Hennessey: I found Fishy Central

posted at 2:15 pm on August 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Have you done your patriotic duty and snitched on your fellow Americans for their political dissent over ObamaCare?  Keith Hennessey, the prolific and indispensable econ blogger, proudly adds his name to the list of those who serve their country by informing on opponents of the Super Totally Patriotic-y Health Care Insurance Reform Bill of 2009, and shares his transmission to flag@whitehouse.gov with his readers.  In fact, Hennessey says he’s found Fishy Central, and it’s in the Ford House Office Building in DC:

I call to your attention several fishy statements about health care reform legislation made by a gentleman named Dr. Douglas Elmendorf.  He claims to be Director of the “Congressional Budget Office” and has posted frequently about health care reform on his website, cbo.gov.  This information takes the form of personal posts on his Director’s Blog, as well as in-depth reports that have the veneer of competent, thorough, impartial professional analysis.  The IP address of his site is 206.106.246.254, and his organization has named their hideout the “Ford House Office Building.”

Wow — those un-American types are good.  Who would have suspected them of infiltrating the federal government in such a manner?  And what lies has this Elmendorf fellow been spreading about His High Mightiness’ health-care proposal?  Here are a few:

  • The House bill would increase the budget deficit by $239 B over the next ten years.  This conflicts with the President’s goal of not increasing short-term deficits.
  • The House bill would increase long-term budget deficits by ever-increasing amounts, making our long-term debt problem worse than under current law.  This of course conflicts with the President’s statements that “health care reform is entitlement reform,” and that health care reform is essential to addressing America’s long-term budget problems.
  • Under the House bill, in the year 2015 about 8 million uninsured Americans would remain uninsured and pay higher taxes.  This would violate the President’s pledge not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 per year.
  • The President’s Medicare Commission proposal would probably save only $2 billion over ten years, and there is a high probability it would save no taxpayer money.  In the long run the saving would be “modest.”

Hennessey has more at his blog.  I’m sure that all of the great Americans here at Hot Air will report on this murky CBO outfit, or perhaps gang, to the White House for proper re-education.  Oh, wait, I see that Elmendorf already submitted for his re-education session with Barack Obama directly.  Next time, he has to see Rahm Emanuel …


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After listening to excerpts of Obama’s “town hall” I think I’m reporting him to flag@whitehouse.gov. What he’s saying is very fishy, it’s not in the house bill, it conflicts with it.

wildcat84 on August 11, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Now that’s funny.

forest on August 11, 2009 at 2:17 PM

awesome post. The CBO has as a fountain of mis-information!

rob verdi on August 11, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Awesome.

dean_acheson on August 11, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Informing on others is a part of the Socialist Utopia of Obama.

More will come.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 11, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Ed , is on fire!

Offhanded on August 11, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Damn, that’s sweet.

How long before someone emails the White House about another Bidenism?

MadisonConservative on August 11, 2009 at 2:19 PM

I figured out the fishiest thing of all:

President Obama says the public option is just going to compete with private plans. But if the public option were actually capable of competing with private insurance and offering better services for less money, why not just have a single payer system?

BadgerHawk on August 11, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Rush, Shawn, Laura, the Great One and Ann Coulter featured in the new “Don’t Tread on Me!” video. dedicated to Kenneth Gladney the “union thug victim”.

If you like PLEASE help us promote. Pass & post.

Thanks for your time.

God Bless

deedtrader on August 11, 2009 at 2:20 PM

So I was thinking for a protest sign, a picture of the constitution with ‘fishy’ written below it (maybe even draw a little fish, though I’m terrible at drawing), and then above that, “Hey Obama, Flag This!” Thoughts, comments, suggestions?

AdrianG on August 11, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Informing on others is a part of the Socialist Utopia of Obama.

More will come.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 11, 2009 at 2:18 PM

I prefer to call it the Obama Regime.

Obama ceased any pretense of respecting the law minutes after his coronation, therefore he and his czars are imposing a regime.

wildcat84 on August 11, 2009 at 2:21 PM

NH Townhall, friendly crowd chants ‘yes we can!’ Where have I seen this before…..oh yeah, 1933, somewhere in Europe, but I think they chanted something else, but I just can’t put my finger on it…..

