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is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Health Care Debate is Now Officially Underway (vote 60-39)
Senate Votes 60-39 to move Reid health care bill to floor for debate.
Republicans will now provide what the closed-door sessions did not. We will continue to offer the commonsense, step-by-step cost-saving reform that Americans really want.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Saturday after Senate Democrats voted to move forward with a partisan health care bill which increases premiums, raises taxes and slashes Medicare:
“The health care debate is now officially underway on this 2,074 page, multi-trillion-dollar health care experiment.
“This bill may have been drafted behind closed doors but now it’s the American people’s turn to have their voices heard. For months, they have been asking Congress to do something about the high cost of healthcare and yet the sponsors of this bill responded with a half-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts, massive tax hikes, and an unsustainable expansion of new government programs which Congress’s non-partisan scorekeeper says will result in higher premiums, not lower. It may be a lot of things, but it’s sure not reform.
“Republicans will now provide what the closed-door sessions did not. We will continue to offer the commonsense, step-by-step cost-saving reform that Americans really want.”Tags:health care, Mitch McConnell, press release, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Lincoln and Pryor Turn Deaf Ear to Arkansas Constituents
Little Rock, AR – In response to Senator Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor’s decision to vote for the motion to proceed with Senator Harry Reid’s health care bill, Americans for Prosperity Arkansas State Director Teresa Oelke stated, “Today Senator Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor chose to move Arkansans one step closer to government run health care, which has been soundly rejected by 64% of the citizens they represent.”
Over the past three days, drawing record crowds, Americans for Prosperity “Hands Off My Health Care” bus tour has visited with thousands of Arkansans who are angry and disappointed their representatives in Washington have turned a deaf ear to their concerns about a government takeover of health care.
“This bill raises taxes by nearly a half trillion dollars, cuts Medicare by nearly a half trillion dollars, and spends $2.5 trillion when fully implemented. It is the wrong prescription for health care reform and the wrong prescription for our economy. Every vote Senator Lincoln and Pryor lend to its passage, is a vote in support of government run health care,” said Oelke. Tags:AFP, Americans for Prosperity, Arkansas, Blanche Lincoln, health care, Mark PryorTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The Unsustainable Public Option in the "HarryCare" Bill
by ALG News: The Harry Reid-Senate version of ObamaCare will start operating at massive budget-busting deficits starting in 2015, according to an Americans for Limited Government analysis of Congressional Budget Office data. By 2019, the “public option” will have spent some $361 billion more than it took in via new taxes.
So, how then does the bill earn the moniker, “deficit-neutral”? The same way the Pelosi-House version does: by rationing health care away from the nation’s elderly—cutting Medicare by some $436 billion. But that will not pay for this new entitlement—the so-called “public option”—in the long run. Cutting Medicare has its political limits—which is a nice way of saying that cutting it too drastically is a good way for Congressmen to get thrown out on their tails.
Seniors might support entitlement reform where the federal government attempted to figure out a way to fix the broken Medicare entitlement. Under the worst-case scenario, the Medicare Board of Trustees reports that after 2012, the program will lose about $433 billion through 2019. After that, it could be broke as early as 2028.
Economists here is much that could be done to help the situation, including breaking Medicare up into smaller, privatized companies and allowing insurance competition across state lines. But that is not the case being made to the American people in the “HarryCare” bill. Instead, Congress is attempting to expand health care spending to an additional 36 to 45 million people in an open-ended, taxpayer-financed, government-run takeover. The House version of the legislation goes even further than the Senate, proposing over $890 billion in new spending.
The fact is increasingly clear that Congressional Democrats can only hide the costs in the “public option,” which is what they have done in both versions. But between the numbers, the cover-up comes apart. It took Medicare more than 40 years to run into deficits based on revenue shortfalls. The “public option” will lose hundreds of billions within 5 to 7 years.
As the Independent Institute notes, Florida has tried a similar approach to hurricane property insurance, creating a “public option” to “compete” with private insurers. The proposal also capped how much private insurance companies could charge. This had two predictable results: private insurers fled the state, and the so-called Citizens Property Insurance Corporation “still doesn’t have sufficient reserves to weather a major hurricane. When one comes, Florida taxpayers will be on the hook for the bill.”
In other words, like “public option” health insurance, Florida’s state-run hurricane “solution” proved to be unsustainable and drove Floridians off of private insurance. In the end, it simply created an unfunded liability.
On Saturday at 8PM, the Senate legislation will face an important test vote—on whether or not to proceed to the bill. Reid now admits he is not certain he has the 60 votes necessary to continue pushing the unpopular measure. And if the majority of Americans have their way, by 9PM, the “HarryCare” will have been toe-tagged for the dead room. Tags:deficit, Harry Reid, health care, ObamacareTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Heritage Foundation: Congress has outdone itself. On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled a health care bill weighing in at 2,074 pages, a new record. A vote on the bill is expected Saturday.
Heritage Foundation experts are still working through the specifics of the massive, $849 billion health care bill, as it is estimated to take up to 34 hours to read the entire thing. But they already know that "the major outlines of the bill are no different than the policy train wreck the House passed earlier this month," reports Heritage's Conn Carroll.
