DC Vs The States

I was going to do another Illegal Immigration blog, especially after the rancher was killed on the Border and dear Ex-Gov Janet “It’s a Federal Problem” Napalitano (now Homeland Security Secretary)  is so blase about it, but I will save that outrage for another day.

I found this article by David Broder, no rightwing bomb-thrower or extreme Leftist he.

It points out that while Washington D.C can’t stop spending to save anyone’s lives, the States are cutting programs, services, and raising taxes like mad because they are forced to.

Most states, unlike Washington, are mandated to not run deficits in their budgets.

Most people do as well.

So they are slashing and burning everywhere.

Here in Arizona, our Governor, Jan Brewer, who was given the job after Janet Napalitano could see the iceberg coming and jumped ship before she had to do anything about it has been fighting about this since the day she was handed the office.

And the rancor has been fierce.

But they have to get it done.

Meanwhile, in D.C., they spend $4 Trillion in 15 months, and the CBO projects a nearly $25 Trillion Dollar Deficit by 2020, and the Democrats continue to spend.

They pass Pay-As-you-Go Legislation to put lipstick on the deficit pig and before the inks even dry they roast the pig.

They can’t help themselves.

It’s what they do.

That and they endless obsess about how to run everyone else’s lives for them and the minutiae of political chess matches.

There is no discipline in D.C.

And they don’t want any.

There is enforced discipline on the States.

Which explains why the government always foists the mandates on the States.

They make them do it.

The States are the siblings who have to pick up the pieces that the Drunken,drugged out, abusive Parents in Washington everyone lives with inflict on them.

So, on that note: David Broder (Washington Post):

There is a great divide in American politics. It’s not between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between the president and Congress in Washington, on one side, and governors and legislators around the country on the other.

The record of the Washington politicians is summarized in the report that came out of the Congressional Budget Office last week. That nonpartisan scorekeeper announced that it projects the cumulative national debt to increase in the next decade by $9.8 trillion.

That unimaginable (and indigestible) sum is more than a trillion dollars higher than the Obama administration’s estimate. It means a lower future standard of living for Americans because of vastly increased debt.

As Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the senior Republican on the House Budget Committee, pointed out in his commentary on the CBO report, it projects the annual cost of interest on the debt to rise from $209 billion this year to $916 billion by 2020.

Most of that debt is now held overseas by nations such as China and Japan, so we are draining huge sums from ourselves and handing them to others to use in buying us up — or competing against us.

That is the story that has been written and is still unfolding in Washington, with budgets shaped by both Democrats and Republicans. It is a saga of national ruin.

The state side of the story is told most clearly in another report this week, this one from the private Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Staff members Nicholas Johnson, Catherine Collins and Ashali Singham summarized systematically what I had heard anecdotally from many of the governors when they were here last month for their annual winter conference.

Less Spending, More Taxes

The Great Recession knocked state tax revenues down by $87 billion in the fiscal year that ended last September — an 11% decline that was the steepest on record.

In response, the first thing the states did was to cut spending. General fund outlays were reduced by 4% in fiscal 2009 and by another 4.8% in 2010 — even as Medicaid rolls swelled and other recession-related expenses climbed.

But the governors and legislators did not stop there. Two-thirds of the states, 33 of 50, also raised taxes last year, adding more than $30 billion in revenues.

Ten states hiked taxes enough to increase revenues by more than 5% over the previous year’s collections. This happened in California, Florida, Indiana and Nevada, which have Republican governors, as well as in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina and Oregon, all governed by Democrats.
While the federal government was handing out tax rebates and now is preparing to extend many of the Bush-era tax cuts, 13 states were raising personal income taxes, 17 were passing sales tax and various business tax increases, and 22 were hiking excise taxes on tobacco, alcohol or gasoline.

California, with chronic budget problems, a Democratic-controlled Legislature and a Republican governor, bit the bullet and temporarily raised its income tax rate across the board and its sales tax by 1% and also lifted its vehicle tax.

It’s Different In D.C.

All the states except Vermont operate with a constitutional requirement that they balance their budgets. But I was reminded again during the governors’ conference how different the psychology is in the state capitals and in Washington.

Governors live in the real world, where budgets mean something more than a formula for shifting burdens to the next generation and where there is much less room for partisan game-playing.

Once again this year, Congress has passed a “pay-as-you-go” bill requiring it to make compensatory cuts whenever it increases appropriations for some worthy purpose. Then it turned right around and began waiving the requirement when circumstances pinched.

Discipline is visible in the states. It is still a stranger to Washington.

AMEN

And after the Health Care Slow Death Takeover bill passed it was even more of a stranger.

The director of the state’s Medicaid program, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, said last week that reversing health care cuts to comply with the federal health overhaul will cost Arizona $3.8 billion over the next three years.(NYT)

And predictably, Terry “the Tool” Goddard, a massive liberal who managed to become Attorney General is suitably liberal in his condescending and refusal to care about the additional money that the state doesn’t have that this would cost us.

And naturally, all the Democrats in the legislature are against the lawsuit.

That’s bi-partisanship for you!

I think the States are correct in challenging the law because it will be a massive burden in a time when massive burden are definitely not needed.

But Washington doesn’t care.

Their too busy popping champagne corks and looking to see what other “social justice” they can cram down your throat.

And the lawsuit have to go through a gauntlet of Liberal judges, whom I’m sure will be impartial and blind as Lady Justice. 😦

And one Constitution scholar said it was clearly unconconstitutional but because it was so political that the high courts would rule against the States.

If that turns out to be true we have no Constitution left.

And that would be the end.

Because if you can pass a blatantly unconstitutional law and not rule it unconstitutional for political reasons it’s over and there’s nothing left.

Turn out the lights. No one’s home.

So we will have to wait and see.

Meanwhile, the Arizona legislature has to cut nearly 50% more than they already have thanks to ObamaCare.

And that’s reality.

Not the liberal desires of entitlement and control.

The Next Big Stick

As difficult as it was, passing the health care bill is only “a critical first step” in overhauling the system so that it “works for all Americans,” President Obama told NBC’s Today show.”It is not going to be the only thing,” Obama told Matt Lauer. “We are still going to have adjustments that have to be made to further reduce costs.”

Further reduce??

Reduce???

What universe is he living in?

Well, that’s done. So it’s on to the next big stick.

Several companies have come out with their  100’s of millions in new cost estimates for ObamaCare.

The Democrats are mad about it.

And they want someone to pay politically for it, just not them.

So it’s time to take some CEO’s to the woodshed.

Rep. Henry Waxman vowed to haul CEOs into hearings after they revealed just how much ObamaCare will cost their firms. It’s an absurd war on bookkeeping, from a Congress desperate to avoid heat for this fiasco.

In the wake of President Obama’s presidential signature on the gargantuan Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last Thursday, big companies have crunched their numbers and come up with an ugly picture.

In legally mandated filings, AT&T reported that ObamaCare will cost it $1 billion. Deere & Co. reported $150 million in new costs. Caterpillar must cough up $100 million. 3M must pay another $90 million. AK Steel gets to fork over $31 million. Valero Energy will pay $30 million. There’ll be more as other companies report anticipated costs to fulfill their requirements to inform shareholders. What it shows is a huge wave of costs rolling over the private sector to pay for this bill.

It’s the real cost of ObamaCare, a bill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had touted daily as “paid for” in her pitch for Congressional votes.

Well, yes, as a matter of fact, it’s paid for because everything is paid for. The question is by whom.

The coming costs are the result of a little-scrutinized ObamaCare provision ending a tax credit for prescription drugs. The credit had been there to encourage firms to carry those costs for retirees.

As a result of ObamaCare’s changes, companies now can either pay for those costs — and lay off workers, hold off expansion or move abroad — or scrap their prescription drug programs altogether, dumping their retirees onto the federal government.

Either way, the costs are “paid for” — but they’ve also just skyrocketed, thanks to ObamaCare.

Instead of admitting the economic reality voters and companies have been warning Congress about, and maybe offering to read the bill next time, Waxman seeks to blame the very businesses the Democrats have just victimized.

It’s a sorry spectacle because Congress paid no attention at all to anyone who raised a yellow flag about how badly the cost-shifting would hit the private sector.

The Chamber of Commerce’s assessments of the impact on companies were dismissed in favor of MoveOn.org’s hysterical “analysis” howling for socialized health care. And the bill passed.

Now it’s time to pay the piper, and Waxman doesn’t want to pay.

He has decided to haul the executives into yet another round of star chamber hearings to explain just why two and two make four.

This is an implied threat to companies either to cook their books or face legal or political sanctions for embarrassing Congress by revealing the true impact of its health care bill on the private sector.

It has its place with what Stalin did in Soviet Russia, denouncing farmers as hoarders after setting artificially low prices for crops, and what Hugo Chavez is doing today in Venezuela, dictating prices on raw goods and limiting access to money while penalizing companies for passing on those costs to customers.

If Waxman gets away with this, it will be just as corrosive on the private sector here. It’s only happening because companies operating in market conditions dared to embarrass Congress with reality.(IBD)

Add to this the Chris Dodd bill on Financial Reform where the Treasury Secretary will have the power to seize a business if he believes it will fail.

Believes.

The bill would establish a liquidation fund financed by the industry and authorize the appointment of FDIC as receiver for insolvent companies, with SIPC acting as trustee for broker-dealers. All that sounds reasonable. You don’t notice the danger until you’re deep into the 1,336 page bill.

The government is to take over not only defaulting financial companies but those “in danger of default”. Five conditions are listed to define default and in-danger-of-default. Two are straightforward—the company will be filing for bankruptcy shortly or its board or shareholders agree to a government takeover.

The other three conditions allow the government to take over even when a company is not filing for bankruptcy and its board/shareholders do not consent. What it means is that the secretary of the Treasury can decide that a company is about to collapse even if it does not look that way to other people.

So you want to embarrass the President with your economic forecasts do you, Mr CEO?

Well, maybe we just need to take your company way from you.

So you want to give money to the GOP to defeat us in November or 2012?

Well, maybe we just need to take your company way from you.

When you operate on  “the end Justifies the means” that the Democrats are, and they got the drug high from winning the Health Care battle why wouldn’t they go there?

They absolutely would.

It’s the Chicago Way.

And the Mafia.

And the Soviets.

And Hugo Chavez.

And Castro.

So why wouldn’t they.

Moreover, consider that if there is any public suspicion of what’s going on, the company is dead. Once the Treasury decides a company is doing down, this decision will become self-fulfilling. That company will go down. The way the bill is written, it vastly expands government power to make arbitrary choices—like liquidate bank x but let bank y stand. A preview of this happened in 2008, when the Treasury and Fed decided to backstop Bear Stearns but not Lehman Brothers.

