Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This cartoon hit the nail on the head. If you disagree with Obama in any form, you are now a racist. It is the worst we have ever seen. We also note that the media is not reporting attacks on Republicans like a death threat against Eric Cantor by an Obama supporter until they had to report. Is that a hate crime? Probably not because he is a Republican.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sending Obama and Hillary to discuss nuclear weapons disarmament is like sending two little kids as neither one of them has a clue or seems to care about National Security. While Obama will go down in history as the worst President who kept trying to sell out America, Hillary, as Secretary of State, will be right there with him.
Do we know who negotiated this Obama treaty which favors the Russians or are we supposed to guess which members of the Administration sold out the United States?
When is the United States going to upgrade our nuclear weapons? From the article, it doesn't look like any time soon. Russians are upgrading theirs while we have a President who could care less if we fall behind in the nuclear race.
Fortunately for the United States, Obama needs 67 Senators to approve a treaty and we have 41 Senators on board saying NO! You are not going to ram a treaty through the Senate like they did healthcare and the House has no say. This treaty favoring the Russians will be going no where in the future.
National Security Brief: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Frank Gaffney: "False START"
President Obama announced last Thusday that he had concluded a follow-on to the 1989 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia. He characterized the cuts that it would make in the two nations’ nuclear arsenals as a major step towards his goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. In practice, however, the so-called “New START” accord will contribute primarily to the denuclearization of the United States and to making the world a more dangerous place. Accordingly, it would be more accurate to call it “False START.”
The first thing to note about the Obama treaty is that it confers real advantages on the Russians. For starters, the Kremlin will have to make essentially no cuts in the numbers of its deployed strategic launchers, whereas the United States will have to destroy several hundred of ours.
It is unclear at this writing whether such reductions by the U.S. will, as a practical matter, make it difficult – if not impossible – for America to preserve its strategic “Triad” of land- and sea-based ballistic missiles and long-range bombers. If so, there could be serious implications for strategic stability as the confidence of friends and foes alike in the robustness of our deterrent declines markedly.
What is clear, though, is that we will be obliged to cut back our arsenal to match the lower levels that the Russians can afford to maintain at the moment. The advisability of such a step would be debatable even if it produced a genuine equality between the two parties.
Unfortunately, the seeming equality thus established is deceptive in at least three respects.
The problem today comes from Progressives in Congress being too money hungry for programs they deem are 'necessary' which in turn inserts more Government control in our everyday lives. Their idea that the Federal Government needs to be a nanny state is wrong. Did Progressive Democrats ever hear of the term 'personal responsibility?' Congress also needs to stop mandating programs to the states with no money to run the programs.
The Federal Government is totally out of control with spending and Progressive Democrats in Congress approve the agency budgets without one thought to what an agency needs compared to what they ask which sometimes is millions of dollars apart. This latest fiasco of healthcare is only going to add to the deficit and bankrupt states with more mandates. Congress forgot a long time ago it is our tax dollars not their ATM to spend at will.
No wonder Obama froze raises for Social Security as he must have known it was going to be paying out more then taking in this year. Did Congress freeze their salaries -- NO -- Democrats wouldn't think of not giving themselves raises. Since 2006 when the Democrats took over Congress and Progressives were put in charge it has been a runaway freight train for spending. It was bad enough before but now it is totally out of control.
Bush Tax Cuts were welcome, and the No Child Left Behind mandate was not so Pres Bush was 50/50 and then Social Security was the next agenda item. In all fairness to President Bush and Congressional Republicans, they tried to reform Social Security because they knew this day was coming when the Federals Government would pay out more then it takes in, but the Democrats in Congress stopped any changes to Social Security. Their rallying cry that AARP became the cheerleader for was 'don't touch Social Security' all the while the program was soon to go in the red. Democrats kept alive there was some magic 'lockbox' for Social Security when there was not as money paid into Social Security is put in the general fund. Maybe if the Democrats had listened when Pres Bush first proposed tackling Social Security, we wouldn't be in this position today.
Seniors are getting hit from all sides. Their fee for Medicare Part "B" rose but they received no raise when Obama personally stopped the raise. Now they are discovering that the Feds want to take $500B away from Medicare. If seniors were smart, they would tell AARP who has sold them out to take a hike. AARP is nothing but a Democrat cheerleading organization who is loyal to the Progressive Democrats and not to their members.
Putting Civil Service in the Medicare program in the 70's was supposed to 'save' Medicare but it hasn't. A lot of Civil Service retirees don't even take Part B but keep their Federal Health Insurance so they cannot be blamed for Medicare going belly-up as they paid into Medicare but are receiving little in return. Then we have those that want health benefits like Civil Service. A Family plan through Blue Cross/Blue Shield is over $350 a month, yet the media and some groups make it sound like it is free.
In the late 80's the Congress decided they had not gone far enough and put Federal Civil Service new hires in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) where they would pay into Social Security and their retirement plan would be a combination from Civil Service retirement and Social Security along with the Thrift Savings Plan. That put more people on the Social Security rolls. Employees had a chance of staying with the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or going to FERS. Most people opted to stay with CSRS because of some of the restrictions on FERS. Just wait until the FERS employees start retiring on Social Security, and you will see the deficit numbers rise more.
After putting new hires of Federal employees into FERS, the Government went after other organizations who were exempt from Social Security -- public employees including state and municipalities, universities, etc. To 'save' Social Security, the Congress decided to do away with those exemptions and put them in Social Security to get more money into the Federal Treasury. Here again we had the famous "lockbox" scenario that was a farce. Some of those workers forced into Social Security in the late 80's are now starting to draw Social Security so it was fine while they were paying in but now they are retiring the SSA is paying out more then it is taking in is happening at a record rate. This is in addition to the bad economy where workers who were laid off decided to draw social security early.
This whole Social Security debacle is owned by the Progressive Democrats who refused to work with Republicans to solve the problem when President Bush was President. Once again we are seeing why Progressive Democrats in charge of Congress and the White House are so bad for the economy. They love to tax and spend which is not the way to grow the economy as demonstrated with the Reagan tax cuts in the 80's.
Social Security Is Running Out of Money
Real Clear Markets
Investors Business Daily.
Social Security's chief actuary reports that the social safety net will run a deficit for 2010, nine years earlier than predicted. Put down that big gavel, Madam Speaker, we're about to hit the iceberg.
No sooner had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, carrying the gavel used when Medicare was enacted, taken a victory lap around the Capitol Building after passage of the health care bill than did the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration report that his part of the social safety net had a big hole in it and would run a deficit for all of 2010.
Stephen C. Goss said that payments rose "unexpectedly" during the economic downturn as jobs disappeared and people feeling no hope and seeing little change opted to apply for benefits sooner than planned. Revenues also shrank due to fewer paychecks to tax.
Failure of the stimulus to keep unemployment under 8%, as the administration promised, has taken its toll on the entitlement. According to Goss, the administration expected a quicker, stronger recovery from the financial crisis. Officials foresaw an average unemployment rate of 8.2% in 2009 and 8.8% this year, though unemployment is hovering near 10%.
The 2010 shortfall is expected to be $29 billion, but it's still early. It could get bigger as the economy collapses under the weight of increased debt and deficits spurred on by the new taxes and economic disincentives of newly passed ObamaCare. Then, looming ahead, is the angel of economic death known as cap-and-trade.
Excerpt: Read more at realclearmarkets.com
Monday, March 29, 2010
Bart Stupak personifies the low class of Democrats in the Congress who will lie, cheat, and steal to get their agenda passed even though it conflicts with the Constitution. To Democrats like Stupak it seems the Constitution is the same as an Obama Executive Order -- worthless.
