Viva La Taxes!

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cry in unveiling the House’s massive reform bill might as well have been “Viva la health care revolution!”

Thank you, Madam Fidel. Or is that Hugo, or Mao… 🙂

The House Health Care bill has bloated to an enormous nearly 2,000 page monster.

And we are all the citizens who will get trampled by this one.

The grand unveiling of the Revolution wasn’t open to the public, “Because that’s how we’re handling this event,” a person trying to get into the “ceremony” was told.

But, of course, we don’t want anyone to ask any tough questions. And not bask in the magnificence that is Speaker Pelosi, Mrs “drain the swamp” of corruption herself.

Truth be told, most lawmakers are excluded too. As the Hudson Institute’s Hanns Kuttner noted on the National Review Web site, you would have to devour 221 pages a day to have read this life-changing legislation in its entirety before it comes to a vote, promised for before Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

That’s $2.2 million dollars a page.

And that’s only the beginning.

“the cost of coverage would shift from a percentage of income to a percentage of the premium, no matter how high the premiums go.” This will be a big, unpleasant surprise for the working middle class.” Kaiser Health News’ Julie Appleby reported.

So your coverage would be based on the premium. The more and higher the premium, the higher the coverage. Or the reverse, since this whole debacle is based on lower premiums. So that means LOWER COVERAGE.

Whoops!

Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson on Wednesday revealed that the Senate bill’s excise tax on “Cadillac” plans “targets a lot of Chevy plans as well.” The tax follows a formula based on the consumer price index plus 1%. But if medical costs and insurance premiums rise significantly higher than the CPI  (Consumer Price Index)— a near sure thing — a lot more plans get taxed.

Reminiscent of the Alternative Minimum Tax, a measure to soak the rich will end up drowning Joe Sixpack. Meyerson warns: “If employers opt for cheaper policies to avoid the excise taxes on more-expensive plans, their savings may not be passed on to workers as higher wages but simply kept by the employers. Out-of-pocket health costs for workers would rise, but into-pocket wage increases to cover those costs might not be forthcoming.”

The Alternative minimum Tax was passed in 1968 to to soak  a few Millionaires the Democrats felt weren’t paying enough taxes. Problem is, the tax once let out of the barn quickly grew like a weed.

Washington Post 11/11/2006:

Democratic leaders this week vowed to make the alternative minimum tax a centerpiece of next year’s budget debate, saying the levy threatens to unfairly increase tax bills for millions of middle-class families by the end of the decade.

They created the Monster themselves!

And now we have the New Monster. That they promise won’t go rampaging through The Village and destroy everything.

Hope and Change! 🙂

President Obama is planning to reduce the cost of medical care by taxing it!
So how many “not one dime” of taxes is that exactly?

Codification of the “Economic Substance Doctrine” (Page 349): Empowers the IRS to disallow a perfectly legal tax deduction or other tax relief merely because the IRS deems that the motive of the taxpayer was not primarily business-related.

Oh, yes, your kind compassionate and sensitive IRS Agent…

Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296): If an individual fails to obtain qualifying coverage, he must pay an income surtax equal to the lesser of **2.5 percent** of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) or the average premium. MAGI adds back in the foreign earned income exclusion and municipal bond interest.

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”— George Orwell

Example-Medical Devices Tax:

President Obama invited them to the White House to cut a deal. They refused.

Now we have the wrath visited upon us. It’s not a tax on us directly, so he can claim he didn’t raise taxes, evil capitalists did.

Nice.

It assesses an industry-wide payment which firms must make in proportion to their market share.  It bars the them from passing along the cost of the assessment by charging more for certain basic products, but allows them to raise the price of others to raise the funds for the fee.

So, the result will be that virtually every piece of advanced surgical equipment will be subject to a price increase to meet the levy from Washington. No matter that these devices often make the difference between life and death and that, in effect, taxing them raises the cost of vital treatments.  The vengeful White House will have its pound of flesh from the medical device industry for daring to be independent and to refuse to knuckle down to Administration pressure!

Valves, prosthetic limbs, pacemakers, hearing aids, and such are essential therapies that make life longer, better, and less painful.  To tax them makes no sense.  Except in the world of sharp elbows and interest group politics that grips this take-no-prisoners and show-no-mercy White House. (Dick Morris – former Clintonista)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House bill appears even more expensive. It would impose $150 billion in Medicare cuts on the pharmaceutical industry, and a 2.5 percent tax on companies that manufacture medical devices (Page 339).

So that device that will save your life will cost you more to save it.

BUT THAT”S NOT A TAX!  🙂

“So even though this bill tries to hide these costs as indirect taxes,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, recently told a business symposium, “average Americans who purchase health plans, take prescription drugs, or use medical devices will end up footing the bill.”

Another likely frustration for consumers: The premium hikes and taxes will take effect right away, while the subsidies and benefits in health care reform won’t kick in completely until 2013/4 and in some cases 2019.

BUT THAT’S NOT A TAX INCREASE! 🙂

That’s how they make it allegedly not add to the deficit, they tax you into the ground BEFORE you get any “benefits” from it. After that 10 years, the sky’s the limit.

BUT THAT”S NOT A TAX INCREASE!

