Right now, doctors, a lot of times, are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if … your child has a bad sore throat, or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, “You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.”
Racist Arizona cops will arrest an Hispanic family while they go to the Dairy Queen:
Now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you can be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.
And now, Obama and company are making a baseless accusation against Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and the Chamber of Commerce. After the jump, an account of what went down, from foxnews.com:
President Obama on Sunday scaled back his claim that Republicans are taking foreign money for their campaigns, using slightly more ambiguous language at a rally in Philadelphia after GOP strategists warned Democrats against telling “baseless” lies to win votes.
Democrats had been directing their criticism at the Chamber of Commerce and other GOP-supporting groups. But after the latest Democratic National Committee ad outright claimed “it appears they’re even taking secret foreign money to influence our elections,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod acknowledged that “no one knows” where the money is coming from.
Obama, speaking at a Philadelphia rally Sunday, hammered the campaign finance theme but left open the question of whether anybody is violating U.S. law by using foreign money.
“There’s no question the other side sees a chance to get back in the driver’s seat,” Obama said. “They are being helped along this year by special interest groups that are spending unlimited amounts of money on attack ads … just attacking people without ever disclosing who’s behind all these attack ads. You don’t know. It could be the oil industry. It could be the insurance industry. It could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don’t know because they don’t have to disclose.”
Then the Democratic National Committee rolled out the new ad accusing Rove, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and the Chamber of Commerce of “stealing our democracy.”
The ad accused them of “spending millions from secret donors to elect Republicans to do their bidding in Congress.”
The accusations drew a sharp rebuke from Rove, a Fox News contributor.
“Have these people no shame? Does the president of the United States have such little regard for the office that he holds that he goes out there and makes these kind of baseless charges against his political enemies?” Rove said on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is just beyond the pale. How dare the president do this.”
Rove and Gillespie helped found the political group American Crossroads; Rove also helped found Crossroads GPS.
But Rove said those groups raise money legally, that it’s “inaccurate” to say he’s personally writing out checks to the groups and that American Crossroads reports its donors. In a heated retort, Rove said Sunday that the DNC ad effectively accused them all of a criminal violation of U.S. law — only without proof.
“They have not one shred of evidence to back up that baseless lie. This is a desperate and I think disturbing trend by the president of the United States to tar his political adversaries with some kind of, you know, enemies list unrestrained by any facts or evidence whatsoever,” Rove said.
The Chamber of Commerce accusation apparently stemmed from a report last week by the Center for American Progress-affiliated Think Progress. The report claimed the Chamber was generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in foreign money every year and questioned whether those funds were going toward its multimillion-dollar political operations.
But the Chamber adamantly denies this, saying foreign money is separated from its U.S. political activity. The Chamber said in a statement Sunday that the DNC ad is “ridiculous and false.” Rove also said the White House cannot back up its accusation.
Asked about the charge, Axelrod put the onus on groups like the Chamber of Commerce to prove foreign money is not influencing the election.
“No one knows where the money’s coming from,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Why not simply disclose where this money is from and then all these questions will be answered?”
But Gillespie said the idea that the White House could lob charges and then leave it up to the accused to refute them is an “unbelievable mentality.”
“David Axelrod is either woefully uninformed or willfully deceptive and dishonest,” Gillespie said.
He said Obama was basing his original charge off a report from a group, the Center for American Progress, “that does not disclose its donors.”
“This is the kind of abuse of power in a lot of ways … that most Americans are rejecting,” Gillespie said.
This is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. Accuse your opponents of evil-doing instead of actually debating the facts. President Obama is a smart guy, and he knows he can’t win a debate about the facts. His incompetent administration is perhaps the worst in American history, as it relies on smears and lies.
Obama takes the worst qualities from past Presidents: A contempt for free-enterprise from FDR, a belief in big government progressivism from Woodrow Wilson, an unhealthy hatred of his opponents from Richard Nixon, an air of phony coolness from JFK, ignorant incompetence from Jimmy Carter, and a penchant for lying from Bill Clinton.
The organizations in question have no legal obligation to disclose. Some organizations do, based on their legal status. I really don’t feel like having to explain how the law works to a supposed Constitutional scholar.
What about the many liberal groups that don’t disclose? Moveon.org, the viciously far-left hate outfit, doesn’t have to disclose its donors. How many anti-american donors give to moveon? I don’t know, and I’ll never find out.
This is all just an extention of the freak-out that liberals had after the Supreme Court ruled that Corporations have the same free-speech rights as individuals. In doing so, the Supreme Court overturned restrictions on how much money corporations can spend on campaigns. Liberals, showing their hatred of capitalism, are worried that business interests will “buy” the election. Not only does this indicate an irrational fear of the free-market, it shows that liberals have a very low opinion of the American electorate. Clearly, liberals have universal contempt for the common man(and woman). The American people are smart enough to avoid being herded around by Corporations. Obama and his ilk, on the other hand, are playing right into the globalists’ hands.
Obama’s baseless accusations indicate a President who has been cornered. I will be previewing the midterm election on Tuesday’s KaibCast at a special time (2 PM Eastern). Listen to it here.
Now, Biden is doing Obama’s dirty work. From the Daily Caller:
Vice President Joe Biden on Monday demanded that pro-Republican interest groups shed light on their “shady” funding. The Chamber of Commerce fired back, saying that Democrats’ recent attacks on the issue are an attempt to “distract Americans from a failed economic agenda.”
President Barack Obama on Saturday launched the new line of attack on groups backing Republicans that have not revealed their sources of funding. Democratic operatives on Sunday continued pushing that rhetoric. Biden’s speech shows that Democrats are not ready to give up on the new strategy, even though it has not been successful and resulted in significant push back.
“I challenge the Chamber of Commerce to tell us how much of the money they’re investing is from foreign sources,” he said. “I challenge them, if I’m wrong I will stand corrected. But show me.”
Biden also lashed out at Karl Rove, accusing him and others like him of “raising tens of millions of dollars from shady sources, shady in the sense that we don’t know where the money is coming from.”
The allegations that the Chamber is spending foreign money on U.S. elections have not been substantiated, and a slew of media heavyweights have come out against the Democrats for levying the charges, saying they are baseless and detached from issues American voters are concerned about.
Bruce Josten, the Chamber’s top lobbyists, on Monday hit back at the administration.
“We are seeing an attempt to demonize specific groups and distract Americans from a failed economic agenda. With three weeks until Election Day, it’s time to return to the discussion that Americans care most about: job creation. The Chamber will stay focused on representing and advocating for an agenda of economic growth and speaking out against policies that are counter to those objectives,” Josten said.