Freedom Dies Today

“So this is how liberty dies… with thunderous applause.” – Senator Padme Amidala (Star Wars).

How appropriate.

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

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.- Ben Franklin

Today, the Senate vote to consider the Harry Reid back room deal galore Health Care Bill that will bring us ever closer to the government in control of your life and the end of Freedom in America.

I am sure he has intimidated,cajoled, lied to, or Bribed the Democrats into voting for it. Some may even try the John Kerry defense of  ” I voted it for it, before I voted against it”.

It didn’t fly then, why should it fly now.

Sure this is not the final vote. But it’s the one that really counts. Because, as has been pointed out, Sen. Reid can use reconciliation, the so-called “Nuclear Option” where parliamentry tricks make it only necessary to get 51 votes to pass it after this. And I have no doubt he will use it.

So the supposedly Pro-Life Democrats will vote for a blatantly in-your-face Pro-Choice Bill.

The hold outs will get Bribes.

And everyone else will vote with the party, and their constituents who  are against it and have been in the majority against it for months,  will be ignored.

That’s representative democracy today.

And it’s dead.

Oh, I can hold out a vain hope of it’s defeat. But the arrogance and the narcissism in politics today says otherwise.

So let’s look some more at the bill that will doom us all eventually.

IBD:

Government of, by and for the people has apparently become a quaint concept to the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. Ramming socialized medicine through now comes down to cash payoffs.

Jonathan Karl of ABC News has exposed what may be the biggest taxpayer-funded bribe in the history of the Republic. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has been skeptical of her party’s proposed radical transformation of the U.S. health system.

“I’m not at all surprised that the public option’s been sold as free health care,” she told MSNBC last month, for instance. “But there is no free lunch.”

But will this “conservative” Democrat end up exchanging her vote for the biggest slab of bacon in congressional history?

As Karl reports, a two-page section of the Senate’s monster 2,074-page overhaul package tries to use gobbledygook to hide what could be described in less than one line: “$100 million for Louisiana.”

The Bayou State is never mentioned. Instead, the legislation refers to “a State that is one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia, for which, at any time during the preceding 7 fiscal years, the President has declared a major disaster … and determined as a result of such disaster that every county or parish in the State warrant individual and public assistance … .” (page 432- it’s 5 paragraphs of obfuscation and legalese, by the way)

Gee, who could that be? What is the only state in the Union with Parish designations..hmmmm…. 🙂

It’s the New Louisiana Purchase, only this time we are the ones getting screwed!

Has it ever been clearer that politicians consider those who gave them their jobs to be fools, to be bamboozled whenever possible?

At last count, Americans for Tax Reform found 18 major tax increases in the Senate health bill. They include:

• An individual mandate tax of as much as 8% of income.

• A $28 billion employer mandate tax.

• A 40% “Cadillac” excise tax on higher-priced private health plans.

• A $6.7 billion annual tax on private health insurance firms.

(That’s your choice and “competition”) 🙂 Tax your opposition into oblivion…

• A $2.3 billion annual tax on innovative drug companies.

• A $2 billion annual tax on medical device manufacturers.

• Health savings account (HSA) and flexible savings account (FSA) taxes that include a prohibition on using pretax dollars for most over-the-counter medicines.

Effectively killing them. 🙂

• A nearly $54 billion Medicare payroll tax hike.

The new taxes total nearly half a trillion dollars, according to Republicans, with a total spending cost of $2.5 trillion; the Congressional Budget Office concludes that the bill’s advertised $850 billion price tag is based on unrealistic assumptions.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, moreover, reports that a family of three earning 300% of the poverty level, or just under $55,000, will pay 12% of its income on premiums — nearly $6,600. At 400% of poverty, or $73,240, they pay nearly $8,800.

• A 0.5% hike on the Medicare payroll tax — to 1.95% from 1.45% of wages — for those earning $200,000 or more a year. The margin will be set at $250,000 for joint filers.

• A 5% tax levied on elective cosmetic surgery, defined as surgery that doesn’t “meaningfully promote” proper body function or “prevent or treat illness or disease.” It will be paid by the patient.

• A tax on insurance companies that is estimated to raise $19 billion. Like the taxes on drug and medical device companies, it will be based on revenue share — premiums collected in this case — during the tax year.

• A limit on the amount of medical expenses that can be deducted from taxes.

This is a plan that according to the CBO will still leave 24 million people uninsured, cause 5 million Americans to be dropped from employer-based coverage and leave more than 160 million people who still have job-based coverage ineligible for the much-touted new federal subsidies to help with sky-high premium increases.

This doesn’t sound like what the American people voted for. No wonder the process has degenerated into hundred-million-dollar bribes.

According to Americans for Tax Reform, Reid’s Senate bill uses the word “tax” no fewer than 183 times, “taxable” 164 times, “taxes” 17 times, “fee” 152 times and “penalty” 115 times.

The repeated references are clear indications of how bill supporters plan to fund an overhaul that, we are supposed to believe, will bring health care costs down.

Of course it won’t. This bill will cost far more than the $848 billion over 10 years it’s projected to. (Cato’s Michael Cannon says as much as $2.5 trillion.) And a good part of those costs will be paid by adding to Americans’ already painful tax burden.

And just what you need in a recession with the highest unemployment in a generation, MORE TAXES!!!

“It would be our hope that our more moderate Democratic colleagues would respect the wishes of their constituents rather than do the bidding of Harry Reid,” Republican Senator Jon Kyl told reporters.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% are opposed to the plan.
Intensity is still stronger among those who oppose the push to change the nation’s health care system: 25% Strongly Favor the plan while 39% are Strongly Opposed.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14

Today’s results match the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President and it’s the third straight day at -14. Prior to these three days, Obama’s ratings had fallen to -14 on only one day since taking office.

But if you have control of life and death and you can have the power over all, who cares if you’re unpopular and not listening to the people you supposedly represent.

POWER CORRUPTS AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.

And Freedom Dies.