Don’t you feel better about that Hope and Change now! 🙂

Now for a summary of just some of the Tsunami of Taxes…

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324): Non-prescription medications would no longer be able to be purchased from health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Insulin excepted. HSAs will effectively be killed by a final provision, which requires that most plans provide first-dollar coverage for most services.

Pg. 1516 regulates vending machines: In the case of an article of food sold from a vending machine that ‘‘(I) does not permit a prospective purchaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel before purchasing the article or does not otherwise provide visible nutrition information at the point of purchase; and ‘‘(II) is operated by a person who is engaged in the business of owning or operating 20 or more vending machines, the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in close proximity to each article of food or the selection button that includes a clear and conspicuous statement disclosing the number of calories contained in the article.

Yes, that’s right! Evil Capitalist Vending Machines must be regulated in order to keep your fat ass from buying that Oreo Cookie!  That’s surely going to reduce your premiums! 🙂

Pg. 31, under a section titled, “Sunshine on price gouging of health insurance issuers”: The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with States, shall establish a process for the annual review of increases in premiums for health insurance coverage. Such process shall require health insurance issuers to submit a justification for any premium increases prior to implementation of the increase.

“Well, we’re sorry Company X, but we don’t feel that’s justified. You’ll just have to eat that cost.” And go out of business. Ah, we’re terribly sorry about that. 🙂
The bill adds a new section to the federal tax code: “‘PART VIII:HEALTH CARE RELATED TAXES.’ Among the new taxes are penalties for individuals who don’t purchase insurance and employers who don’t provide insurance, income tax surcharges of up to 5.6% to those earning more than $1 million, and a 2.5% excise tax on medical devices.”

Pg. 132: The bill creates the Office of the Ultimate Bureaucrat Health Choices Administration headed by the Health Choices Commissioner. Among the commissioner’s duties (he will be appointed by the president and approved by the Senate): “establishment of qualified health benefits plan standards,” “administration of individual affordability credits under subtitle C of title III, including determination of eligibility for such credits,” auditing insurance exchange participants to provide “accountability” for meeting his established standards and billing those insurance companies for the audits, collecting unspecified “data,” penalizing, suspending payments to, and terminating insurance plans that don’t meet exchange standards, establishing ” effective and efficient administration of the Health Insurance Exchange,” and “development of standards for the definitions of terms used in health insurance coverage, including insurance-related terms.”

No word on who will hold this unelected bureaucrat accountable for doing any of this well or fairly. Maybe they can bring back Van Jones?

But hey, look on the bright side, we will have a new federal office.

A brand new Bureaucracy and someone to look out for you… 🙂

And, who doesn’t need another of those?

Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275): If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal to 8 percent of average wages. Small employers (measured by payroll size) have smaller payroll tax rates of 0 percent (<$500,000), 2 percent ($500,000-$585,000), 4 percent ($585,000-$670,000), and 6 percent ($670,000-$750,000).

Cap on FSAs (Page 325): FSAs (Flexible Spending Accounts) would face an annual cap of $2500 (currently uncapped).

Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions (Page 326): Non-qualified distributions from HSAs would face an additional tax of 20 percent (current law is 10 percent). This disadvantages HSAs relative to other tax-free accounts (e.g. IRAs, 401(k)s, 529 plans, etc.)

Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327): This would further erode private sector participation in delivery of Medicare services.

Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336): Imposes an income surtax of 5.4 percent on MAGI –modified adjusted gross income–over $500,000 ($1 million married filing jointly). MAGI adds back in the itemized deduction for margin loan interest. This would raise the top marginal tax rate in 2011 from 39.6 percent under current law to 45 percent—a new effective top rate.

Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344): Requires that 1099-MISC forms be issued to corporations as well as persons for trade or business payments. Current law limits to just persons for small business compliance complexity reasons. Also expands reporting to exchanges of property.

Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345): Delays for nine years the worldwide allocation of interest, a corporate tax relief provision from the American Jobs Creation Act

Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346): Increases taxes on U.S. employers with overseas operations looking to avoid double taxation of earnings.

Application of “More Likely Than Not” Rule (Page 357): Publicly-traded partnerships and corporations with annual gross receipts in excess of $100 million have raised standards on penalties. If there is a tax underpayment by these taxpayers, they must be able to prove that the estimated tax paid would have more likely than not been sufficient to cover final tax liability.

Americans For Tax Reform put it this way:

A word search of the 1,990-page House healthcare bill (H.R. 3962) reveals that the term “tax” is used 87 times, “taxable” is used 62 times, and “excise tax” is used 10 times.
Other terms of interest are as follows:
House Healthcare Bill (H.R. 3962)
Term Number of uses
“Tax” 87 times
“Taxable” 62 times
“Excise tax” 10 times
“Taxes”  15 times
“Fee”  59 times
“Penalty” 113 times
“Require” 118 times
“Must”  58 times
“Shall”  3,424 times

The Bill:

And it will only cost $1 trillion Dollars over the next 10 years (after that all bets are off).
Promise.  🙂

The most recent Gallup Poll reflected that 49% of respondents said they believed that the Obamacare plan will increase their health care costs.  Only about 20% said it would lower them.  It is taxes like these that substantiate this kind of concern.
Rassmussen:  57% of voters nationwide believe it will raise the cost of health care, and 53% believe the quality of care will get worse. That’s part of the reason that just 45% support the plan. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% are opposed to it.
Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide say that passing no health care reform bill this year would be better than passing the plan currently working its way through Congress.
But what do We the People know, after all…

“If you make less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increase. Not by one dime. Not one dime.”

