Be Careful With What You Say!

On October 12, 2008, three days before the final presidential debate, a man by the name of Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher was playing football with his son on his front yard, outside Toledo, Ohio.  On that Sunday, an entourage of reporters and campaign workers were escorting Senator Barack Obama through Mr. Wurzelbacher’s neighborhood. While Senator Obama was campaigning there, Mr. Wurzelbacher had the opportunity to ask Senator Obama a question;

“I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”

The conversation lasted several minutes with Senator Obama, as expected, doing most of the talking. He responded with a long explanation of how his tax plan would affect small businesses.  The most important part of Senator Obama’s response occurred at the end when he said;

“and I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

The reason this part of his answer was very important was because Senator Obama slipped and told the truth about his beliefs.  He confirmed what his political opponents were accusing him of, being a Socialist.  It was the Socialist shot heard around the world.  Republicans immediately pounced on that comment and a few days later Senator John McCain even brought it up at their debate.  What happened next should frighten all of us.

When Democrats realized Senator Obama’s mistake, they went into damage control mode.  Since Senator Obama’s words were now immortalized on video, there was no way for them to deny it happened.  They turned to “Plan B” of the Democratic playbook, distract by destroying the person who asked the question.  Democratic operatives in the media began investigating Mr. Wurzelbacher, now known as “Joe the Plumber”.  Their keen investigative skills uncovered that Mr. Wurzelbacher wasn’t a certified plumber, as if that somehow made his question invalid.  They also uncovered that Mr. Wurzelbacher had a $1,200 lien for back taxes that a state official said he may not have been aware of.  I guess one isn’t allowed to ask questions if one owes back taxes.

Even scarier was what Democratic operatives working for the state of Ohio did.  Within days of Mr. Wurzelbacher gaining national attention, Helen E. Jones-Kelley, head of Ohio’s Department of Jobs and Family Services, authorized the use of state computers to perform an improper search for information on Joe Wurzelbacher.  A search was performed through records kept on child support payments and a search was performed on whether he was receiving welfare or unemployment benefits.  She was suspended for one month without pay and faced a review by a county prosecutor for using confidential state databases to find personal information on Mr. Wurzelbacher.  She also faced a review for using her state e-mail address to help Barack Obama’s fundraising by identifying potential contributors and offering her own $2,500 donation.  On December 17, 2008, Jones-Kelley was forced to resigned.  Three years later, she’s back on the government payroll.  Jones-Kelley was hired to lead the Montgomery County Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board.

In addition, at least three other instances of suspicious use of state computer systems to access Mr. Wurzelbacher’s data occurred.  A Toledo police clerk, Julie McConnell, was charged with gross misconduct for accessing the Law Enforcement Automated Data System to retrieve Mr. Wurzelbacher’s address.  Authorities also say the Cuyahoga County social services office was compromised and an outside contractor with access to the state Attorney General’s test account similarly searched Mr. Wurzelbacher data.  Moreover, his driver’s-license and vehicle-registration data were obtained from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Why do I bring all this up?  Because of Obama-Care.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a regulation that requires private health insurance companies to give the government the health records of every person they insure.  Government bureaucrats will have access to the health records from all private insurance companies, including yours, whether you want them to or not. We should all be horrified that our health information, so personal, and sometimes painful, could be placed in a government database, open to anyone with access to the system.  We will no longer control to whom our medical information is sent.  This provides individual medical data for the Comparative Effectiveness Research coordinating panel of experts that will decide whether grandma or grandpa gets the new hip.  There is another name for this panel, the “Death Panel”, but that is for another article.

The alarm that I’m trying to sound is that because Mr. Wurzelbacher asked a fair question of a Democrat, he had the following aspects of his life violated;

- professional background
- tax history
- welfare history (if any)
- unemployment history (if any)
- child support payment history
- personal address
- driver’s license
- driving record

What is missing from the previous list of violations is Mr. Wurzelbacher’s medical history.  But don’t worry, President Obama is taking care of that.  The next time a Democrat gets embarrassed by someone, their henchmen in the media and in the public sector will have access to even more personal information to do a more thorough job of destroying that individual.

It’s a sad state of affairs when in a free country such as ours we should be fearful of asking politicians questions or of voicing our opinions.  The same way we use common sense when locking our doors at night, we must be mindful when sharing our political opinions on the Internet, in the workplace, in public and in school.  Retaliation for one’s political views isn’t always as obvious as it was against Mr. Wurzelbacher, but I believe it happens all the time and it happens mostly from the left.  For example, if you’re a conservative with children in public school, remember that our schools are infested with activists and former hippies disguised as teachers.  You may find your child’s “class participation” grade start to fall because of something you said at a town hall meeting or on a message board.  You may suddenly find yourself audited, again and again for no apparent reason.  Or, you may discover that you are now considered public enemy number one at your union job.  Now with Obama-Care we might find our most embarrassing medical history posted on some anonymous Facebook page. But on the bright side, we’ll all get free birth control.

