Newest foot soldiers for ObamaCare: Librarians

posted at 5:01 pm on June 29, 2013 by Allahpundit

Growing up, I had an aunt who became a librarian because she dreamed of one day helping liberals push a ruinous boondoggle on a broke America.

Aunt Gladys, if you’re up there and can read this somehow, your dream came true.

The nation’s librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Up to 17,000 U.S. libraries will be part of the effort to get information and crucial computer time to the millions of uninsured Americans who need to get coverage under the law…

Libraries equipped with public computers and Internet access already serve as a bridge across the digital divide, so it made sense to get them involved, said Julie Bataille, spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

Libraries also have public spaces where meetings can be held. And they already provide health information to 28 million people a year via public access computers, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency, which will coordinate the new effort with CMS. The two federal agencies also worked together during the rollout of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, experience that should help with this effort, Bataille said.

Libraries will be particularly important in conservative states that are not making much effort to promote the health law’s opportunities.

Don’t think of it as conscription, think of it as … repurposing. The more ubiquitous the Internet and e-readers get, the less use people have for libraries and thus the further away from their core function libraries will drift. In theory they’re still about book-lending but credit the feds for recognizing their growing role as places lower-income people can get online for free. Per Gallup’s latest, fully 43 percent of the uninsured have no idea that they’re now stautorily required by Hopenchange to seek coverage. If you’re trying to reach the poor to let them know that they qualify for health insurance subsidies — or, rather, that they don’t qualify — then this is a no-brainer. Coming soon, presumably: Deputizing the postal service, another institution that’s being laid to waste by technology, to start selling policies door to door. Ever heard the expression that the federal government is now really just “an insurance company with an army”? Well, the insurance part of that equation needs an army too.

As for the other big uninsured constituency, how many young adults do you suppose are hanging out at the local public library these days, ripe to be sold by the local librarian on why healthy twentysomethings should crap away what little earnings they have on unnecessary health insurance in an economy as tepid as this one? But maybe I’m underestimating the strategy here: The less disposable cash young Americans are left with after complying with the mandate, the less they can afford to pay for smartphones, laptops, and their own private Internet access. If they’re desperate to get online, there’s always the local library, you know.

Exit question: If government workers of any and every stripe are really just a free-floating labor force for the feds, ready to be enlisted for whatever policy priority the ruling administration has in mind, how come librarians and mailmen haven’t been coopted to coordinate jobs programs for the unemployed?


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Librarians need other tasks besides helping patrons find porn on the library computer web.

RSbrewer on June 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Growing up, I had an aunt who became a librarian because she dreamed of one day helping liberals push a ruinous boondoggle on a broke America.

Aunt Gladys, if you’re up there and can read this somehow, your dream came true.

Classic Allah. One for the ages.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Classic Allah. One for the ages.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Agreed. There is nowhere else on earth one can go for snark from a conservative atheist beta male eeyore with a dog face (I am referencing his thumbnail popup, people).

Loved it, start to finish.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 30, 2013 at 6:33 AM

I remember a few years ago when Sarah Palin’s book was the biggest seller out there and the various local library branches had one or two copies available and a half dozen copies (at least) glorifying the Ted Kennedy and Camelot dreck.

One of the solutions is for towns to end the ALA (American Library Association) requirement that library directors and top management have an ALA approved library science degree. That has done the same horrendous damage to libraries as the dreaded education degree has done to our publik skools.

viking01 on June 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Newest foot stools soldiers for ObamaCare:

Lanceman on June 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Gee… are libraries still around?

RalphyBoy on June 30, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Couldn’t get the NFL, but librarians are the next best thing…

applebutter on June 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Well, libraries are a place for learning.

But if these neo-bolshevik clowns in this administration are trying to inform the uninsured 18-24 demographic with this train wreck, they’re not going to find ‘em at the library!

locomotivebreath1901 on June 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Lie-brary

Shy Guy on June 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Librarians, at taxpayer expense of course should send a terse, biting, coercive message to all Obamacare laggards:

“When you mess with Uncle Sam, buddy, you’ve got to pay the piper. look what happened to the late Marc Rich when he skipped out on millions of owed taxes—oooooh wait…”

MaiDee on June 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Hmmm, since almost all librarians are locally funded, if this occurs in my city, I’m going to go complain that they are using work time for political activities. I will demand they be fired, or their pay be reduced commensurate with how much time they spend promoting Obamacare. If I spent my time at work shilling for Amway, that’s what would happen to me. This is the same thing.

GWB on June 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Hmmm, since almost all librarians are locally funded, if this occurs in my city, I’m going to go complain that they are using work time for political activities. I will demand they be fired, or their pay be reduced commensurate with how much time they spend promoting Obamacare. If I spent my time at work shilling for Amway, that’s what would happen to me. This is the same thing.