“You will get a tax cut . . . these checks are on the way.”–President Obama  2/24/2009

Trust Me! 🙂

Kick back and have a new federally excised-taxed Soda and candy bar from the newly-taxed Vending Machine. 🙂

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It’s OK, They’re OUR Cronies!

WASHINGTON (USAToday)— More than 40% of President Obama’s top-level fundraisers have secured posts in his administration, from key executive branch jobs to diplomatic postings in countries such as France, Spain and the Bahamas, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Twenty of the 47 fundraisers that Obama’s campaign identified as collecting more than $500,000 have been named to government positions, the analysis found.

Overall, about 600 individuals and couples raised money from their friends, family members and business associates to help fund Obama’s presidential campaign. USA TODAY’s analysis found that 54 have been named to government positions, ranging from Cabinet and White House posts to advisory roles, such as serving on the economic recovery board charged with helping guide the country out of recession.

Nearly a year after he was elected on a pledge to change business-as-usual in Washington, Obama also has taken a cue from his predecessors and appointed fundraisers to coveted ambassadorships, drawing protests from groups representing career diplomats. A separate analysis by the American Foreign Service Association, the diplomats’ union, found that more than half of the ambassadors named by Obama so far are political appointees, said Susan Johnson, president of the association. An appointment is considered political if it does not go to a career diplomat in the State Department.

That’s a rate higher than any president in more than four decades, the group’s data show, although that could change as the White House fills more openings. Traditionally about 30% of top diplomatic jobs go to political appointees, and roughly 70% to veteran State Department employees. Ambassadors earn $153,200 to $162,900 annually.

Obama has reversed the Bush policy of putting loyalists and political ideologues in sensitive positions, such as at Justice, the Pentagon or State. Instead, the emphasis is on a broad range of opinion, technical skills and experience. (London Observer, Sunday 18 January 2009)

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long…As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.”–President-Elect Obama 11/4/2008

Now remember, this is the administration that was going to shake up the way things are done in Washington. No more Pork 🙂 No more back-room deals 🙂 and No Bush Cronyism 🙂

To kick off the Culture of Corruption campaign against the Republicans, on January 18, 2006, Nancy Pelosi gathered Democratic House leaders for a press conference in the Thomas Jefferson building of the Library of Congress to declare “Independence from special interests” and “an end to the Republican culture of corruption.”

Pelosi charged that the Republican House majority had “turned Congress into an auction house–for sale to the highest bidder”, vowed to end “the K Street project” and to lead the effort “to turn the most closed, corrupt Congress in history into the most open and honest Congress in history.”

Lest I be labeled a naked partisan, let me give some credit to Obama, who was correct when he said in 2006, ““Freedom today is in jeopardy it is being threatened by corruption. Corruption is not a new problem…it is a human problem.” Obama was right. But when he uttered those words he was speaking to students at the University of Nairobi about their country, Kenya. Sadly those words now apply to Obama’s America. (Human Events)

We support Barack Obama because he is bringing all of us together to reject the Karl Rove school of wedge politics and fundamentally change the way Washington works.-Orginizing for America- Barackobama.com

“Contributing doesn’t guarantee a visit to the White House,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday, “nor does it preclude it.”

So let’s you and me go and see if we can get the same VIP treatment?
What, you mean we have to have a ‘substantial donation’? (aka Bribe)

Donors who give the maximum allowed by law to the party – $30,400 – or who bundle $300,000 from contributors, gain membership into the exclusive groups.
Ah, shucks, and here I was looking forward to trying out the Lincoln Bedroom! 🙂

According to the Washington Times, the Democratic National Committee rewards its top contributors with perks that include small-group briefings with senior Obama administration officials, conference calls, and other exclusive access to policymakers.

Two one-page fact sheets posted online yesterday by the paper list the benefits of membership in the DNC’s National Advisory Board and its National Finance Committee.

“Together with the National Finance Committee, the National Advisory Board meets four times throughout the year in Washington, D.C. to discuss current issues, policies, and strategies,” one of the documents says. “They have an opportunity to meet senior members of the Obama administration and senior members of Congress, and to hear from political analysts and policy experts.”
The Washington Times story also noted informal perks of being a big-time fund-raiser for the Obamas, including use of a bowling alley in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House; a visit to the White House movie theater, and a birthday visit to the Oval Office.

Democratic and White House officials shrugged off the documents as part of normal “donor maintenance” that does not provide contributors with any quid pro quo.
Nothing to see here, move along…Nothing to see…
Sound familiar??
And the hard-hitting journalists of the press??
They were obsessed with pushing this line to top of the headlines:
They (The Administration) insisted that current donors were getting fewer perks than they did during Bill Clinton’s term, when nights in the Lincoln Bedroom became controversial.

Let’s play it down.
Make it go away.

Nothing important here.

Move along.

And wasn’t the cronyism of the Bush Administration just awful. Elect us and we won’t do that…  🙂
Check out: http://www.cronyjobs.com/
A Liberal website devoted to “exposing” Bush Administration cronyism.
Funny how it’s not been updated. 🙂

“This administration has across the board set the toughest ethics standards in history. As a result, we have reduced special interest influence over the policymaking process to promote merits-based decision-making.” White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said.

