BS vs. BO (Barbra Streisand versus Barack Obama)

by editor on July 11, 2010

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Has Barbra Streisand finally come to her senses?

We’re not quite sure which part of this story is the funniest. Take your choice:

(a) The fact that there’s a celebrity studded egghead event called “The Aspen Ideas Festival”, or (B) The fact that Barbra Streisand was there, or (C) The fact that she used the occasion to celebrate capitalism and reject Barack Obama.

The Daily Beast has the details:

You’d think the well-heeled and enlightened eggheads at the Aspen Ideas Festival—which is running all week in this fashionable resort town with heady panel discussions and earnest disquisitions involving all manner of deep thinkers and do-gooders—would be receptive to an intellectually ambitious president with big ideas of his own.

In a way, the folks attending this cerebral conclave pairing the Aspen Institute think tank with the Atlantic Monthly magazine might even be seen as President Obama’s natural base.

Apparently not so much.

The story continues:

(Harvard business and history professor Niall) Ferguson called for what he called “radical” measures. “I can’t emphasize strongly enough the need for radical fiscal reform to restore the incentives for work and remove the incentives for idleness.” He praised “really radical reform of the sort that, for example, Paul Ryan [the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee] has outlined in his wonderful ‘Roadmap’ for radical, root-and-branch reform not only of the tax system but of the entitlement system” and “unleash entrepreneurial innovation.” Otherwise, Ferguson warned: “Do you want to be a kind of implicit part of the European Union? I’d advise you against it.”

This was greeted by hearty applause from a crowd that included Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin. “Depressing, but fantastic,” Streisand told me afterward, rendering her verdict on the session. “So exciting. Wonderful!”

Brolin’s assessment: “Mind-blowing.”

Yes, Barbra, abandoning everything you’ve promoted for the last twenty years and rejecting Obamanomics is “exciting” and “wonderful” and “mind-blowing.” And since you don’t seem to realize that’s what you’re doing, might we add, pretty damn hilarious.

Source: The Daily Beast

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drb July 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm

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It took her 20 some years to figure this out? No wonder she looks strung out.

Don in Texas July 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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She just realized he’s after HER money too.

Pittsburgh Z July 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm

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BINGO!

Pittsburgh Z July 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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If they go with a “wealth tax” I think people should DEMAND that EVERY member of congress open their books for ALL Americans to see.

After all, this is just nothing more than…How dare you try to get rich. My family got rich 100 years ago, or 50 years ago…so we know better than you how awful it is to get rich….

KimmyQueen July 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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Yep! Absolutely Don. He won’t stop at fat cats in Wall Street, etc. He will go after her money as well. She has to make a choice, either remain a socialist or decide that her hard earned cash needs to be safeguarded.

Mistella July 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

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How many of these folks flew there in private jets, thereby contributing to the carbon whatever? Why not simply exchange ideas on line?

JoeB July 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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There is no carbon problem! That is a means to control the masses (US)!
Carbon makes trees and plants stronger and they produce clean fresh air!

Jack Fuller January 23, 2012 at 4:37 am

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Someday you will learn basic science.

ALYCEBGOOD July 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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I don’t know whether to applaud her or string her up for being so moronic for allowing other people to lead her to destruction of our wonderful country.
She can redeem herself if she ask for all her money back that she kept feeding the progressive liberals…:-)

ocmadam July 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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just proves that salvation through enlightenment can come to everyone, even to the most leftist of lefties.

KimmyQueen July 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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It is said that when the student is ready the teacher appears. One must want to be taught the truth and must want to see it and understand it. There would be some that will continue to believe that socialism will not be for them, but for others. They are deceived.

Dfallis July 11, 2010 at 6:07 pm

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Saw this one the other day and thought I must be reading the story wrong…but who knew Streisand was a capitalist; not exactly a word often associated with this woman.

tracycolorado July 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm

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Hell is freezing over , The liberal socialist elites have been awoken with a cold hard slap of reality . osama obamas house of cards is starting to implode from the inside out

Charlotte July 12, 2010 at 7:26 am

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Yes, I do think H**L is freezing over…the libtards actually are realizing that the poor stinky masses are NOT the only ones who are going to be losing their money to our overgrown corrupt government.

