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Quiz: How Dumb Does Obama Think We Are?
The National Journal ^ | Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | Ron Fournier

Posted on 05/20/2014 6:51:21 AM PDT by kristinn

News quiz: President Obama and his communications team hope that Americans are: 1) Dumb; 2) Distracted; 3) Numb to government inefficiency; 4) All of above.

Answer: 4, all of the above.

Those are the most obvious explanations for why the White House thought it could get away with claiming that the departure of Veterans Affairs official Dr. Robert Petzel was a step toward accountability for its scandalous treatment of war veterans.

Fact is, the department announced in 2013 that Petzel would retire this year.

"Well, Secretary Shinseki accepted Dr. Petzel's resignation this afternoon. He was due to retire early next month and obviously there has been a nomination made for his replacement," White House chief of staff Dennis McDonough told CBS's Major Garrett last week. "I leave to Rick the explanation of his decision, but there is no question that this is a termination of his job there before he was planning to go."

No. This was neither a termination nor a housecleaning. It was a scapegoating. For all of its 21st-century savvy in the field of campaign technology, the Obama White House has repeatedly proven that its communications philosophy is stuck in the 20th century. Before the internet gave voters instantaneous access to information, including every public utterance of the president and his team, White House strategists could hope to wear out the truth: If you said a lie enough, people might believe it.

It's harder to BS the public these days. White House press secretary Jay Carney still tries. On Monday, he repeatedly suggested that the American Legion had praised the move.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama; veterans

1 posted on 05/20/2014 6:51:21 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Funny question... especially since it comes from one of his biggest enablers.


2 posted on 05/20/2014 6:53:42 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: kristinn
1) Dumb; 2) Distracted; 3) Numb to government inefficiency; 4) All of above.

Well, the idiots and parasites who voted for him are all of the above.

3 posted on 05/20/2014 6:54:05 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: kristinn

“...For all of its 21st-century savvy in the field of campaign technology, the Obama White House has repeatedly proven that its communications philosophy is stuck in the 20th century...”

Actually, the Obama administration’s communications philosophy is stuck in the Fourteenth Century—the King lies and people are stuck with the lies.


4 posted on 05/20/2014 6:55:27 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: kristinn

Well,I Think That Question Is EASILY Answered!Who Is The Current”Inhabitant” of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and How Long Has He been There?I Hope This “Answers”The Question???


5 posted on 05/20/2014 6:56:26 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: kristinn

Obama doesn’t care. What Obama knows is that that the media will transcribe without challenge. So, if Jay Carney says in spite of the problems, the VA is better than it’s ever been, and Obama is working miracles... that’s what will be reported. And the public is all that Obama hopes it is, distracted, stupid and numb. The public will believe what is reported.


6 posted on 05/20/2014 6:56:27 AM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: kristinn

We are a very badly divided country.


7 posted on 05/20/2014 7:02:01 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: kristinn

Anyone who ran a silly campaign based on platitudes and silly slogans such as “hope and changes” and “yes we can”....well...


8 posted on 05/20/2014 7:02:49 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: kristinn

Like I said from day one...He’s the Music Man.


9 posted on 05/20/2014 7:04:55 AM PDT by jetson
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To: kristinn

They voted for him twice, so that pretty much says how dumb they are.


10 posted on 05/20/2014 7:05:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.


11 posted on 05/20/2014 7:05:57 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: kristinn

Obama is stupid and lazy.

He believes we are much stupider and lazier than he.


12 posted on 05/20/2014 7:06:42 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: kristinn

Ron Fournier wrote this? I’m shocked.


13 posted on 05/20/2014 7:07:16 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: kristinn

Here is the BS test... Does he get his full retirement benefits? If so, then he is just a visible scapegoat.

If he is truly FIRED the he is being kicked out, his office locked, and he is not allowed in it again except to get personal items while under guard.

What’s it going to be?


14 posted on 05/20/2014 7:09:55 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: kristinn

As dumb as he is?


15 posted on 05/20/2014 7:10:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: kristinn

Its easy to BS the public when the media is on your side and echos whatever lies you want them to.