Now that’s comedy! And with a straight face no less.

“Welcome to Resort Obama. President Sells Access to and Amenities of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to Highest Democrat Bidders.” –Republican response

Sounds more like a Disney Theme Park to me.
It sure is a Mickey Mouse Operation!! 🙂

They Speak to Power – OutFOXed

From the London Telegraph via CNN:

Yes, CNN, the Communist News Network had a moment of clarity and what we get is squirming hilarity.

Campbell BROWN (CNN): Officials have been very public about their feelings about FOX News and what they believe FOX News is and represents. And they made a point of coming out and saying it.

JARRETT: What we’re saying is, is that we want the public to understand what’s going on.

When we saw the kind of distortions this summer, particularly directed at seniors, over health care reform, it was really outrageous. And I think what the president said in his message before Congress is, we’re going to speak directly to the American people and make sure that they understand the truth.

They Understand. That’s why they are against it. Not that your boss or his cronies are listening though.

Rasmussen:

If the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats passes, 57% of voters nationwide believe it will raise the cost of health care, and 53% believe the quality of care will get worse. That’s part of the reason that just 45% support the plan. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% are opposed to it. Those numbers include 23% who Strongly Favor the plan and 40% who are Strongly Opposed.

And so, certainly, if we see somebody distorting the truth, we’re going to call them on the carpet for that. But we don’t want to take our focus away from the core issues that are so important to the American people. Now, when there’s all that chatter and distortion and false information, we have to disseminate — we have to distinguish between truth and fiction.

Was that your Freudian slip showing, dearie?

BROWN: So do you think FOX News is biased?

JARRETT: Well, of course they’re biased. Of course they are.

BROWN: OK. Then do you also think that MSNBC is biased?

JARRETT: Well, you know what? This is the thing. I don’t want to — actually, I don’t want to just generalize all FOX is biased or that another station is biased.

Um…Human-ah human-ah human-ah…uh… Whoops!!

Because You just did in your last answer!!!  🙂

Folded like a cheap hooker…

I think what we want to do is look at it on a case-by-case basis. And when we see a pattern of distortion, we’re going to be honest about that pattern of distortion.

Yeah, as long as it’s not on FOX or Talk Radio we’ll honestly ignore it! 🙂

BROWN: But you only see that at FOX News? That’s all that — you have spoken out about FOX News.

JARRETT: That’s actually not true.

Oh yes, you did, dearie. Maybe you we’re “Misquoted” just like Jimmy Carter… 🙂

I think that what the administration has said very clearly is that we’re going to speak truth to power. When we saw all of the distortions in the course of the summer, when people were coming down to town hall meetings and putting up signs that were scaring seniors to death, when we have seen commercials go up on television that are distorting the truth, we’re actually calling everybody out.

So are YOU the Power or FOX?

And the signs were true. Truth hurts.

So, this isn’t something that’s simply directed at FOX. We really just want the American people to have a clear understanding. There’s so much at stake right now. We really don’t have a lot of time for nonsense and distortions.

We’re too busy making up our own.

The American people are also smarter than that. Let them reach their own judgments based on the facts.

Not that we will listen to them because it’s damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.

Let’s just take health care, for example. Reasonable people could differ about the right approach. So, let’s have a conversation about that. Let’s not scare people by telling them that things are going to happen that are actually not even on the table. Let’s just talk about the facts.

Liberals talk about facts?  Since when?

You mean the “not one dime” “won’t add to the deficit” “it’s not a tax increase”?

Those Facts?

Nah.

Ignore the $$$Trillion Dollar Gorilla behind the curtain and the $$$Trillion Dollar Elephant sticking his nose in the tent.

It’s all lies and distortions! 🙂

They speak to Power!

Valerie Jarrett said so!

And we are from the Government and we’re here to help you… 🙂

 

 

Impossible Things before Breakfast

SEN. JUDD GREGG, R – N.H. “On The Record”: Well, nobody can opt out. I mean, we already have an opt-out program. It’s called Medicaid. It’s like saying to your kids that they can opt out of an allowance. I mean, nobody’s going to do it because unless they can also get tax revenues that they’re paying in, why would anybody ever opt out? Because then you’d be paying taxes in your state to support some other state. So it makes no sense at all. It’s simply a — it’s a fig leaf to try to cover up the fact that the basic goal here is to create a nationalized system, to go to a single-payer plan, and to do it using this government plan as basically the vehicle by forcing people off their private insurance and into a government plan.”

“So I have no idea who came up with it. Obviously, Senator Reid is promoting it right now and he’s — I think it’s obvious what the game plan is. He wants to use it as a way to basically deflect the fact that the underlying bill, if it has a government plan in it, will be promoting a government plan. And government plans inevitably lead to people getting less quality health care in that there’s inevitably price controls and rationing and delays. And it also leads to much less innovation because the simple fact is the government underfunds these accounts. And as a result, people stop seeing doctors because doctors won’t see them.”

