The $787 billion economic stimulus package passed by Democrats in February was designed to spur economic growth by creating jobs. At the end of October, the Obama Administration trumpeted 650,000 jobs saved or created by the stimulus package. We have since come to understand that those numbers are about as real as Santa Claus. We reported on phony job numbers here, here, here, here, here, and here, to highlight just a few.
Seems every year there is a shortage of flu vaccine. It’s no different this year with the swine flu (H1N1) making the rounds and people finding themselves unable to get the vaccine. There’s a reason for this, and we’ll get to that in a moment. Before we do, we have to note that the Senate voted last night to move forward with their version of the government-run health care bill. One particularly troubling provision within the bill, and highlighted by Republicans in yesterday’s debate, is a tax on vaccine manufacturers that produce swine flu vaccine.
“A Provision In The Bill Would Draw $2.3 Billion Annually From Drug Manufacturers That Produce The Swine Flu Vaccine.” (Jordan Fabian, “GOP: Health Bill Would Tax H1N1 Vaccine Makers,” The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room, 11/21/09)
Not even sure where to begin with this one. The New York Times is reporting that President Obama said “the reset button has worked,” a reference to “the administration’s early promise to ‘reset’ the bilateral relationship after several years of bickering over a variety of issues from missile defense to Kosovo.” President Obama met with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev during the Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore.
As you know, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is set to ram-through Congress a government-run health care scheme this weekend. The fight is on to stop this legislation. You may have read Chris Cillizza’s posting this morning over at The Fix.
Clearly the no one in the Obama Administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ever read Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends and Influence People.” If Obama or Clinton did read the book, they’d know that you can’t just throw money around hoping people will like you.
As you know, there’s a vicious form of the flu going around, commonly known as swine flu. Media outlets have covered people waiting in long lines in hopes of getting the vaccine, only to find out there isn’t enough to go around. A story in The Washington Post today asks “why such a shortage of swine flu vaccine?”