficacy or reasonableness for programs are not based on hard facts or economic realities, but instead on how they could affect politicians’ reelection chances.  This perversion of logic typically results in programs that cause more harm than benefit, especially in the long-run.

Recently, Senator Bernie Sanders, the Independent-Socialist from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, promoted a single-payer healthcare system that is long been popular with the political Left, who Sanders counts on for reelection.  This is overly simplistic solution to America’s significant healthcare problems avoids addressing the real issue, the high cost of healthcare.  Instead, single-payer systems merely move costs around like a shell game, promising Americans more for less.  Politicians make a career out of playing this same broken record.

During a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sanders indicated he will introduce new single-payer health care legislation.  Tapper then asked Sanders why his own state of Vermont, or California, both Democratic states, could not be successful passing single-payer health care: “Let’s talk about single-payer, because it was attempted in your home state of Vermont, and it didn’t work because they couldn’t get the funding, because it would be too expensive, the Democratic governor said.”  Tapper concluded his question by stating that both Democratic governors admitted they could not find funding for single-payer systems in their states.

Tapper then concluded with the following question: “How do you make it national if you can’t even get it in Vermont and California?”  Sanders got uncomfortable and merely answered that it was “difficult”.

Bernie Sanders’ position on single-payer health care is a textbook example of how politicians serve special interests to ensure their reelections.  It also helps demonstrate how flawed programs continue to be promoted, irrespective of efficacy.  In this case, even though the single-payer system could not pass in staunchly Democratic states of Vermont and California due to economic constraints, Sanders would inflict this unviable program on entire Country.

Since the election, Donald Trump has shown significant character flaws that are difficult to support.  However, his suggestion last week to have senators and congressmen live under the same healthcare plans that most Americans do, strikes a chord.

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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Castigates Liberal Intolerance

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 1, 2017

This Blogger has often discussed with associates on the Left concerns about the media’s and educational industry’s strong Leftists tilt.  Many of these Liberals respond by either denying this bias or incredibly stating that they see just the opposite, the media’s tilt towards the Right.  They ignore the educational industry’s Liberal bias since this bias is unarguable by any interpretation.

Liberals choose to ignore the clear evidence of the bias of both the media and educational industry since this strong bias goes against what used to be a main tenant of Liberalism, open and unhindered discussion on any issue.

Recently, there have been signs that even some of the Left have become concerned by the intolerance by Progressives.  CNN host Fareed Zakaria, who has often been strongly criticized towards President Trump, recently castigated fellow liberals for intolerance, as shown in the video below.

Zakaria starts by comparing his reception while giving a Bucknell commencement speech to that VP Mike Pence received while giving a commencement speech at Notre Dame University.  Pence was rudely interrupted as 100 students turn their back and walked out of the speech.

Zakaria went on to share another example where U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos was rudely booed while giving a commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University.  In concluding, Zakaria said:

  • “American universities these days seem to be committed to every kind of diversity – except intellectual diversity. Conservative voices and views, already a besieged minority, are being
  • “Freedom of speech and thought is not just for warm, fuzzy ideas that we find comfortable. It’s for ideas that we find offensive”.
  • “There is, as we all know, a kind of anti-intellectualism on the right these days. Denial of facts, of reason, of science.  But there is also an anti-intellectualism on the left.  An attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, we are so morally superior, we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree.”
  • Liberals think they are tolerant, but often they aren’t”.

While it is comforting that some Left-leaning intellects like Zakaria are finally speaking out on the intolerance of Progressives, the fact that they allowed the Fascist behavior to go on for decades questions their motivation.  The damage done to American society and free speech as a result of the intolerance may not be repairable.  It is difficult to put a genie back in a bottle once the cork is pulled.  It will be difficult for Leftists who so strongly believe in their moral superiority to start listening to others’ points of view.

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CNN Exposes shallowness of Trump and Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 31, 2016

During a recent 24-hour period, two different CNN anchors exposed shallow aspects of two very different politicians.

Earlier this week President Obama went on the attack of the news media at an awards dinner for journalist.  His attack related to the media’s coverage of the 2016 presidential primaries.  In typical narcissistic form, Obama praised the media for asking “really tough questions” during his first run for the presidency in 2008.  Taking it further he then chided the media for not doing the same this year.  Translation, during 2008 you held me (Obama) to a high standard, but are not doing so to for the Republicans today.  This claim is comical.

Barack Obama was perhaps the most coddled presidential candidate to run for the office.  During 2008, some in the media actually went so far as to publicly state that they had an emotional attachment to Obama.  Since being elected, the President made many unbroken promises, but was never taken to task by the media for them.  Examples include how his first major bill, the Stimulus Package, would lower unemployment, as well as calling ISIS the “JV team”.  Who can forget the President going to the United Nations two weeks after the terrorists attack on America’s Benghazi consulate and ludicrously blaming them on some obscure video?