All you can say is that Stupak was another sell-out but have to wonder if he would have gotten his airport money if the Democrats knew about this video
From Human Events email that provided the link to the email:
Stupak considered himself pro-life and never once voting to de-fund Planned Parenthood? That is mind boggling to say the least. How could this man be considered pro-life and vote to fund Planned Parenthood? Shows that the Democrats like Stupak are Pro-Life in Name Only. They stand for nothing except the Democrat Party. Is Stupak a member of the Progressive House Democrat Caucus because he sure sounds like one?
Shockingly, Bart Stupak was back-pedaling to explain to the Washington Times the secret videotape (now on YouTube here) from one year ago, where somebody caught him admitting he planned to betray pro-lifers all along. "STUPAK: If I'm given a clean shot, and I'm allowed to bring it up, and a rule comes up, and I'm allowed to have my amendment, and let's say we lose that 218 to 216, would I then vote for health care? Yeah, if it's a good bill, I would, because I want health care, and as long as I had a shot to vote my conscience, then I would feel comfortable. I've done all I could as one member to protect the sanctity of life.
PICKET: Then how come you didn't vote for Pence's amendment to de-fund Planned Parenthood back in 2009?
STUPAK: I don't think I ever voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood does not do abortions.in my district...when they do it, there is a segregation of funds that go with it." In other words, Stupak believes we should pay Planned Parenthood's abortion doctors, abortion counselors, their rent, utility bills, and phone bills, so long as the money doesn't pay for abortions. (Huh?) Money is fungible. I've had enough. We're taking a stand.
If there is anyone in this Country, in addition to Joe Biden, who would be duped into being a puppet it would be Al Gore. Gore has made millions, and flies around in his own jet leaving 'carbon prints' everywhere but that is okay because it is Al Gore, the Nobel prize winner, and expert on 'Global Warming.' Gore is clueless which is beginning to look like the criteria from some of the Nobel Prize winners who are politicians. Just look at the latest Nobel Prize Winner Obama who received the prize for what he was going to do after he took office not what he had done.
All this hype about the Gulf Stream slowing down and an 'Ice Age' coming has turned out not to be true. These environmentalist wackos (Rush was right) cannot make up their mind -- one day it is Global Warming and the next day it is an Ice Age is coming. Reminds me of the children's book 'Chicken Little' and the 'Sky is Falling' except that is a book you read to children and these are grown men acting like 'Chicken Little' which is stunning. Makes you shake your head that someone like Gore was the VP and came within votes of being President in 2000! Thank you Florida!
Slowly sanity is being returned to the discussion of climate as more and more of the 'sky is falling' group of climatology scientist's theories have been debunked because they used flawed data or tweaked the data so it would fit their political agenda. Either way in the words of Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), it was 'Junk Science.' The findings on the Gulf Stream is just one more strike against the Al Gore and his 'Sky is Falling' scientists who put politics ahead of facts.
Gulf Stream 'is not slowing down'
By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News
March 29, 2010
Data came from the global network of Argo floats in the oceans (see picture at right)
The Gulf Stream does not appear to be slowing down, say US scientists who have used satellites to monitor tell-tale changes in the height of the sea.
Confirming work by other scientists using different methodologies, they found dramatic short-term variability but no longer-term trend.
A slow-down - dramatised in the movie The Day After Tomorrow - is projected by some models of climate change.
The research is published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
The stream is a key process in the climate of western Europe, bringing heat northwards from the tropics and keeping countries such as the UK 4-6C warmer than they would otherwise be.
It forms part of a larger movement of water, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which is itself one component of the global thermohaline system of currents.
Between 2002 and 2009, the team says, there was no trend discernible - just a lot of variability on short timescales.
The satellite record going back to 1993 did suggest a small increase in flow, although the researchers cannot be sure it is significant.
"The changes we're seeing in overturning strength are probably part of a natural cycle," said Josh Willis from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California.
"The slight increase in overturning since 1993 coincides with a decades-long natural pattern of Atlantic heating and cooling."
The first observations suggesting the circulation was slowing down emerged in 2005, in research from the UK's National Oceanography Centre (NOC).
Using an array of detectors across the Atlantic and comparing its readings against historical records, scientists suggested the volume of cold water returning southwards could have fallen by as much as 30% in half a century - a significant decline.
The warm surface water sinks in the Arctic and flows back southwards at the bottom of the ocean, driving the circulation.
However, later observations by the same team showed that the strength of the flow varied hugely on short timescales - from one season to the next, or even shorter.
But they have not found any clear trend since 2004.
Fantasy and reality
Driven by Hollywood, a popular image of a Gulf Stream slowdown shows a sudden catastrophic event driving snowstorms across the temperate lands of western Europe and eastern North America.
That has always been fantasy - as, said Josh Willis, is the idea that a slow-down would trigger another ice age.
"But the Atlantic overturning circulation is still an important player in today's climate," he added.
"Some have suggested cyclic changes in the overturning may be warming and cooling the whole North Atlantic over the course of several decades and affecting rainfall patterns across the US and Africa, and even the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic."
Excerpt: Read More at BBC
Sunday, March 28, 2010
March 28, 2010
JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians from around the world are commemorating Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, singing hymns and bearing palm fronds as they celebrate Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into the holy city 2,000 years ago.
Pilgrims and local Christians came to Jerusalem’s Old City to attend mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally held to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Others celebrated at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem — the town of Jesus’ birth — and in the Gaza Strip, home to a small Christian population.
According to the New Testament, Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, greeted by cheering crowds bearing palm fronds. For most Christians, it marks the start of Holy Week, which concludes with Easter the following Sunday.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
When some of us were so opposed to Obama in 2008 and were scared of what he was going to do to the Country, we were called racists. No one in the liberal mainstream media bothered to ask what we opposed about Obama -- they just automatically called us racist because we dared to differ with Obama and his socialist agenda disguised as moderate. Their rhetoric and that of the Obama campaign was "How dare you oppose anything Obama says?"
Didn't take rocket science to discover there was nothing moderate about Obama's background --from how he was raised to his friends throughout his life including the former Weather Underground members in Chicago to his radical church to his mentor in high school all screamed radical.
It is nice to know that other segments of the Country are starting to figure out that Obama is not a friend of small business and never will be. It doesn't fit his socialist agenda. If they would have paid more attention, they would have seen his rhetoric of transparency was just that rhetoric during the campaign. Why anyone thought Obama would be transparent running the Government when he refused to release anything from his birth certificate to his adoption, to his religion as a young boy to his school/college records, to his writings, or to his medical records for starters. The candidate Obama was a closed book.
Anyone who doubts that Obama has a socialist agenda today hasn't been paying attention and are most likely connoisseurs of shows like Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews who no matter what this President says or does go along with everything getting downright giddy at times. They are so far gone we don't see how MSNBC can keep them on the air. That said, one thing MSNBC will never be accused of is being 'fair and balanced' as they are as far left as you could possible get. We are waiting for MSNBC to start hiring former members of the Weather Underground as anchors and producers next if they haven't already.
Take a look at what Chris Dodd is working on with the Financial Reform legislation and ask yourself why Obama and the progressives in the Congress want to destroy more of our economy? You may not like the answer. What Obama has done for Congress is allow the progressives aka socialist a stage to move his/their radical agenda forward. The Progressive Democrats are just giddy in Congress at finally getting their socialist agenda passed.
As witnessed below, the Tech Community doesn't like what they are seeing.