Hey, is that kool aid?

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 2:21 PM

This isn’t about healthcare, it’s about power over us.

These people want to dictate every facet of our lives, to us. “Healthcare” is just the device to allow it.

This is about power and control. It is about the dictatorship of the proletariat – the “proletariat” being them, the “elites.”

OhEssYouCowboys on August 11, 2009 at 2:22 PM

More and more I am coming to the conclusion that Obama is a Conservative/Libertarian Plant designed to destroy the Democrat Party…

Stupidity like this can only be purposeful.

Pelayo the Younger

Pelayo on August 11, 2009 at 2:23 PM

The CBO has as a fountain of mis-information!

rob verdi on August 11, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Right next to the Library of Unknown Facts, I guess.

coldwarrior on August 11, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Eeeexcellent

Dash on August 11, 2009 at 2:26 PM

What a mess. We have Obama trying to screw up our health care by watering it down to a lower standard to accomodate those “victims” of everything from racism, to stupidity, to lazyness, to mal-contents.

Solve the problems, don’t throw the baby out with thew bathwater.

It seems like Obama honestly wants to break it down and build it back up to the benifit of the non-achievers and at the expense of the achievers. He thinks it is social justice, but I think it is juxtopposed to allowing a rising tide to float all boats. Instead, he wants to lower the tide and make everyone uncomfortable.

The achievers will rise above because socialism is boring and America is too independent.

saiga on August 11, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Has anyone seen Anninca or is she still waiting in line for medical care?

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 2:28 PM

More and more I am coming to the conclusion that Obama is a Conservative/Libertarian Plant designed to destroy the Democrat Party…

Stupidity like this can only be purposeful.

Pelayo the Younger

Pelayo on August 11, 2009 at 2:23 PM

If his poll numbers continue to drop, the left will take your idea and run with it to save face.

Monica on August 11, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Has anyone seen Anninca or is she still waiting in line for medical care?

HornetSting on August 11, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Lines are awesomely cool and super Amerikan.

Monica on August 11, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Close your legs, Linda Douglass. I smell something fishy.

SouthernGent on August 11, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Why hasn’t someone reported Rahm Emanuel’s brother to Fishy Central?

He’s the one that wants to kill all the old and disabled people.

pabarge on August 11, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Whoa, you linked to John Adams. Sneaky, Ed, reeeeal sneaky.

Abby Adams on August 11, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Oh, wait, I see that Elmendorf already submitted for his re-education session with Barack Obama directly. Next time, he has to see Rahm Emanuel …

He will be taken to Room 101 in Barack’s Barracks at the Ministry of Truth for psychological rehabilitation, and if the rats and DemonRats fail to cure him of his delusions of red ink, he will undergo enhanced interrogation at the eastern end of a tropical island paradise 90 miles south of the beautiful Florida Keys, in the company of alleged human disaster causers, whose devout intercessory prayers to the Deity will help exorcise his fishy delusions so that he will obediently “go with the flow”, and described by the former beauty queen and Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Steve Z on August 11, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Have you done your patriotic duty and snitched on your fellow Americans for their political dissent over ObamaCare?

Absolutely! I have sent them several of Obama’s own statements. He’s a fishy one!

Grafted on August 11, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Snitching to Liberals is cool,
Snitching to Dick Cheyney is bad.

Hening on August 11, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Rush, Shawn, Laura, the Great One and Ann Coulter featured in the new “Don’t Tread on Me!” video. dedicated to Kenneth Gladney the “union thug victim”.

If you like PLEASE help us promote. Pass & post.

Thanks for your time.

God Bless

deedtrader on August 11, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Love it! My take home: “I have not yet begun to fight” — John Paul Jones. If they think they are going to shut us up, they are going to be surprised!

Christian Conservative on August 11, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Compare this statement from above –
“Under the House bill, in the year 2015 about 8 million uninsured Americans would remain uninsured and pay higher taxes. This would violate the President’s pledge not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 per year.”

To the conclusion from here –
http://businessandmedia.org/printer/2007/20070718153509.aspx

“So what is the true extent of the uninsured “crisis?” The Kaiser Family Foundation, a liberal non-profit frequently quoted by the media, puts the number of uninsured Americans who do not qualify for current government programs and make less than $50,000 a year between 13.9 million and 8.2 million. That is a much smaller figure than the media report.”

