Q & A with Jedediah: March 2011 Edition

By Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila

  •  What do you think are President Obama’s biggest strength and biggest weakness? – Amy H.

His biggest strength is his ability to disguise his record with his rhetoric. Many in the GOP typically make that job easier for him by not challenging the prominent distinction between the two. His biggest weakness is his big-government, deficit-ballooning record.

The Heritage Foundation reminds us of the following: “While President Obama claimed his budget would produce $7.2 trillion in deficits (a staggering figure) over the next decade, CBO calculated $9.5 trillion in deficits. That is more debt than the federal government accumulated from 1789–2010 combined. Overall, CBO estimates that the national debt held by the public—40 percent of GDP before the recession—would soar past 87 percent of GDP in a decade.”

That’s some hope and change, I tell you.

  •  Do you ever have thoughts of being the next Palin, Bachmann, or Noem sometime in your future? You would be fantastic as a rep or senator! – Fred M.

There will be many exciting adventures to come, but I don’t think that running for office will be one of them. I am honored by your question, though. And by your support!

  •  What exactly is going on with Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board? – Alicia T.

 As reported by The Daily Caller, “The board would cap the total amount of money Medicare recipients could get for care.” Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN), a former practicing doctor, revealed to The Daily Caller that, “Basically, there’s a certain amount of money that’s allocated for Medicare spending each year … Once you hit that amount that’s been appropriated, this board, this bureaucratically-appointed board, can then decide, not based on quality or need, but based on strictly cost.”

The Daily Caller added, “Congress can recommend different spending amounts, but has to offset any increase in one area with a decrease in another. If Congress doesn’t change anything in the board’s ‘recommendations’ for how much money should be spent per Medicare recipient, their recommendations become law – even without congressional approval or the president’s signature.”

Concerned? You certainly should be.

  •  What do you think has been Obama’s biggest misstep with respect to Libya? – Alan F.

There have been many, including his prioritization of consulting the UN (but not Congress), mission creep, his failure from the beginning to articulate a clear objective and exit strategy, and a slew of mixed messages emerging from the administration with respect to what the precise role of the United States would be from start to finish.

I believe that this all speaks to the kind of leader President Obama is – the kind that prefers to follow. In my opinion, he consistently dithers, has completely punted on issues of domestic importance like entitlement reform and crafting a fiscally-responsible budget, and is uncomfortable with the idea of America taking the lead when it comes to serious and potentially controversial foreign policy decisions.

  •  Will Sarah Palin run in 2012? And please don’t say ‘I don’t know’! – Robert A.

I truly don’t think she has made up her mind fully yet. My opinion on this has varied week to week. Today I am 80/20 that she will run.

  •  I saw your recent announcement about the release of an April project. Any hints? – Sam T.

 I can’t say too much just yet, but it will be one-hundred percent unfiltered and unlike anything you’ve read before. But don’t take my word for it. Stay tuned for what Mark R. Levin, Sean Hannity, David Limbaugh, and Tammy Bruce have to say about it.

  •  Is there a particular political quote that has stuck out for you this week? – Carol S.

There were several, but I’m going to go with the following by the great Thomas Sowell: “The vocabulary of the political left is fascinating. For example, it is considered to be ‘materialistic’ and ‘greedy’ to want to keep what you have earned. But it is ‘idealistic’ to want to take away what someone else has earned and spend it for your own political benefit or to feel good about yourself.”

  •  If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why? – Miranda C.

Margaret Thatcher. I am in awe of her inner strength, commitment, impeccable delivery, and powerful voice on economic and foreign policy issues. This video is a must-see.


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9 years ago

If tax spender money is used in heatlhcare to initiation a system akin to NHS that means the government has more power into what goes on and controls doctors, prices etc.This is also VERY terrible for the system as public (so long as it’s not their money life spent) won’t hesitate or be alert as to which air force they buy. This means a significantly privileged tax rate, dictated health benefit and poor quality too! I’m not against universal health care, I’m FOR excellent health benefit.

10 years ago

Thank you for your participation in understanding the problems and solutions of our present political problem.”Hope and change”came and went, now we hope that we have some change left in our pockets.We need more voices such as yours because the working poor has no time to have a sit in or protest.
Thank you,

10 years ago

I just hope the American people realize we have to vote this president out or our country as we know it will be gone forever!It amazes me how many people think he’s doing a good job,thats whats scary

10 years ago

Always love to read your insights!

10 years ago

Last night on Hannity, you showed a lot of restraint by not reaching over and punching Beckel. He’s such a windbag, if you had, he would have blown the set over.

George Michaud
10 years ago



I saw your appearance on Hannity tonight on FOX NEWS and as I stated on your FACEBOOK page, I agree that any candidate up against Obama for 2012 simply needs to point out his rhetoric between his campaigning speeches, what he said they and even during his Presidency and that will knock Obama right out. What he says and what he does is such a stark difference between the truth and what is a lie.
Stay happy

10 years ago

There is no leadership right now. Looking forward to 2012!!

Henry D'Andrea
10 years ago

Great column Jedediah! Glad to hear your input.

10 years ago

Congratulations on your Hannity appearance. You have the ability to succinctly state a point which gets directly to the heart of the issue being discussed. I feel sorry for Ms. Powers the Liberal apologist. She seems to be a very good person who is consistently required to defend the indefensible.

Following up on your comment re the Heritage Foundation assessment of the financial tsunami that the US is facing, I believe the following would be a workable solution.


As part of the process in identifying federal programs and departments that should be cut or eliminated, the Republicans should use the same criteria that insurance companies must meet in Obamacare. Specifically the maximum that is allowed for admin expenses is 20% of the premiums collected and benefits paid out. Given that the government does not have to meet a bottom-line profit to stay in business, let alone grow, I would suggest that the admin expenses for government programs be limited to 15% of the benefits(if they even exist) provided. Each department should be required to build a “Zero-based budget” plan to justify both its existence and spending programs based upon measurable objectives and returns. I expect this would cut or eliminate many departments, and duplicate and useless programs.

10 years ago

Great questions and answers!

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