Perish the thought, but suppose a secretary of the Treasury has a crony who really wants to buy an investment bank on the cheap—and will provide some future quid pro quo. Pick a time when equities are down and you could make a case that a financial company is wobbly. Voila, it gets liquidated in a fire sale.

Maybe this sounds far fetched—a politician would not do something just for his own interest, would he?(CSM)

To allow the government to make a determination of what could or might happen is to create a whole new arena for political corruption.

But “The end justifies the means”.

The end being, of course, absolute power corrupting absolutely.

And Free Speech? Well,  FREEDOM IS SLAVERY…and you wouldn’t want to say anything bad about Big Brother now would you…

The Mind- It’s a Terrible Thing to Waste

Historians criticized proposed revisions to the Texas social studies curriculum Tuesday, saying that many of the changes are historically inaccurate and that they would affect textbooks and classrooms far beyond the state’s borders.

The changes, which were preliminarily approved last week by the Texas board of education and are expected to be given final approval in May, will reach deeply into Texas history classrooms, defining what textbooks must include and what teachers must cover. The curriculum downplays the role of Thomas Jefferson among the founding fathers, questions the separation of church and state and says that the U.S. government was infiltrated by communists during the Cold War.

Because the Texas textbook market is so large, books assigned to the state’s 4.7 million students often rocket to the top of the market, decreasing costs for other school districts and leading them to buy the same materials.

Discussions ranged from whether President Ronald Reagan should get more attention (yes), whether hip-hop should be included as part of lessons on American culture (no), and whether President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis’s inaugural address should be studied alongside Abraham Lincoln’s (yes).

Of particular contention was the requirement that lessons on McCarthyism note that “the later release of the Venona Papers confirmed suspicions of communist infiltration in U.S. government.”

The Venona papers document communication between the Soviet Union and its spies. Historians dispute the extent to which transcripts show Soviet involvement in American government.

Also contentious were changes that asserted Christian faith of the founding fathers. Historians say that the founding fathers had a variety of approaches to religion and faith; some, like Thomas Jefferson, were quite secular.

Some textbook authors expressed discomfort with the state board’s changes, and it is unclear how readily historians will go along with some of the proposals.

“I’m made uncomfortable by mandates of this kind for sure,” said Paul S. Boyer, emeritus professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of several of the most popular U.S. history textbooks, including some that are on the approved list in Texas.

“We now have the ability to deliver completely customized content” to different states, said Josef Blumenfeld, spokesman for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of three major publishers that supply Texas with most of its social studies textbooks. (referring to online resources)

But some historians weren’t so certain. Fischer, who is a historian at the University of Northern Colorado, noted that first-year teachers fall back on what’s most readily available to them — their textbooks.

“Teachers have a lot to do and a lot on their plate, and if there’s a nice big textbook that the kids have been taking home, they’ll use it,” he said.(WP)

As a person who has a Degree in Education and was at one time in my life going to be a History Teacher, this kind of manipulation of the fact enrages me.

This should not be a partisan issue.

It’s about the facts.

And nothing but the facts.

Warts and all.

But Liberals can’t leave politics out of it.

New York Times: After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.

So again, Liberals go for the if it’s not 100% us, it must be all them.

So education continues to be the proxy war of the future minds.

Orwell was correct, Education is a key.

Control their thoughts and you can control them.

Dr. McLeroy, a dentist by training, pushed through a change to the teaching of the civil rights movement to ensure that students study the violent philosophy of the Black Panthers in addition to the nonviolent approach of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He also made sure that textbooks would mention the votes in Congress on civil rights legislation, which Republicans supported.

“Republicans need a little credit for that,” he said. “I think it’s going to surprise some students.”

I know many Liberals who will be appalled. They believe they are the sacred holder of Civil Rights and no one can touch them on that.

Much like their “compassion”. That is, until you disagree with them and their fangs come out and they want to destroy you.

When I was preparing to be a History Teacher I full expected to get into a lot of arguments, simply because for me History should not be about ideology, it should be about what happened and why.

The Good, The Bad and the ugly.

And then you decide.

But the ideologically driven can’t deal with that.

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell

Punch Drunk Arrogance

Have you noticed that the Democrats aren’t happy they passed Health Care reform for the masses.

They are happy they beat “your ass”.

They are like the school bully who just knocked you down after a fight.

They are only happy they won.

That’s it.

They did the in-your-face End Zone Dance.

That’s what the past 15 months has been about.

Winning.

That’s all.

And now, the “winners” are feeling their Wheaties and want more!

“He goes into these into these negotiations, and into these legislative battles, with a stronger hand because people understand that he’s going to fight for what he believes in,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in an interview. “Congress proved to itself that it’s well within their power to do the big things that’ll bring about the type of change that they were elected to bring.”

Gibbs contended that Republicans may be more gettable now: “Understanding that what they got out of the health care thing was virtually nothing, I think they may think twice on financial reform. There’s certainly ample evidence that their ‘strategery’ needs a little reform.” (Politico)

So the bully has been emboldened to kick you even more, to expand his empire.

Hear it from a Liberal:

The second biggest threat to America’s vibrancy is the exploding federal debt. Again, Democrats can utter the words of fiscal restraint, but they don’t feel the passion. This bill is full of gimmicks designed to get a good score from the Congressional Budget Office but not to really balance the budget. Democrats did enough to solve their political problem (not looking fiscally reckless) but not enough to solve the genuine problem.

Nobody knows how this bill will work out. It is an undertaking exponentially more complex than the Iraq war, for example. But to me, it feels like the end of something, not the beginning of something. It feels like the noble completion of the great liberal project to build a comprehensive welfare system.

The task ahead is to save this country from stagnation and fiscal ruin. We know what it will take. The Democratic Party does not seem to be up to that coming challenge (neither is the Republican Party). This country is in the position of a free-spending family careening toward bankruptcy that announced that it was giving a gigantic new gift to charity.

You admire the act of generosity, but you wish they had sold a few of the Mercedes to pay for it. (Fresno Bee)

Unfortunately for the people’s interests, the trickery appears to be getting worse. Nothing exemplifies the contempt that Speaker Pelosi has for the public and everyone outside her little circle of intimidated puppets better than her arrogant assertion that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” What she calls the fog of controversy is actually the process of painstakingly deciphering 2,700 pages of arcane obfuscation. The bill contains one simple reality that Pelosi and team desperately want to conceal: it will dramatically expand government’s reach into the private sector of our economy and dramatically reduce individual liberty. (Colin Hanna)

And that was best exemplified by Pelosi arrogant walk with over-sized gavel in hand through protesters with a smile on her face to pronounce the bill passed.

In your Face!

And now that they have had a taste of this sweet nectar they want MORE!

MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE!

Recession is when your neighbors loses Their job. Depression is when you lose yours as well. And recovery is when Barack Obama and The Democrats loses theirs.

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The Car War Begins

Liberals hate your car.

It pollutes the environment.

It causes accidents.

It gives you freedom to go where you want to.

It eats up gas and oil, which they REALLY hate.

And hate is what a Liberal does best.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a “major policy revision” that aims to give bicycling and walking the same policy and economic consideration as driving.

“Today I want to announce a sea change,” he wrote on his blog last week. “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized.”

At a House appropriations committee hearing last week, Congressman Steven LaTourette, Republican of Ohio, brought up the new policy and asked a Transportation Department official to clarify what Mr. LaHood means by “equal treatment.”

“If we’re going to spend $1 million on a road, we’re not going to have half of it go to a bike lane and half of it go to cars?” he asked, according to a transcript of the hearing.

“My interpretation of that would be equal in the eyes of policymakers as what is the expenditure you make, what is the benefit you get,” responded Roy Kienitz, D.O.T.’s under secretary for policy. “And if the freight project offers the best bang, great, but if the bike project offers a good bang, great for them.”

“I don’t even understand how you get a bang for the buck out of a bicycle project,” Mr. LaTourette subsequently commented. “I mean, what job is going to be created by having a bike lane?”

It’s not the bike lane they really want, Congressman.

They want you out of your car. By hook or by crook.

That freedom to go anywhere has to be stopped.

And they have to force you onto government subsidized Mass Transit.

Where they control you.

And besides, with all the taxes coming down and the fact that your car is evil and Gasoline is evil they will make it too expensive for the average joe to afford a car.

Think London.

Where Mass Transit is what most use.

Having a car is expensive.

A Privilege. :0

That’s one Entitlement they won’t push.

Not with the Liberal mad on for Oil Companies.

And besides bicycling to work will be good for your Health, especially in a few years when the Government owns that too.

The Bike is the New Hybrid.

Embrace the Bus or Light Rail.

The Government says you’ll love it.

LaHood told reporters at the National Press Club that the “Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ his department had formed with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing—sometimes known as the “livability initiative”–was designed to “coerce” people out of their cars.

“Some in the highway-supporters motorist groups have been concerned by your livability initiative,” said the moderator at the National Press Club event. “Is this an effort to make driving more torturous and to coerce people out of their cars?”

“It is a way to coerce people out of their cars,” said LaHood.

The moderator later asked: “Some conservative groups are wary of the livable communities program, saying it’s an example of government intrusion into people’s lives. How do you respond?”

“About everything we do around here is government intrusion in people’s lives,” said LaHood. “So have at it.”

And they will gleefully do so.

Drowning in a VAT of Debt

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.

But ask a Liberal or the Fifth Column/MSM/Ministry of Truth and they’ll say it was George W. Bush’s fault and they are “fixing it”.

This like the plumber that comes over to fix your toilet and ends up flooding your house.

It’s not his fault.

God helps us all.

If the president opts to continue with the biggest ideologically based spending spree in history — risk to the economy be damned — federal spending for 2009-2020 will as a percent of GDP increase by an enormous 23% (or more) compared to the Bush/Clinton years, the government’s gross debt (public plus internal) will as a percent of GDP equal or exceed Greece’s, and catastrophe will follow.

Some analysts say that America’s AAA bond rating is already in jeopardy and may be lost by 2014 at the latest.

If one uses the Congressional Budget Office’s more realistic forecasts of interest rates, revenues and GDP growth, adding the president’s extra spending and debt is even more risky: The public debt in 2020 will be 91% of GDP. The gross debt will be 123% of GDP (compared with 115% to 125% in Greece today) and greatly in excess of the “tipping point” identified by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff in their recent landmark study of worldwide data.