This bill is not about the uninsured.

4of8 on August 11, 2009 at 2:36 PM

So I was thinking for a protest sign, a picture of the constitution with ‘fishy’ written below it (maybe even draw a little fish, though I’m terrible at drawing), and then above that, “Hey Obama, Flag This!” Thoughts, comments, suggestions?

AdrianG on August 11, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Very cool. put the address on it for all snitches to see…

elduende on August 11, 2009 at 2:40 PM

I’m thinking my sign for the protest in DC on 9/12 will read something like:

Here’s your end of career counseling.

surfhut on August 11, 2009 at 2:41 PM

All “fishy” members will be given an ID #, which will than be cross referenced with their future Government Insurance #. When you stand before the Death Panel, you will automatically be deemed “undesirable” and be terminated.

You are Obsolete!!!!

portlandon on August 11, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Oh … I’ll also be taking that sign with me to Henry Waxman’s office on 8/22. I’m sure the moron will be re-elected in 2010, given the morons that life in my district. A girl can hope!

surfhut on August 11, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Rush, Shawn, Laura, the Great One and Ann Coulter featured in the new “Don’t Tread on Me!” video. dedicated to Kenneth Gladney the “union thug victim”.

If you like PLEASE help us promote. Pass & post.

Thanks for your time.

God Bless

deedtrader on August 11, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Joe Dan’s videos are EXCELLENT. Man, that’s some chilling stuff after Ann’s quote. Great build to the emotional payoff.

John the Libertarian on August 11, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Guys. Check Drudge.

Obama:
‘UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems’

Obama:
We’ve successfully screwed up running a service that 100% of the country uses. We’ve totally screwed it up so bad, that, in fact, it’s nearly bankrupt. So, can we run the healthcare industry? Yes we can!

That is just totally hilarious. It’s the quote of the century.

lorien1973 on August 11, 2009 at 2:47 PM

http://townhall.com/columnists/ChuckNorris/2009/08/11/dirty_secret_no_1_in_obamacare

Govt taking over how you raise your children. It is the health care bill.

milwife88 on August 11, 2009 at 2:49 PM

What a buffoon!

SouthernGent on August 11, 2009 at 2:49 PM

lorien1973 on August 11, 2009 at 2:47 PM

You are obviously not smart enough to understand the pure brilliance the president was delivery. This is the smartest man ever.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Sheesh. When will all you unsophisticates learn what Barry and the Bloviators already know: that we know nothing, least of all what’s in our best interests.

Now bend over and grab your ankles: time for your mandated annual exam. Need to make sure you’re not hiding anything fishy up there…

redfoxbluestate on August 11, 2009 at 2:52 PM

I already had.

jukin on August 11, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Obama:
‘UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems’

Obama:
We’ve successfully screwed up running a service that 100% of the country uses. We’ve totally screwed it up so bad, that, in fact, it’s nearly bankrupt. So, can we run the healthcare industry? Yes we can!

lorien1973 on August 11, 2009 at 2:47 PM

RACIST!

jukin on August 11, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Rush, Shawn, Laura, the Great One and Ann Coulter featured in the new “Don’t Tread on Me!” video. dedicated to Kenneth Gladney the “union thug victim”.

If you like PLEASE help us promote. Pass & post.

Thanks for your time.

God Bless

deedtrader on August 11, 2009 at 2:20 PM

“The TRUTH is breaking out and they can’t stop it”

THANKS for the link. Love the music. Love the video. Love the words. Love IT. LOVE IT!!

TN Mom on August 11, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Wow — those un-American types are good.

Watched the town hall with Sen. Arlen Spector. People are VERY informed and involved. Pretty exciting as We, The People, have to fight off out-right lies from the Media, Democrats, and Team Obama. We haved worked really hard to uncover the facts the media refused to. It. Is. Working!

TN Mom on August 11, 2009 at 3:03 PM

If he has to see Rahm “Twinkletoes” Emanuel, hopefully he’ll take some ballet shoe polish along with him. I hear Emanuel’s getting low.