Both the House and Senate health care "reform" bills include:
A government "option." Both the House and Senate proposals would create a one-size-fits-all public plan to "compete" with private insurers. But the government will retain its role as regulator and thus stifle any competition and causing millions to lose their private coverage.
More people in failed programs. Both bills would place millions of Americans under the failing government-run Medicaid program, reducing subsidized benefits from those who truly need them and increasing the financial burden on the states.
Employer mandates. All employers of 50 people or more will be required to provide coverage that meets new federal standards or else face a hefty penalty. This mandate will disproportionately impact low-income workers.
Individual mandates. For the first time in history, all Americans will be forced to purchase federally approved coverage minimums. Those who fail to comply are subject to new tax penalties and, in some cases, jail time.
The bill's supporters may be congratulating each other for producing a health care bill that meets the President's $900 billion cap. But its $849 price tag is a preliminary estimate only, and it really only has one place to go -- up. "As history has proven, government health care programs end up costing much more than first promised," writes Carroll.
Both the House and Senate health care reform bills require individuals to purchase federally-approved health insurance, and those who fail to do so could face criminal prosecution. "Using [criminal law] to enforce one particular notion of appropriate insurance coverage is nothing less than a tyrannical assertion of raw government power over the private lives and economic rights of individual Americans," write Heritage legal scholars Brian Walsh and Hans von Spakovsky. This abuse of governmental power does not bode well for freedom, as it specifically targets those who choose to make their own decisions regarding their health insurance.
Visit Heritage's FixHealthCarePolicy.com to read the entire Senate health care bill and to find more in-depth analysis as our analysts continue to dissect this massive legislation. Tags:Government-Run Health Care, Harry Reid, health care, Heritage FoundationTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Today in Washington D. C. - Nov 20, 2009 - Vote To Proceed is a Vote For Reid's Health Care Bill
The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 3590, the vehicle for Democrats’ health care reform bill. The Senate will debate the health care bill all day, with time evenly divided between the majority and minority from 10 AM to 11 PM. Tomorrow, the Senate will be in session at 10 AM, and a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the health care bill has been scheduled for 8 PM.
Yesterday, the Senate voted 98-0 to pass S. 1963, a $3.7 billion veterans health care bill. Prior to passage, the Senate rejected an amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to offset the cost by cutting contributions to some international organizations.
Also yesterday the Senate voted 59-39 to confirm Judge David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Tomorrow at 8 PM, the Senate is set to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill. Democrat leaders are telling skeptical centrist Democrats that the vote simply allows debate to move ahead and nothing more. In fact, Roll Call reports today, “A new study of Senate voting patterns shows the chamber has approved more than 97% of all bills subject to a cloture motion to begin debate — a finding that could undercut Democratic efforts to paint a key health care vote on Saturday as procedural. According to a new Congressional Research Service report, since 1999 the Senate has approved 97.6 percent of all bills when lawmakers first voted to begin debate.”
Roll Call further explains, “While technically a procedural vote, the minority party has used the 60-vote threshold over the years as a way to block legislation they dislike. More significantly, these sorts of votes have figured heavily in election fights, most famously when Republicans accused Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) of flip flopping during his 2004 presidential campaign after he tried to explain how through a procedural motion he had voted for a supplemental appropriations bill before he voted against it.”
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) laid out the stakes in a must-read earlier in the week. Sen. DeMint wrote, “Senators who say they just want to allow for debate are trying to deceive their voters while giving President Obama the crucial votes he needs to pass a government takeover of health care. Voters should be watching and remember who stands up for their freedom and who stands with the special interests who want to ram through this takeover.”
And voters are already not pleased with the Democrats’ trillion dollar government takeover plans for health care. A new poll from respected firm Quinnipiac yesterday found that a majority disapprove of the health care bill the House passed, 51%-35%. A majority also disapproves of President Obama’s handling of health care, 53%-41%. Even more telling, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Peter Brown says, “Independent voters disapprove 59 - 35 percent of the President's handling of health care and disapprove 57 - 29 percent of the plan itself.” Obviously, this has to be weighing on the minds of centrist Democrat senators.
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor this morning, “Americans want reform. But higher premiums, higher taxes, and cuts to Medicare to create more government isn’t reform. Yet that’s precisely what they’d get with this Democrat bill.”
If Democrat senators oppose all of that, they need to vote no on cloture on the motion to proceed. As Sen. DeMint wrote, “The simple fact is this: Any senator that votes to proceed to the Reid-Obama bill is voting for a government takeover of health care.” Tags:government run, health care, US Congress, US House, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The Washington Post: "Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-IL) has been admonished by the Senate ethics committee for his public comments about his appointment last December to the body. In a three-page "public letter of qualified admonition" issued Friday, the committee formally reprimanded Burris for statements -- some made under oath to an Illinois legislative committee -- in which he denied trying to raise any campaign contributions for indicted former governor Rod Blagojevich for his political committees. . . . A letter of admonition is the mildest form of rebuke that the ethics committee can administer. "
Ozark Guru: Imagine calling in a gangster and saying we admonish you - go and sin no more. He would laugh himself to death. The Senate Ethics Committee admonishment is all fluff and meaningless and the end result is that Roland Burris remains a U.S. Senator. He benefits from lying under oath, collects his salary, remains part of the black caucus, votes with the Democrats to place American further into debt, gets to admonish fellow Senators and others who have more integrity from the floor of the Senate, and remains a breathing living example of what corruption and deceit can get you. At least, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has someone he can smugly to look down on.