GWB on June 30, 2013

Heh … yeah. That’s a really good point to bring up, as I can point to the fact that before the November election, I could not secure a conference room in any of the three local libraries I contacted for a meet-and-greet for a local GOP congressional candidate if it did not also include the Dem candidate as well. Two out of the three libraries did not bother to return my call or give me a reason why. The third did. I did eventually find another venue, but if this is the case — that both sides be represented — then either the librarians can present not only Obamacare but the alternatives, e.g., paying the fine instead, or just shut the hell up. And I just might bring that little example up if perchance some librarian starts lecturing me about Obamacare.

PatriotGal2257 on June 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Figures. Okay, I’m 42. When was the last time anyone was actually in a library and have seen a Librarian? I’d have to say 18 years old? Nope, 22 years old working my thesis but that’s it.

And your marketing credentials came from where Ms. Sebelius? Madam, you know it’s absolutely imperative for young folks to pay into your PPACA in order for this new law to have half a chance to make this work. They are not going to pay into this Madam. My kids who voted for Obama are now saying no way, this wasn’t what they were told by Mr. Obama. Yes it was. Those of us who are not LIV’s understand our young people MUST purchase this insurance if this is going o be successful. With this in mind Ms. Sebelius, how many young people are going to be writing the government these checks? About 5%, if that, which is nowhere near what your going to need.

In order to keep the PPACA alive you must tax once again the middle class but guess what Kathleen? They don’t have the money. Only public employees have the money you seek. This is a monkey falling in love with a football, that’s what this is. Prediction? Obamacare deferred completely February 2015 with $5 Trillion unaccounted for.

Tangerinesong on June 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM

We’ve been doing alot of volunteering at our local library, and all I can say is that I have no intention of continuing to do so if it’s going to become an arm of the Democrat party. Obamacare is PARTISAN legislation. There’s no claim to be made it isn’t politically divisive.

Murf76 on June 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Not too long ago, didn’t the left lament that libraries were suffering because people didn’t need them in the age of the Internet, that patronage was down? And now they are suddenly going to reach masses to prop up Obamacare?

englishqueen01 on June 30, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I love librarians, after all I married one. Their the best. They work harder than you think, and having this extra burden on them will just not work. One can only do so much in eight hours, and Obamacare entry clerks is not one of them. There is no incentive for them to do this, but the real reason is that, like most Americans, they will just not eat the dog food. Dog food is for those who are really are hungry, which American are not. Librarians will not help shovel it. (Hello IRS, NSA)

SgtPete on June 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

SgtPete on June 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I am sure your wife is the best but Librarians won’t stop people from looking at porn on library computers but they will filter out gun sites. They are all about liberalism.

CW on June 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Have yet to meet a librarian that isn’t a stone cold leftist. They’ll love the addition to their job description.

patch on June 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM

There are a few of us out there. A few. I dropped my membership in ALA after the American Libraries cover showing the local librarian contingent marching in a San Francisco gay pride march. I have no problem with a group of librarians getting together to do that. I do have a problem with supposedly professional organization supporting it. It’s not germane to the job of librarian, so ALA shouldn’t be pushing it. Of course they push tons of other lefty agendas too, almost none of which have anything to do with the job description and duties of a librarian.

Six or seven years ago at my local professional group’s annual meeting (I’m a medical librarian) the outgoing president got up to make speak and started out by saying “First I ought to see if anyone here is a conservative.” I raised my hand. There was dead silence, and it was obvious that no one knew what to do, because no one had expected that. I found it rather amusing.

LibraryGryffon on June 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Heh… as a newly minted librarian I feel the urge to comment here… Usually I just lurk and giggle at everyone’s snarky comments.

In my few months as a small town librarian I have discovered that it definitely is a profession that is dominated by lefty lunatics. When I first started I was warned by other librarians that I should be careful when I tell people what my husband does for a living as it can be “quite controversial”. (He works with silica sand used in the fracking process. Yep – we are taking full advantage of the sand boom in NW Wisconsin – Thank the Lord he has a job) I am not ashamed of what he does and I do not bother to keep it quiet. When people ask, I give a proud reply. He works hard to support us and loves his job and the company he works for. Thank the Lord for real men.

Anyway – in response to this article, as a librarian, my job is to provide people with information or help them find information. If someone comes into my library and needs help signing up for Obamacare, it is my job to help them and keep my opinions to myself. This I will do. I will not be used by this administration or the ALA to peddle a product that I vehemently disagree with. Selling Obamacare is something I will NOT do – ALA be damned.

So before you lump all librarians in the same putrid pile, remember there are people like me who will refuse to be used in this manner. And libraries are still awesome places to hang out!