Why Does Financial Reform Punish Startup Companies And Angel Investors?
from the not-good-at-all dept
26 March 2010
It's amazing how badly politicians who know a little bit can screw things up. Apparently, Chris Dodd's financial reform bill contains a somewhat horrifying clause that would seriously harm the ability of startups to raise angel financing. Startups raising angel money are about as far from what caused the financial crisis as anything I can think of, and yet, the financial reform bill contains some ridiculous provisions:Under existing law, startup companies can raise money easily and quickly from "accredited investors" -- individuals with substantial wealth or income. There is no need for the companies or the investors to gain approval from any state or regulatory official.As someone who has raised a fair bit of money from accredited angels in the past, this proposal would be quite troubling. The idea that a company would need to wait four months before it can get the money it needs would kill a lot of startups. There is no evidence that the angel funding process has been problematic in any way. In fact, some might argue that it's one part of the financial system that works incredibly well. So why are politicians mucking with it?
All of this would change if Section 926 of the Dodd bill is included in any final reform legislation. That section would require, for the first time, companies seeking angel investment to make a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which would have 120 days to review it. This would both raise the cost of seeking angels and delay the ability of companies to benefit from their funding.
The negative impact of the SEC filing requirement would be aggravated by the proposed doubling of the net worth or income thresholds required for investors to be "accredited."
Source: Tech Dirt
Friday, March 26, 2010
After voting ‘yes’ on health care, ‘Stupak 11' requested $4.7 billion in earmarksExcerpt: Read more at reporting.sunlightfoundation.com
Anupama Narayanswamy and Bill Allison
A day after Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and ten other House members compromised on their pro-life position to deliver the necessary yes-votes to pass health care reform, the "Stupak 11" released their fiscal year 2011 earmark requests, which total more than $4.7 billion--an average of $429 million worth of earmark requests for each lawmaker.
Of the eight lawmakers whose 2010 requests were available for comparison, five requested more money this week than they did a year ago:Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Pa., Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind., Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and Rep. Charles Wilson, D-Ohio.The eleven members were the focus of high level pressure by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats because they threatened to vote against the health care reform bill, which passed the House on Sunday, March 21, by a seven vote margin. Granting earmark requests are one of the ways leadership can encourage members to vote their way.
When the CBO puts out a gloomy forecast like this, we are in real trouble. You cannot spend your way into job creation or prosperity by using federal tax dollars and increasing the debt. Obama socialist policies and agenda being carried by the Congressional leadership is bankrupting our Country. They use the US Treasury like a piggy back and beginning to think they believe 'money does grow on trees' the way they are spending it.
What part of the economy won't be hurt by this massive Obamacare bill that has been passed? Business owners are saying they would rather pay a fine then pay the higher cost to provide health insurance. Is this what the Democrats wanted all along? They are in the process of costing more jobs as more business owners are forced out of business. The worst part is they don't seem to care as long as they have the power in their hands.
Now the news that we will soon reach the mark of debt will be 90% of our GDP is unfathomable to most of the people of America. Revenues will continue to fall as more people are laid off because of the Socialist policies of the Democrats that are causing business owners to close their business operations. Why should anyone today want to make more money when the Socialist Democrats have their eyes on your money for wealth distribution to those 'less fortunate' or in a lot of cases too lazy to work when there are plenty of jobs around.
What are those union members going to do then when more jobs are lost due to closing or business owners decide to move their operations to other countries? Maybe they should have thought twice about their support of Obama who will ultimately cost a lot of them their jobs with his economic voodoo he is using to bankrupt America.
UPDATE: CHANGE: Personal Income Drops Across the Country. “Personal income in 42 states fell in 2009, the Commerce Department said Thursday.” But it was up in Washington, DC!
Friday, March 26, 2010
CBO report: Debt will rise to 90% of GDP
By David M. Dickson
President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation's economic output by 2020, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday.
In its 2011 budget, which the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released Feb. 1, the administration projected a 10-year deficit total of $8.53 trillion. After looking it over, CBO said in its final analysis, released Thursday, that the president's budget would generate a combined $9.75 trillion in deficits over the next decade.
"An additional $1.2 trillion in debt dumped on [GDP] to our children makes a huge difference," said Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "That represents an additional debt of $10,000 per household above and beyond the federal debt they are already carrying."
The federal public debt, which was $6.3 trillion ($56,000 per household) when Mr. Obama entered office amid an economic crisis, totals $8.2 trillion ($72,000 per household) today, and it's headed toward $20.3 trillion (more than $170,000 per household) in 2020, according to CBO's deficit estimates.
That figure would equal 90 percent of the estimated gross domestic product in 2020, up from 40 percent at the end of fiscal 2008. By comparison, America's debt-to-GDP ratio peaked at 109 percent at the end of World War II, while the ratio for economically troubled Greece hit 115 percent last year.
"That level of debt is extremely problematic, particularly given the upward debt path beyond the 10-year budget window," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
For countries with debt-to-GDP ratios "above 90 percent, median growth rates fall by 1 percent, and average growth falls considerably more," according to a recent research paper by economists Kenneth S. Rogoff of Harvard and Carmen M. Reinhart of the University of Maryland.
Excerpt: Read more at Washington Times
Do any of the Democrats know what is in this bill? Every day someone finds something like this that the Democrats supported by voting YES. The Senate Democrats voted down Dr. Coburn's (R-OK) amendment to defund Viagara and any other ED drugs from being given to sexual predators which is allowed in the bill. Was getting the Obama Socialist Healthcare bill through Congress and signed more important than what is actually in the bill? Beginning to look more and more like that is the case. The so-called 'reconciliation didn't fix enough to matter' as the Democrats kept voting down Republican amendments that would have provided some fixes.
Remember November 2nd, 2010, is the day for Americans to stand up and be counted by voting against these Socialist Democrats who support a bill that includes supporting child molestors and sexual pradators, causes business' to stop offering healthcare, and drives the costs up for everyone for starters. Americans should have gotten a clue when Medicare costs rose this year while Obama stopped a raise to their Social Security benefit check each month so senior citizens went in the hole thanks to Obama.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Pence Addresses Threats, Vandalism and "Smears of Law-abiding Americans Exercising Their First Amendment Rights
The American people have every right to oppose this government takeover of health care without being lumped in with bigots and vandals by liberals in Congress and in the mainstream press.”
Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks today on the House floor:
“The American people don't want a government takeover of health care. The policy, the backroom deals and the arrogance have angered millions.
“But that is no excuse for bigotry, threats or acts of vandalism and I condemn such things in the strongest possible terms. People who engage in such acts undermine our cause and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“But I also rise to condemn the efforts to smear millions of law abiding Americans who oppose ObamaCare by associating them and their principled opposition with these criminal acts.
“The American people have every right to oppose this government takeover of health care without being lumped in with bigots and vandals by liberals in Congress and in the mainstream press.
“I say to my countrymen:
“End the threats.
“End the vandalism.
“And let’s also end the smears of law-abiding citizens exercising their first amendment right to speech and peaceable assembly.”
We agree 100% with the remarks of Cong Mike Pence. We will take it one step further and allege that some of the vandalism was caused by their own union thugs threw a brick smashing a window smacks of union tactics. Republicans are not known to vandalize but the union thugs have a long history of being called out on a moment's notice to trash their own party members and then declare it was Republicans who did the vandalizing.
We agree that the people doing the vandalizing should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Might prove to be very interesting to learn who these people are.
The media ran with the story from Lewis (D-GA) that they (blacks) were called racist names when walking through the Tea Party protesters. One slight problem is that every tape that has surfaced reveals no such thing happened. These Socialist Democrats in Congress and the White House will lie, cheat, and steal to get their way and trash Republicans at the same time while many members of the mainstream leftists media are right there with them.