On top of that, most of the country is clueless, gullible and quite easily misled. Look at the daily barrage of idiotic advertisements; companies run them because they work. Clearly, the more ridiculous and insulting they are, the more sales they generate.

Politicians have observed this phenomena and take full advantage of it. The sheeple get what they deserve.


16 posted on 05/20/2014 7:10:09 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: kristinn

By definition, all Left-Wing Liberals think that anybody who attends church regularly, owns a gun or espouses traditional values has an IQ of less than 47.


17 posted on 05/20/2014 7:10:31 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: kristinn

The VA hospital system didn’t just suddenly get bad overnight or even in the last 5 years. No, it has been horribly inefficient and poorly run for decades and it isn’t going to get better as long as it is run by government bureaucrats. I read yesterday that it takes months to see a cardiologist at the VA and that the cardiologists see only two patients per day. And they wonder why there is a backlog.

Privatize the VA and it will not only save money, it will save lives.


18 posted on 05/20/2014 7:10:41 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: kristinn
Americans are: 1) Dumb; 2) Distracted; 3) Numb to government inefficiency; 4) All of above.

The 2008 and 2012 elections provided the answer.

19 posted on 05/20/2014 7:10:48 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Hubris and denial overwhelm Western Civilization. Nemesis and tragedy always follow.)
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To: kristinn
Quiz: How Dumb Does Obama Think We Are?

Gallactically Stupid. And in general...he's right.

20 posted on 05/20/2014 7:11:52 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Biggirl

We are a very badly divided country.

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Its worse than that I’m afraid. Yes, national division is a serious problem but the country is largely passive, ignorant and gullible. The National Character ain’t what it used to be.


21 posted on 05/20/2014 7:14:01 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: kristinn

Up the nose? What Obama has in common with black rappers
http://www.examiner.com/article/up-the-nose-what-obama-has-common-with-black-rappers

Here’s what body language expert Shelly Hagen had to say about that in “The Everything Body Language Book”.

When you lift up your chin, the end of your nose automatically rises into the air. That makes it impossible to glance at someone without looking down your nose at them — a very clear signal for superiority effectation. Traditionally thought of as an aristocratic gesture, the chin lift has become very popular in street culture and among rappers such as Ludacris and Snoop Dogg.

The person who uses a chin lift is trying to communicate that they have the upper hand in the situation. The chin lift is the ultimate smug gesture.


22 posted on 05/20/2014 7:14:05 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Look at the makeup of the Demonrat voter base. Unwed single mothers on welfare, illiterate minorities, high school drop-out union stooges, mentally ill homosexuals, and libtard academics who couldn’t make it in the real world.


23 posted on 05/20/2014 7:19:48 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Starboard

Then I stand by my position.


24 posted on 05/20/2014 7:22:06 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: kristinn

As dumb as all your journos friends Ronny


25 posted on 05/20/2014 7:45:40 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: kristinn

Very dumb, as he got elected twice.


26 posted on 05/20/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Biggirl

“We are a very badly divided country.”
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At first glance I thought, “Is there such a thing as a WELL divided country. Then I had another thought, yes we have been divided over issues in the past but this time we are divided into two camps, those who often err, as is human but are still in touch with reality and those who have lost contact with reality and will destroy themselves in the end along with all the rest of us if we continue down this road we are on. The path set by the puppetmasters who control Obama, Pelosi and Reid among others leads only to destruction. I fear that it is too late already, I recall the words of Don Juan in Carlos Castenada’s writings, Castenada may have been one of the biggest frauds in history as some say but I will never forget when Don Juan tells Carlos that by the time a man figures out that he is on the wrong path that path is ready to kill him. I think the same thing applies to nations.


27 posted on 05/20/2014 8:24:17 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: All

I am pretty sure he and his cohorts know EXACTLY how dumb at least 51% of the voting population is...twice!