Submitted by Red Foreman

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  1. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin Srugis

    Well we were all told this by a variety of people (Glen Beck) but the Amercian people ignored this because they were focused on “getting free stuff.”
    What did you expect out of a president that rules by royal decree! How manys times in the last five years has Obama gone around the congress?
    If Bush did this, could you image the howls you would hear from the NY Times?? What do you hear now (insert crickets)?
    As I said before Obama is a neo-fascist. He wants government to control all thru rules and regulations, including tax laws. Wait until the full effect of Obamacare comes into play.

  2. -9 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Or, perhaps the moral of the story is: If your bone stupid and guilty as sin; best to keep your yap shut.

    I thought we covered this already; haven’t we seen the effects of “removing” all the Rules and Regulations?

    I get a kick out of the Obama care crying. They didn’t call it a “crisis” for nothing. Most familes that actually have it, can’t afford it now. Insurance companies have screwed the pooch for far too long. Not perfect; but had to start somewhere. And since when did I give the ok to use hundreds of millions in my (your) premium cost to infulence political decisions? Oh sorry, that’s right modern Capitalism.

    How about little “red” riding hood for the next story.

    1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      Bone stupid? Stupid is as stupid does. The great razzle dazzler emerges from his hole in the ground.

    2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

      Calm down Steve, your getting all twitchy.
      -Who is “bone stupid”?
      -Who is “guilty as sin” and why?
      -When did we cover this?
      -What does removing rules and regulations have to do with this story?
      -Who called what a crisis?
      -What do insurance companies have to do with our medical data getting into the wrong hands?
      -Who is using your premiums to influence political decisions?

      When you can’t respond to the points made you flail around throwing all kinds of things up in the air. :) (I used a smiley face so you don’t think I’m angry again)

      1. -14 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

        I’m not upset? I know you have to “reach”, but Joe the plumber?

        I actually do get a kick out of the fear monger posts though.

        Feel free to correct me as i’m not sure. But I think they spent some 200 million in lobbying in 2012.

        Oh, and for a start the WHO has us rated at #37.

        1. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

          Hey razzle dazzler tell the whole story. The #37 ranking by the WHO is from the year 2000. They don’t produce the list anymore. By the way knower of all things, tell me why people that can afford it from any of those countries come here for their medical services?

      2. +10 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

        I’m not sure why discussing the violation of privacy of an innocent American citizen means I’m reaching? Reaching for what? Do you deny what happened to Joe the plumber? Everything that I described can be verified.

        I know that Democrats feel emboldened because there is a Democrat in office right now, but that won’t always be the case. Would you like such a thing to happen to you if one day you have the opportunity to ask a Republican candidate a question?

        1. -11 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

          I say reaching as it most definetly wasn’t the first time, nor will it be the last someone uses there position in office to gain information they shouldn’t. FYI, insurance companies do it all the time. Bone stupid because if it wasn’t someone in position; it would have been someone in the media.

          And it would be greatest wish to ask a republican candidate a question. Given at that time I am not behind on child support payments, Not defrauding my customers or the State by practicing without a license, not behind in paying my taxes, don’t have tax leins against me, just maybe I would.

          Lots of fun’ but I going to let you have this one. Have a screaming busy week on tap.

          1. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Mac

            LOL… It sounds like you’re describing the members of Obama’s cabinet and several of the Democratic politicians from Massachusetts… LOL

          2. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

            Mac, you took the words out of my mouth. How many people did Obama nominate for his cabinet that had embarrassing issues with unpaid taxes? We could probably pay off the national debt if Democrats simply paid their taxes.

            Steve, for the record, Joe the plumber was not behind on child support and in Ohio you are allowed to work as an unlicensed plumber as long as you work under a licensed plumber, which he was.

          3. -7 Vote -1 Vote +1Joe the plumber

            Thomas Joseph, the business manager of Local 50 of the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics, based in Toledo, said Thursday that Mr. Wurzelbacher had never held a plumber’s license, which is required in Toledo and several surrounding municipalities. He also never completed an apprenticeship and does not belong to the plumber’s union, which has endorsed Mr. Obama. On Thursday, he acknowledged that he does plumbing work even though he does not have a license.

          4. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Mac

            That’s right, take the attention of the real issue. Excactly what Red was taking about.