MY WORD!! The pics you guys pick for the celebs are GREAT. Good grief…she looks like she is strung out on major drugs….get a clue, Barbra. GET A CLUE!

Dana July 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

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She probably did not hear what he was saying. It was a Harvard man saying intellectual sounding things. He used the words: radical and reform. The rest was over the heads of Streisand, Brolin, etc.

Do you honestly think sheep like Streisand & Brolin could wake up to reality and realize they have been not just wrong, but extremely wrong over the past decades?

It is just that this Harvard man is the new ‘cool’ or ‘groovy’ fad.

Vince July 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm

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Mistella July 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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Y’all must be new ’round these here parts. Many of us don’t listen to Rush and his “ilk” and consider him to be part of the problem, even though right most of the time.

Regarding Babs, I have almost of her music and she was a great singer and actress. However, she is as phony as the rest of them. A few years ago she was telling us we all needed to drive small cars while she rode around Hollywood in a RV because she didn’t like using public toilets. The point here is always hypocrisy – from either side. Just happens that most of the hypocrisy comes from the left.

USN-RETIRED July 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

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@Vince “Just because you support a certain political party doesn’t mean you have to agree with them 100% of the time. ”

You are correct. However, in the case of media icons – Hollywood, sports etc., even nominal identification with a particular party or group implies total agreement. That’s why so many “causes” try to get a prominent “face” to support them.

Why are some of the “glitterati” starting to question what is going on in Washington? A quote I once heard sums it up. “A Conservative is a Liberal that’s been mugged,”

I submit that the current administration not only intends to financial and socially mug American taxpayers but also drag them kicking and screaming into the projected new American Socialist Utopia whether they like it or not. This does not sit well with the rich and famous, who will be a major target for the proposed plan for “redistribution of wealth” via the suggested “rich people” taxes.

Socialism, under whatever guise, has been tried many times but in EVERY case has been found wanting. Though not self-supporting in itself, it works for a while, until it runs out of other peoples money. Then it falls apart. Europe is just now learning that, and some of the less drug-addled “icons” are realizing it too.

BTW, for the record – I have never in my life followed an ilk. ;-)

BTW #2 – Serious conversation welcome. Flames and tasteless names graciously ignored.

Mistella July 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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Here – Here!

Clifton Lee West July 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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Welcome back, Barbra, I missed you. Sorry about pitching all of your records in the dumpster, the ones going back to your beginning, originals. Your attack on our former President George Bush was too much in line with most of Hollywood and the George Soros bunch. Having been a registered Democrat for fifty-six years, I expect more out of my fellow Democrats. If they can’t realize the danger Liberals/Progressives pose to our nation and the future of our young, then, I don’t care where they go, but I hope they find another nation to infect with their brand of poison.

Clifton Lee West Woodburn, Oregon

Mistella July 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm

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Welcome home Mr. West.

DJ July 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm

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I’m still waiting for Babs to make good on her promise, uh…I mean threat, to flee the country if Bush was elected. Maybe the current White House occupant will finally be too much for her and she’ll take her millions and settle in Switzerland or someplace far, far away….

Huck July 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

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Barbara is starting to sound like Laura Ingram while she is starting to look more and more like Roman Polanski.

Michael Coy August 4, 2010 at 11:52 am

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Glad to hear she’s back. I didn’t throw my records away, but wanted to send them back to Barbara. I am sad that so many people in Congress hates America. (When is Obama going to show his real birth certificate?) Also, why are criminals and illegal immigrants have more rights than the citizens of the United States and the United States Military? When did the citizens of the United States lose thier Rights? Why isn’t Congress for Americans? And why isn’t Congress fighting for US(Unitied States)? Penn stated long ago, “If you take God out of the country, it will be run by tyrants.” Read in Proverbs…something to the affect God would rather have a poor man than a liar. Etc, Global Wraning/Warming is in Revaltion…so do those writers get a nobel peace prize? Oh, they can do what they want, but I read the Bible, and I know who wins. THEY certainly not making GOD a liar. God Bless everyone, have a blessed week.