28 posted on 05/20/2014 8:31:25 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: from occupied ga

Veterans Affairs and Death by Bureaucracy

Posted By Arnold Ahlert On May 20, 2014 @ 12:19 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage

There may finally be a scandal engulfing the Obama administration that even Democrats and their media collaborators can’t obfuscate. What happened at the VA facility in Phoenix, AZ, where employees created two sets of waiting lists to make it seem patients were being treated in a timely manner—and as many as 40 veterans allegedly died while languishing on the secret list—is an anomaly. Six more whistleblowers from around the nation have stepped forward, alleging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities they worked at also “cooked the books.”

The despicable subterfuge, allegedly occurring in at least seven VA Medical Centers in Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina and Illinois is as simple as it was heartless. The official waiting list is the one that ostensibly met the VA’s policy, implemented by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki in 2010. It set a 14-day time limit to provide care for a veteran making an initial application for an appointment. Yet by the agency’s own admission, only 41 percent of new VA medical patients were seen within that period in 2013, down from 90 percent in 2012.

THE REST OF THE SCANDAL
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/arnold-ahlert/veterans-affairs-and-death-by-bureaucracy/print/

Veterans Hospitals Death Panel Scandal Is a Preview of Life Under Obamacare.

The best example of how Obamacare’s “death panels” is going to work, is the scandal of the unknown number of veteran sentenced to death for being denied or delayed medical assistance by government bureaucracies of the V.A.


29 posted on 05/20/2014 8:39:39 AM PDT by Dqban22
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To: kristinn

When they lose Ron Fournier the tide may be changing...


30 posted on 05/20/2014 9:19:50 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: kristinn

Considering that enough Americans have voted for him to put two presidential elections within the margin of fraud, I’d say that evil thug knows exactly how dumb a significant minority of us are.


31 posted on 05/20/2014 9:24:54 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: kristinn

Obama doesn’t think we’re stupid at all. However, he knows his base is stupid.


32 posted on 05/20/2014 9:42:43 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Dqban22

I would agree except most 0 voters are true believers, and for true believers no proof is necessary and no disproof possible.


33 posted on 05/20/2014 10:12:46 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Rennes Templar

Obamacare: The Unimaginable Suffering That Awaits Us

Posted By John Perazzo On November 5, 2013 In Daily Mailer,FrontPage |

There is a vital reason for all Americans to take a close look at how, specifically, the various government-run, single-payer healthcare systems around the world have already affected the lives of the people living under them.

This is vital because Barack Obama and the Democrats actually have their sights set on creating precisely such a system here in the United States. For them, Obamacare is, and always has been, nothing more than a stepping stone toward their ultimate goal of a single-payer leviathan administered entirely by the federal government. Indeed, they’ve been quite clear about their intentions:

• In early August, Senator Harry Reid was asked whether his goal was to eventually use Obamacare as a springboard to a single-payer system. “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes,” he replied. “What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever.”

• In late October, Rep. John Conyers stated that Obamacare was just “a very small and modest bill,” and that Congressional Democrats were already contemplating ways to pass “universal healthcare for everybody, single payer.” “That’s what the new direction is,” Conyers affirmed, even as the supposedly “small and modest” Obamacare project was proving to be nothing more than a colossal lie administered with inexpressible incompetence.

• Nancy Pelosi, too, is on record stating: “I have supported single payer for longer than many of you have been—since you’ve been born, than you’ve lived on the face of the earth. So I think, I have always thought, that was the way to go.”

• Kathleen Sebelius, the chief architect of Obamacare’s pathetic rollout last month, has candidly declared herself to be “all for a single-payer [healthcare] system eventually.” On October 7, she told interviewer Jon Stewart that “if we could have perhaps figured out a pathway [to single-payer], that may have been a reasonable solution.”
And of course President Obama himself has been unambiguous about his own views on this matter:

• At an AFL-CIO conference in 2003, Obama said: “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health care plan…. ‘Everybody in. Nobody out.’ … That’s what I’d like to see, but as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.”

• At an SEIU Health Care Forum on March 24, 2007, Obama declared: “My commitment is to make sure that we’ve got universal healthcare for all Americans by the end of my first term as President…. But I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be, potentially, some transition process. I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out …”

• On August 4, 2007, Obama announced that he planned to pass healthcare reform legislation and then “build off that system to … make it more rational.” “By the way,” he added, “Canada did not start off immediately with a single payer system. They had a similar transition step.”

