Archive for December, 2009

Abandon ship! Abandon ship!

December 31, 2009

In the last month, we have seen a freshman Democrat switch parties (after the national Dems pumped a million dollars into that race) and 11 House Dems state they will not seek re-election. Of those 11, 7 are believed to be in districts where the GOP is likely to win.

Recent main-stream media pundits report that more Democrats in DC will be switching party affiliation “soon”.  Today, “The Hill” reports that a fifth “formidable” Democrat candidate has withdrawn from challenging a GOP incumbent.

Democrat and prominent political handicapper Charlie Cook, publisher of “The Cook Political Report”, responded to a question from the host of MSNBC’s “Hardball With Chris Matthews” last week.  He said “I would not be surprised to see no Republican incumbent, House or Senate, lose…” in the 2010 mid-term elections.

In an article he authored this week, Cook also said that as the Democrats reach the end of 2009,

“instead of celebrating, they are bitterly divided. Former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean and liberal bloggers are urging the Senate to defeat the health care bill. Many are criticizing President Barack Obama for compromising too much, saying the proposal doesn’t go far enough, while more moderate and conservative Democrats are petrified the bill and the President’s agenda are too ambitious and will cost them re-election next year.”

Apparently, some Democrats are getting the message and getting out now. More will get the message as the year goes on and for some, the message will become loud and clear on November 2, 2010.

Another American Patriot

December 29, 2009

Yep – we need more people like this guy.

More Dems jumping ship

December 28, 2009

Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker reveals that more D’s will soon be crossing the aisle.

The system works??

December 28, 2009

By now you’ve heard of the terrorist who tried to take down a plane on Christmas Day, right?  “Undi-bomber” Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab hid explosives in his underwear and tried to ignite them on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.  Luckily for the almost 300 passengers on the plane, he only succeeded in starting a small fire and not in getting the whole package to explode.

On CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday morning, Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano said “the system worked.  Everybody played an important role here.”  She followed that up by saying there is “no indication he was improperly screened.”  Robert Gibb, White House spokesman, said on “Face the Nation” that “in many ways, this system has worked”.

Apparently part of the plan is having an explosive fail and hoping there will be a passenger willing to take down the guy?  Maybe the part that worked includes allowing a man already on a watch list onto an airplane, allowing his visa to remain in force even after his own father informs the US that he’s become a radical jihadi, or maybe it was the part where he bought his ticket with cash and then got on an international flight with no luggage?

After Napolitano’s remarks, Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Select Intelligence Committee, accused the administration of being soft on terrorism.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “It’s amazing to me that an individual like this, who was sending out so many signals, could end up getting on a plane going to the U.S.”

This morning on the Today show, Napolitano had to backtrack and admitted that “Our system did not work in this instance.”  The New York Times reported today that “counterterrorism experts and members of Congress were hardly willing to praise what they said was a security system that had proved to be not nimble enough to respond to the ever-creative techniques devised by would-be terrorists.”

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman said “We ought to, in our age, be able to put 500,000 names on a computer and have everybody who’s trying to come to the U.S. go through that list,”  on “Fox News Sunday.” “That doesn’t mean they’re convicted of any wrongdoing. But it would be basis enough to take this guy out of the line in Amsterdam and do a full-body check, and that would have determined that he was carrying explosives.”

Kinda sad when the head of Homeland Security has to have other people point out that, um, it was a big fail.

The Nativity

December 24, 2009

The Spirit of Christmas

December 24, 2009

What’s wrong with Democare

December 24, 2009

Here are some problems with Democare – or maybe today I should call it Grinchycare

*This bill is fundamentally unconstitutional: Is it the proper role of government to create another behemoth and force American citizens to participate? The Constitution guarantees us the “Right to Privacy”. The US Supreme Court has already ruled on a constitutionally mandated zone of personal privacy that must remain free of government regulation. As the court explained in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), “these matters, involving the most intimate and personal choices a person may make in a lifetime, choices central to personal dignity and autonomy, are central to the liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and the mystery of human life.”  If the Supreme Court overturns this ruling, they gut Roe v Wade….what a dilemma…

A liberal blogger recently posted: “If Congress does not have the power to create a modest public option which competes with private health plans in the marketplace, then it certainly does not have the authority to create Medicare. Similarly, Congress’ power to spend money to benefit the general welfare is the basis for Social Security, federal education funding, Medicaid”
I think that’s something we can agree on! They should NOT have that power. Article 1, Section 8 of our Constitution is not a carte blanche to do whatever the heck they want, in spite of the vote in the Senate that asserted the contrary.

*This bill does NOT cut costs – in fact, it increases costs dramatically – $298 billion over the next 9 years and $1.8 trillion in its first “real” 10 years, 2014 (the first year the plan provides any services) through 2023. It increases the deficit by $740 BILLION in the real first 10 years.
The latest on cost from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released recently ago show billions of dollars in increased costs through 2019 – and that is with 4 years of no service, just collecting taxes. The CMS report says that the legislation would result in “numerous changes in the way that health care insurance is provided and paid for in the U.S., and the scope and magnitude of these changes are such that few precedents exist for use in estimation.”
Yesterday, the CBO said “Oopsies” as they admitted they had double-counted Medicare savings. Gotta love that fuzzy math.

An economist in favor of Obamacare wrote recently in the New Yorker that he expected the tax rate for the wealthy to top 60%. He also said that “expanding health care coverage now and worrying later about its long-term consequences is an eminently defensible strategy.” It will make American society more “equitable,” and justifies a little “subterfuge” with the numbers.