It isn’t right. It absolutely isn’t right, Greta. And you know, it’s totally inappropriate that a bill that’s going to affect 16 percent of our economy and everybody’s life should basically be — and it’s going to be 1,200 to 1,500 pages — should basically be written in a room which nobody can get into, other than two or three senators, and then suddenly be brought out and put on the desk of the senators and told, This is it, take it or leave it.

Well, I think in the end, when the bill comes back from conference, there will be a government plan in there that’s pretty much fixed and will essentially be used as a way to control the market and control prices and thus inevitably lead to some sort of delays and rationing and to forcing other insurance products out of the market because it’ll be able to underprice using the power of the government and using price controls, essentially, just as they do in England, where you essentially have price controls and therefore, delay and rationing.

I think that’s the inevitable — that’s the plan. That’s what will happen in the end, if some of my friends on the other side of the aisle get their way. Whether it is done with a trigger, whether it’s done with an opt-out, it all means the same thing. It all means a government plan, and a government plan inevitably means that people will have less opportunities to see fewer — to have fewer — and will have fewer choices, and you’s inevitably go down the road of some very significant limitations on the availability of health care in this country.”

As I’ve said before, The Democrats don’t care what you think. They want what they want when they want it. Just like a child. And just like the dictators-in-training they want to be.

If you voted for them, congrats, you’re soon to be a good  little comrade.

“It’s not really a public option, it’s a consumer option,” Pelosi said. “As we’re mandating that people buy insurance we are saying to them, you have leverage, you have another choice. This is your consumer option.” To back up her point, Pelosi said that the program would be self-sustaining and benefits would be paid for by premiums, not taxpayers.(CBS)

And, like Alice, I like to believe 3 Impossible things before breakfast…

But this is not impossible to believe:

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2009, congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) appeared opposite Ralph Nader on “The Ed Schultz Show.” When Nader questioned Frank’s far-left bona fides, Frank quickly responded, “we are trying on every front to increase the role of government.”

Really? Ya Think???

They only want to run the auto industry, the banks, the financial houses, your life and death, your car, your electricity, your environment. Nothing too intrusive. 🙂

Obama has set a spending limit of roughly $900 billion over a decade for the legislation, but has already agreed not to count more than $200 billion to raise fees for doctors treating Medicare over the next 10 years.

He also appears willing to bow to the wishes of House Democrats, whose bill is expected to total roughly $1 trillion. Democrats argue some of that spending shouldn’t be counted against Obama’s total because it doesn’t deal directly with the cost of providing coverage.

It covers items such as improved benefits for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as money spent on disease prevention programs.

This would be the same Medicare that was going to be slashed by $500 billion in “waste, fraud and abuse” that would help pay for the plan to begin with, right? 🙂

The one Nancy Pelosi says will be a government run self-sustaining no-taxpayer money enterprise.

“Not one Dime”

Now that’s a benefit, for sure. 🙂

And most definitely an  impossible thing.

But “Hope and Change” everyone. “Yes We can” 🙂

Building up the vote count towards the magic 60 will probably mean buying off people (read: bribes and shady deals) — and it’s a seller’s market when every vote means everything. (And does the price rise the longer this goes on — and the more the pressure builds from the other side?).

Of course.

But we shouldn’t hold that against them. And it will not be “on the books” after all. This Congress doesn’t do “pork”! 🙂

And all the smoke filled, back room, under-the-table deals will be very “transparent” and the “Culture of Corruption” will be reformed by the same Democrats like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi when she came to power assured Americans she would “drain the swamp” and clean up ethics violations. To this day, she still boasts about that notion as an accomplishment. Sadly, the swamp is winning.

But since it’s a Democratic Swamp, who cares. Certainly not the Ministry of Truth Mainstream Media. Or for that matter the Republicans who, many, are still in the please like me kissy-kissy “moderate is better” mode not understanding the nature of the enemy they face.

One that has absolute control  jihad on their minds.

And the american public are the ones about to be slaughtered.

Thomas Sowell:

Governments impose price controls in order to try to keep the costs of medical care from absorbing so much of their budgets as to seriously restrict other government functions. Government-paid medical care is thus often an exercise in price control, and it creates situations that have been common for centuries in response to price controls on many other goods and services.

One of the reasons for the political popularity of price controls in general is that part of their costs are concealed — or, at least, are not visible initially when such laws are passed. Price controls are therefore particularly appealing to those who do not think beyond stage one — which can easily be a majority of the voters.

Artificially lower prices, created by government order rather than by supply and demand, encourage more use of goods or services, while discouraging the production of those same goods and services. Increased consumption and reduced production mean a shortage. The consequences are both quantitative and qualitative.

Even the visible shortages that follow price controls do not tell the whole story. Quality deterioration often accompanies reduced production under price control, whether what is being produced is food, housing, or numerous other goods and services whose prices have been kept artificially low by government fiat.

Quality declines because the incentives to maintaining quality are lessened by price control. Sellers in general maintain the quality of their products or services for fear of losing customers otherwise.

Nowhere has quality deterioration been more apparent — or more dangerous — than with price controls on medical care.

But don’t worry, there won’t be any rationing according to the Democrats. And we all know they are “transparent”. 🙂

President Obama: “There’s always going to be an asymmetry of information between patient and provider,” he said. “And part of what I think government can do effectively is to be an honest broker in assessing and evaluating treatment options…”the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.” For them, he said, “I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels.”