On the other hand, the president could decide not to put America at such great risk and, therefore, to forgo adding the additional spending and debt. In that case, the public debt would be 56% of GDP and the gross debt would be 85% (or, according to CBO data, 68% and 100%).

As the night follows the day, the VAT cometh. With the passage of ObamaCare, creating a vast new middle-class entitlement, a national sales tax of the kind near-universal in Europe is inevitable.

We are now $8 trillion in debt. The Congressional Budget Office projects that another $12 trillion will be added over the next decade.

ObamaCare, when stripped of its budgetary gimmicks — the unfunded $200-billion-plus doctor fix, the double counting of Medicare cuts, the 10-6 sleight-of-hand (counting 10 years of revenue and only 6 years of outflows) — is at minimum a $2 trillion new entitlement.

It will vastly increase the debt. But even if it were revenue-neutral, ObamaCare pre-empts and appropriates for itself the best and easiest means of reducing the existing deficit. ObamaCare’s $500 billion of cuts in Medicare and $600 billion in tax hikes are no longer available for deficit reduction. They are siphoned off for the new entitlement of insuring the uninsured.

This is fiscally disastrous because, as President Obama himself explained last year in unveiling his grand transformational policies, our unsustainable fiscal path requires control of entitlement spending, the most ruinous of which is out-of-control health care costs.

ObamaCare was sold on the premise that, as Nancy Pelosi put it, “health care reform is entitlement reform. Our budget cannot take this upward spiral of cost.” But the bill enacted last Tuesday accelerates the spiral: It radically expands Medicaid (adding 15 million new recipients/dependents) and shamelessly raids Medicare by spending on a new entitlement the $500 billion in cuts and the yield from the Medicare tax hikes.

Obama knows that the debt bomb is looming, that Moody’s is warning that the Treasury’s AAA rating is in jeopardy, that we are headed for a run on the dollar and/or hyperinflation if nothing is done.

Hence his deficit reduction commission. It will report (surprise!) after the November elections. What will it recommend? What can it recommend?

Sure, Social Security can be trimmed by raising the retirement age, introducing means testing and changing the indexing formula from wage growth to price inflation. But this won’t be nearly enough. As Obama has repeatedly insisted, the real money is in health care costs — which are now locked in place by the new ObamaCare mandates.

That’s where the value-added tax comes in. For the politician, it has the virtue of expediency: People are used to sales taxes, and this one produces a river of revenue. Every 1% of VAT would yield up to $1 trillion a decade (depending on what you exclude — if you exempt food, for example, the yield would be more like $900 billion).

It’s the ultimate cash cow. Obama will need it. By introducing universal health care, he has pulled off the largest expansion of the welfare state in four decades. And the most expensive. Which is why all of the European Union has the VAT. Huge VATs. Germany: 19%. France and Italy: 20%. Most of Scandinavia: 25%.

American liberals have long complained that ours is the only advanced industrial country without universal health care. Well, now we shall have it. And as we approach European levels of entitlements, we will need European levels of taxation.

Obama set out to be a consequential president, on the order of Ronald Reagan. With the VAT, Obama’s triumph will be complete. He will have succeeded in reversing Reaganism. Liberals have long complained that Reagan’s strategy was to starve the (governmental) beast in order to shrink it: First, cut taxes — then ultimately you have to reduce government spending.

Obama’s strategy is exactly the opposite: Expand the beast, and then feed it. Spend first — which then forces taxation. Now that, with the institution of universal health care, we are becoming the full entitlement state, the beast will have to be fed.

And the VAT is the only trough in creation large enough.

As a substitute for the income tax, the VAT would be a splendid idea. Taxing consumption makes infinitely more sense than taxing work. But to feed the liberal social-democratic project, the VAT must be added on top of the income tax.

Ultimately, even that won’t be enough. As the population ages and health care becomes increasingly expensive, the only way to avoid fiscal ruin (as Britain, for example, has discovered) is health care rationing.

It will take a while to break the American populace to that idea. In the meantime, get ready for the VAT. Or start fighting it.(IBD)

So add to that the “Universal Retirement” where you are forced to fund the National Debt through Treasury bonds and all the Taxes for the Health Care Bill that will not drive you into the hands of the government but your employer as well.

Doom is coming over the horizon.

And the only thing we can do is REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Bend Over

“After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth,” Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and “birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall.”

You’ve officially been Mocked by The President of the United States.

Congrats, he has complete contempt for you.

Isn’t that Special?

Coming Up, Your 401k.

You’re an idiot.

You can’t manage it properly.

So the government is going to have to do it for you.

Or so says a “think tank” at retirement-usa.org funded by Retirement USA has been convened by five organizations – the AFL-CIO, the Economic Policy Institute, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Pension Rights Center, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The SEIU, if you didn’t already know is a Union for Government Employees, and the their President is the single most frequent guest at The White House since Obama was elected and the man who single-handledly carved out the Union exemption from the “Caddilac” tax until 2018.

So they have your best interests at heart. 😦

Retirement USA is a national initiative that is working for a new retirement system that, along with Social Security, will provide universal, secure, and adequate income for future retirees.

“Our goal is to involve all workers and all employees in a government-mandated retirement program, with the government putting up the difference for lower-paid employees,” Nancy Hwa, a spokewoman for the participating Pension Rights Center said.

They want your retirement, to pay for Obama’s massive spending.

Retirement USA would require by law employers and employees to contribute to a retirement account for every employee and demand that a portion of that contribution go into a federal-government-created annuity that would be funded by purchasing Treasury debt.

Their Principles:

Universal Coverage. Every worker should be covered by a retirement plan. A new retirement system that supplements Social Security should include all workers unless they are in plans that provide equally secure and adequate benefits.

Secure Retirement. Retirement shouldn’t be a gamble. Workers should be able to count on a steady lifetime stream of retirement income to supplement Social Security.

Adequate Income. Everyone should be able to have an adequate retirement income after a lifetime of work. The average worker should have sufficient income, together with Social Security, to maintain a reasonable standard of living in retirement.

This would be the Social Security that just announced it’s insolvency.

This year, the system (SocSec) will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold it was not expected to cross until at least 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office. (NYT)

Timing is everything for Liberals, isn’t it.

The worse possible time is when you go for it!

Now here’s the fun part of your next “right” , retirement:

Shared Responsibility. Retirement should be the shared responsibility of employers, employees and the government.

Which means you get to invest in the governments debt and the government pays you a stipend.

“Retirement USA is basically an effort that amounts to nationalizing 401(k)s and IRAs,” David John, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Well, Obama does have Trillions in debt to pay off so why not make you pay for it, but not as a tax.

Just like the Health Care Reform where you have a Fine that is enforced by the IRS because it’s a Tax, but it’s a Tax that’s called a Fine.

Congress has broad taxing authority, but not fining authority.

So the Fine is a Tax and the Tax is a Fine.

Orwell would be proud.

Required Contributions. Employers and employees should be required to contribute a specified percentage of pay, and the government should subsidize the contributions of lower-income workers.

As if FICA and all the other mandatory taxes on your paycheck aren’t enough, the government wants more. But they won’t call it a tax, even if it is one.

Pooled Assets. Contributions to the system should be pooled and professionally managed to minimize costs and financial risks.

In case you don’t know, this  concept is called INSURANCE.

Government Annuity Insurance to manage your Guaranteed Government Run, Government Paid, Mandatory Retirement Entitlement.

And it will be for your own good.

Meanwhile, the government can steal your retirement income so they can spend it. Obstensively, it will be to pay down the debt, but since when would any leftist do that!

So the IOU’s will pile up in a short amount of time.

And it doesn’t stop there folks…

The Obama administration on Friday announced broad new initiatives to help troubled homeowners, potentially refinancing several million of them into fresh government-backed mortgages with lower payments.

Isn’t this how we got here?

Yes.

But, the pandering of the left and your “right” ‘s are just beginning.

I can’t wait for owning a home is a right.

Actually, I can, but the Liberals will get around to it eventually.

Because, everything is a “right” when it come to the Liberals wanting to take your freedom away in order to grant it.

Another element of the White House’s housing program will require lenders to offer unemployed borrowers a reduction in their payments for a minimum of three months.

An administration official declined to speak on the record about the new programs but said they would “better assist responsible homeowners who have been affected by the economic crisis through no fault of their own.”

But let’s not talk about the complete lack of interest in Job Creation by the Administration.

Let’s just throw more money at  these problems.

It’s not like we’re in debt or anything… 😦

The Setup

You want to know how the Democrats are going to try and beat the wrap of their cram down of Health Care “reform”?

Racism and Terrorism.

Much like the 2008 Presidential campaign you will be a racist if you don’t accept the cram down.

It’s a Civil Rights issue after all. 😦

And only racists are against Civil Rights.

The left likes to conveniently forget that more Democrats than Republicans were against the Civil Rights movement.

And the Amnesty crowd is going there too.

Then, we have Terrorism.

I have already been tarred with this one more than once already.

It goes like this.

You are are a threat to the power structure. You advocate overthrowing the  rightful power structure (in their view)

So you must be a “domestic terrorist” simply for disagreeing with the almighty Leftist Liberals.

You are violent.

You will go all Columbine or Austin on them.

They have to be protected themselves  from your violent wrath.

Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.): “Our democracy is about participation,” Hoyer said. “Our democracy is about differing and debate and animated debate and passionate debate. But it is not about violence.”

So that’s why they met in closed door sessions, shut out the Republicans, bribed and intimidated members, and any actual real debate and schemed how to get this passed by circumventing as many rules as possible and ultimately saying to the people of this country, “Screw you. We’re going to do it anyways”.

Yeah, right.

But this is not the first time this has happened. Nancy Pelosi last summer warned people of the violence of the Tea Party movement that was hounding them at that time.

And remember Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano filing a report that said the greatest threat to this country wasn’t radical muslims, but “right-wingers” and the returning military personnel.

So be prepared to be both a “racist” and a “Domestic Terrorist” if you dare disagree with the Almighty, All Powerful OZ (aka the Left).

This is what the left does.

They don’t debate.

They dismiss, demean, or destroy.

Saul Alinsky Chicago Politics.

And they have the Former Fourth Estate, now Fifth Column, Ministry of Truth (aka Mainstream Media) aiding and abetting their efforts.

“I know many Americans are angry over this health-care bill, and that Washington Democrats just aren’t listening,” Boehner told Fox News Channel. “But, as I’ve said, violence and threats are unacceptable. That’s not the American way. We need to take that anger and channel it into positive change. Call your congressman, go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, make your voice heard — but let’s do it the right way.”