WisconsinJewels on June 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Librarians tend to be among the hardest and farthest left ideologues for socialism and obamaism. Ms. WisconsinJewels, you may be an exception and good for that. University librarians in Wisconsin were and are in the proletarian vanguard of the Scott Walker recall. It is a shame that what were once defenders of free speech and free thought are now willing agents of government speech and thought control. Do not confuse a love of books and learning with the minders of the metadata.

ignatzk on June 30, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I pay over $100 a year from my city taxes to support our public library. If they start pushing obamacare, I will be filing a complaint with the city council. Maybe withhold the part of my tax going to support the library as well…

Mean Granny on June 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM

WisconsinJewels on June 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Yeah, another sane librarian! As I said, we do exist, and I think in higher numbers than is immediately obvious (at the regional medical librarians meeting last year, I had someone share her brother’s anti-Pelosi buttons with me!) because we tend not to go around waving conservative pride flags or denigrating those who don’t think the way we do.

Librarianship, at least as it is currently constituted, is seen as a helping profession, (it is, we help people find the information they need), but it seems to attract a lot of people who just want to help, and somehow have ended up morphing the library part of helping into general social helping, [sarc] and of course as we all know, only liberals want to help the poor and downtrodden, so to be a real librarian you must want to help, and therefore, as a librarian you must obviously be politically liberal. [/sarc]

Or some other strange logic like that.

LibraryGryffon on June 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Libraries will be particularly important in conservative states that are not making much effort to promote the health law’s opportunities.

Like Kentucky? Yes, it’s disgusting.

HellCat on June 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

The other day I was in our library (a beautiful sleek up to date building) and noticed a prominently located display of LGBQT books. I shook my head and walked out, but when I got home I noticed that their basic Internet search page also had these books being promoted. I contacted them as this point and asked what was going on. Well, they gave me some hooey about rotating all the books in the library for promotion. Oddly though, I had never seen these before. One for little kids had a front cover with two male guinea pigs getting married. Ain’t that cute?

Ever since all the computers have been allowed to infiltrate the land of books, it has been going downhill and I don’t expect it to stop at just promotion of certain books.

TeaTrekkie on June 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Have yet to meet a librarian that isn’t a stone cold leftist. They’ll love the addition to their job description.

patch on June 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Our dear friend is a librarian and very conservative. He takes a lot of flak at work for his religious and political views.

englishqueen01 on June 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Heh, Several years ago I donated a pile of books by Coulter, Buzz Patterson (Dereliction of Duty) and Malkin to my local library. The Patterson book was on top, with Bill Clinton’s grinning visage shining out, and the head Librarian’s eyes lit up in joy.

Then after she had a moment to register what the books really were, she pushed them back towards me from the far end of a yardstick (I kid you not), saying:

“We don’t have any use for THIS sort of trash”

I bet she wished she had a ten foot pole instead of the yard stick.

That was the last time I went to a library. And I wished I had known that attitude before I had donated some valuable local / regional history books to their reference collection.

LegendHasIt on June 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

My wife is a librarian. When I told her about this she said “no way in hell I’m doing that!!!!”

dentarthurdent on June 30, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Librarians speak? The only ones I know of dress is scantily clad lingerie and get books from the top shelf while not wearing panties.

lorien1973 on June 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM

The ALA supporters are already happy warriors for obama

Newsbusters 2010

The ALA, for whatever reason, has taken up the cause of normalizing homosexuality and advancing the gay agenda.

Just this year alone, the ALA awarded more than forty pro-homosexual books; at least seven of those books received two or even three ALA awards.

Neither of the teen-oriented Batchelder award winners – the ALA award that recognizes books published in foreign countries – were even listed on “Best Books for Young Adults”; and out of the four teen books that won the Coretta Scott King Award – the ALA award that honors the African American culture – only one was chosen for the list.

Are these books just not as good as the gay-themed books? That would be difficult to argue. The more likely scenario is that the ALA awarded these homosexual books numerous times in order to increase their likelihood of landing on library shelves. Just like movies with raving reviews (and Oscars) are more likely to be watched, books that have numerous, well-known awards are more likely to be stocked.

“Increasingly, this [authentic] literature is replacing the traditional literature classics, which, in general, promoted mainstream American values or at least didn’t undermine them,” he wrote. “The books that used to inspire; which celebrated American values; that chronicled the exploits of trailblazers, astronauts, soldiers, and other heroes are fast disappearing. And their replacements are books like: ‘A Woman in Heat Wiping Herself,’ ‘Outside the Operating Room of a Sex-Change Doctor,’ and the ‘Rainbow Boys,’ a story of three homosexual boys and the various routes they took in ‘coming out.’”