But no “Death Panels” just “conversations”. 🙂

Sowell again:

In general, where the doctor is paid per patient visit, then a series of treatments that might have taken five visits to the doctor’s office can now take 10 shorter visits — or more. Therefore political leaders can proclaim that price controls have succeeded because the cost per visit is now lower than it was in a free market, even though the total costs of treating a given illness have not declined and — typically — have risen.

Skyrocketing costs, far beyond anything projected at the outset, have marked government-controlled medical care systems in France, Britain, Canada and elsewhere. Responses to such runaway costs have included abbreviated doctors’ visits and hospital stays cut short.

And the current bills are designed, except for the off-the table bribe of $200 million, to pay doctors even less. So they will have to see more patients, or at least have more visits to make up for it.

Sounds great doesn’t it.

Drive Thru Health Care!

Your McDoc is in.

Would you like fries with that!?

Or sorry, those are bad for you so we will have to tax them to pay for your unhealthy lifestyle.

How about some tofu instead while you wait under your solar-powered light driving your electric put-put “smart”car? 🙂

Now that’s a Breakfast of Champions!

 

The Trojan Horse

“Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts”

Or in this case, Democrats.

This saying comes from the Trojan War between the Greeks and the people of Troy.

The Greeks constructed a giant horse (horses were worshiped by the Trojans) and hit men inside because they were unable to breech the walls of the city after 10 years of siege.

Then the Greeks faked running away, leaving only the Horse.

The Trojans celebrated their victory and wheeled the giant horse into the city.

In the middle of the night the Greeks came out of the horse and slaughtered the Trojans.

Unable to breach the walls of public opinion on how great it would be for the government to decide who lives and who dies they retreated at the end of August and created the the Baucus Bill. A bill without the “Public Option” that had “bi-partisan support” (1 sad sucker of a Republican in Sen. Snowe).

Hurrah!

And just now the Greeks (Democrats) have decided to re-brand their original goal yet again.

The Orwellian re-branding yet again of  Socialized National Care.

If you can’t dazzle them with your magnificence, baffle them with Orwellian BS.

And signal ahead of time that it was all a Trojan Horse.

In an appearance at a Florida senior center, the Democratic leader referred to the so-called public option as “the consumer option.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., appeared by Pelosi’s side and used the term “competitive option.”

Both suggested new terminology might get them past any lingering doubts among the public—or consumers or competitors.

“You’ll hear everyone say, ‘There’s got to be a better name for this,'” Pelosi said. “When people think of the public option, public is being misrepresented, that this is being paid for with their public dollars.”

So, since the government has no money unless they take it from you, where are they going to get it?

Or that’s right, they can just print and let someone else worry about the deficit later…

But this is the same Nancy Pelosi who said it wouldn’t raise the deficit?

So where are they getting the money?

One Answer: They don’t care.

Real Answer: From you. The Public. Bend over, the biggest enema in this country’s history is about to be shoved up your ass!

The entire Baucus Bill process was a sham.

Wonder if Sen. Baucus knew all along? Ya Think… 🙂

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), a centrist whose healthcare bill did not include a public option, said in a statement that he would support “any provision, including a public option, that will ensure choice and competition and get the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate.”

This being the same guy who said that the public option had no chance.

Talk about a Dog and Pony show!

The Democrats want their Holy Grail (read Helen of Troy) and nothing shall defeat them.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Senate Democrats will include in the health care reform bill a government-backed health insurance program that allows states to opt out if they can come up with an alternative.

“I think it’s the fairest way to go,” Reid said of the “opt out” proposal.

The “opt out” proposal would set up a national insurance plan with government seed money and be run by a private, not-for-profit board. Under the proposal, states would have to prove they can provide comparable coverage in order to exit out of the federal plan. The plan would also negotiate rates with providers just like private insurance companies do, presumably keeping premiums on a level playing field with the private industry.

The measure is one of a host of different so-called public options being considered in the Senate. Though the public option seemed off the table in the chamber just one month ago, it gained traction in recent weeks as Democratic leaders floated versions meant to be more appealing to party moderates.

The key phrase being : “Under the proposal, states would have to prove they can provide comparable coverage in order to exit out of the federal plan”

Meaning if you the state doesn’t have something that is EXACTLY like the Government’s plan it can’t opt-out.

Which is precisely what was in HR3200, only it was the insurance companies ans employers.

Which is a Trojan Horse.

And if the state does manage to opt-out will the taxes be opted out as well?

I very much doubt it. Don’t you. The old double whammy. The State-run Government health care and the Government health care. Yeah, that’ll bring costs down. And it will be the State’s fault for opting out so they won’t be able to or they’ll have to opt-in later in defeat.

And won’t you have the lack of portability now that is one of the main root causes of this whole mess?

But that was never going to happen anyhow. That’s the Orwellian Trojan Horse, the “op-out” is the horse.

“I’m always looking for Republicans,” Reid said. To slaughter like the Trojans in the dead of night maybe. 🙂

After Reid spoke, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement in which President Obama congratulated Democrats for their “hard work on health insurance reform.”

“While much work remains, the president is pleased that at the progress that Congress has made. He’s also pleased that the Senate has decided to include a public option for health coverage, in this case with an allowance for states to opt out. As he said to Congress and the nation in September, he supports the public option because it has the potential to play an essential role in holding insurance companies accountable through choice and competition,” Gibbs said.