Some Democrats, sensing a political opportunity, suggested that Republicans were fanning the anger with their fiery comments in recent days. Several GOP lawmakers stood on the speaker’s balcony at the Capitol overlooking a tea party protest last weekend holding up signs that read “Kill the Bill.” Below them, protesters were yelling “No! No! No!” and, referring to the House speaker, “Nancy, you will burn in hell for this!”

One columnist even suggested that the State lawsuits against the bill are anti-bellum pre-Civil War era arguments, like the “State’s Rights” slogan of the South before and during the Civil War.

Yes, they will go there.

So, if your State objects to the Federal Mandate on Insurance, you’re akin to the Confederate South who didn’t want to be told to free it’s slaves!

Yes, Virginia, they will most certainly say or do anything to conquer you.

Free Speech anyone….

IBD:  Those who say “it can’t happen here” to the bully-boy tactics that prevent “hate speech” in Canada haven’t been paying attention. It does happen here, the First Amendment notwithstanding.

You don’t have to love what Ann Coulter says, or the incendiary way she says it, to be on the side of the best-selling conservative author when it comes to the blatant discrimination she suffered north of the border this week.

Left-wing demonstrators at the University of Ottawa made it impossible for Coulter to speak there Tuesday night.

But the menacing crowd might have been small enough to handle had it not been stirred up by a high-profile e-mail warning to Coulter by the school’s provost, Francois Houle, last Friday.

Houle invited her “to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.”

Coulter turned the tables, announcing she will file a complaint with Canada’s Human Rights Commission alleging hate speech, charging Houle’s warning unfairly singled her out as a conservative, a Christian and a woman.

She’s only the latest victim of Canadian intolerance. Columnist Mark Steyn, who frequently appears in IBD, was dragged into a government investigation after a Muslim group complained about an excerpt from his book “America Alone” in Maclean’s magazine in 2006. Steyn had argued the West was suffering “civilizational exhaustion” in the face of a demographic threat from Muslims.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission dropped the case, but condemned Steyn. So did the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issuing a public letter defending “reasonable limits on the expression of hatred.” Canada’s media were mostly AWOL in defending Steyn from their rulers.

Ottawa’s leftist students celebrated keeping Coulter’s “discriminatory rhetoric” off their campus. But how widely can that, or “hate speech,” be defined? Coulter once sarcastically told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that she didn’t think of the murder of abortionist Dr. George Tiller “as a murder. It was terminating Tiller in the 203rd trimester.” Would Canada’s hate censors not allow that?

We may think, with a First Amendment south of the border, we don’t have to worry. But we do. It was only a slim 5-to-4 majority that in January threw out the McCain-Feingold law banning political speech over the airwaves too close to an election date.

And politicians of the left are eager to re-impose the so-called Fairness Doctrine regulating broadcasters’ content.

Just as “hate” can be defined to suit those in power, so can the First Amendment itself.

And their is talk that one of the Supreme Court Justices may step down, making it a Liberal Left court.

So “hate speech” could easily be defined as that which disagrees with those in power (aka the Left).

You say, they’d never go that far.

I say why wouldn’t they.

After all, if the end justifies the means, what stops them from going there to intimidate, thwart, and crush opposition to their desires?

Nothing.

Certainly not any morals or ethics.

The End justifies the means.

Think about that for a moment.

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.

Chicxulub II

Americans & Democracy are being systemically exterminated.

“There ain’t no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish  something. . .  .All this talk about rules. . . When the deal goes down . . . we make  ’em up as we go along.”—Rep. Alcee Hastings (Fla.)

Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.–Rep Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)

WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution Chairman Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduced bills in both chambers of Congress today that will restore voting rights to millions of American citizens with past felony convictions. An estimated 5.3 million citizens cannot vote as a result of felony convictions, and nearly 4 million of those individuals are living and working in their communities. The Democracy Restoration Act of 2009 is a welcome measure that will establish a uniform standard restoring voting rights in federal elections to millions of Americans who are not incarcerated, but continue to be denied their ability to fully participate in civic life.(ACLU)

And it’s a fact that Democrats traditionally get the majority of the “Felon Vote”.

So add the Felons to the Amnesty Illegals and you have as many as 25 million new Democrats who can be herded to the polls and informed to vote for the people who will kiss their buts.

And in the gerrymandering of the Census  (after it is being run by the White House and not the Treasury Dept) for the 2012 election cycle.

You get some real Chicago Politics.

Now we just need the Dead voting for Democrats.

President Obama said his bill will end some of the worst practices by insurance companies, provide the same health care coverage that Congress receives to the uninsured and small businesses, and will decrease health care costs. (Crains)

Problem: There is a provision in the bill to exempt members of congress from the regulations in the bill. What is more under this bill if you don’t have a “qualified plan” you will be fined for several thousand dollars. The other problem in the quote, “nothing changes for you”…that is, unless the plan you currently have doesn’t qualify on the government’s list of what is acceptable. If it doesn’t qualify you will be fined and given a plan of their choice. Ouch!

“Most of the major public policy changes embodied in the health care reform legislation will become effective only after the next presidential election in 2012,” said Maury Harris, an economist with UBS AG, said in a research report.

Gee, I wonder why… 😦

Insurers also will have to reveal how much of members’ premiums they spend on medical care, as opposed to executive salaries or other administrative costs. Next year, they’ll owe a rebate to customers if the insurers spend less than 80 percent on benefits for people in individual or small-group plans. (Bloomberg).

NYT: There will also be limits on overhead and profit. Insurers will be required to spend between 80 cents and 85 cents of every premium dollar on health care. They have been paying about 74 cents on average.

So You have a business that is required to spend 80-85% of their money on expenses and cover millions of new people and high-risk people that they previous didn’t and children they previously didn’t.

Some of them have to be covered for little or for free on preventative care, like colonoscopy’s and mammograms.

And forget things like employee expenses and business expenses.

Sounds like a sustainable business to me, doesn’t it. 😦

But then again, that was the plan.

Private Health Insurance was just hit with it’s own Chicxulub Meteor (the one that killed off the Dinosaurs) and will be extinct in 5 years or less I’d bet.

Leaving, guess who to step in and save the day!!! 😦

Mind you, a lot of this is based on Medicare and Medicaid, that are almost bankrupt and will have $500 Billion dollars in cuts (at least that’s what is supposed to happen, what are the chances it won’t happen).

The Cuts are most in Medicare Advantage, because AARP’s insurance arm has a higher cost alternative plan that will not be targeted.

Gee, I wonder why AARP supported the bill. 😦

So the idea that premiums will go down is fantasy.

And then there’s your friendly IRS agent. ALL 16,000 new ones to be Health Care Enforcement.

HR 4872 (The Reconciliation bill), Heritage reports, would “force companies to pay a tax penalty if that business employs 50 or more workers as soon as one worker qualifies for, and opts to accept, a health insurance premium subsidy.”

That $3,000 penalty is on top of the $2,000-per-worker penalty for all workers beyond the first 30 for such companies not offering a “qualified” health plan or paying 60% of employee health premiums. Such companies would be faced with a $3,000 penalty for hiring a single parent, the very kind of person desperately in need of employment.
Here’s where it gets even more bizarre. According to Heritage, under the reconciliation bill, if Company A lays off an employee with a working spouse, this could generate a $3,000 tax penalty for the other spouse’s employer, unless Company B also lays off the other spouse.

We’re not making this up. This byzantine legislation is a job-killer that will destroy small business, the major creator of new jobs. Some 77,000 businesses in the U.S. have 50 to 200 workers that could face the $2,000-per-employee tax penalty. An additional 116,000 businesses have 35 to 49 workers.

This nonsense will stunt economic growth and worsen the economic downturn by actually providing financial incentives to not hire people. It’s not worth the trouble. Businesses that might have expanded will stop at 49 employees. Those already considered a “large” business will face a minefield of taxes and penalties due in some cases to events beyond their control.

The power to tax is indeed the power to destroy. As we have said, this is not about health care. This is about power and the redistribution of wealth. And the IRS will be making a list and checking it twice to see who’s being naughty and who’s being nice.

And this you add this ditty:  In a joint statement to Congress, the president’s top economic advisers hedged against expectations of lower unemployment this year, saying the jobless rate — still hovering around 10% — will “remain elevated for an extended period.” “We do not expect further declines in unemployment this year,” the White House budget director, top economist and Treasury secretary testified.(IBD)

But at least they’ll have Government Health Care, in the future, that’s what’s really important. 🙂

And so, for Obama and The Democrats, it’s on to the next target.

They have to cram as much of this in this year as they can, so if they lose in November, they still win in the long term.

Amnesty, Financial “reform”, Global Warming, The EPA…

So much to control, so little time.

The Acid Rain and aftershocks  from the 21st century Chicxulub Meteor are now upon us.

And all we can do is our best.

It’s all we have left.

The Shape of Things to Come

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)

Now doesn’t that sound like Obama-Pelosi-Reid??

ObamaCare constitutes the largest tax increase in American history and shatters the previous record, admitted self-described socialist and MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O’Donnell yesterday.

When MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough asked O’Donnell about the overhaul bill on his radio show, O’Donnell said ObamaCare raises taxes by almost $500 billion.

Obama’s historic tax increase nearly doubles the previous record-setting tax that O’Donnell helped craft as Democratic Chief of Staff to the Senate Finance Committee during the Clinton administration.

Even O’Donnell conceded that proposing the largest tax increase in American history during a painful recession and double-digit unemployment was a foolish misadventure.

And do so–and here’s the really important economic principle that’s shocking for anyone who’s take the introductory course: they’re going to do it in a recession. You know…We liberal Keynesians do not raise taxes in recessions,” said O’Donnell. “We raise taxes when you’re making money. That’s when we raise taxes. And we love to do it.”

So even a massive socialist liberal hates it.

Then there’s this, a small wind that could become another hurricane, especially in light of the “Salt Ban”:

Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “Meat eaters impose costs – first, eating red meat is likely to kill you. Large studies have shown the daily consumption of red meat daily consumption increases the risks that people die prematurely of heart disease or bowel cancer. This is now beyond serious scientific dispute.

(Heard this before? Global Warming anyone…)

“When the beef industry tries to deny the evidence, it is just repeating what the tobacco industry did 30 years ago.”

And when Obamacare’s cost go insane, and they will, what will the little socialist do but panic and try to tighten the screws on everyone.

So that’s something to look forward to, as well as the massive new taxes you’ll get hit with.

