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Ramirez: The real ObamaCare “death panel”

posted at 2:30 pm on February 8, 2014 by

Investors Business Daily’s Michael Ramirez, their two-time Pulitzer winner in editorial cartooning, distills the latest CBO report on ObamaCare to its essential:

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Here’s one more look at my most recent column at The Fiscal Times, on the difference between Obamanomics and Reaganomics:

The bet paid off with a massive economic expansion that added almost 7.2 million jobs in the two years between the midterms and Reagan’s re-election in 1984.  By the time Reagan left office in January 1989, the American economy would add 16 million jobs and raise the percentage of the population in the workforce from 63.9 percent to 66.5 percent.

Fast forward thirty-two years, and the contrast is striking. Once again, we have a President asking America to stay the course, only this time we have almost five years of failure already on the record. And yet, rather than offer any hint of recognition of the failure of his policies, Barack Obama offered a laundry list of policies recycled from a litany of failures. …

Obama claimed that his policies had resulted in “more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the last four years.” Strictly speaking, this is close to the right number for that specific time frame, which is actually 7.5 million from December 2009 to December 2013.

That ignores the job losses that occurred between the start of the technical recovery in June 2009 despite the passage of the $800 billion stimulus bill in early February 2009, chock-full of promised “shovel-ready jobs” and other measures that would prevent the unemployment rate from hitting 8 percent.

From the start of Obama’s economic policies to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we have only added 4.77 million jobs. Spread over 55 months, this averages less than 87,000 jobs added a month – far below the 150,000 per month needed to keep pace with population growth.

So the “death panel” is not just ObamaCare, but Obamanomics. The last couple of jobs reports have merely underscored this conclusion.

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

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The only thing missing from the cartoon is Benedict Roberts sitting on the panel and interrupting to say “Let’s start with the Constitution” …

ShainS on February 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Even with these corrections, let’s not forget that you’re badly, badly understating how bad the Democratic record is on jobs by ignoring the negative effects of the Democratic takeover of Congress in 2006, and the way they immediately jacked up the spending, raised minimum wage multiple times, and refused to pass a budget EVER AGAIN after “big-spender” Bush kept them from spending as much as they wanted in their very first budget.

It’s not just Obama. The current bad economy is 100% a Democratic creation, no matter how hard they try to blame Bush.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 8, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Ramirez is a genius…

workingclass artist on February 8, 2014 at 3:23 PM

What exactly is the guy on the left?
Some kind of Satan-worshiper-esk Obama cultist?

Count to 10 on February 8, 2014 at 4:04 PM

What exactly is the guy on the left?
Some kind of Satan-worshiper-esk Obama cultist?

Why the redundancy?

pascal wager on February 8, 2014 at 4:26 PM

What exactly is the guy on the left?
Some kind of Satan-worshiper-esk Obama cultist?

Count to 10 on February 8, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Spanish Inquisition figure. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Mr. D on February 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Spanish Inquisition figure. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Mr. D on February 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Not the comfy chair!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Michael Ramirez is da bomb.

Oxymoron on February 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

But being at home is a good thing Obama said recently!

OregonPolitician on February 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Don’t worry, amnesty for the illegals will fix it.

Fenris on February 8, 2014 at 7:24 PM

NO ONE expects the Obama Care Death Panel, that’s one of – - Two – Two of our secret weapons. No one expects us, no one expects What we will do, no one – Three, Three of our secrety weapons.
Our Three Secret weapons are – - – -

thelastminstrel on February 8, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Spanish Inquisition figure. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Mr. D on February 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

The Inquisition, what a show!

Bigfoot on February 8, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Remember this?

Kanga on February 9, 2014 at 3:32 AM

Uh…I just tried to post a link there by clicking on “link” and it didn’t show up.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-funemployment4-2009jun04,0,7581684.story#axzz2soNqFA3l

Kanga on February 9, 2014 at 3:33 AM

Sadly, a lot of truth in jest. I warned my fellow Democrates/Liberals of three things (1) ACA as written will not work and would cost the nation 6 trillion over the first 10 years of full implementation (2014–2024); (2) the hardcore progressives that we welcomed with open arms the last 25 years will destroy our party and (3) Tweak the current Health Care/Insurance system…block grant Medicade to the states…..expand the current single payer system (Medicare).

Nope, I was seen as a liberal that like money and guns and needed to be quite. I now understand Pat Caddell a lot better. Funny, most of us old time Democrats like money, guns, women, beer and such!!!!

HonestLib on February 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Nope, I was seen as a liberal that like money and guns and needed to be quite. I now understand Pat Caddell a lot better. Funny, most of us old time Democrats like money, guns, women, beer and such!!!!

HonestLib on February 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

…you may not be…who you think you are!

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

They are no longer democrats they are progressives and progressives are far worse threat than fascists.

jukin3 on February 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

HonestLib on February 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

You are what I remember of my parents and their generation. May your liberalness be a contagion for your party. It needs millions more like you. The republicans could learn from you too.

jazzuscounty on February 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

And yet the democrats are trying to make lemonade from the ObamaCare lemon…..

Many people are lining up to drink it…..

redguy on February 9, 2014 at 11:52 PM