Rodney Lay August 16, 2010 at 10:54 pm

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I am a life-long democrat who feels that if we don’t do a big house-cleaning in our party, we are very sure of a total collapse. We must fire Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Biden, Emmanuel, Clinton and any others of this cancer to the DNC before we are destroyed. We are so toast in November.

The Real Game September 25, 2010 at 5:07 am

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The Players and whats up for grabs. Profits United Health Group 2010 $4.293 billion
Here are some other 2010 budget numbers: Wonder what it cost CMS ( Can’t Manage Shit) to operate each year. $453 billion Medicare/// $290 billion Medicaid ///$78.7 billion Department of Health and Human Services/// UnitedHealth Group Awarded TRICARE Managed Care Support Contract … Jul 13, 2009 … UnitedHealth Group Awarded TRICARE Managed Care Support Contract for more than $20.3 billion. BILLIONS awarded and still to be awarded United’s AmeriChoice unit is the largest government contractor administering state Medicaid programs for the poor and federally sponsored plans for children. AmeriChoice’s revenue rose 34% last year, to $6 billion.

United Health Group and its subsidiarys must be exhausted from signing Corporate Integrity agreements each and every year and as reward for their violations well what happens? they are awarded more contracts and more money and maybe even an ambassadorship here and there and if anybody should question what the heck is going on, then send them a Elmo doll. (Americhoice sponsors Sesame Street) Up side, Billions to be made, down side pay some fines (cost of doing business) move on and nobody goes to jail or gets excluded from the game. Get up the next day put on your Elmo costume and its back to work as usual. WOW, even in the Casino world or Mob world this would be a no no, suprised Hollywood has not done a movie on this or maybe even great TV.
Full Name: Wayne Berman Title: Vice-Chair; Finance Co-Chair; Adviser

Over the course of three years, Berman’s lobbying firm was paid $660,000 to lobby on behalf of UnitedHealth subsidiary Americhoice, a managed care HMO providing health insurance to Medicaid, Medicare, and SCHIP recipients. Specifically, according to the lobbying report, they lobbied on Medicaid issues in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. [Americhoice Lobbying Reports 2004 – 2007; Americhoice.com] Berman Also Lobbied For “Absurdly Low” Rates for Medicaid Managed Care Companies to Pay Out of Network Hospitals. Also included in the DRA, and mentioned as a lobbying issue on Berman’s Americhoice lobbying report, was a provision setting rates managed care companies must pay to out-of-network providers — mainly hospital emergency rooms — for care received by Medicaid beneficiaries. Rather than forcing managed care companies to reimburse out-of-network hospitals an amount comparable to network providers, the legislation set the default amount to the state’s “fee-for-service rate,” which often is “absurdly low.” The provision thereby shifted financial responsibility for services to Medicaid beneficiaries from the managed care companies to the hospitals themselves, permitting managed care companies to rake in huge profits, while hospitals incurred added losses. [Modern Healthcare, 1/29/07; Text of S. 1932] To Save Money, Bill Cut Services to Medicaid Beneficiaries, But Left Managed Care Providers Untouched. Under the final budget package, substantial Medicaid spending cuts were achieved by imposing new premiums and increased co-payments on Medicaid beneficiaries; some costs were also shifted to the states, who in return were awarded new powers to drop coverage or reduce benefits to certain beneficiaries. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the AARP CEO decried the final bill, saying it “protects the pharmaceutical industry, the managed-care industry and other providers at the expense of low-income Medicaid beneficiaries.” [Inside CMS, 12/29/05; Los Angeles Times, 12/22/05; World Markets Analysis, 12/21/05; The Hill, 12/20/05]

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