You can’t dump as many as 37 Million people into a health care system that is already overburdened and undercompensated and expect a glorious Utopia.

Unless you’re a Liberal.

Then reality is not what it is, it is what you say it is.

Regardless.

And most of the “urgent” reform and “right” doesn’t start until 2014.

Like those who refuse to buy health insurance will pay an annual penalty of $95, or more in 2014 and increasing by 2016 to $700 and in some circles as much as 2.5% of annual income.

And if you don’t pay, the IRS will have 16,000 new bounty hunters to track you down.

So if you pay the penalty and have no insurance, guess what happens to the costs for the uninsured using the ER as primary care as they do now?

The exact thing as now, the premiums will rise.

The Insurance companies will be demonized again and run out on a rail.

Leaving, ObamaCare as AmericaCare.

Welcome to Canada South.

And with Amnesty still bringing in the illegals, it Mexico North.

America ceases to be.

So that’s why this still has to be fought.

The soul of America depends on it.

The campaign is far from over.

“The more he has talked about it, the more unpopular the legislation has become,” said CBS News political analyst John Dickerson. “Now that it has passed, we will get a test of the president’s ability to persuade and convince people.”

And the New Campaign Mode kicks in.

The New Fifth Column, The Ministry of Truth (aka Mainstream Media) will be right by his side cheering him on.

To sell you on the virtues of the cancer you’ve just been infected with.

P.T. Barnum has nothing on Obama.

And while he’s doing that Congress will be creating new bureaucracies for crushing the Financial Markets.

Will be pushing Amnesty while cutting Border enforcement.

And Cap & Trade, aka Global Warming, though massively discredit, Liberal still want it because it give them even more control over your life.

The Liberal Raptors are everywhere.

But “Hope & Change” comes in November when you must vote them out.

You don’t vote them out, kiss it all goodbye.

Period.

Turn out the lights.

It’s over.

Orwell wins and you’re Winston Smith.

It’s your choice.

“Yes We Can” 🙂

“Yes We Must”

The Day That Will Live In Infamy

No the Japanese have not attacked Pearl Harbor again.

And this was not a sneak attack.

But it was a call to War.

As predicted, the Democrat Socialists sold the American People down the toilet  219-212. That 3 more than they needed.

And guess who caved at the last second, Pro-Life Democrats.

They were promised to issue an executive order (aka BRIBE) from the President saying that the provisions of the now Health Care Reform Law that let the government pay fro abortions will not happen.

Not an actual signed order, just a promise of one.

And this President is a very trustworthy guy. 😦

SUCKER!

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) the “leader” of the now defunct ‘pro-life’ Democrats is now Judas.

“Perhaps Mr. Stupak and his fellow pro-life Democrats forget that President Obama’s first Executive Order was the repeal of the Mexico City Policy to allow for international funding of abortion.”— Phylis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum

To pay for the changes, the legislation includes more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade and cuts more than $500 billion from planned payments to hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and other providers that treat Medicare patients. (AP)

So bend over and reach deep. The enema you’re going to get is going to be a joyous one, Comrade. 😦

And just to give you some more happy news: This from Bloomberg

President Obama’s budget proposal would create bigger deficits every year of the next decade, with the gaps totaling $1.2 trillion more than his administration projects, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this month. Publicly held debt will zoom to $20.3 trillion, or 90 percent of gross domestic product, by 2020, the CBO forecast.

So anyone for Ramen Noodles??

That maybe all we have left soon.

But at least we’ll have government Health Care!

Hurray! 😦

When asked what Obama was doing during the vote, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs: “Mostly basketball.” (CBS)

He was watching the NCAA.

Well, you have to have your priorities… 😦

It also seems, according to the Senate Republicans website that the Senate Democrats stalled a “bi-partisan” meeting with the Parliamentarian until after the vote, that way it didn’t stall their quest for the Holy Grail.

WASHINGTON DC – Senate Democrats have balked at a bi-partisan meeting with the Senate Parliamentarian to discuss a rule violation that could doom the entire House reconciliation proposal.

DON STEWART, McCONNELL SPOKESMAN: “Republicans have been trying to set up a meeting with Senate Democrats since yesterday to discuss this fatal point of order but have been met with nothing but silence. We suspect Democrats are slow walking us so as to have the House vote first. Since Senate Democrats refuse to meet with us and the Parliamentarian, we’ve informed our colleagues in the House that we believe the bill they’re now considering violates the clear language of Section 310g of the Congressional Budget Act, and the entire reconciliation bill is subject to a point of order and rejection in the Senate should it pass the House.”

That means the Senate bill, which everyone in the House seems to universally hate, will be the law of the land.

And the Partisan bloodbath is probably not over.

But remember, this was the President who was going to be the Post-Partisan, Unifier.

You just did know he was going to be Unified against The American People and any who opposed his will.

Details…Details…details….

So the Reconciliation Fix-it fight is now on.

“Immediately after receiving the final reconciliation bill language, Senate Republican staff was ready and willing to meet with Senate Democratic staff and the Senate Parliamentarian to discuss the fact that the House reconciliation bill may be brought down by the 310(g) point of order in the Senate. Senate Democrats are mysteriously unavailable until after the House votes on the health care bill tonight. The Senate Democrats appear to be pushing off this meeting so that House Democrats will remain in the dark about what is likely to happen to the reconciliation bill on which many have staked their careers in Congress. House Democrats should be alarmed by this latest development, since the survival of the reconciliation bill is clearly at risk in the Senate.”

If Republicans can get the parliamentarian to agree with them even once, whatever ultimately passes the Senate will have to go back to the House.
And Democrats in the House quietly admit that its very likely they will have to vote again on the reconciliation fixes at some point down the road.

So the House Democratic Leadership was potentially Lying to it’s members, especially ‘Judas’ Stupak, that they’re being played.

Admittedly, you have to get the Parliamentarian to agree first, but it show how far the Democrats will go to pass it.

But even then, we still have Government run Health Care.

It doesn’t do it to everyone just yet.

But by the end of the decade it will be.

You can trust the Democrats on that.

or Maybe sooner…

As you know, I am a strong supporter of a public option, and I included the HELP Committee’s public option in the bill I brought to the senate floor last year. I was disappointed when it became clear that we did not have the votes to keep it.
Nevertheless, like you, I remain committed to pursuing the public option. While I believe that the legislation we are considering does much to provide affordable coverage to millions of Americans and curb insurance company abuses, I also believe that the public option would provide additional competition to make insurance even more affordable. As we have discussed, I will work to ensure that we are able to vote on the public option in the coming months.
Sen Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Because we all know by now, you can trust a Democrat lawmaker to keep his or her word, now can’t we. 🙂

And we have to get the Illegals Amnesty so they can be put on the government doles and registered as Democrats so we can fix the messy democratic process.

And then we just need to fix all those greedy, consumer-driven, energy pigs and purveyors of evil CO2 (you know, electricity, oil, cars, people).

We’ll whip them into shape for their own good.

So Welcome to the new Obama’s Amerika, Comrade.

Enjoy your “freedoms”.


The Empire Rising

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

I have a special day lined up.

So the Democrats can destroy the country without much further adieu.

We can move on to reconciliation tomorrow and after that the post mortem.

Make no mistake, once they pass this bill, the Government will control who lives and who dies and how they will live.

All Hail Darth Obama, Lord of D.C.

The Tyranny of this Majority begins today with passage of the death knell of America.

Congrats to Obama and The Democrats if the pull it off today, your Liberal Godhood is assured.

The Damnation of The People is equally assured.

Lady Liberty’s Last Days

Lady Liberty, that beacon of light and hope, has a potentially terminal disease, called Liberalism.

Tomorrow, likely, the Democrats will vote to end the Constitutional Republic that America has been since 1776.

But it’s for your own good.

The Government knows better.

Last Thursday, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted to set up a committee to examine whether condoms should be required on all pornographic film shoots.

California has run out of money, but it hasn’t yet run out of things to regulate. (IBD)

A bill introduced this week by Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz would ban use of salt in every dish, in every drink, on every plate, in every restaurant, in every single part of New York State.

“No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises,” the bill, A. 10129 , states in part.”

Violators would be hit with a $1,000 fine for each salty dish.

Ortiz says the ban is designed to save lives, and would save billions of dollars in health care costs.

And I just saw this guy on “America Live” yesterday on FOX and when the host joked about cutting, fat and cholesterol and other unhealthy things, he agreed that should happen to and this was just the start for him.

The government should regulate what you eat, because you’re not to be trusted.

And it’s for your own good.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Chief Executive Michael Lynton called on the nation’s biggest circuits to think about the waist lines of their customers, not just their own bottom lines.(LA Times)

He’s advocating doing away with Butter on popcorn.

The salt ban prompted my to post this on a message board:

Since the Liberals are so intent on the Government saving everyone from themselves I think
Obama needs to takeover the Grocery Stores and close all Convenience Stores and Fast Food.
They are after all, sell things that are bad for you.
Think of it, the government can make sure you eat healthy and nothing but healthy.
They could issue you a card that has all your “best for you” foods on it and then you won’t be allowed to buy anything that is bad for you.
Think what it could do for ObamaCare and Health Care costs.
The government will decide what’s good for you and you have to eat it.
Also, the government programs like Food Stamps can be expanded so no one goes hungry ever again.
They can make it Mandatory.

Then they take over the Restaurants  because you can’t be trusted.
And Fast Food will have to be outlawed because they are pure evil.

Utopia awaits.
And you’ll never have to think again about your health, the government has you covered.

Cooking Shows will have to be government controlled.

And We’ll have the Food Police to arrest black marketers selling products and to make sure all government regulations are enforced.

Embrace the Freedom from thought and stress.

**

Then after I write it I wonder about government subsidized Gym memberships, for all those unhealthy people who can’t afford it.

That’s unfair too.  (in the Liberal world).

You have a right to be healthy and those evil corporate bastards are making you fat and unhappy. It’s just wrong…. 😦

And with the Government eliminating every Student Loan in the country that is in Private hands and giving it all over to the Bank of North Dakota, a College Education as a right can’t be far off.

It’s for your own good.

We’ll have a “healthy”, “well-educated”, well-cared for, populace.

What could be wrong with that?

How about Freedom.

Overrated in the Liberal world.

You’re not smart enough to be free.

The government must protect you from yourself.

You will have the freedom to agree with them, or else.

And with Cap and Trade, Census gerrymandering, and Amnesty they will try and control everything and everyone else.

But it will be for your own good.

You can’t be trusted.