“But let’s not pretend that it isn’t a big deal, or that it will be self-financing, or that it will work out exactly as planned. It won’t.
Many Democratic insiders know all this, or most of it. What is really unfolding, I suspect, is the scenario that many conservatives feared. The Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration before it (and many other Administrations before that) is creating a new entitlement program, which, once established, will be virtually impossible to rescind. At some point in the future, the fiscal consequences of the reform will have to be dealt with in a more meaningful way, but by then the principle of (near) universal coverage will be well established. Even a twenty-first-century Ronald Reagan will have great difficult overturning it.”

*This bill provides for federal funds to be used for abortions – the Stupak amendment passes in the House, but a key Dem said the very next day it would not remain in the bill. The Nelson amendment failed in the Senate and even with the so-called compromises on abortion funding, this bill DOES provide that federal funds be used to pay for ending the life of a baby.

*This bill suppresses research. It creates a new institute, with a new czar, that would allow the Institute to withhold funding from any institution that produces findings inconsistent with the agency’s view of the “bounds of evidence”, meaning anyone they disagree with will have funds withheld.
In 2007, AcademyHealth published a study that noted that

the problem of government agencies embargoing or otherwise suppressing health care and public health research is significant, and in fact is a far worse problem than the oft-cited issue of excess influence by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Researchers were over three times as likely to experience interference from government sponsors than industrial funders. More recently, the revelations of manipulation of peer-review and misconduct regarding research used to support the global warming agenda, from the e-mails “hacked” from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, further indicates the vulnerability of the process of integrity of science to the machinations of those with a political axe to grind.

*strips medical decision-making from healthcare providers and turning it over to government bureaucrats. According to a Wall Street Journal article dated Dec 23,

It all starts with the sweeping power that the Senate bill gives to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency will be given the authority to unilaterally write new rules on when medical devices and drugs can be used, and how they should be priced. In particular, the Obama team wants to give the agency the power to decide when a cheaper medical option will suffice for a given problem and, in turn, when Medicare only has to pay for the least costly alternative. The government has already sought to acquire this same power administratively. But on Tuesday the Obama Justice department got swatted down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in what the judges described in their opinion as an attempt by Mr. Obama’s legal team to “end-run around the statute [Medicare].”

So, they stuffed that ability into the Reid version of the bill.

*fudges numbers. The real number is of uninsured Americans is significantly lower than the 48 or 50 million frequently claimed. Take away 9 to 13 million illegal immigrants and an additional 9 million on Medicaid “accidentally” counted as “uninsured” and claims then, that the uninsured will drop to “only” 23 million Americans are more of a smoke and mirrors game than anything else.

Even the Daily Kos – a far left website – says re-election prospects are tightly tied to passing healthcare legislation WITH a public option. For example, 84% of Democrats polled said that if a Dem voted against healthcare legislation, they should have a strong primary challenger. The Daily Kos concludes this is going to hurt Harry Reid more than anyone. One can only hope.

The Democrats recognize this is their last chance. Mid-term elections will see them losing their super-majority and many believe they could lose their majority. The bleeding has already begun, as a 4th Democrat in a ‘hot seat’ has said he will “retire gracefully” and this week, a freshman Democrat from Arkansas switched party affiliations and became a Republican.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told POLITICO: “If President Obama doesn’t pass health reform, it’s hard to imagine another president ever taking on this Herculean task. For those whose life’s work is reforming health care, this may be the last train leaving the station.”
Vice President Joe Biden said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”: “If health care does not pass in this Congress … it’s going to be kicked back for a generation.”

So, this morning at 5:16 am local time, the Senate version of Grinchycare passed on a 60-39 vote. The fleecing was quickly followed by the fleeing of those same Senators back to their home states. Wonder if any of those 60 Senators will hold town halls over the Christmas break???

Democare

December 23, 2009

The American Medical Association has weighed in on the Obama Health Reform Proposals:
The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised everyone not to make any rash moves.
The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it and the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.
The Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception.
Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.
The Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while the Pediatricians said, “Oh, Grow up!”
The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.
Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.
The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, “This puts a whole new face on the matter.”
The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were PO’d at the whole idea.
The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.
In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the bums in Washington.

Those bums are trying their darndest to force Democare on the American people, with little or no regard for the consequences. Nancy Pelosi said she is willing to “do almost anything” to pass this before Christmas. Harry Reid has already proven he’ll do pretty much anything as well – from arm twisting to bribing – I mean, um, no wait – bribing is the right word – to holding a vote at 1 am, to starting debate at 4:13 am, to keeping Senators in DC through Christmas Eve. I think the snowstorm dumping 2 feet on DC this week just proves that you-know-what has frozen over.

Increasing the debt ceiling

December 22, 2009

The federal government hit their credit limit recently (not that they haven’t been pushing it all year). Instead of re-evaluating their spending habits, tightening their belts and learning to live within their means, they just raised the limit. Aiming for a high of $1.9 trillion, they tried to make this increase seem a little more palatable by “only” raising it $298 billion – to get us to February. When they will raise it again.

A recent on-line poll of over 163,000 people showed a mind-boggling 99% of Americans are against raising the ceiling – but they did it anyway. Among them was Utah’s Jim Matheson, who voted for the bill. 39 Blue-Dog Democrats voted against the bill, coincidentally the very same number that voted against the health care bill and presumably the precise number Pelosi allows to vote no.

Over in the White House, President Obama has led the way on calling for a debt ceiling increase. In an ironic twist, he also led the way speaking out against Bush raising the debt ceiling to “only” $9 trillion in 2006. Back then, he said: ““Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.” Obama later joined his Democratic colleagues in voting en bloc against raising the debt increase.

Tired of the drunken-sailor spending going on? I know I am. It’s time for some TRUE fiscal conservatives back there.

The Real Meaning of Christmas

December 20, 2009

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