After listening to Obama’s media bashing, CNN reporter Jake Tapper appropriately chastise the President for his administration’s lack of transparency stating (see video below):

Was President Obama the right messenger?”, and “Mr. President, with all due respect … Maybe, just maybe, your lecturing would be better delivered to your own administration.”

Donald Trump is never one to be overshadowed by another politician’s outrageous statements.  During a town hall interview this week with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump’s justification for his attacks on Ted Cruz’s wife was appropriately compared to the actions of a five-year-old, as seen in the video below.

While Donald Trump and Barack Obama are very different politicians, they have at least a few traits in common; an inability to accept criticism or responsibility for their actions..

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Discusses ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Lie

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 25, 2015

Almost immediately after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson, supposed witnesses came forward and reported that Brown was shot while trying to surrender with his hands up.  These reports created the narrative of “hands up, don’t shoot” that became the rallying cry for protesters of the Brown shooting.  This rallying cry was reported and repeated by news outlets throughout the country, civil rights leaders, and even politicians on the floor of Congress.  The problem is that the reports were built on a lie; the “hands up don’t shoot” never occurred.

congress_handsupdontshootThe “hands up don’t shoot” claim was found false in the recently released Justice Department report that concluded “Brown never surrendered with his hands up, and Wilson was justified in shooting Brown.”  It also concluded that the witnesses that reported “hands up, don’t shoot” were not reliable.

While many in the United States rush to judgment based on this narrative, even with the Justice Department’s unequivocal conclusion on the falseness of the claim, few in the news media or the politicians that promoted it apologized for their error or to Officer Darren Wilson who was discredited and lost his job.

There have been a few exceptions to the silence for those that erred concerning Ferguson.  Liberal Washington Post columnist, Jonathan Capehart, to his credit admitted last week that the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative he too promoted was “built on a lie”.

While Mr. Capehart showed honor, others are unapologetic.  For instance, last Thursday on CNN Tonight hosted by Don Lemon, a debate was held on the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative.  While some on the panel admitted the claim false, others doubled down on the false story with Monifa Bandele stating:

“‘Hands up’ is the ultimate truth, and the reason why hands up has gone viral across the country is because it’s a posture known to black people, whether they are in the halls of congress, whether they are in the NFL, or whether they live in the most marginalized communities — or whether they’re on the campuses of Yale University.  It’s a posture known to them.”

Ms. Bandele’s and others who prove to be unwilling to admit their grievous error in the Brown tragedy exemplify what is so wrong with America today.  Partisan positions and personal agendas trump absolute truths.  While this currently serves the “needs” of the radical Left since their narrative has significant control over societal directions, there will be a time when the pendulum shifts and their tactic of dishonesty will be used to promote a very different agenda.  Only then will the cry foul.

Often those who promote a position that differs with the Leftist agendas, such as the theory of man-made global warming, are attacked as flat earther’s or some other derogatory stab at their intellect.  If ignorance was the reason behind the Left’s false narrative on the Ferguson shooting it would be a disappointment.  Unfortunately there is something more sinister behind their use of the Ferguson tragedy to further their own personal agendas.

 

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Two African-Americans Debate Ferguson

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 1, 2014

Often the narrative created by some on the Left and the mainstream media is that the debate on the Ferguson tragedy that began with the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer is only a racial issue.  This narrative insinuates that white Americans view the events through one lens, with black Americans in other.  This is a false narrative.  There are many white Americans who believe that Michael Brown was racially profiled and conversely African-Americans who are more focused on crime and criminal behavior within their communities.

This past Sunday CNN held a conversation with two African-Americans on its “Reliable Sources” concerning Ferguson.  Presenting one side of the argument was left-leaning Elon James White of “This Week in Blackness.”  On the other was right-leaning Crystal Wright of Conservative Black Chick.  Irrespective of one’s position on Ferguson and race relations, the conversation between White and Wright is the type required to have a truly open discussion on the complex issue of race in America.

 

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Leftist Piers Morgan Slams Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 2, 2014

By the day more rats are leaving a sinking ship. This week it was former CNN host, Leftist Piers Morgan, who jumped ship.

Jamie TregidgoSince leaving CNN, Leftist commentator Morgan was named editor-at-large of MailOnline. In a scathing column for MailOnline, Morgan says that Obama “committed professional suicide” when went on 60 Minutes and blamed the intelligence community for ISIS gains in the Middle East and further said that the President “single-handedly alienate 200,000 employees in the American intelligence agencies by going on 60 Minutes and ruthlessly chucking them all under a bus over the rise of terror group ISIS.” On this issue Morgan concludes that the President’s action was “a more shameless, reprehensible display of buck-passing it would be hard to find from a sitting President”.