Meanwhile, ObamaCare will result in the creation of at least 16,500 new jobs. Doctors? Nurses? Ha! Dream on, suckers. That’s 16,500 new IRS agents, who’ll be needed to check whether you — yes, you, Mr. and Mrs. Hopendope of 27 Hopeychangey Gardens — comply with the 15 tax increases and dozens of new federal mandates about to be “deemed” into existence.

This will be the biggest expansion of the IRS since World War Two — and that’s change you can believe in. This is what “health” “care” “reform” boils down to: fewer doctors, longer wait times, but more bureaucrats.

So can the IRS Health Care Enforcement Division be far from reality?

The Food Police.

The Energy Police.

The Internet Police.

The TV police.

The Education Police.

Welcome to the new America of your God (and President for life when Liberal repeal the Constitutional Amendment on Term Limits) Barack Hussein Obama.

It’s not like  Liberals take the Constitution or the Consent of The Governed seriously. 😦

That’s how dire it really is folks.

The Second American Revolution has to begin.

You have no choice.

Unless, you want to prostrate and kiss the Emperor’s ring.

Mark Steyn:  Obama is government, and government is Obama. That’s all he knows and all he’s ever known. You elected to the highest office in the land a man who’s never run a business or created wealth or made a payroll, and for his entire adult life has hung out with guys who’ve demonized such grubby activities. Obama’s Cabinet has less experience of private business than any in the last century. What it knows is government, and government’s default mode is to grow, and grow.

Look around you, take it all in. From now on, it gets worse. If you have kids, they’ll live in smaller homes, drive smaller cars, live smaller lives. If you don’t have kids, you better hope your neighbors do, because someone needs to spawn a working population large enough to pay for the unsustainable entitlements the Obama party has suckered you into thinking you’re entitled to.

The unfunded liabilities of current entitlements are $100 trillion. Try typing that onto your pocket calculator. You can’t. There isn’t enough room for all the zeroes.

$100,000,000,000,000

Obama and Pelosi are strong-arming swing-state congressmen into taking one for the deem. It’s appropriate that it should take banana-republic maneuvers to ram this through, because it’s about government so powerful it can make up the rules as it goes along. Maybe regulators should roll a giant condom over the Capitol before it fatally infects the rest of us.

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”— Samuel Adams

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”–Samuel Adams

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery“.–Jonathan Swift

2010 is not just a choice between Republicans and Democrats. 2010 is not just a choice between liberals and conservatives. 2010 is a referendum on the very identity of our nation.” –Florida Gubernatorial Candidate (and Tea Party Activist)

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

“When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.”
Thomas Paine

“The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.”
Charlie Chaplin

So let us all hold the flame of liberty, so that one day it will live again.

Bribe and Pass

Remember last September when I talked about the Delta Smelt. This inedible fish was being touted as being absolutely essential to the Delta water system in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California.

So much so, that they were creating a dust bowl on the family farms in the area.

The environmentalist were happy.

The government was ignoring the economic impact.

Well, the government turned the water back on recently.

The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California’s Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen “undecided” on health care reform.

One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California’s water supply a tad too coincidental.

On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations for local agriculture and jobs. The timing adds to our suspicions.

According to the Interior announcement, “Typically (the Bureau of) Reclamation would release the March allocation update around March 22nd, but moved up the announcement at the urging of Senators (Diane) Feinstein and (Barbara) Boxer, and Congressmen (Jim) Costa and (Dennis) Cardoza.”

Blue Dog Democrats Costa, who represents California’s 20th Congressional District (Fresno), and Cardoza, who represents the 18th (Stockton to Modesto), are both listed as “undecided” in the upcoming vote on health care reform, whether it be on the Senate bill itself or the “deem and pass” resolution known as the Slaughter rule, after Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter.

In affected areas, the jobless rate has hit 14%, with farming towns like Mendota experiencing jobless rates nearing 40%. Agricultural losses could eventually total in the billions. All to protect a minnow, while politicians use the San Joaquin Valley as a bargaining chip in what some might consider a political bribe.

Call it the Water Bribe.

Naturally, the Congressman deny it. But since Environmentalist have been fighting this tooth-and-nail for years the timing is suspicious and nothing in politics is ever coincidence.

And that’s hardly been the end of it.

Since the End Justifies the Means to Democrats there isn’t any moral or ethical line they won’t cross to win.

Bribery is easy enough.

Whatcha wanna bet that the water gets turned off again soon.

There was The Here-Comes-The-Judge Bribe:

The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson’s brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

His brother was a “wavering” Democrat Congressman.

<<wink wink>>

Alan Mollohan (D-WV) has had a pesky FBI investigation hanging over his head for a few years. Now, presto, right before the health care vote, it went away. The Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, announced that the FBI was closing the inquiry.

Poof! it’s gone.

Amazing how that works 😦

Then my favourite of the new round of Bribes: The Bismarck Bail-Out

Scene: Bismarck, North Dakota.

You have inserted into  the Health Care bill a totally unrelated government takeover of the Student Loan process. So private businesses and bank would be shut out of the loan business.

(Can you say guaranteed  right to College Education coming soon…)

Did you know that more than 1/2 of the “deficit” reduction projections in the Health Care bill are related to the Student Loan takeover??

EXCEPT FOR: (wait for it!)

A new element, included in the plan issued on Thursday, would give a specific right to the Bank of North Dakota to issue federally subsidized student loans, meaning that it would be the only lender remaining outside of the Education Department’s direct-lending system.

TA-DA! 😦

Past Senate Health Care Bribes

$250 million over six years in expanded federal Medicaid funding. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.)

$300 million increase in Medicaid funding in Louisiana. Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.), Sen. Paul Kirk (D., Mass).

Three years of expanded federal Medicaid funding. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.), Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.)

Special treatment for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii), Sen. Daniel Akaka (D., Hawaii)

billions in new funding for something called “Disproportionate Share Hospital” (DSH) payments (financed, in large part, by $18.5 billion in cuts to DSH payments in other states). Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.), Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.), Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.), Sen. Byron Dorgan (D., N.D.), Sen. Tim Johnson (D., S.D.)

And of course, the Cornhusker Kickback (all Medicare cuts are void but only in Nebraska.

And “gator-aid” 800,000 Floridians get to keep Medicare Advantage while everyone else doesn’t.

The Democrats say the reconciliation bill will kill these last two, but nothing about the others, and since on Reconciliation they only need 51 of the 59 Democrats to vote for it, so what if Florida and Nebraska vote against it now. That’s their political cover.

Just watch.

Once we had a Congress and congressmen who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for our freedom and liberty. Now we are stuck with the likes of these.

Keep Fighting to the last, even if it does seem like the Alamo.

Even after it passes, keep fighting.

There’s Cap and Trade and Amnesty to come.

Remember in November.

After this is done and dusted you are the next Bribery target.

And the largesse  will be flowing by the billions.

And the media spin will tilt the axis of the earth.

So hold on tight it’s going to be a very bumpy ride.

Coming Soon: Bloody Sunday

The Stage is set.

All the players are lining up.

Sunday, March 21, 2010 is likely the end of the road for America.

The Democrats will likely “deem” the Senate bill pass in the greatest act of political cowardice and underhanded chicanery in American History.

And The President is NOT worried.

President Obama is not worried about the “procedural” debate over whether House Democratic leaders should go ahead with a plan to approve health care reform without a traditional vote, he told Fox News on Wednesday.

Why should he be.

Though the Senate will still have to vote for the Reconciliation package (and additional 2,300 pages bringing the monster to 5,000 pages!!) it will be by simple majority, which should be no real problem.

So Obama will get enshrined in the Liberal Socialist Hall of Fame and raised up amongst their Gods.

The mere mortals, The American People, who are not for it, get stuck with a terminal cancer that will eat away at them forever.

Democracy in action. 😦

“I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate,”

<<Barf Bag please!>>

Obama said. “What I can tell you is that the vote that’s taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don’t think we should pretend otherwise. And if they don’t, if they vote against it, then they’re going to be voting against health care reform and they’re going to be voting in favor of the status quo.

<<<Talking Point Alert!>>>

“So Washington gets very concerned with these procedures in Congress, whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats are in charge,” he said.

Indeed, House lawmakers would be going on record for health care reform. But they wouldn’t be casting a vote for the Senate bill alone.

Instead, under a process called a “self-executing rule,” the House could simultaneously approve the Senate bill while voting on a package of changes to it. This would “deem” the Senate bill to be passed, without compelling members to vote for it directly.

They vote for the rule, not the bill.

Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill”  has just been murdered! :0

But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. (Article 1 Section 7).

But the Orwellian bastards will try and sell that pile of crap all summer and the Liberal media (aka The Ministry of Truth) will go along with it when it comes up.

There is no “Fourth Estate” to protect you, they are a Fifth Column.

Asked to respond to a viewer’s e-mail question about why he has to “bribe Congress to pass it,” Obama said, “I’ve got the same exact e-mails that I could show you that talk about why haven’t we done something to make sure that I, a small business person, am getting as good a deal as members of Congress are getting, and don’t have my insurance rates jacked up 40 percent?”

Obama later added, “I’ve got to say to you, there are a lot more people who are concerned about the fact that they may be losing their house or going bankrupt because of health care.”

Obama expressed confidence that the health care bill will pass.

“And the reason I’m confident that it’s going to pass is because it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

“And yes, I have said that this is an ugly process,” he said. “It was ugly when Republicans were in charge. It was ugly when Democrats were in charge.”

“But they did it too Mommy!!” is Obama’s basic answer for everything these days.

But if it passes (or is “deemed” more likely) he gets to ascend to Liberal Socialist Godhood and nothing else matters.

Except, attempting to rig future elections that is.

Remember, the White House took control of the Census data that can be used to gerrymander legislative districts.

Also, you have 12-20 million new socialist Democrats and ACORN chomping at the bit to get them registered.

They are called Illegal Aliens.

Obama won by 10 million last time.

But he has so pissed off many Americans he would need more voters to replace them.

So in come the Illegals, most from socialist countries to the south.

Most can’t speak much English.

Many are very undereducated.

And virtually all will be grateful to their new God, Obama and The Democrats for giving them Amnesty.

But that won’t stop the Illegals.

They’ll still keep coming.

And with Former Arizona Governor and lover of all things Non-American Janet Napalitano cutting funding for Border Security you have a never ending supply of new Democrats to bring in to use as electoral weapons.

And with Cap and Trade (which they will try and pass before November) they can effectively run your life for you.

As Obama said, it’s the right thing to do.

They “deem” it so. So mote it be.