Only your choice is mandatory and provided by the government and the competition is far from fair.

He has never changed his mind and never will.

The rest is just so much smoke.

So he has looked down from inside the horse to see if it’s safe to come out and slaughter the Trojans and take the city after a long siege.

So are you asleep, Trojans?

 

 

 

 

Back from Vacation

I just spent 5 day at my parents internet dead zone.

But even my mother, a child of the Depression, who is legally blind and can only listen to TV (and watches only ABC News This week with George Stephanopolus and Lou Dobbs) said to me quite unsolicited, “Can you believe how slick that Obama is. You know he’s a socialist.”

Yes, Mom. I do.

And so does The Ministry of Truth and the President. But it’s not like they are going to let anyone tell anyone or anything.

If you mention it the liberal media will drip contempt and scorn on you.

“Most socialists share the view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, creates an unequal society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximise their potentialities and does not utilize technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of the public.”

Sound familiar??

Barack Obama, in 2001:

You know, if you look at the victories and failures of the civil-rights movement, and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to vest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples. So that I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to sit at a lunch counter and order and as long as I could pay for it, I’d be okay, but the Supreme Court never entered into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.

And uh, to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution — at least as it’s been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties: [It] says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.

And that hasn’t shifted, and one of the, I think, the tragedies of the civil-rights movement was because the civil-rights movement became so court-focused, uh, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change. And in some ways we still suffer from that. (NRO)

The entire purpose of the Constitution was to limit government. That limitation of powers is what has unlocked in America the vast human potential available in any population.

So the whole idea America is nearly gone.

The life support is failing.

So, comrade, how’s your life going?

The Sweet Science II: Cap & Trade

President Obama has admitted that under a cap-and-trade bill, “electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.”  The Obama
administration’s budget director, Peter Orszag, estimated that a 15 percent decrease in emissions would cause the average American family to pay $1,300 in additional utility costs a year. At the upper end, that amount could reach $1,761 a year.

But it’s better than doing nothing! 🙂

Kerry and Boxer deserve credit for their work so far, and encouragement in fending off the inevitable calls for compromises by

industries that fear the cost of change. The cost of inaction – or inadequate action – would be far greater.(boston.com)

Rep. Henry Waxman (D) – The harsh reality is that America’s global warming and energy challenges are just too important for us to keep  mailing it in by not enacting a comprehensive energy and global  warming bill.”

“The bill does not add one penny to the deficit,” Boxer said. “We’re very excited about that.”

The House passed its version of the bill, which is almost 1,500 pages long, at a cost of about $900 billion.  Members had less than 16 hours to read the final bill before it was voted on.  Legislators are seizing power and adding unprecedented tax burdens to Americans
without even reading the legislation. (IBD)

Poor households will receive additional payments to compensate for purchasing power they will lose due to cap-and-trade, another
indication that the administration sees the law’s effects on prices. Oh, like the subsidies to pay for the mandatory health insurance…

President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders, who have suggested that a cap on carbon emissions would help
revive the U.S. economy. (NYT)

But then again, so was the stimulus and health care reform, and the secret talks about another stimulus!!

Heard this one before??

In June, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy bill, which aims to increase investment in
renewable energy and slash carbon emissions by 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.  In early October Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer unveiled the Senate’s version of the bill.  It is even more ambitious, with a goal of cutting emissions by 20 percent by 2020.

The sponsors also drop the politically loaded term “cap and trade,”calling it “pollution reduction and investment” instead.
Orwellian word games always inspires confidence doesn’t it?
But there’s a $3.6 trillion gas tax on the table that already passed the House and is making its way through the Senate, and cap and trade has Americans all over the country concerned. The $3.6 trillion gas tax figure, which includes gasoline and diesel gas, comes from a new report from Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Kit Bond (R-MO) on the effects of climate change legislation. And the energy tax has rippling economic effects, as Senators Hutchison and Bond explain in their Washington Times op-ed:

Americans will be double-hit by the gas tax when it raises the costs of goods and services such as groceries and utilities they must continue to purchase. Energy costs are among businesses’ top operational expenses already. While companies face a variety of energy expenses, ranging from heating and cooling their work space to powering equipment and lighting, operating their vehicles is the most costly. Every company, from the small-town local florist to a package delivery service with nationwide operations, will be hard hit. In order for these businesses to withstand the heavier tax burden and to remain profitable, they will be forced to pass these energy cost increases along to consumers through higher prices.”

Some industries are more energy-intensive than others, and  farmers and ranchers are hit particularly hard. Heritage Senior Policy Analyst Ben Lieberman writes, “In addition to higher diesel fuel and electricity costs, prices for natural gas-derived fertilizers and other chemicals will also rise. Everything else affecting agriculture, from the cost of constructing farm buildings to the price of tractors and other farm equipment, will also go up.”