Just like Russ Carnahan of MO said protesters left a casket on his front lawn when the 'casket' in question was used by pro-life protesters to demonstrate against his vote on Obamacare. No casket was left but that didn't stop him from telling the media a lie, and the media ran with the story without checking to see if there was any basis in fact.
How many more fantasy stories are we going to see from the Socialist Democrats trashing Republicans?
Does this mean that dissent is not welcome in America by the Socialist Democrats, and we are supposed to walk lockstep with their socialist agenda? If that is the case Obama and his fellow socialist are in for a rude awakening. Protests will continue to grow against the Democrats who refuse to listen to their Constituents. How many Democrats will refuse to hold Town Halls during recess from Congress?
If Republicans are asking for votes, then the first thing they need to do is listen to the concerns of the voters of their District/State. First time Republican candidates in addition to incumbent Republicans running for the House or Senate need to hold Town Halls to listen to the voters and answer the tough questions. It will go a long way in Taking Back the House and Senate -- 1st order of the campaign -- be responsive to the voters.
Until recent years, we favored Buy American until the price of goods was driven up by union wages, benefits, and strikes. With the economy tanking, we have joined the Americans looking for the best product for the lowest price and if that means it comes from China then so be it as we would rather buy non-union no matter where it is made.
Why would Americans want to buy any product manufactured by AFL/CIO workers when they made a sweetheart deal with Obama to support Obamacare so they are not affected until the end of the decade.
Open Letter to Sen. Charles Schumer
by Don Boudreaux on March 24, 2010
Sen. Charles Schumer
Dear Sen. Schumer:
Up-in-arms that the Chinese offer American consumers exceptionally good bargains, you propose legislation to pressure the Chinese to raise the prices of their exports. And, insisting that Congress pass your bill speedily, you warn that “every day we wait is a day we lose wealth.”
Let me see if I grasp your economics. Low prices – including low prices on many imports that American producers use as inputs in their own production – cause us to “lose wealth.” High prices, then, must cause us to gain wealth.
Okay! I get it! Now I understand that competition – which reduces prices – destroys wealth.
And technology! Man, that’s a big-time curse, given that it incessantly enables more and more outputs to be produced with fewer and fewer resources and workers and, thus, consistently pushes prices down.
No wonder we Americans are so poor and sub-Saharan Africans are so rich! We’re burdened with vast, open, competitive markets teeming with technology-laden producers, all of which combine to reduce the prices American consumers pay and, hence, (I now see) to deplete America’s wealth. In happy contrast, Chadians and Nigerians and other Africans are blessed with governments that severely restrict their abilities to trade, to compete, and to accumulate accursed price-lowering technologies.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Sen. Schumer for working to make America more like Niger! What would we do without your insight and courage?
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Source: Read more like this at Cafehayek
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) states what so many Americans are feeling about the Anti-Israel sentiment by Obama. True to form, Obama once against has chosen the side of enemy instead of our ally. The vast majority of Americans stand with Mike Pence in standing up for Israel!
We cannot believe what we have been hearing from Obama and his Administration especially the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling Israel what they can and cannot do when Israel is an Independent Country. Hillary has removed all doubt that she would have been a better President then Obama -- they both dis our allies and praise our enemies.
The United States has a special relationship with Israel that Obama and Hillary Clinton are trying to destroy. Yesterday we learned from the National Review on Line, Andy McCarthy:
As Long as We're Passing Out Piles of Cash, Why Not $900M for Hamas? [Andy McCarthy]We are on record of not agreeing with a lot of the policies of the last few years of the Bush Administration and their reckless spending of our tax dollars. We agree with NRO's comments:
Various la-la land conservatives and moderates assured us that Obama, despite a career spent in the Left's fever swamps, is really a "pragmatist" who would govern from the center. They pooh-poohed us knuckle-draggers who doggedly pointed to his radical intimates, like Hamas-apologist Rashid Khalidi. I wonder what they're thinking today as Obama takes time out from destroying the economy to send $900M from the mint's busy printing press to Hamas.
Excerpt: Read More at NRO
The UNRWA is effectively an arm of Hamas in Gaza (and elsewhere). In its second term, the Bush State Department was reckless in enabling Palestinian terrorists on its utopian quest for Middle East peace. As in so much else, Obama is taking that parlous policy and multiplying it by a hundred.Congressman Pence has once against stood up for what is right and all of us need to be doing the same thing when it comes to Israel. We need to find out who in Congress continues to support Israel and who is standing with Hamas against Israel. Once that list is confirmed, we will publish and let everyone know who Stands with Israel and who is Against Israel. We already have threee names who are against Israel -- Obama, Biden, and Hillary Clinton. There will be more.
We would be remiss if we didn't include the famous picture of Ms. Clinton and the wife of the 'former' head of the PLO Arafat:
We have no idea which planet Dingell is now on but if he thinks that the Socialist Obama and House Democrats are going to 'control the people,' he is in for a rude awakening. The American people as a whole are center right with very few being on the far left socialist bandwagon. Yet the arrogance shown by the Socialist Obama, Pelosi, and Reid with the other Socialist from the House in attendance at the signing ceremony left a lot of people absolutely disgusted with their cheer leading. Just like this bunch of socialists did to the SCOTUS during the State of the Union, they were cheerleaders for their socialist leader Obama. The lack of class of these people in charge knows no bounds and the American people are fed up with all of them.
If anyone needed proof, all they had to do was look at the RNC Money Bomb to FIRE Pelosi -- NO more Madam Speaker and her 40 Democrats -- $1 for each of the 40 seats in the target zone. What started out as a target of $400,000 kept getting increased as money continued to flow into RNC. For $40, you were donating $1 to the opponent of the 40 Democrat held seats in the target zone. As of now they have raised $1,325,734 to Take Back 40 seats we need to FIRE Pelosi.
Many Republicans over the years had quit donating to the RNC for various reasons but we are back on board to Take Back the House in 2010! Senator Orrin Hatch is running a similar campaign of $1 for 8 Senate seats they have targeted to Take Back the Senate.
What we have found astounding are the reports of the Mainstream Media both in print and in broadcast that showed the have been at the signing since they were cheer leading in their reports of the signing event. We thought they couldn't be any more in lockstep with the Socialist takeover of Government than they were during the campaign and since the Socialist was sworn in as President, but we were wrong. Members of the media led the cheers for Obama and his Socialist takeover of healthcare in their reports as they couldn't contain their giddiness. Don't worry about the Constitution -- it seems to be a worthless document to many of them. They might not think so when the Freedom of the Press becomes a target for the Socialist leaders as has happened in every other country controlled by Socialists. Members of the media better hope that Republicans take over at one House of Congress on Nov 2, 2010, or they might see Government takeover of the media next.
If anyone wants proof of what the socialist Democrats in the House think of the Constitution or Rules of the Congress, Wesley Pruden of the Washington Times has this from his editorial PRUDEN: Now comes November:
Paying respect to the Constitution and its clauses is no longer necessary. And not just the Constitution. The rules of procedure which have restrained the occasional bouts of inanity (as well as insanity) in Congress are similarly abused. "There ain't no rules here," said Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, "we're trying to accomplish something … all this talk about rules … . When the deal goes down, we make 'em up as we go along." Mr. Hastings has experience in making it up as he goes along; he was thrown off the federal bench for taking bribes and judged unfit to be a judge. That's when he drifted into Congress, where standards are not so high.Socialist Democrats are openly admitting they want to control the people and don't care how they obtain their goals. They didn't even read the bill because this morning according to AP this new healthcare bill did not cover the gap in healthcare for children:
Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday.It is pretty bad when the Committee that wrote part of the bill left out such a major issue that we believe both sides could agree. This is what happens when you ram through a bill so rapidly and get no input from the other side of the aisle.
