Bad Things Happen When Big Government Runs Healthcare

Navy veteran Sylvester Woodland sounded the alarm recently after he said he was able to view the personal financial information of other veterans after he logged on to the Veterans’ Affairs eBenefits website Wednesday night.

Woodland shared his alarming online experience with a reporter from Raleigh-Durham television station WTVD yesterday.

“It gave me a different person’s name, each and every time I came back,” Woodland said.  “At first I thought it was just a glitch, but the more I thought about it, I said, wait a minute, this is more than a glitch, this is a breach.”

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When I visited the Veterans’ Affairs eBenefits website today, I found this message on the site’s landing page:  “Sorry, eBenefits Is Not Available Right Now.  Thank you for visiting the eBenefits web portal.  The portal is not available now. We are making changes and expect to be ready for your login very soon.”

Is it any wonder Americans — especially military veterans — have zero confidence in the ability of the federal government and its contractors to manage the ObamaCare website or the program as a whole?  Hardly.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

CNN Political Ticker Blog Removes, Replaces Article Critical of ObamaCare

Late Monday night, I saw a Facebook friend had shared a link to an article on the CNN Political Ticker blog featuring the headline, Woman cited by president as Obamacare success story loses insurance.   When I clicked on the link, I found the story was “Not Available” and shared my findings — and my suspicion that someone at CNN bowed to pressure from the White House — in the slightly-shaky video below.  And it didn’t end there!

During the wee morning hours Tuesday, CNN put another article about Jessica Sanford, the Washington state woman at the center of this controversy, up on its website — but under a headline that did not highlight the fact she could no longer afford insurance under Obamacare (i.e., Woman cited by president as Obamacare success story frustrated by sign-up process).  I was unable to determine whether the text of the new article is the same as that of the original.  NOTE:  If anyone has a link to a site with the text of the original article, please post the link in the comments section.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Tool Exists to Expose Politicians Who Lie, and It’s Not Polygraph

“What did they know?” and “When did they know it?” are two questions frequently directed at American politicians associated with wrongheaded actions or programs run amok.  In response to those questions, politicians seem to lie more frequently than they tell the truth.  Is there a way to stop them?  In short, the answer is “Yes.”  A tool exists to expose politicians who lie and, to the surprise of many, it’s not the polygraph.

Most recently, President Barack Obama and his Democrat lapdogs in Congress have lied at every turn about ObamaCare.  Sadly, lying isn’t limited to liberal Democrats.  Republicans do it, too.

In much the same way as lying is not limited by party affiliation, investigators trying to learn the truth about someone’s activities through credibility-assessment testing are not limited to using the polygraph.  In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including both polygraph and its chief non-polygraph challenger.

Order a copy, read it, and I think you’ll agree with that a credibility assessment tool exists to expose politicians who lie, and it’s not the polygraph.  Beyond that, you’ll come to understand why politicians and bureaucrats — Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. comes to mind — in Washington, D.C., working in concert with polygraph loyalists, do not want to see any non-polygraph technologies used in the nation’s capitol.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics Revealed in Nonfiction Book

Though dishonesty seems to be an accepted practice in the nation’s capitol, some have attempted to shine light on those dealing in lies, damned lies and statistics.

For instance, Congressman Joe Wilson interrupted President Barack Obama‘s nationally-televised speech to Congress about healthcare reform by saying, “YOU LIE!”  More than four years later, Americans are starting to realize the South Carolina Republican was accurate in his assessment of our 44th president and how he lied early and often about many aspects of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., “ObamaCare”) — that is, costs of coverage, keeping your doctor, etc.

Others, including the folks at SHOWTIME, continue to look at lying in much the same way Hollywood types have looked at it for years.  During a Season 3 episode of the network’s popular series, HOMELAND, the shows producers shine the spotlight on the century-old polygraph.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13Meanwhile, I’ve taken to sharing the findings of an exhaustive four-year investigation of the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph.  In addition to revealing the truth behind several Department of Defense decisions to ban one non-polygraph technology, I share many of the lies, damned lies and statistics polygraph loyalists inside and outside DoD have used to protect their “turf.”  All of the details can be found inside my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

ORDER A COPY TODAY.  It comes highly recommended.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Barack Obama’s Issues Are America’s Issues

Because Americans need to know more about the many scandals to which President Barack Obama and members of his administration are connected, I decided to share this slightly-modified version of a believable conversation that’s been floating around the web.  Please read and share!