Librarians have become propaganda pushers

Animal Farm lives

entagor on June 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM

“We don’t have any use for THIS sort of trash”

I bet she wished she had a ten foot pole instead of the yard stick.

That was the last time I went to a library. And I wished I had known that attitude before I had donated some valuable local / regional history books to their reference collection.

LegendHasIt on June 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Too bad you couldn’t have made that a James O’Keefe video moment.

viking01 on July 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Soon he’ll be asking 5th graders in elementary school to pitch the idea to the younger kids and officially draw children into his little war on the United States middle class.

I’m surprised someone hasn’t tried to take him out yet.

Freeloader on July 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

My wife is a local Librarian here in my area, and she is the lone conservative Librarian in the entire countywide library system. I could tell you stories that would raise your hackles about the kind of BS that the county library office tries to push down through the system.

She fights it as much as she can. Her library is in one of the most conservative towns in the county, so she can usually wave off much of the lefty BS by saying that it “wouldn’t serve her community”, but even her staff is crazy lefty, and if they get wind of a project before she does there is lots of internal pressure from them to get the lefty projects going.

Her main way of fighting is by ordering as many conservative books and videos for the library that she can get away with. Since they are a library, even when questioned she can always cite the number of requests for these books (which are large) as an excuse for buying them. But if not for her there wouldn’t even be any of these books in the system.

As it is, they have frequent problems with conservative books in brand new condition going to the Central Branch (located in the local city), not even getting checked out and suddenly being written off a few days later as “lost/damaged”. I won’t even go into the issues of theft of “signed” books of any author, which dissapear when going to “Central”.

I love libraries, but many of them are just cesspools of far lefty kooks that couldn’t get work anywhere else. My poor wife is always so stressed out having to work with them, they are such bums.

wearyman on July 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Newest foot soldiers for ObamaCare: Librarians
…along with the OBOZOCARE INDOCTRINATION, each library patron will get a copy of THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO that they MUST READ – or else.

TeaPartyNation on July 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Remember this the next time you hear about your library struggling and in need of more funding in order to keep operating. Sounds to me like they have a lot of liberal time on their hands. Who still uses a library anyway? I have more information right here on my keyboard and immediately available and I do not need to waste time, gas and sneeze frall those dusty, stale crumbling books and view all the perverts on the free computers looking at porn.

j bo on July 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I had no idea Hot Air was ripe with librarians… Who knew?

Odie1941 on July 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

The other day I was in our library (a beautiful sleek up to date building) and noticed a prominently located display of LGBQT books.

TeaTrekkie on June 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

It must be a trend. [sarc/] I noticed the big Flash-emblazoned banner of LGBQT support on our big-city library’s main web page that I frequent when I want to reserve books or CDs. It’s interspersed with other things that they support, such as their Job Research Center and children’s reading programs, but the LGBQT thing just leaped right out. So far, I’ve not had any problem reserving any conservative books; since I reserve them online, I am spared from any sneering from the staff at the main library. I usually pick them up at a smaller branch library near my home that is by their own admission a “mom-and-pop” type of library and seems to cater to traditional, conservative readers. That branch library doesn’t seem to have a problem with conservative material, since I’ve seen other patrons borrowing them on a regular basis.

PatriotGal2257 on July 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Well, libraries are a place for learning.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Learning what?
I no longer let my kids in our library, nor do I patronize it, after finding(unintentionally, in two different instances) 2 books in the teen section(which is in the same room and one small aisle over from the “children’s section”) which were more pornographic than the “articles” you could read in adult magazines.
After going up to librarian to show her the graphic words used in these “stories”, which she didn’t seem too concerned about, or else just didn’t know what to do about it since she was relatively new, she stated that they can’t review all the books that come in.
Well, after a few days, I saw the library director in a store, and she came up to me to tell me that she was informed by the librarian working that day about the issue, and then told me that “somehow”, those books just “disappeared”; that they were “gone”.

So there are good librarians, and good library directors, but I fear they are few and far between. And though our director is a good person, I still don’t let my kids go in there, as libraries have become dens of iniquity it seems, for “authors” who want to expose their filth masked as literature, to little kids. Their target audience.

Sterling Holobyte on July 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Seems to me, that at least in the Northeast, the librarians contingent of the lustful,led much of the “pornography is free speech” moral corruption back a few decades.

Fallen mankind includes dull people and librarians too.

Don L on July 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Can we surmise that many librarians are smut merchants?

Don L on July 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Don L on July 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM
Don L on July 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

The library field is extremely left-wing, and like most left-wingers and academics, they are clueless about the real world. My wife is one of very few conservative librarians in our entire district – and she is constantly frustrated with what they do.

When some of the people in her library started talking about the need for more gun control, she went in and tacked up one of her latest shooting targets on her locker – just to make a point.

dentarthurdent on July 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

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