That is one gaffe in the bill that needs fixed for children, but we think the carve out part of the bill for senior staffers brings into question the ethics of the Democrat senior staffers who helped write the bill or their friends the lobbyists who ACTUALLY wrote this bill since Democrats seemed shocked at what they are finding in a bill already signed into law. We read the details on this from Ben Domenech Exempted From Obamacare: Senior Staff Who Wrote the Bill:
For as long as the political fight took over the past year, the abbreviated review process on the health care legislation currently pending on President Obama’s desk is unquestionably going to result in some surprises — as happens with any piece of mashed-up legislation — both for the congressmen who voted for it and for the American people.
One such surprise is found on page 158 of the legislation, which appears to create a carve out for senior staff members in the leadership offices and on congressional committees, essentially exempting those senior Democrat staffers who wrote the bill from being forced to purchase health care plans in the same way as other Americans.
So now it is not only Congressmen and the President, but senior staffers who are exempt. Talk about an elitist bill -- this one takes the cake. It appears that the Socialist Democrats in Government are setting out to have a Ruling Class with the rest of us peons bowing before them. You think that is a jest -- just listen to Obama/Pelosi/Reid. They already have stated over and over they know what is best for us.
Remember that Executive Order about Abortion Funding promised by Obama? He plans to sign it in private this afternoon. Now you want a worthless piece of paper? That is the Abortion Executive Order as it is unenforceable. Seems what Bart Stupak, the so-called Pro-Life Democrat, sold out for was money for three small airports in his district because he had to know that the EO was worthless and had no bearing on the law. Seems to us he deserved to be called 'baby killer' and the Texas Rep said what many were thinking.
We don't condone the attacks on Congressional office but we have to question who is doing the attacks. Like the so-called racial slurs against Lewis that cannot be confirmed on several videos, we have to wonder if these attacks on offices are by SEIU members who are controlled by the Democrats just like they beat up a Black Tea Party member in MO. If you are Black you are not allowed to be a Republican or Member of the Tea Party movement, you are to support Obama without question along with the Black Socialist Caucus members of the House as they will attack blacks that do not walk in lockstep. We admire those willing to stand up and not be lemmings for the Obama Socialist agenda.
The bottom line of all of this is that Democrats did not read their own 2700 page bill before voting and the President signing. How much more is going to be found in the bill that is worthless?
If you have a spare $40, you might want to go visit GOP.com and donate to the Fire Pelosi fund!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Once again the Democrats have lived up to the title of this site -- Democrats for Sale! Their votes are always for sale it seems even when it means sacrificing the lives of the unborn. BTW, rumor has it that Obama didn't sign the Executive Order on abortion when he signed the bill. Do you think he may have said one thing to Stupak and is going to do something different? Now would the US Socialist President do that? In a heartbeat as he keeps going back on his campaign promises one by one. His word is worth ZERO!
SOLD: Obama Trades Airport Grants for Stupak's Vote3/23/2010
Obama Administration Awarded Hundreds of Thousands in Airport Grants to Stupak’s District Two Days Before Vote Was this Yet Another Backroom Deal to Force Obama’s Bill Down the American People’s Throats?
Three airports in the district of infamous fence-sitting and ultimately kowtowing Democrat Bart Stupak were awarded $726,409 in grants by the Obama Administration just two days before a vote on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare.
Did Stupak compromise his supposed principled stand against taxpayer funding of abortion in exchange for taxpayer dollars for pet projects?
Alpena County Regional Airport received a $85,500 grant, but had only 7,519 passenger boardings in 2008 (the most recent year for which there is information) according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data. Alpena County Regional Airport serves fewer passengers than even the late Rep. John Murtha’s famous “Airport for Nobody.”
Delta County Airport has even less customers than that, but still received a $179,209 grant.
Chippewa County International Airport received a $461,700 grant, but had only 13,733 passenger boardings in 2008.
Will Stupak come clean about this apparent backroom deal for his vote?
Call Stupak’s district office at (989) 356-0690 and ask.
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The Truth About President Obama's Medicare Claim During Health Care Bill SigningMarch 23, 2010
The health care bill has caused a lot of confusion. We wanted to clear up a bit of that, courtsey of Whip Eric Cantor's office. See below:
Just prior to signing the Dem health care bill, President Obama claimed that there would be no cuts in “guaranteed benefits” for seniors - despite massive cuts to the overall Medicare program.
President Obama: “I want seniors to know, despite what some have said, these reforms will not cut your guaranteed benefits.” (Remarks Made At Signing Ceremony, 3/23/10)
Fact Check: The Senate Bill + Reconciliation Bill + Rules Manager’s Amendment = $528.5 Billion in cuts to Medicare (CBO Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 3/20/10)
Yesterday another plain spoken man from the Plains of America, Cong Steve King from Iowa, wrote 40 words to repeal the 2400 pages document that we are now calling Democratcare because the Democrats own it. The only bipartisanship was shown on the side of NO against this monstrosity of a bill.
Forty words to repeal 2,400 pagesWhen you read this, you realize that the Republicans who led the fight against Democratcare and are still fighting are not from the Northeast part of the country or the west coast, they are from rural America not from the large cities of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.
By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent03/22/10 1:57 PM EDT
Republican Rep. Steve King has filed a bill to repeal Obamacare.
This is its entire text:
Effective as of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.
Cong Steve King is from Northwest Iowa, attended Northwest Missouri State, and started his own construction companyDay after day these men along with many other men and women of the House and Senate fought with everything they had against insurmountable odds because the Democrats outnumbered Republicans by so many seats after losses in 2006 and 2008. The Republicans have not rolled over but have stood up and fought.
John Boehner is a lifelong resident of SW Ohio, graduate of Xavier University, and is currently the Congressman for the western part of Southwest Ohio and Miami County where we grew up
Eric Cantor was born in Richmond VA, graduate of William and Mary Law School, and represents parts of Richmond and the Shenandoah_Valley
Mike Pence is from the Columbus, IN, a graduate of Indiana Law School and represents the eastern part of Indiana around Muncie, east of Indianapolis to the Ohio border,
Paul Ryan is from Janesville, WI, received his degree from Miami University of Ohio, and represents counties in southeastern Wisconsin
They are not using guns like the Patriots who fought for our freedoms in the Revolutionary War but they are the modern day Patriots who are fighting for our Freedoms against the tyranny of a President and leadership in Congress who step on the Constitution like it is a plain piece of paper, ignore the standing Rules of the Congress, and bribe members for votes all to make this Country socialist.
The men and women of the colonies stood up and fought the stranglehold of England as they didn't want to be like England with a ruling class eventually declaring our independence in 1776. Today in 2010 this Socialist President and his two socialist lapdogs who lead Congress want a European style Socialist Government. The American people didn't want it in 1776 and they don't want it in 2010. The Democratcare which the Democrats now own will be their Waterloo on the 2nd of November when modern day patriots go to the ballot box and move America back to a Center Right Country governed by men and women who respect our forefathers who fought for freedom and gave us our Constitution to govern the newly formed United States of America.
The men and women of Massachusetts fired the first shot of this new Revolution to Take Back America in January when they elected Republican Scott Brown to the United States Senate just like they did when they fired the shot heard round the world in Lexington to start the Revolutionary War that led to the 13 colonies becoming a free and independent United States of America. The shot in January 2010 was not from a gun but from the ballot box which reverberated around the World.