Barack Obama Caricature by Political GraffitiBob: “Hey Jim, did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?”
Jim: “You Mean the Mexican gun running?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama saying ObamaCare would save the average family $2,500 on their premiums?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing business owners to violate their religious beliefs by making them pay for drugs that abort the unborn?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Violating the rights and sanctity of our churches?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Spending $634 million on the ObamaCare website that doesn’t work?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama calling for an increase in the debt ceiling after he lambasted President Bush for the very same thing?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama having NSA spy on 124 billion phone calls in one month?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Saddling our kids with $17 trillion in debt which they can never get out of?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management?”

Justice for ChristopherBob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the State Department lying about Benghazi?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean voter fraud?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Intentionally trying to hurt Americans during the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Blocking veterans who secured our freedoms from their monuments but giving the ‘green light’ for illegals to use National Mall?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying school kids the ability to tour the White House but still spending lavishly on his parties?”

"Healthscare" by Political GraffitiBob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama saying we can keep our doctors and insurance if we want to?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring foreign diplomats?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving A123 Systems $300 million right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Bob: “No the other one.”
Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama spending $3.7 trillion on welfare during the past five years?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving Solyndra $500 million dollars three months before they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought the company?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Millions of Americans losing their health care coverage?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing Americans to include coverage in their insurance policies of items they do not want?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying Arizona the right to protect its borders?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Providing weapons to Syrian rebels, many of whom apparently are al-Queda”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The President using nearly $1 trillion dollars of stimulus money to fund his cronies?”

Judge Fast and Furious Holder 9-30-13Bob: “No, the other one”
Jim: “You mean ‘Fast & Furious?’”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt administration in American history?”

Bob: “THAT’S THE ONE!”

Hat tip:  2 Million Bikers to DC on Facebook

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Governor Rick Perry Talks Voter ID, Jobs, Government Shutdown

Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) addressed several timely topics during a media opportunity following his speech at CPAC St. Louis 2013 Saturday afternoon at the St. Charles (Mo.) Convention Center near St. Louis.

When it comes to the recently-passed Voter ID law in the Lone Star State, he said he thinks it will be good for citizens in the state of Texas to know there will be less fraud.

Regarding states competing for jobs, Governor Perry pointed to Illinois, New York, Connecticut and Maryland as examples of states where politicians are catering to special interests and forcing business leaders to abandon their states.

“The special interests have the ear of the governors and the legislatures, and the people pay the price for it,” he said.  “I mean, you look at those states and wealth is leaving those states to go to places that put thoughtful, competitive concepts into place.”

On the subject of a government shutdown on the eve of implementation of ObamaCare, he pointed a finger at the Fourth Estate.

“I don’t think anybody thinks shutting down the government is a good option,” he said, “and that’s where I think the media has tried to go with that conversation.”

SEE ALSO:

Gov. Rick Perry Says ‘American people will defund Obamacare’; and

Conservative Political Action Conference Draws Political Heavyweights to Saint Louis.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Why Is Roy Blunt So Quiet About ‘Defund ObamaCare’ Filibuster?

Why isn’t Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) vocally supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in his “Defund ObamaCare” filibuster effort?  That’s a question for which a good answer is difficult to find.

UPDATE 9/25/2013 at 9:26 p.m. Central:  Shame on ol’ Roy for being on a list of U.S. Senators who will vote no on cloture.  Post continues below.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

After reading the headline — Blunt opposes Cruz’s ‘Defund Obamacare’ filibuster — that accompanied a Washington Post article published Tuesday, I expected to find some direct mention of Senator Blunt’s opposition to Senator Cruz’s effort.

Instead, I found the traditionally-liberal newspaper simply pointed readers to a news release issued by the Show-Me State’s junior senator the same day.  Would I find some mention of Senator Cruz’s efforts there?  Sort of.

Amidst a lot of statements about what Senator Blunt says he has done in the past and says he will do in the future, the news release contained this statement:  On July 11, 2013, Blunt co-sponsored legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) to defund ObamaCare.

Apparently, Senator Blunt has either changed his mind or simply gone soft on the issue during the past two and a half months.

If you think Senator Blunt should take a tougher stand, call him at one of his offices listed here and tell him to SUPPORT SENATOR CRUZ’S ‘DEFUND OBAMACARE’ FILIBUSTER!!!

UPDATE 9/25/2013 at 8:53 a.m. Central:  Live video feed of Senator Cruz filibusters added below:

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.