Adding insult to injury, Morgan concludes by admonishing Obama that “it’s time he got off the damn golf course, got up to speed with his intelligence briefings and focused on wiping out ISIS,” before they wipe out more of the people he serves.”

President Obama likely yearns for the good old days when mainly those on the Right criticized his policies and style. As for Morgan and other Leftist in the mainstream media; shame on you. Six years into a presidency you finally begin to speak up on the incompetent and narcissistic behavior of the man. You must also accept responsibility in a failed presidency.

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CNN Reporter Questions Violence of Islam

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 7, 2014

CNN reporter Don Lemon threw political correctness to the wind and asked the much-needed question: “Is Islam more violent than any other faith?” While the answer is apparent during this point in history, the fact that the question was asked by the mainstream media is significant and signifies that Western society is coming to grips with perhaps the most serious issue facing it today.

One of the guests being questioned by Lemon was Arsalan Iftikhar of the Islamic Monthly Magazine. Iftikhar’s response attempted to equate violence by non-Muslim religious fanatics to global jihad. It is often used by those who attempt to defend violent behavior in the name of Islam. However, the broad scope and brutality of the violence committed in the name of Islam makes this argument/excuse without merit. It is nothing more than an attempt to obfuscate. Until greater Islam modernizes itself in a similar fashion that other religions have, as suggested by another one of Lemon’s panelist, violence in its name will continue to be a serious threat to world stability.

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Obama’s Poll Numbers Continue to Crash

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 29, 2013

On December 25 CNN released its latest presidential poll showing that Obama’s support continues to drop.  A major cause is the dismal failure of Obamacare’s implementation.  In the CNN poll 62% indicate that they oppose the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a.k.a. Obamacare, with only 35% supporting it.

Digging into the CNN poll numbers further indicates even more serious problems for the President and the Democrat Party.  One major constituent behind the Obama political phenomena has been women.  Even this group has now turned on the President with 60% of women surveyed oppose Obamacare and only 35% in favor of it.

In addition, 63% of the total surveyed believed healthcare cost will increase under Obamacare with only 7% expecting costs to decrease.  Given that the President and his political allies had the gall to call the program the Affordable Care Act, it is no wonder that the People are fed up with this President and do not trust him.

While both political parties have historically pandered to constituents for votes, the Democrat Party and its radical Leftist wing have in recent decades fractured America into evermore subgroups that are supposedly disadvantaged.  It then promises to correct the newly formed class’s societal caused problems with magical governmental bullets and at supposedly no-cost.

Obama Poll

Well, there is no free lunch and the artificially created subgroups are starting to learn this reality.  Unfortunately, putting the genie back in the bottle is never easy and the damage done to society by the Left’s dangerous fracturing tactic will be painful to repair.

 

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Agrees with Republicans Concerning Delaying Obamacare

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 10, 2013

President Obama and his allies in Congress, along with many in the mainstream media, have successfully created the narrative that Republicans are against Obamacare merely because they are obstructionists or worse.  With Progressives controlling the media, any disagreement with our imperial president is scoffed at.

Obamacare officially began last week and since then it has become apparent that important Internet-based technologies necessary to implement the program were rolled out before they were ready.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer recently interviewed reporter Brian Todd on the significant technical glitches already occurring on the government’s Obamacare sign up sites.  According to Todd, the administration was warned about these problems months in advance of the October 1 rollout.  Experts warned the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), responsible for Obamacare, that they should not go forward with the website since it was not ready.  This warning was ignored.

Wolf Blitzer appropriately concluded his interview stating: “They should accept the advice that a lot of Republicans are giving them, delayed another year, get it ready and make sure it works”.

The current focus on the furloughed government workers and their individual hardships has taken the heat off of the incompetence of highly bureaucrats that have implemented the technology behind the Obamacare websites.  It is time start publicizing those who have failed the taxpayers and hold them accountable.

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Discussion of Race on CNN-II

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 13, 2013

On July 29, this Blog posted A Discussion of Race on CNN that included CNN commentator’s Don Lemon’s ideas on self-empowerment within the African-American community.  As an African-American, Lemon opened himself up for criticism that often comes from the Left when the issue of personal responsibility is raised within the community.  These attacks on individuals such as Lemon inevitably come irrespective of their political leanings or race.

One who attacked Lemon this time was Russell Simmons, a hip-hop mogul who has made millions peddling gangsta rap that promotes violence, misogyny and is free to use the N-word.  Simmons refused to address Lemon one-on-one on CNN, but instead used Twitter for the attacks.  Lemon, using the power of his position on CNN, responded on air brilliantly, as seen in the video below.

Lemon does not suggest that racism is addressed in his comments concerning self-empowerment and personal responsibility.  However, he clearly understands the importance of these issues in the discussion of race.

 

 

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