Republicans, Independents and Democrats in the Heartland, in rural areas of America, and yes in the cities pledge our support, time, effort, and money to reelect the freedom loving patriots of today who have represented all of us so well in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. We pledge to send them reinforcements as we take back seats from the Democrat Progressive Socialist leadership and their minions one by one so that Harry Reid is defeated in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi is no longer Speaker. With defeat of the Democrats, Pelosi can no longer run up a $2M bill flying around on Air Force planes. Time to ground her and her fellow socialists on the 2nd of November 2010.
Any Democrat voting for Democratcare is a target for defeat along with those Democrats who were told to vote NO to save their seat when they have a conservative voting record of less then 30. The gloves are off, America is awake and ready to start the task of righting America. In 2012, we will finish the job and America will take its place alongside our allies and our enemies will no longer have a friendly face in the White House.
We are not members of the Tea Party movement, but are freedom loving Republican Conservatives who believe it is time to stand up and take our Country back! Here in Oklahoma, we have a conservative delegation unlike a lot of places where the Tea Party movement was started and is popular today. We encourage every American whether a member of the grassroots, Tea Party, or an individual to become involved and help lead our Country back to the land of Freedom and Opportunity where the Constitution is honored as our most cherished document.
God Bless the United States of America and Let Freedom ring on November 2nd, 2010!
Note: This blog post was written for our companion site, http://VoicesfromtheHeartland.blogspot.com but after reading it over the final time this morning before posting, decided that it needed posted here as well. Americans need to continue to wake up to what Obama/Pelosi/Reid and the members of the Progressive movement are doing to our Country and join with us to Take it Back!
Monday, March 22, 2010
In the end the Democrats will learn that the American people are thoroughly disgusted with their tyranical power grab and their lack of any type of bi-partisan as they rammed this bill through the House. The audacity of Stupak and his other so-called pro-life Dems to sell-out the unborn for an Executive Order (EO) that is worth nothing and cannot be enforced. No wonder the most pro-abortion President, Obama, promised to sign the EO because it carries no weight.
When Obama signs his masterpiece Democratcare bill on Tuesday, he will be signing the unemployment slips for many Democrats who were too weak to stand up to Pelosi and Obama. At that point the Attorney General's from around the Country will start filing suits challenging the Democratcare bill with these unfunded mandates that will bankrupt states and are unconstitutional. America is waking up the only bi-partisianship was on the side of opposing healthcare. Not one Republican in either House voted for Democratcare.
The Democrats now own socialized medicine, takeover of the auto industry and banks and what is next. When Senator Voinivich called Obama a socialist, then it is no wonder Americans from all walks of life are now waking up to the fact Socialists are in Charge of America and time for Patriotic Americans to take back the Country and restore the Constitution to its rightful place as the ultimate Rule of Law in this Country.
The Hangover: Fallout From Health Care Vote Already Plaguing House Dems
Widespread Public Discontent, Comparisons to Trillion-Dollar 'Stimulus' Trip Up Dems' Hoped-For Victory Lap
Washington, Mar 22 -
House Democrats are already beginning to bear the fallout from President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) reckless crusade to force a massive government takeover of health care through Congress without the support of the American people. As House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) stated yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press, “Never in the history of our country have we made such a big, momentous decision on a purely party line vote.” Now we know why. Instead of taking a victory lap, Democrats are already going into “damage control” mode for all their arm-twisting, sweetheart deals, and go-it-alone governing, and it’s already being compared to the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus.’ House Democrats who supported this job-killing bill must now ask themselves whether it was worth it to side with party leaders and liberal special interest groups at the expense of their taxpaying constituents. This is not what the American people wanted out of health care reform, and they will continue to say so loudly and clearly. That’s why Republicans will fight to repeal this massive government takeover of health care and start over with solutions that focus first on lowering costs.
COMPARISONS TO TRILLION-DOLLAR ‘STIMULUS’ INSTEAD OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
“No major entitlement program has become law in such partisan fashion. In 1935, more than half of the minority Republicans in Congress joined Democrats to create Social Security. And in 1965, nearly half of minority Republicans joined Democrats to launch Medicare. Both parties had skin in each game.” (Chicago Tribune editorial, 3/22/10)
Dem Pollster: “They’ve Totally Divided The Country.” “By moving the package with Democratic votes alone, ‘they’ve totally divided the country,’ and it will be difficult for Obama to calm voters before November, said Doug Schoen, a Democratic pollster who worked for former President Clinton.” (The Boston Globe, 3/22/10)
“… But it's hard to benefit politically just because things don't turn out as bad voters feared. Consider last year's economic stimulus package… Obama and Democrats have received little credit for their rescue effort…” (Los Angeles Times, 3/22/10)
“Obama’s Powers of Persuasion … Have Been Ineffective.” “Health care legislation as the public understands it is unpopular. Voters do not view Obama's handling of the health care issue favorably. His overall disapproval rating is higher than his approval rating for the first time in his presidency. It will be difficult to change this dynamic before November, especially since Obama's powers of persuasion over the last year have been ineffective in changing public opinion on several issues.” (Slate, 3/21/10)
“VOTERS ARE FURIOUS,” REGISTER RECORD DISAPPROVAL WITH CONGRESS
“Voters Are Furious … A Year of Bitter Haggling and Legislative Maneuvering.” “The initial blush of President Barack Obama's health care triumph immediately gives way to a sober political reality… Voters are furious. They hate Washington. They also detest incumbents. They're concerned most about the economy. And unemployment that's hovering near 10 percent. They're also split over whether Obama's health plan is good for a nation with enormous budget deficits and climbing debt.…Democrats face a public fed up with Washington and disappointed by a president elected to change it. A year of bitter haggling and legislative maneuvering may feed into the argument — successfully stoked by Republicans — that Democrats have failed to fix Washington. That's the reason some Democrats now worry about losing control of Congress.” (Associated Press, 3/22/10)
Record Disapproval of Congress, More Americans Think Reform Will Hurt Than Help. “The confusion over reform - and the long-running health care debate - has not endeared Congress to the American public. The legislature’s overall approval rating was near an all-time low. Just 14% of Americans said they approve of the way Congress is handling its job, while 76 percent - the highest figure ever - said they disapprove. Approval of Congress has dropped 16 points during the past year. As has been the case throughout the health care debate, more Americans think the reform bill will hurt them (35 percent) than say it will help them personally (20 percent).” (CBS News, 3/22/10)
Case Closed: Majority of Americans Oppose The Bill, Say It’s Too Much Government, And Will Increase Costs and Deficits. “A majority of Americans have a dim view of the sweeping health care bill passed by the House, saying it gives Washington too much clout and won't do much to reduce their own health care costs or federal deficits, according to a new poll released Monday. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found that 59 percent of those surveyed opposed the bill, and 39 percent favored it. … In addition, 56 percent said the bill gives the government too much involvement in health care; 28 percent said it gives the government the proper role and 16 percent said it leaves Washington with an inadequate role. On the question of costs, 62 percent said the bill increases the amount of money they personally spend on health care; 21 percent said their costs would remain the same and 16 percent said they would decrease. The poll's results about the bill's fiscal impact were particularly stark: 70 percent of respondents said they believed deficits would go up because of the bill; 17 percent felt they would stay the same and 12 percent said they would go down.” (CNN, 3/22/10)
DEMS GO INTO “DAMAGE CONTROL,” BUT IS IT TOO LATE?