• In the summer of 2008, Obama said: “If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.”

• And in June 2009, Obama told an American Medical Association audience that “there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well.”
So, now that we know definitively what Obama and the Democrats ultimately want, let us look at the track record of single-payer systems around the world, so that we can see exactly what is in store for us if we follow the counsel of these masterminds. A monumentally important 2008 Cato Institute study offers keen insights into those systems:

Great Britain
Italy
Spain
Portugal
Norway
Greece
Cuba
Leftists revere Communist Cuba for numerous reasons, not the least of which is the government-run, universal healthcare system that was put in place by Fidel Castro. Many of these admirers—among the most notable of whom is the filmmaker Michael Moore—form their impressions of the Cuban healthcare system from its tourist hospitals, which are, by any standards, clean, well staffed, and of excellent quality. Indeed Cuba, in an effort to attract wealthy foreigners who are willing to spend their money on healthcare services, has pioneered the practice of so-called “health tourism” through agencies such as SERVIMED, which markets Cuban medical services abroad. Calling Cuba “the ideal destination for your health,”

SERVIMED frankly admits to being “a tourist subsystem.”
But after providing for the needs of affluent foreigners (and of the country’s top government officials), the Cuban healthcare system has little left for the general public. Hospitals for ordinary Cubans are typically unsanitary. Syringes are frequently used to inject multiple patients without any sterilization, and “disposable” gloves are likewise used and reused. Consequently, infectious diseases such an impetigo and hepatitis—and infestations such as scabies, lice and fungal diseases—are commonplace in the Cuban hospital population.

Moreover, Cuban hospitals have serious shortages of antibiotics, insulin, heart drugs, blood-pressure meters, disinfectants, and even clean water and soap.
It is noteworthy that in the pre-Castro years of the 1950s, the Cuban population as a whole had access to outstanding medical care through association clinics (clinicas mutualistas) which predated the American concept of health maintenance organizations by decades, as well as through private clinics. At that time the Cuban medical system ranked among the best in the world, as evidenced by the fact that it had Latin America’s lowest infant-mortality rate—comparable to Canada’s and better than those of France, Japan, and Italy.

So the evidence is crystal clear. As the Cato Institute puts it, “In countries weighted heavily toward government control, people are most likely to face waiting lists, rationing, restrictions on physician choice, and other obstacles to care.” By contrast, “those countries with national health care systems that work better, such as France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, are successful to the degree that they incorporate market mechanisms such as competition, cost-consciousness, market prices, and consumer choice, and eschew centralized government control. In other words, socialized medicine works—as long as it isn’t socialized medicine.”

Yet socialized medicine is precisely the direction in which Obama and Democrats wish, beyond any shadow of a doubt, to steer the United States of America. What, then, does this tell us about the judgment and the motivations of these men and women?

The full article

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/john-perazzo/obamacare-the-unimaginable-suffering-that-awaits-us/


34 posted on 05/20/2014 1:48:27 PM PDT by Dqban22
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To: kristinn

Very dumb, and he’s right, he won twice after all.


35 posted on 05/20/2014 10:04:53 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: kristinn

BTTT!


36 posted on 05/21/2014 9:04:31 AM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: kristinn
Good afternoon. I hope you are doing well.

I had to do a double take on the byline.

5.56mm

37 posted on 05/21/2014 9:16:16 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: All

It’s like watching a stinko Hollywood movie w/ a chintzy plot, turnip-truck dialogue, no-talent actors, and aging women characters w/out an ounce of class or sex-appeal.

You can’t wait til the thing is over-—but it keeps rolling on w/ the self-absorbed cast oblivious to the audiences’ catcalls and boos.


38 posted on 05/22/2014 6:29:38 AM PDT by Liz
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To: kristinn

Very.


39 posted on 05/22/2014 9:54:52 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: kristinn

< worms under a large rock?


40 posted on 05/22/2014 6:57:45 PM PDT by Paladin2
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