The End Justifies the means.

So enjoy your weekend, as Americans, it’s probably our last.

Unless, there is a Miracle.

And, WE THE PEOPLE must create it.

The Buzzsaw

After Scott Brown won the Senate race in Massachusetts, the president claimed that his health-care bill ran into a “buzzsaw” of opposition from special interests. But the “buzzsaw” wasn’t special interests, it was the American people. They aren’t an obstacle to be circumvented. The president and his party should heed the people’s message—scrap this bill and start over.

Some Democrats in Washington still don’t get it. This is not an argument between Democrats and Republicans, it’s a fight between Democrats and their own constituents. And if Democrats still insist on forcing this government takeover of health care through Congress over the objection of the people who sent them here, we know this for a fact: Those constituents won’t sit down and shut up. Nor should they.

To Use a Football analogy, it’s time for a Goal line stand.

A stand for the traditional American values of hard work, sacrifice, and the American Dream.

A stand for Freedom.

To stand for the rights of the individual, not the State.

Government by the consent of the governed.

We are the Governed.

We The People.

Our country faces big challenges. Our economy is struggling, the debt is exploding and tens of thousands of Americans are still losing their jobs every month. Health-care costs are skyrocketing. It’s time for both parties to come together and solve these problems. That’s what the American people want, and that’s what they deserve.

If there’s one thing the American people didn’t want, it was for us to make health care more bureaucratic and expensive. The Obama administration’s own scorekeeper at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says overall health spending will go up by more than $200 billion under the Democrats’ bill. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) also says federal health spending will rise.

Even proponents of this monster know it will raise your costs.

They don’t care.

It’s about the transformation from Democracy to Socialism.

A European style Social Welfare State.

It’s not about Health Care costs.

Here is Majority Whip Dick Durbin on the floor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS7mupZgGxc

The CBO also says health insurance premiums for millions of families across the country will go up by as much as 13% as a result of all the new government mandates contained in this bill—and continue to rise at the current unsustainable rate for nearly everyone else. And it’s all going add to the mountain of debt we are already piling onto our kids and grandkids.(WSJ)

An even more transparent gimmick is collecting money for the new Obama health care program for the first 10 years but delaying the payments of its benefits for four years. By collecting money for 10 years and spending it for only six years, you can make the program look self-supporting, but only on paper and only in the short run.

This is a game you can play just once, during the first decade. After that, you are going to be collecting money for 10 years and paying out money for 10 years.(Thomas Sowell)

Then the bovine fecal matter hits the air circulation device and suddenly, you’ve been Greece’d.

But Obama only wants to have his Grand Egotistical Liberal Holy Grail. His Legacy in that regard will be Immortal.

And that’s what it’s all about.

So we it’s 4th and Goal. And we have to hold the line.

Or else, we’ll be Greece’d.

The Eides of March

I have not come to praise Caesar, but to bury him.

Caesar Obama, that is.

Beware the Eides of March people.

IBD: But to review, here are just 15 reasons why a government takeover of the finest medical system in the world makes no sense at all:

1. The people don’t want it! This, we would think, should have some bearing on decision-making. Yet the Democrats forge ahead without consent of the governed. In the latest Rasmussen poll, 53% opposed the Democrats’ reform while 42% were in favor. More than four in 10 “strongly” opposed; just two in 10 “strongly” favored. This jibes with other surveys, including our own IBD/TIPP Poll, taken since last year.

2. Doctors don’t want it! A survey we took last summer of 1,376 practicing physicians found that 45% would consider leaving their practices or taking early retirements if the Democrats’ reform became law. In December, the results were validated by a Medicus poll in which 25% of doctors said they’d retire early if a public option is implemented and another 21% would stop practicing even though they were far from their retirement years. Even if the bill doesn’t have a “public option,” nearly 30% said they’d quit the profession under the plans being considered.

3. Half the Congress doesn’t want it! Not a single Republican backed the health care bill that cleared the Senate on Christmas Eve 60-39. House passage was by a slim 220 to 215, and the lone Republican “aye” has since switched to “no.” Columnist Michael Barone says other changes would put the House vote today at 216-215 in favor, and he has doubts Democrats can even muster 216.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made her job of securing yes votes even more difficult last week when she told a meeting of county officials that “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Members of Congress aren’t waiting: They’ve already exempted themselves from whatever they inflict on us.

4. People are happy with the health care they’ve got! Polls show that 84% of Americans have health insurance and that few are displeased with what they’ve got. Last month, the St. Petersburg Times looked at eight polls and reported that satisfaction rates averaged 87%.
5. It doesn’t even cover the people they set out to cover!  Supporters of government-run health care say there are as many as 47 million Americans — 9 million to 10 million of them illegal aliens — without medical insurance. The Democrats’ plans, however, will put only 31 million of the uninsured under coverage.

6. Costs will go up, not down! Democrats say their plans will cost less than $1 trillion over the first decade. But analyst Michael Cannon at the Cato Institute puts the cost at $2.5 trillion over the first 10 years. Even if we go with the government’s lower estimates, the cost is already on the rise. A new estimate by the Congressional Budget Office puts the cost of the Senate bill at $875 billion over 10 years, $4 billion more than its original projection. Imagine how fast costs would soar if one of the bills became public policy.

7. Real cost controls are nowhere to be found! The Democrats are offering no meaningful tort reform that will help push down the high malpractice insurance premiums that are a burden to doctors and their patients. Nor are they considering any other cost-saving provisions, such as allowing the sale of individual health plans across state lines or easing health insurance mandates.

8. Insurance premiums will rise, not fall! One goal of nationalizing health care is to lower costs, to bend the spending curve downward. Yet, as Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin acknowledged Wednesday, that won’t be the case.

“Anyone who would stand before you and say, ‘Well, if you pass health care reform, next year’s health care premiums are going down,’ I don’t think is telling the truth,” he said from the Senate floor. “I think it is likely they would go up.”

An analysis completed by the CBO at the request of Sen. Evan Bayh confirms Durbin’s suspicions. Insurance coverage in the individual market will “be about 10% to 13% higher in 2016 than the average premium for nongroup coverage in that same year under current law,” it concluded.

9. Medicare is already bankrupting us! The Medicare trust fund, which has unfunded obligations of $37.8 trillion, will be insolvent in 2017. How can lawmakers justify another entitlement that will cost trillions when they can’t pay for existing liabilities?
10. There aren’t enough doctors now! Last month, 26% of physicians responding to a Web poll on Sermo.com, which calls itself “the largest online physician community,” said they had been forced to close, or were considering closing, their solo practices. Providing coverage for an additional 31 million Americans when the number of doctors is shrinking won’t improve our health care.

11. The doctor-patient relationship will be wrecked! The latest IBD/TIPP Poll, taken just last week, found that Americans, by a wide 48%-26% margin, believe the doctor-patient relationship will decline if the Democrats’ plan is passed.

12. Medical care will also deteriorate! IBD/TIPP has also found that 51% of Americans believe care would get worse under government control. Only 10.5% said they felt it would improve. In our doctor poll, 72% disagreed with administration claims that the government could cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.

13. Rationing of care is inevitable! Health care is not an unlimited resource and must be rationed, either by the individual, providers or government. In Britain and Canada, where the government does the rationing, medical treatment waiting lists are sometimes deadly and quite often excessively long.

For instance, late cancer diagnoses in an overcrowded public health care system cause up to 10,000 needless deaths a year in Britain. The reasons cited for the late diagnoses include doctor delay, delay in primary care, system delay and delay in secondary care.

14. Private health insurers will be destroyed! Added mandates and price controls will force many insurers to simply get out of the health plan business because it will no longer be profitable.

15. It’s probably unconstitutional! One way to help bring down the number of uninsured is to demand that those without coverage buy health plans. But the government has never passed a law requiring Americans to buy any good or service. Constitutional scholars say any such mandate would likely draw a legal challenge.

But they’ll do it anyway. Just to say they did it.

And to get the cancer of Socialized Medicine permanently infecting the body politic.

So Remember in November.

Trust

“The fundamental dynamic is mistrust between House Democrats and Senate Democrats,” added (CBS News’ Chief Political Correspondent Marc) Ambinder.

(Bob) Schieffer agreed, noting that House members “want some kind of assurance from the senators that indeed they will act on the reconciliation.”

The reluctance of lawmakers is also a reflection of the uncertainty surrounding the reconciliation measure, argued Condon. “Everything is up in the air in terms of what is possible procedurally. The parliamentarian will play a big role in saying what the Senate can do and thereby what the House can do,” she said.

Yesterday, Senate Republicans claimed that Parliamentarian Alan Frumin had ruled that Congress would not be able tackle a second bill until President Obama signs the current version into law.

However, “this morning the parliamentarian’s office is backing away from that interpretation,” Ambinder noted.

In spite of the procedural obstacles, Mr. Obama was pushing the health overhaul with a newfound tenacity this week. As Ambinder noted, “the White House has put all their chips in on health care.”

Former Speaker Tip O’Neill reportedly once said to a Democratic colleague: “Remember, the House Republicans are merely the opposition. The Senate is the enemy.”

Former Speaker Hastert, who had nothing but disdain for the Senate, used to call senators those “prancing ponies who all wanted to be president.”  (CNN)

So add to that, Illegal Immigration.

President Obama said Thursday that he would proceed with an overhaul of the immigration  system this year if he could attract substantial Republican support. But a leading Republican who supports an overhaul said an immigration bill could not go forward if the president used a legislative shortcut sidestepping Republicans to pass his health care bill.

Mr. Obama spent most of the afternoon in meetings on immigration, including one with Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who have been holding closed-door sessions over the last six months to draw up a bill to revamp the immigration system.

The two senators said they gave Mr. Obama a three-page outline of the huge bill they are preparing, and they asked for his help to find additional Republican sponsors in the Senate.

But Mr. Graham, in a statement, said he had told Mr. Obama “in no uncertain terms” that the immigration debate “could come to a halt for the year” if the president moved to pass health care legislation by a method known as reconciliation, which requires a majority of 51 senators instead of 60 and would in practice require no Republican votes.

The White House has been laying the groundwork for a possible reconciliation vote since losing its supermajority in January after the Massachusetts Senate election and finding no Republican support. There was no indication Thursday that Mr. Obama would reconsider that in light of Mr. Graham’s warning.

So the House hates the Senate and the feeling mutual.

If the Democrats make an end-run around the process to pass Health Care (and they will) there is no reason to believe they won’t do again, and again, and again, now is there.

So the whole system breaks apart.

The Senate hate the House.