“The Cruel Reality.” “The cruel reality: What's good for a president isn't necessarily what's good for his party. And things not turning out as badly as people feared has rarely worked as a comprehensive political strategy.” (ABC’s The Note, 3/22/10)
“Lengthy and Rancorous Debate Has Inflicted Considerable Damage” on Democrats. “The lengthy and rancorous debate has inflicted considerable damage on the president and his party. It helped spark the grass-roots ‘tea party’ movement and generated angry town hall meetings last summer that led to some opponents painting Obama as a socialist and a communist for advocating a greater government role in the health-care industry. … But there is a major difference between this health-care battle and the debates that preceded passage of Social Security and Medicare. Although there was opposition to those measures -- conservative opponents called Medicare socialized medicine -- in the end they passed with overwhelming, bipartisan majorities.” (The Washington Post, 3/21/10)
“Damage Control.” “After healthcare vote, Democrats turn to damage control. … The party now must live or die with its landmark legislation in hundreds of congressional districts across the country… ‘Given that Democrats have basically lost the healthcare messaging fight for the last year, I'm not sure why we should think they will begin to win over the next seven months,’ said Charlie Cook, one of Washington's leading election handicappers.” (Los Angeles Times, 3/22/10)
HOUSE DEMS ALREADY COPING WITH MISGUIDED VOTE FOR UNAFFORDABLE, JOB-KILLING BILL
House Democrat: “I Feel Like I Am Walking The Plank.” “Obama May Pay Price By Pushing ‘Political Chips’ on Health Care. Still, Obama’s victory leaves him depleted. ‘There has been a large ‘opportunity cost’ that the president and the Democratic Party have paid for going down this road,’ said William Galston, a onetime domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton. Obama is unlikely to find either Democratic or Republican willingness to work on issues of mutual concern. … Said Representative Baron Hill, an Indiana Democrat, ‘I feel like I am walking the plank.’” (Bloomberg, 3/22/10)
“Casting Votes … For Their Own Political Extinction.” “But House Democrats, who have endured months of draining debate and attacks from tea party activists … more relieved than overjoyed — and many may have been casting votes, on a warm spring night, for their own political extinction. … But even Sunday’s stunning comeback victory couldn’t paper over the reality that congressional Democrats, who face a potentially devastating backlash in the midterms, won’t enjoy the benefits…” (Politico, 3/21/10)
RENEWED SCRUTINY OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATES, SWEETHEART DEALS, AND BROKEN PROMISES
“Pelosi Will Have To Answer For … Legislative Shortcuts.” “Yet going forward, Pelosi will have to answer herself for some of the legislative shortcuts taken in her fierce ‘damn the torpedoes’ march toward final passage.” (Politico, 3/22/10)
Where Are The Lower Premiums? “Legal and Political Fights Loom for Democrats. … Attorneys general in three states — Virginia, Florida and South Carolina — have indicated they will file legal challenges to the measure, on the grounds that it violates the Constitution by requiring individuals to purchase insurance. … Republicans also expect to take advantage of the fact that while the health bill may ultimately help contain rising premiums, it is unlikely to actually bring the cost of health insurance down, and certainly not in the short term.” (The New York Times, 3/22/10)
“A Protracted And Messy Fight in the Courts.” “Attorneys general in 12 states poised to challenge healthcare bill. Attorneys general from at least 12 states say they will challenge the constitutionality of the healthcare reform bill passed by the House of Representatives Sunday night. … The threatened action suggests the controversial measure is about to move from the legislative realm into what could become a protracted and messy fight in the courts. The attorneys general say they will sue once President Obama signs the bill into law.” (The Christian Science Monitor, 3/22/10)
Source: Republican Leader Boehner
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Republican Leader Boehner is what a real leader is all about. Thank you Sir!
NOTE: Thank you Congressman Pence for standing up for all of us!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Delivering the weekly Republican address, Congressman John Boehner urged the American people to stay engaged and make their voices heard in the final hours before the House votes on Democrats’ massive government takeover of health care.
Boehner also reaffirmed Republicans’ commitment to better solutions focused on lowering costs for families and small businesses, which is exactly what the American people want out of health care reform. With all that’s at stake, Boehner notes that he has asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to allow the final health care votes to be recorded by “call of the roll” so that every lawmaker will have to stand before the American people and announce his or her vote. It’s time to stand up and be counted.
Friday, March 19, 2010
EPA Stifles New Energy Gains; $2 B to Brazil for Off Shore Drilling; Obama Surrenders Gulf Oil to Russia
Obama and his Administration are systematically tanking the domestic oil and gas producers and costing jobs throughout the Country. With cutting off the ability to explore for new resources, he is going to cause some smaller companies that depend on oil and gas production to go out of business.
Obama is passing up on creating jobs for US citizens in favor of the jobs and oil going to foreign countries. Why? The price we pay at the pump or what we use to cook and heat will eventually rise as Obama shuts off the ability of domestic oil and gas producers to explore and develop new resources.
Does Obama plan to Nationalize Oil and Gas next like he is trying to do with Healthcare? Is his ultimate goal to have the Government control all the oil and gas production in the United States?
Today we take look at what he has done with domestic oil and gas production in the United States and it sends chills up your spine. Obama is not creating jobs he is costing jobs in the United States to further send our economy down. EPA is now one of the most powerful cabinet positions in the Government as it sets out to tank our oil and gas industry now. Is Jackson following Obama orders? We believe she is along with Salazar.
Obama's EPA stifles new energy gainsObama is against offshore drilling for the United States but he didn't hesitate to help his benefactor, George Soros. This report from Brett Baier from Fox News details the the $2 billion dollar investment in Brazil for their offshort drilling. Nice payback to Soros who is heavily involved in Brazilian oil production.
Examiner Editorial March 19, 2010
It would be simpler if President Obama leveled with energy industry officials and the American people and admitted he's doing everything in his power to suffocate this country's ability to find and develop critically needed new energy supplies. But instead of being honest about it, Obama hides behind misleading rhetoric about the wonders of "green" energy, even as his minions erect a multitude of new bureaucratic roadblocks to the development of the oil and natural gas resources needed to keep American homes heated, factories humming, and laptops processing. These new resources could also create millions of new jobs, generate trillions of dollars in tax revenues, and spark economic expansion in rural areas like western Pennsylvania and upstate New York that have known only decline for generations.
This week, it's Lisa Jackson, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency head, putting another pillow over the face of the energy industry: A "comprehensive research study to investigate the potential adverse impact that hydraulic fracturing may have on water quality and public health." Her agency will spend $1.9 million on the first year of the study and unspecified amounts in the years thereafter. Hydraulic fracturing is when water and minute amounts of nontoxic chemicals are injected deep underground into rock formations to free previously unreachable stores of oil and gas. The technology opens up immense natural gas resources like the Marcellus Shale area of economically blighted rural regions of western Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and West Virginia.
Jackson forgot to mention "concerns" about hydraulic fracturing come only from environmental groups seeking to stop all uses of fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas. Jackson's announcement followed the Washington premiere of the anti-fossil fuel "GasLand" propagandamentary produced by some of these same groups. Two more facts Jackson didn't mention: Never in the 60-year history of hydraulic fracturing has it been linked to a single proven public health threat to water quality; and the EPA has already studied hydraulic fracturing, most recently in 2004, when it found no threat. Clearly, this new study is about stopping fossil fuel development, not protecting public health.
Excerpt: Read more at the Washington Examiner
Brazil Oil August 19, 2009
When the rumors first struck in the summer of 2009, it was the Chinese were going to be drilling off Cuba coming 40 miles from the Florida coast tapping into what should have been oil drilled by US companies. It turned out the Chinese had negotiated some oil leases but now the truth has come out -- Russia is reestablishing itself in the Western Hemisphere in Cuba and will be drilling for oil not China. Even though the oil rigs will be 40 miles from FL, the Russians will be doing horizontal drilling to capture oil much closer to the US shore.
