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Spend, spend, spend, spend, spend. But of course expanding the size of government by making it responsible for providing health care coverage won’t do anything to raise the national debt – right?  Remember, the more debt we owe, the wealthier we are!

The Senate must move legislation to raise the federal debt limit beyond $12.1 trillion by mid-October, a move viewed as necessary despite protests about the record levels of red ink.

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Democrats in control of Congress, including then-Sen. Obama (Ill.), blasted President George W. Bush for failing to contain spending when he oversaw increased deficits and raised the debt ceiling.

“Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren,” Obama said in a 2006 floor speech that preceded a Senate vote to extend the debt limit. “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.”

And the kicker?

Obama later joined his Democratic colleagues in voting en bloc against raising the debt increase.

Of course, this time it’s different.  It got voted down in 2006 because we had a moron in the White House who didn’t understand the economy and couldn’t be trusted to ruin the US credit standing.  Now, we have an awesomely smart President who has demonstrated a sound grasp of economic policy and should be trusted to make huge decisions that will impact future generations of Americans while saddling them with monstrous debt.  Which, as you know if you watched the clip above, means that the staggering debt they inherit makes them amazingly wealthy.  Somehow.

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But access to the most COSTeffective treatment.

Thousands of women are being denied better osteoporosis drugs because of unnecessarily restrictive Government guidelines, a doctor said last night.

Professor David Reid, an expert on brittle bones, said the rules are so stringent that GPs are often prevented from giving alternative treatments to those suffering side-effects from their pills.

A once-a-year jab that could save thousands from the misery of broken bones is also not going to be assessed for use on the NHS in England and Wales for at least three years, despite being available in Scotland.

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It means that sufferers are being denied drugs that could have a major impact on their health and their quality of life. The news will reignite the debate about the evaluation system used by drugs rationing body the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

NICE has previously been criticised for banning or restricting breakthrough medicines for conditions such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.

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A spokesman for NICE said the guidelines ‘provide postmenopausal women with consistent access to the most costeffective treatments’. (my emphasis)

Notice the acronym – NICE.  A warm, fuzzy name for a group of bureaucrats who sit around and do a cost:benefit analysis on what drugs you should, and shouldn’t have access to.  Coming soon to a health care system near you, America.

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If a special advisor to the President is a troofer, is it newsworthy? (Bonus hilarity – if you go to the urban dictionary to find out what a troofer is – be sure to read the second definition – obviously written by a troofer).

Not, apparently, if the President being advised is Obama.

It’s funny to watch Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs spin this.  In the past, he’s had nothing but contempt for Troofers, Birthers, creationists, whatever.  But now that a batshit crazy communist that “advises” Obama has been revealed to be a troofer – why, there’s a logical explanation.  Johnson, of course, has always been a faux conservative anyways.  It’s just that he’s now morphed into one more Obama sycophant – doing whatever is necessary to shore up the Obama administration.  He prides himself on his intellectual rigor (which he usually demonstrates by banning anyone who disagrees with him from his comments section) – one wonders how he reconciles his current behavior with his past denunciations of trooferism.  Hey, Van Jones says he’s not a troofer?  Well, that should be good enough to quell the rumors, right?

Ace also notices them, um, change in position regarding alleged troofers. No word yet on whether Charles has contacted Mary Mapes or Dan rather for PR assistance.

See, here’s the deal – it doesn’t matter what Van Jones “thought” he was signing.  Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt, and that he was merely calling for “investigations” into what really happened on 9/11.  This, by definition means that he doubts the official version of events, and openly considers the possibility that the US government attacked and murdered its own people to start a war.  A US government that he is now a part of.  How can you possibly see this as acceptable – he should be gone, now.

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But there is one in Biden!

Words to chill even the bravest heart:

There’s no “I” in “team,” but there is definitely one in “Biden.”

With President Obama off on vacation, his second in two weeks, unofficial Acting President Joe Biden has stepped into the vacuum, claiming credit Thursday for the successes of the administration’s $787 billion stimulus package and fielding questions on health care reform — something his boss hasn’t done in nearly two weeks.

So, our top elected leader is a coward.  Hiding from a press that has done everything it can to help him along – uncritically reporting and supporting his agenda.  Now that his popularity is plummeting on multiple fronts – he sends his gaffe-prone vice-President out on the road to “accept responsibility”.  Is that too strong a characterization?  Well, I don’t think so, or I wouldn’t have made it.  But I suppose you could say that it wanders into the realm of hyperbole – but only as long as you convince me that Bush would have gotten the same lenient treatment that Obama is currently getting.

As for Biden – you know what, Joe – I really don’t care if you accept responsibility for anything.  The only thought I give you at all is how horrible it will be if we ever have to remove the word “acting” from the phrase “Joe Biden is the acting President of the United States”.

Of course, there’s a reason Obama needs those vacations.

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Just don’t call them death panels.  Because that would be wrong, and scaremongery, and stuff. Death pathway is ever so much more pleasant, don’t you agree? (my emphasis)

Under NHS guidance introduced across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away.

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When a decision has been made to place a patient on the pathway doctors are then recommended to consider removing medication or invasive procedures, such as intravenous drips, which are no longer of benefit.

If a patient is judged to still be able to eat or drink food and water will still be offered to them, as this is considered nursing care rather than medical intervention.

Dr Hargreaves said that this depended, however, on constant assessment of a patient’s condition.

He added that some patients were being “wrongly” put on the pathway, which created a “self-fulfilling prophecy” that they would die.

He said: “I have been practising palliative medicine for more than 20 years and I am getting more concerned about this “death pathway” that is coming in.

No mention, of course, of what kind of behind the scenes discussion of cost savings might have factored into the decision to help epople die as quckly as possible.

UPDATE:  Related?

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How’s that new age of non-partisanship working out for you?

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