The House hates the Senate.

The Democrats hate the Republicans.

The Republican hate the Democrats.

And trust, forget about it.

Well, as President Ronald Reagan used to say about the old Soviet Union: Trust. But verify. Which really means don’t trust them at all.

So trust me, they’ll do it anyways.

Mr. Obama pledged to begin rallying support from Republicans, but he also called on Mr. Graham and the immigrant advocacy and business groups to focus their efforts on building bipartisan support.

Now, if you’re a Republican and you’ve been pissed on for over a year, largely ignored and shut out of the process why would you bother?

Could you trust a Democrat?

NO.

“I expressed, in no uncertain terms, my belief that immigration reform could come to a halt for the year if health care reconciliation goes forward,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement after his face-to-face meeting with Obama and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

“For more than a year, health care has sucked most of the energy out of the room,” Graham said. “Using reconciliation to push health care through will make it much harder for Congress to come together on a topic as important as immigration.”

Or anything else.

Because if you don’t play ball with Democrats and do as they say, why wouldn’t they just us reconciliation again?

The ultimate in liberal Democrat “Bi-Partisanship”, do as I say or we’ll just go around you.

Now that’s BY-Partisan.

Then, there’s the older sticking point on this issue to add in:

A sign of the difficulty Obama faces on immigration came swiftly from Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-CA., chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus.

“Comprehensive immigration reform is just a code word for amnesty for our nation’s 10-20 million illegal immigrants,” Bilbray said. “What part of the word ‘illegal’ doesn’t the president understand?”

Every syllable of it Congressman, every syllable.

After all, Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain are the architects of the last Amnesty Bill that went down to defeat.

So Our last best hope for victory lays in Trust.

How fascinating is that?

The Hydrocarbon Deniers

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar quietly told reporters on Friday that the administration’s six-month delay in approving new offshore drilling leases in federal waters will morph into a three-year total ban. We are forbidden from finding more oil and gas even though a December 2009 Rasmussen poll showed as many Americans want offshore drilling — roughly two-thirds — as oppose administration plans for health care.

After President George W. Bush lifted an executive ban on Outer Continental Shelf leasing, drilling was expected to begin by this July. “Secretary Salazar has finally confirmed what has long been feared — that the Obama administration has no intention of opening new areas for offshore drilling during his four years in office,” said Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee.

A study by Science Applications International Corp. at the request of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Gas Technology Institute and others shows that as a result of this administration’s energy policy, the U.S. economy will suffer $2.3 trillion in lost opportunity costs over the next two decades, monies that would go a long way to reining in runaway deficits and creating economic growth.

Call them the Hydro-Carbon Deniers if you will.

The kumbaya liberal set where Fossil Fuels are the Spawn of Satan and we all need solar panels, hybrid cars, and wind turbines  in our backyard.

Problem is, like more Liberal pie-in-the-sky crap, it’s fecal matter rots in the light of truth. Then the liberals cover it up and just ignore it.

The administration asked for public comments on a plan to expand offshore drilling. When they came in 2-to-1 in favor, the Interior Department sat on the news.

Last April, Salazar said President Obama told him regarding the comment period “to make sure that we have an open and transparent government” and to make sure that DOI was “maximizing the opportunity for the public to give us guidance on what it is they want us to do” about expanding domestic energy exploration and development.

Well, the public provided no small amount of guidance. The Interior Department announced in September it had received more than 530,000 comments. It did not say, however, how many supported or opposed expanded drilling. It’s now four months after the close of this extended comment period, so where are the results? What happened to the open and transparent process?

Instead, on Jan. 6 Salazar announced plans, as the energy news service Greenwire put it, that “will require more detailed environmental reviews, more public input and less use of a provision to streamline leasing.” In other words, we were being promised more stalling, not more drilling. (IBD)

So we have another case of “transparency” going right up someone’s ass and farting nothing.

They never had any intention of doing anything. They solicited public opinion, when they did get the opinion they wanted they buried it, ignored it, and continued on with what THEY wanted to do.

Sound Familiar??

Sound Like a pattern??

Sound like “consent of the governed” to you?

And do do you think they care?

NO.

And then there’s the problem that all this “green jobs” junk economics has been proven to be just that, JUNK.

Spain exposed the boondoggle of wind power in 2009, discrediting an idea touted by the Obama administration. In response, U.S. officials banded with trade lobbyists to hide the facts.

It was a cold day at the Energy Department when researchers at King Juan Carlos University in Spain released a study showing that every “green job” created by the wind industry killed off 4.27 other jobs elsewhere in the Spanish economy.

Research director Gabriel Calzada Alvarez didn’t object to wind power itself, but found that when a government artificially props up this industry with subsidies, higher electrical costs (31%), tax hikes (5%) and government debt follow. Fact is, these subsidies have the same “Cuisinart” effect on jobs as wind-generating propeller blades have on birds. Every green job costs $800,000 to create and 90% of them are temporary, he found.

Alvarez made no bones about the lessons of Spain for the Obama administration, which has big plans for “green jobs.” His report warned of “considerable employment consequences” from “self-inflicted economic wounds.” It forecast that the U.S. could lose 6.6 million jobs if it followed Spain, and it “should certainly expect its results to follow such a tendency.”

A few months later, Danish researchers at the Center for Politiske Studier came to the same conclusion about subsidized wind power from their own country’s experience.

“It is fair to assess that no wind energy to speak of would exist if it had to compete on market terms,” their report said.

Straightforward experience, facts and the logical conclusions about policy failure in Europe should be de rigueur in science, and the reports coming from nations with long experience in wind power ought to be taken seriously.

But they had no place in the Obama administration, which had declared a “green jobs” agenda with $2.3 billion in tax credits to create 17,000 “high-quality green jobs.”

“Building a robust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future,” said President Obama.

And Out Energy Secretary says we need more of it.

With an economy struggling to regain sound footing, Chu advocated a starvation diet devoid of additional fossil fuels that are to remain under the ground and seabed. Instead, he supports 53% more funding for wind research and a 22% jump for solar research. (eco-friendly)

So it’s another case of the liberal ignoring the facts and what the people want and need and just rush blindly into their own ideology, the consequences be damned!

You have to wonder why they solicit any opinions from anyone since they are going to do what they are going to do regardless.

Passive Aggressive  Dictatorship anyone?

DC Vs The States

I was going to do another Illegal Immigration blog, but I will save that outrage for another day.

I found this article by David Broder, no rightwing bomb-thrower or extreme Leftist he.

It points out that while Washington D.C can’t stop spending to save anyone’s lives, the States are cutting programs, services, and raising taxes like mad because they are forced to.

Most states, unlike Washington, are mandated to not run deficits in their budgets.

Most people do as well.

So they are slashing and burning everywhere.

Here in Arizona, our Governor, Jan Brewer, who was given the job after Janet Napalitano could see the iceberg coming and jumped ship before she had to do anything about it has been fighting about this since the day she was handed the office.

And the rancor has been fierce.

But they have to get it done.

Meanwhile, in D.C., they spend $4 Trillion in 14 months, and the CBO projects a nearly $25 Trillion Dollar Deficit by 2020, and the Democrats continue to spend.

They pass Pay-As-you-Go Legislation to put lipstick on the deficit pig and before the inks even dry they roast the pig.

They can’t help themselves.

It’s what they do.

That and endless obsess about how to run everyone else’s lives for them and the minutiae of political chess matches.

There is no discipline in D.C.

And they don’t want any.

There is enforced discipline on the States.

Which explains why the government always foists the mandates on the States.

They make them do it.

The States are the siblings who have to pick up the pieces that the Drunken,drugged out, abusive Parents in Washington everyone lives with.

So, on that note: David Broder (Washington Post):

There is a great divide in American politics. It’s not between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between the president and Congress in Washington, on one side, and governors and legislators around the country on the other.

The record of the Washington politicians is summarized in the report that came out of the Congressional Budget Office last week. That nonpartisan scorekeeper announced that it projects the cumulative national debt to increase in the next decade by $9.8 trillion.

That unimaginable (and indigestible) sum is more than a trillion dollars higher than the Obama administration’s estimate. It means a lower future standard of living for Americans because of vastly increased debt.

As Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the senior Republican on the House Budget Committee, pointed out in his commentary on the CBO report, it projects the annual cost of interest on the debt to rise from $209 billion this year to $916 billion by 2020.

Most of that debt is now held overseas by nations such as China and Japan, so we are draining huge sums from ourselves and handing them to others to use in buying us up — or competing against us.

That is the story that has been written and is still unfolding in Washington, with budgets shaped by both Democrats and Republicans. It is a saga of national ruin.

The state side of the story is told most clearly in another report this week, this one from the private Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Staff members Nicholas Johnson, Catherine Collins and Ashali Singham summarized systematically what I had heard anecdotally from many of the governors when they were here last month for their annual winter conference.

Less Spending, More Taxes

The Great Recession knocked state tax revenues down by $87 billion in the fiscal year that ended last September — an 11% decline that was the steepest on record.

In response, the first thing the states did was to cut spending. General fund outlays were reduced by 4% in fiscal 2009 and by another 4.8% in 2010 — even as Medicaid rolls swelled and other recession-related expenses climbed.

But the governors and legislators did not stop there. Two-thirds of the states, 33 of 50, also raised taxes last year, adding more than $30 billion in revenues.

Ten states hiked taxes enough to increase revenues by more than 5% over the previous year’s collections. This happened in California, Florida, Indiana and Nevada, which have Republican governors, as well as in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina and Oregon, all governed by Democrats.
While the federal government was handing out tax rebates and now is preparing to extend many of the Bush-era tax cuts, 13 states were raising personal income taxes, 17 were passing sales tax and various business tax increases, and 22 were hiking excise taxes on tobacco, alcohol or gasoline.

California, with chronic budget problems, a Democratic-controlled Legislature and a Republican governor, bit the bullet and temporarily raised its income tax rate across the board and its sales tax by 1% and also lifted its vehicle tax.

It’s Different In D.C.

All the states except Vermont operate with a constitutional requirement that they balance their budgets. But I was reminded again during the governors’ conference how different the psychology is in the state capitals and in Washington.

Governors live in the real world, where budgets mean something more than a formula for shifting burdens to the next generation and where there is much less room for partisan game-playing.

Once again this year, Congress has passed a “pay-as-you-go” bill requiring it to make compensatory cuts whenever it increases appropriations for some worthy purpose. Then it turned right around and began waiving the requirement when circumstances pinched.

Discipline is visible in the states. It is still a stranger to Washington.

AMEN