Are we also going to turn over GITMO to the Cubans and then they lease GITMO to the Russians? It is a fair question based on the actions of this Administration to date. All signs are pointing to Obama's intent to destroy the United States superiority in Defense. What concessions did he make to the Russians during his visit that the American people know nothing about?
Obama Surrenders Gulf Oil to RussiaWe were shocked last month to learn that Interior Secretary Salazar was putting offshore drilling on hold but we should have expected that with this Administration. What we did not expect was Salazar freeing up water for the Central Valley of California in what looks to be an exchange for Yes votes for their Congressmen.
The Obama administration is poised to ban offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf until 2012 or beyond. Meanwhile, Russia is making a bold strategic leap to begin drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. While the United States attempts to shift gears to alternative fuels to battle the purported evils of carbon emissions, Russia will erect oil derricks off the Cuban coast.
Offshore oil production makes economic sense. It creates jobs and helps fulfill America's vast energy needs. It contributes to the gross domestic product and does not increase the trade deficit. Higher oil supply helps keep a lid on rising prices, and greater American production gives the United States more influence over the global market.
Drilling is also wildly popular with the public. A Pew Research Center poll from February showed 63 percent support for offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. Americans understand the fundamental points: The oil is there, and we need it. If we don't drill it out, we have to buy it from other countries. Last year, the U.S. government even helped Brazil underwrite offshore drilling in the Tupi oil field near Rio de Janeiro. The current price of oil makes drilling economically feasible, so why not let the private sector go ahead and get our oil?
The Obama administration, however, views energy policy through green eyeshades. Every aspect of its approach to energy is subordinated to radical environmental concerns. This unprecedented lack of balance is placing offshore oil resources off-limits. The O Force would prefer the country shift its energy production to alternative sources, such as nuclear, solar and wind power. In theory, there's nothing wrong with that, in the long run, assuming technology can catch up to demand. But we have not yet reached the green utopia, we won't get there anytime soon, and America needs more oil now.
Excerpt: Read The Full Article
Salazar puts expanded offshore drilling on holdAll of these articles point to the tanking of the domestic oil and gas production causing the loss of thousands of jobs. As we have mentioned before, we have to wonder if this is done on purpose to eventually nationalize oil and gas production in the United States.
The Interior secretary says a 'headlong rush' by Bush officials to open new areas to exploration 'torpedoed renewable energy.'
February 11, 2009Jim Tankersley
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration put the brakes on a push to expand oil and gas drilling off America's coasts Tuesday and promised to speed development of offshore wind farms.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced he will extend public comments for six months on a last-minute proposal by the Bush administration to open swaths of the California, Alaska, Atlantic and Gulf coasts for drilling.
Excerpt: Read More at Los Angeles Times
From everything we see Fox News with Major Garrett and Bret Baier, and Jack Tapper of ABC are the only broadcast newsmen consistently digging for the truth on this Administration and what they are doing. Washington Times and Washington Examiner of the print media continue to investigate and are not afraid to state the truth of what they find.
As a side note on the media -- Yesterday I wrote the writer of an article at the Los Angeles Times about the COB estimate for healthcare sayting that it was not a final number as the CBO had not finished scoring although the Democrats were reporting it like it was the final CBO number. Within five minutes I received an email back with Thanks, I will make the correction on the on-line addition that it is a preliminary number. That is what I would expect a journalist to do but it is so rare, I was shocked. I have made it a point to tell everyone I know about what happened as it was so refreshing.
The media has been very lax except for a few to delve into and report Obama's background and find out just who is this man in the White House. It is obvious that he is not a lover of the United States Constitution, our Rule of Law, or much of anything else American as he attempts to turn this County with the help of the Progressive Socialists in Congress into a socialist nation. He wants everything controlled by the Federal Government. Now is the time for major media to get their act together and realize this Nation is facing a crises with Obama and his Administration in control along with the Progressive in Congress. They need to start investigation and start reporting on what is happening including the buying of votes for healthcare by the President not just the Speaker and Majority Leader of the Senate.
We are being saved right now by some very courageous Republicans in Congress along with some Democrats helping them to keep Obama from nationalizing our healthcare. How long can they hold off Obama/Pelosi/Reid and all the deals they are offering the Democrats for a "YES" vote. Buying votes against the will of the American people is so wrong but now we find out while the healthcare debate is raging, that this Administration has domestic oil and gas production in the bullseye. What else are we missing with the healthcare being the topic 24/7?
The media needs to ask who is the power behind Obama? We are speculating that it is the 60's radicals of the Weather Underground and Black Panthers along with George Soros. It is more obvious by the day that Obama doesn't care one bit about any rules in Congress as long as he gets his agenda rammed through which if they use the Slaughter Rule will be Unconstitutional.
Was ACORN started by Wade Rathke, a former member of the Weather Underground, to have voter fraud as part of their mission? When did their voter fraud originally start. We surmise that a test case may have been Bill Clinton's run for Governor after he was defeated after one term and came back to run in four years. Everyone needs to remember that originally Soros backed the Clintons not Obama. In 2004, his allegiance switched to Obama when Obama was running for Senate from Illinois from Hillary Clinton for President in 2008. Research is turning up that Soros was a friend of Tom Ayers, Bill Ayers Dad.
Evidence is also beginning to mount that Obama was chosen by Franklin Marshall Davis, a known Communist from Chicago, along with the Ayers, Dohrn, Rathke and others to be President someday and fulfill their wish of making America a socialist country. Is that day at hand? More and more we are beginning to think it is.
We ask once again - Where is the Mainstream Media (MSM) in investigating all these ties of Obama? We are not birthers but frankly we think it odd that Obama has spent over $1M to hide his $15 birth certificate. Just what does that certificate contain? Why isn't the MSM interested -- is it because they know the truth? Inquiring minds wants to know.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Today, in a sad moment for the House of Representatives, members of Congress turned down the opportunity to have a straight up-or-down vote on a costly health care bill that will hurt our economy, and forever alter the doctor-patient relationship. Instead Democrats jumped at Democratic leadership’s “Slaughter Solution,” the ultimate in Washington power grabs, that will allow Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) to pass the Senate health care bill – “Cornhusker Kickback” and all – through the house without a vote.
This move has drawn widespread outrage – the Cincinnati Enquirer recently declared it a “disgusting process” and an “arrogant approach” – because it is designed to protect Washington politicians when it’s American taxpayers we should be looking out for. While members of Congress might not want an up-or-down vote on a trillion-dollar government takeover of health care full of tax hikes, Medicare cuts and taxpayer funding for abortions, it’s clear where the American people stand.
Earlier this week, I welcomed 8th District residents at the Capitol who traveled to D.C. to join with Americans from across the country and scream “stop!” to the Democratic Majority in Washington. I told them I would continue to fight against this bill on behalf of them and the majority of Americans who oppose this bill, while continuing to call for Congress to start over on commonsense reforms to make our current health care system better.
The President and Democratic Leaders today showed that they are going to continue to ram, ram, ram this bill through Congress. But we can still defeat this bill. In the coming days, members of Congress will be asked to make a final vote on this massive government takeover of health care. As I told my colleagues on the floor on Tuesday, this will be the biggest vote that most Members ever cast. And so they will have an important decision to make. Will they stand with Speaker Pelosi and Washington Democrats, or will they stand with the American people?Sincerely,John Boehner
NOTE: Thank you Republican Leader Boehner for continuing to stand up for the American people!