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Frank Salvato is the Executive Director
and Director of Terrorism Research for
a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His
writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee
and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization,
BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the
International Analyst Network
and has been a featured guest on al Jazeera's
He also serves as the managing editor for
The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a
regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show,
nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on NetTalkWorld
Global Talk Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. Mr. Salvato
is also heard weekly on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally
on the USA Radio Network. His opinion-editorials have been published by The
American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and are
syndicated nationally. He is a featured political writer for
EducationNews.org and is occasionally quoted in The
Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements.
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Issues vs. The Mainstream Media
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President Is Not Due ‘His Due’
Should Be Our Honor to Honor
Simply Cannot Return to the Status Quo
to Talk About Elena Kagan
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Demonizing the Tea Party the Chicago Way
Constitutional Crisis Started Long Ago
Will Support and Defend the Constitution’
Simply Can’t Afford Another Entitlement Program
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Federal Government’s Basic Purpose
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to Speak for an Entire Culture
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And While the Bright Shiny Thing Sparkled...
October 22, 2010
While the rest of the media – both new and decrepit – was
distracted by the firing of Juan Williams by NPR, another story, with
implications that affected each and every American, went virtually
unnoticed. As is the standard operating procedure for the decrepit and, now,
verifiably corrupt mainstream media, this alarming story received no
coverage because it painted President Obama in a bad, nay, an honest light.
I am at a quandary as to why the new media neglected the issue.
Don’t get me wrong, the Juan Williams firing is a legitimate story. Anyone
concerned with the First Amendment right to free speech should be outraged
that National Public Radio, a taxpayer funded media entity– funding derived
from both charitable giving and government endowment, would exact a litmus
test based on Progressive ideology on its employees. Truth be told, Mr.
Williams said nothing that well over half the American population has been
suppressing for almost ten years.
Additionally, in the age of the Internet, when anyone with a laptop,
microphone and a pre-paid credit card can broadcast literally around the
world, the need for a publicly funded radio entity should be questioned,
especially with a 2011 budget deficit estimated to be in the area of $1.4
But I am off topic...
What if I told you that the Chairman and CEO of IBM, Samuel J. Palmisano,
approached President Obama and members of his administration before the
healthcare bill debates with a plan that would reduce healthcare
expenditures by $900 billion? Given the Obama Administration’s adamancy that
the United States of America simply had to make healthcare (read: health
insurance) affordable for even the most dedicated welfare recipient, one
would think he would have leaned forward in his chair, cupped his ear and
said, "Tell me more!”
And what if I told you that the cost to the federal government for this
program was nothing, zip, nada, zilch?
And, what if I told you that, in the end and after two meetings, President
Obama and his team, instead of embracing a program that was proven to save
money and one that was projected to save almost one trillion dollars – a
private sector program costing the taxpayers nothing, zip, nada, zilch –
said, "Thanks but no thanks” and then embarked on passing one of the most
despised pieces of legislation in US history?
Well, it’s all true.
Samuel J. Palmisano, the Chairman of the Board and CEO for IBM, said in a
recent Wall Street Journal interview that he offered to provide the
Obama Administration with a program that would curb healthcare claims fraud
and abuse by almost one trillion dollars but the Obama White House turned
the offer down.
Mr. Palmisano is quoted as saying
during a taping of The Wall Street Journal's Viewpoints program
on September 14, 2010:
"We could have improved the quality and reduced the cost of the
healthcare system by $900 billion...I said we would do it for free to prove
that it works. They turned us down."
A second meeting between Mr. Palmisano and the Obama Administration took
place two weeks later, with no change in the Obama Administration's stance.
A call placed to IBM on October 8, 2010, by FOX News confirmed, via a
spokesperson, that Mr. Palmisano stands by his statement.