          5. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Mac

            And Red, let’s not forget the new Senator in Mass that practices law without a license.

          6. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

            Mr. Joseph also said that Mr. Wurzelbacher could work in the townships. As I said in my previous comment, Ohio lets you do plumbing work as long as you work with a licensed plumber.

            If your going to quote the New York Times verbatim, the least you can do is place the text in quotes.

            This just shows how much effort the left expends trying to get us all to forget that Obama said,

            “and I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

  3. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    Martin,

    It’s not that they ignored it. It’s just that for the most part the 100 year plan of the progressives is coming to fruition.
    A: Dumb down the population at an early age through the school systems. Ask any number of people under the age of 35 and the vast majority of them couldn’t name their US rep, senator or who the VP is. But ask them about Lady Gaga, Snooki or Facebook and you’ll get an hour response. CHECK
    B: The gov’t gives those that can’t afford it anything that they could want and then have the people that are actually productive pay for it. It’s called class warfare. CHECK
    C: The government regulates the hell out of everything making it next to impossible for someone to start a business or to keep one afloat. Then the gov’t steps in and provides the service because no private citizen/group can do it. IN PROCESS
    D: Appoint liberal activist judges at all levels to skew the judicial process where it advocates more for the criminal than than the victim. ONGOING
    E: Downgrade the military making it easierfor enimies both foreign and domestic to find it easier to take us on. BEGINNING
    F: Slowly eliminate a national identity. Can’t happen you say?This is being done by not enforcing our immigration laws. Just look at how people/groups are ridiculed these days for standing up for this country.ONGOING
    G: Disarm the general population so as to eliminate a possible take over of the government by the people.ONGOING
    H:The scariest one of all. Ignore the Constitution when ever possible. Little by little it gets chipped away at with very few politicians, judges and even the general population saying anything. Eventually, the government will have and control all.ONGOING SINCE THE DAYS OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT and WOODROW WILSON.

    1. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike

      I know bill! We should let people die int he street and only rich people should get healthcare. More guns too. I think Obama himself is coming to get my guns and enslave me. Keep government small and out of my business! Can you believe that people want to protect the environment? I say no EPA or FDA. I think the beef industry, the banking industry and the oil industry have our best interests in mind. They wouldn’t do anything underhanded. So no government! Unless you are talking about abortion and gay marriage. Then I want big government in my bedroom. (No need to reply to this sarcastic and insulting post. You guys have uttered nonsense and are completely uninformed. I can guess what the response would be) LOL

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

        A little late to the party aren’t you? My post was from early March. Or did you just wake up from your liberal induced coma? Completely uninformed? Tell me one thing that I wrote that hasn’t or isn’t happening. Did Steve change his name?

  4. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

    Just like catholics need a younger “hip” pope, the Republican Party needs to get younger leaders. A college kid is not going to stand behind a McCain at all, but may for a Rubio or a Rand. I believe when you start showing college age kids how much they will be paying for the fiscal irresponsibilities of today, they may wake up.

    I also think they see that stopping tours of the WH while using 30 SUV’s to go out to dinner is nothing more than a political ploy. Why else would Obama’s approval rating drom another 7% recently? I hope it is because people are waking up.

    1. -8 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

      Hi Ken, And I really hope they teach them HOW!!!!! we got here in the first place! It should be mandatory, now that’s it’s history.

  5. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

    We are now seeing how Democrat operatives in the IRS were used to punish President Obama’s political enemies. Conservative groups were targeted for unreasonable scrutiny. They were asked very intrusive questions. Their applications were delayed. The tax records of prominent conservatives were leaked to administration officials and media groups. Romney supporters were audited.

    Just wait until these people get a hold of our medical records. Repeal Obama-Care.

    1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Linda

      Red, what we are now learning about the IRS, OSHA and EPA targeting conservative groups is sobering and I believe the White House is up to their neck in it. I fear that your warning about the government using our own medical records against us may become a reality. Hopefully this will wake the country.

  6. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

    Steve. A while back you showed interest in some silly study that showed how liberals use the left side of their brain more (the logical side). Here is one you might not like. Weaker men are more likely to support welfare state and wealth redistribution.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2325414/Men-physically-strong-likely-right-wing-political-views.html

    Enjoy. :)

    1. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

      Steve, looks like you need to start working out.

      1. -7 Vote -1 Vote +1Peter

        It isn’t too hard to bulk up at the gym, any moron can do it. Unfortunately for Red there is not much that can be done to fix his stupid.

      2. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

        I’m smart enough to know how to pronounce the word “Corpsman”, unlike our dear leader. (Hint: the ‘ps’ is silent)

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