It’s likely to put Emanuel in a nasty mood, and you don’t want to mess with those thug graduates of Sarah Lawrence College. Especially ballet and modern dance majors, like Emanuel is. This is NOT a joke.

bradley11 on August 11, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Next time, he has to see Rahm Emanuel

I have a 12 ga. he can borrow…

Ragspierre on August 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM

You are Obsolete!!!!

portlandon on August 11, 2009 at 2:41 PM

One of my favorite episodes of the Twilight Zone.

Chaz706 on August 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM

A thug in Government? Be still my beating heart!

(hoping no potential Death Panel reads this post)

Liam on August 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Fishy you say, it’s probably Rahm Emanuel because he handles fish all the time when he mails it.

larvcom on August 11, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Sweet post!

Need to bookmark that Hennessey guy. Good stuff.

connertown on August 11, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Y’all really need to get with the program.

Instead of fishy it should be sea-kitteny!

VekTor on August 11, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Next time, he has to see Rahm Emanuel, and the time after that SEIU will interview him.

burt on August 11, 2009 at 3:33 PM

That guy lying about Obamacare better be on guard that the Purpleshirts don’t descend on his abode and knock the snot out of him for attacking America and being so fishy. /snark

OxyCon on August 11, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Shouldn’t somebody tell Linda Douglas that the last thing she wants to be known as is The Queen of Fishy? If your friends won’t tell you, maybe you don’t really have any.

RandyChandler on August 11, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Dibs on turning in the Joker.

exhelodrvr on August 11, 2009 at 3:51 PM

ADOLF HITLER

Berlin, 1 September 1939

Reichsleiter Bouhler and
Dr. med. Brandt

are instructed to broaden the powers of physicians designated by name, who will decide whether those who have -as far as can be humanly determined – incurable illnesses can, after the most careful evaluation, be granted a mercy death.

/signed/ Adolf Hitler \

German version.

Akzed on August 11, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Whoa, you linked to John Adams. Sneaky, Ed, reeeeal sneaky.

Abby Adams on August 11, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Can the Sedition Act be far beheind?

AnotherOpinion on August 11, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Oh, wait, I see that Elmendorf already submitted for his re-education session with Barack Obama directly. Next time, he has to see Rahm Emanuel …

Will Rahm be wearing a snazzy new tutu for this? ;)

capejasmine on August 11, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Quick! Name the only President to ever call the Director of the CBO into his office for a dressing down.

GarandFan on August 11, 2009 at 5:43 PM

I smell something fishy too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0DqPSF2fyo&feature=related

Jeff from WI on August 11, 2009 at 8:11 PM

I have done my duty and reported this post to flag@whitehouse.gov. I have also emailed all of Michelle’s posts, some of Gateway and Patterico.

I am emailing as many things as I can and having some fun with it.

My fav so far, Ronald Regan’s speech on socialized medicine

kringeesmom on August 11, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Fishy?

Emperor Obama (Obama the Unclothed) carps all day long, perched in Washington, saying all sorts of things just for the halibut, as he flounders around, telling one whale of a story after another, while his sharks swim in for the krill.

We’re just a bunch of crabs.

coldwarrior on August 12, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Hello White House Citizen Surveillance Department,

I would like to report this woman, occasionally known as “maam”, as someone guilty of spreading falsehoods and outright lies about Obamacare. She has proven herself on countless occasions to be dangerous to the American people and I strongly recommend that we send out the Obama Brownshirts and put her in her place immediately.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.

Dear Friend:

I need your help.

Making sure America’s families have access to affordable, quality health care is a complex challenge, but one we simply cannot afford to ignore any longer.

The status quo is unsustainable:

46 million Americans have no health insurance.

The U.S. spends more than twice as much on health care per person than most other industrialized nations, yet we rank 29th out of 30 industrialized nations on infant mortality.

Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have more than doubled in the last nine years.

And, a recent study found that, if we do nothing, families in many states, including California, will have to spend 40% or more of their pre-tax income on health insurance through their employer.

The time for action is now.

As I work with my Senate colleagues to craft healthcare reform legislation, I ask you to help me by sharing your stories and experiences – both good and bad – with our healthcare system.

Please go to http://boxer.senate.gov/features/healthcare/submit.cfm to share your stories with me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

SMB on August 12, 2009 at 1:25 PM