A quick trip around Hannity's America...
Stretching the Truth
For weeks now the Obama administration has accused politicians, the media and the general public of engaging in a misinformation campaign against health care reform.
But as it turns out, it's actually President Obama who's the one spreading false information! This is what he said Tuesday at his well-orchestrated town hall:
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors. AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare.
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Well guess what, Mr. President, AARP has not endorsed any bill!
When asked about the president's comments, an AARP spokesman said, "Indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate."
Maybe we should report this very fishy information to the White House Web site.
Rolling in Dough
President Obama likes to talk about reducing government waste, so here's an idea: The latest New York state audit reveals that 11 inmates in a New York jail managed to secure nearly $30,000 in unemployment benefits from their jail cells!
The prisoners, who are serving time for crimes ranging from bank robbery to rape, were set to collect another $18,000, but the state managed to intercept the money during an audit.
The New York state comptroller Thomas Dinapoli, who led the reviews, said, "Crime should not pay, but these prisoners figured out a way to game the system from inside a cell... Taxpayers shouldn't be footing the bill for this kind of outrageous scam."
If we could just cut down on waste like this, I have a funny feeling we'd be in a lot less debt.
Testing the Waters
For those of you keeping count at home, we are still over 1,180 days away from the 2012 presidential election, but a parade of political heavyweights continue to flock to hot spots like Iowa and New Hampshire.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is raising some eyebrows after he announced a series of visits to Iowa this fall. According to Politico.com, Senator Santorum said he is not considering a White House run at this time, but he did say, "This is an opportunity for me to go out and talk about things I think we need to be doing to turn this country in the right direction."
We're going to continue to keep an eye on those early primary states in the weeks and months ahead.
Climate Crisis Now!
The Meltdown is brought to you by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The secretary-general spoke Tuesday in South Korea at the World Environment Summit and issued a dire warning: The world is coming to an end.
Now you may be wondering how we can avoid this. According to Mr. Ban, "If we fail to act, climate change will intensify droughts, floods and other natural disasters. Water shortages will affect hundreds of millions of people... Social unrest, even violence, could follow."
That's scary, I know, but don't worry, we still have time — just not that much. The secretary-general continued, "We have the power to change course, but we must do it now... We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet."
Wow, Mr. Ban, I think you might have even lost Al Gore with that prediction!
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