Speaking with FOX News' Stuart Varney, Mort Zuckerman, Editor-in-Chief of
US News & World Report, said,
"It's a little bit puzzling because I think there is a huge amount of
both fraud and inefficiency that American business is a lot more comfortable
with and more effective in trying to reduce. And this is certainly true
because the IBM people have studied this very carefully. And when Palmisano
went to the White House and made that proposal, it was based upon a lot of
work and it was not accepted. And it's really puzzling...These are very,
very responsible people. They don't have a political ax to grind. They are
very familiar with the subject; they understand exactly what the issues
Given the fact that Mr. Obama’s own Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services actuary debunked the claim that health insurance costs would
diminish over the next decade and given that the budget deficits for 2010
and 2011 are in the $1.2 trillion–$1.4 trillion ballpark, the question begs
to be asked: Why would Mr. Obama balk at a sure-thing savings of almost $1
Cost projections prepared by economists at the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS), revealed the nation's healthcare spending, as a
share of the economy, will be 0.3 percentage points higher in 2019 than
estimated before the law was passed. That CMS report, published September 9,
2010, in the journal Health Affairs, also revealed healthcare
spending will grow by an average of 6.3 percent each year over the next
decade, whereas pre-reform projections pegged annual growth at 6.1 percent.
CMS actuaries also say that Medicare cuts mandated by the law are
unrealistic and unsustainable. An April 22, 2010, CMS report about the
financial and coverage effects of selected provisions of the new law
estimates that about 15 percent of hospitals and other healthcare providers
could lose money treating Medicare beneficiaries as a result of the proposed
the Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the deficit for the
2010 budget year, which ended Sept. 30, will total $1.29 trillion. The Obama
administration has projected that the deficit for the 2011 budget year,
which began on Oct. 1, will climb to $1.4 trillion and that over the next
decade, it will total $8.47 trillion.
So, again, I ask you, with the main issue being the economy, including the
audacious spending habits of elected officials in Washington DC, why would
Mr. Obama and his team balk at facilitating not only the saving of almost $1
trillion in healthcare expenditures, but the opportunity to affect an issue
victory in the 2010 midterm election cycle?
Mr. Zuckerman concluded,
"When you are in a situation where this country is facing a huge deficit
and where anybody who knows anything at all about the healthcare system
knows how much waste, fraud and abuse is involved in that system...not to
take this offer up, frankly, does not make sense."
Mr. Zuckerman is correct, but only to a point. It doesn’t make sense if
Mr. Obama is trying to reduce waste and fraud, and make health insurance
affordable for all Americans. It does make sense if those were never the
goals in the first place.
As I wrote in an article titled,
Cloward, Piven & Obamacare,
"...the goal of the Progressives is to crash the system; to overwhelm the
system to such an extent that it fails. It is at this moment of failure that
Progressives believe they can enter the situation as the "knight in shining
armor.” It is at this particular moment of vulnerability that Progressives
believe the American public will acquiesce to the false choice of "something
is better than nothing”; to a government-run universal healthcare plan to
rescue the devastated American healthcare system, a system Progressives
themselves threw into chaos, courtesy of their ridiculous health insurance
"As an aside, keeping this plan in mind, it makes perfect sense that
Progressives and Liberal Democrats wouldn’t waste their time reading the
massive health insurance reform bill. They never intended for it to be
around long enough for it to matter.”
It is one thing to be – as a good many elected officials in Washington
DC are – arrogant, self-absorbed spendthrifts, so detached from the
actualities of what Americans require and want from their government. It is
quite another to willfully abuse the system – and the American people – in
an attempt to bring about and ideological "change” – a "fundamental
transformation” – of the very system of government that has made the United
States the most prosperous nation in the history of the Western Civilization
and the last best hope for freedom and liberty for all in the world.
In Mr. Obama’s shunning of a private sector program that would have saved
our country almost $1 trillion in healthcare expenditures, presented to him
as he declared a "crisis in healthcare,” he proves two things beyond any
doubt: that he is anti-Capitalist and anti-private sector in nature and that
he can no longer be trusted to tell the truth in both his political
declarations or espoused goals.
song goes, "God damn the pusher man.”