Stories where Americans or people in the media — or mainly people in Washington — just aren't using their head:
A section of the health care reform bill promoting better access to Medicare for people who don't speak English, could involve (don't be shocked) "community organizations."
It calls for a study to give three-year grants to improve communication between providers and beneficiaries who are "living in communities where racial and ethnic minorities, including populations that face language barriers, are underserved with respect to such services."
Up to $500,000 grants will go to providers, and as the bill, reads priority will be given to "applicants that have developed partnerships with community organizations or with agencies with experience in language access."
I think we all know who they are talking about when they say "community organizations": the Amish.
Now when politicians announce something that they don't want you to know, they do it on a Friday. This from last Friday: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner asked Congress to increase the debt ceiling from $12.1 trillion to more than $12.1 trillion.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in a letter to Congress, Secretary Geithner says the current debt limit could be reached in about two months. He writes, "It is critically important that Congress act before the limit is reached so that citizens and investors here and around the world can remain confident that the United States will always meet its obligations."
Oh, great — another "emergency." Don't worry about our debt or spending — they didn't ask for a specific increase, just an increase.
G.E. will pay $50 million to settle fraud charges against the company. The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that G.E. used improper accounting methods to boost reported earnings and avoid disclosing bad news. The SEC said, "G.E. bent the accounting rules beyond the breaking point."
Isn't that known as "breaking" the rules?
This was a civil suit, so G.E. did not have to admit or deny the allegations. And why would they when their CEO is on the president's economic advisory board?
This whole thing reminds me of Enron. The thing about Enron was that the smart ones became whistleblowers, then they let the others go to jail. Maybe this is a call to G.E. execs to blow the whistle on anything else that may be going on. After all, the White House is telling us we should snitch on people; why should it be any different at G.E.?
(According to Michelle Malkin, G.E. will at least break even on their $6 billion investment in health care initiatives. We'll see.)
The White House has created a new Web site to combat all those crazy rumors surrounding nationalized health care — like encouraging euthanasia and health care rationing. But say a company is accused of horrible business practices. And say that company is called — just for example — "H.F."
Surely, the one place you would not trust for independent analysis would be a Web site set up by the company H.F.
Great thinking, White House.
Legislation We Can Believe In
Finally, a bipartisan effort by Senator Sam Brownback and Senator Mary Landrieu to looks to "ban the creation of human-animal hybrids."
I didn't know we needed this, but I have just learned apparently we have created some type of man-pig. I think they were made to harvest organs.
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