According to the Hutchison-Bond report, U.S. farmers and ranchers will incur higher fuel costs of $550 million in 2020. That figure will jump to $1.65 billion by 2050. According to The Heritage Foundation’s cap and trade analysis, farm profits are expected to decline by 28 percent in 2012 and will be an average 57 percent lower from 2012-2035. Congress is attempting to buy the farm vote by touting them as the beneficiaries of a carbon offset program because farmers can use cleaner technology, reduce nitrous oxide emissions, or simply not grow crops. However, the revenue gained from offset revenue will pale in comparison to lost income from cap and trade.(Heritage.org)

A Liberal Democrat calls it a Tax, for heaven’s sake: There’s a reason Democrat John Dingell (Mich.) called the cap-and trade portion of the House bill a “great big” tax.  Energy costs will soar under this bill, and those costs will be passed on to consumers.

While in the business of handing out $300 million in stimulus rebates to consumers who purchase Energy Star rated appliances, the US Department of Energy acknowledges in an internal audit that that it does not properly track whether products labeled with the Energy Star actually meet the required specifications for energy efficiency. (examiner)

2008 analysis:
The problem is: the benefits to cutting CO2 are negligible. Even the Environmental Protection Agency found that a 60 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 in the U.S. alone would affect world temperatures by 0.1 to 0.2 degrees C. It would take a global policy with the same cuts to reduce world temperature by just 1 to 2 degrees C.
What about the costs? Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis calculated the costs of global warming legislation in the U.S. alone and the
cumulative GDP losses for 2010 to 2029 approach $7 trillion. Single-year losses exceed $600 billion in 2029, more than $5,000 per
household. Annual job losses exceed 800,000 for several years. That’s a scary price to pay for what little benefits we receive.
(heritage.org)

And of course, we are the most evil on the planet in regards to global warming right? And when we co to Copenhagen in December for the Global Warming summit everyone in the world will happily jump on board just like they did in Kyoto when the evil George W Bush refused to bow to the pressure. Right?

China and India are the first and fourth biggest emitters of carbon dioxide emissions, respectively, but they refuse to commit to binding missions cuts. As “progressive” Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold has said, “You know, the other countries won’t play ball…They cannot be given a free pass, and we cannot do cap and trade alone.”
The Chinese will be happy to see us cut our throats.
So will the EU.
The European Union has had a cap-and-tax regime since 1997.  But 12 of the 15 EU nations that signed on are failing to meet their targets.

Other countries have temporarily abandoned enacting crippling cap-and-trade schemes.  The Australian government’s Emission Trading Scheme legislation has been postponed until mid-2011 because of popular backlash fueled in part by increasing evidence against man-made global warming, as well as increasing recognition of the legislation’s economic toll.

But don’t worry, live in Hope and Change!

“The shifts will be significant,” the CBO director said. “We want to leave no misunderstanding that aggregate performance — the fact that jobs turn up somewhere else for some people — does not mean that there are not substantial costs borne by people, communities, firms in affected industries and affected areas. You saw that in manufacturing, and we would see that in response to changes that this legislation would produce.”

But Greenpeace USA’s climate director, Damon Moglen, questioned the bill’s strength.

“While the language the Senate unveiled today contains some improvements over the House bill, it fails to commit the U.S. to
meaningful, science-based greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to protect us from runaway climate change,” Moglen said. “This proposal meets neither the needs of science nor those of the international community, which is currently negotiating the landmark climate treaty.”

Currently, 60% of the electricity generation in the U.S. comes from coal. The Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House would raise the cost of electricity generated by burning coal. Demand would therefore increase for less carbon-intensive generation sources, such as nuclear power or natural gas. John Shelk, president of the trade association Electric Power Supply Association, predicts that we will see an “increase in revenues to carbon-free power sources like nuclear.” He adds that “this is exactly what is supposed to happen.”

The fact that NO Nuclear plant has been built in this country for over 30 years is not a deterrent. Or the fact that the main reason they haven’t been built is the self-same “environmentalists.

And to give you an idea of what you’re up against:

Liberal post on heritage.org (I fixed the bad speeling and grammar): This is sad to say but Heritage foundation is a conservative right wing research center that includes their bias opinion. This isn’t necessarily true that cost will rise. Profit will fall and the owner can’t have that. They claim they ‘have’ to lay people off. Which isn’t true. Owners need to realize they have to start taking pay cuts for everyone to survive. Cap N Trade isn’t enough. Change the Economy entirely by adding more efficient wind energy and solar. Second use the oceans to create energy. We have the capabilities to do all of this but the upper-upper elite can’t stand the idea of losing just a little bit for the better of humanity. Its always about them. They drag us down with them in this sinking pit.

Don’t pay any attention the the envoronmentalist behind the curtain!

Recommend you read: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/15762

Section 198 of the bill adds a presidentially-appointed “consumer advocate” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which already has such an office. H.R. 2454 gives the Commission itself no authority over the advocate, but gives the advocate authority over almost all of FERC’s legal staff.
Thus the White House has you by the legal short-hairs.

We are from the government and we are here to save the planet and you.

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows that 10 states, mostly in the Midwest, would be hardest hit. Rust belt
senators know the legislation will hurt industry and consumers in their region.  And the legislation will punish farmers by raising the
cost of fertilizer and diesel fuels, which will increase food prices.

So higher Electric Bills.
Higher Food Bills.
Higher Fuel costs.

Higher Unemployment

Higher Transportation costs.

Higher Energy costs for businesses passed on to you.

Aren’t you glad in 2013 you’ll have lower Health Care costs?!! 🙂