Here we have just another example of Chicago politics roaming the halls of the White House and the halls of Congress. Is Burris, the US Senate, Washington D.C., and Illinois without honor? Makes one wish for the Japanese culture where the dishonored end their own disgrace. Burris was not elected. No, under oath, he lied his way into office and was accepted because of an apparent rush to appoint a Senator to support the Democrat agenda. And for some contorted reason, this appointment had to be a democrat black man to replace a former democrat black man who was just sworn in as President. Talk about racial profiling - what an insult to men and women of any ethnic or political background in Illinois! Metaphorically, both Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King must have rolled over in their graves.
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich must be chuckling at the joke he has played on Illinois and America in response to his being rejected by Barack Obama and his "advisers." Blago thought he was "loved" by them. Since Blago was not acceptable to join them (he should get down on his knees and thank God for this), he appointed Roland Burris who was worthy of them as now evidenced by the incompetence, lying and deceit which we have seen in the Obama administration and the Democrat controlled Congress. Being dishonorable seems to be a qualification these days in the Obama administration and the Senate ethics commission just rubber stamped their approval. Burris should resign! But then again, we haven't seen hell freeze over yet.Tags:Blago, Dick Durbin, Ethics, gangster government, Obama administration, Ozark Guru, Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris, US SenateTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
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Dick Morris says Sen. Blanche Lincoln is in trouble . . .
Dick Morris was in Arkansas yesterday speaking at the American for Prosperity "hands of our health care rallies in Little Rock at State Capitol and later in Conway and Hot Springs Village. Morris was the former political adviser to both President and former AR Gov Bill Clinton (D) and 2008 GOP& presidential candidate and former AR Gov Republican Mike Huckabee (R). He now is seen regularly on Fox News as a political analyst. He has authored many books and articles popular with middle America.
Speaking to the rally, Morris chided Senator Blanche Lincoln for her liberal votes and ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. The attendees booed when the names of Reid, Pelosi and Obama were mentioned. Morris related that Sen. Lincoln is in political trouble over the health care issue and citing a recent poll showing the two-term Senator and Former Congresswoman is barely leading lesser-known seven announced Republican U.S. Senate candidates. Morris believes that Lincoln will fall even farther in the polls if she votes for Reid's or Pelosi's health care bills.
According to the Arkansas News Service, Dick Morris was interviewed by Rob Moritz and Morris identified that "Sen. Blanche Lincoln and other congressional Democrats in Arkansas will have difficulty getting re-elected next year because they will have a hard time separating themselves from the national Democratic agenda."
Morris also told the Arkansas News Bureau that “Until now, voters could fool themselves and tell themselves that (they can vote) for Democrats locally and Republicans nationally. Now people are learning that if you’re a Democrat it’s an automatic vote for a certain position and you can’t ever change that, and I think that’s creating a sense that is really imperiling to the so-called moderate Democrat.” Tags:AFP, Americans for Prosperity, Arkansas, Blanche Lincoln, Dick Morris, Government-Run Health Care, Little Rock, RallyTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Breaking News - First Vote on Reid's Health Care Bill is 8 PM on Saturday
[Correction made to post on 11/23] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture and scheduled a vote on his “mammoth" 2,074-page health care reform bill (H.R. 3590) at 8 PM on Saturday. The Democrats wish to rush the vote before Senators return home for Thanksgiving. If the vote passes then bill would be debated and could likely pass and wind up in conference with the House and with only the Democrats crafting the final compromise bill suitable to just the Democrats because no Republican or Conservative democrat votes would be needed. Well, now we will see if the Republicans stand strong and if old lions like Sen Joe Lieberman and other conservatives will stand tough and defeat this bill.
Republicans were able to "wrangled 10 hours of debate out of Democrats" instead of their original plan to debate for an hour and slip out of town. One Republican Senate aide related "Now the American people will have all day to understand what this vote means and potentially persuade some Democrats why it would be a bad vote." As Reported by Roll Call, “Under the rules, we would only have been entitled to one hour of debate before the vote. Now we have all day to flip one Democrat,” the aide said. “The reading would've been to an empty chamber after the vote had happened, press would've gone home, and Americans would've turned the channel. Now it's show time.”
Emily Pierce of Roll Call summarizes:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday afternoon set the procedural wheels in motion for a crucial vote on a major health care reform bill Saturday night at 8 p.m. and scored a coup by apparently persuading Republicans to abandon their plans to have the entire 2,074-page bill read aloud on the Senate floor.
Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Thursday afternoon, Reid filed a motion to limit debate, or invoke cloture, on the motion to proceed to a House-passed tax bill that will serve as a shell for the $848 billion Senate health care measure that he unveiled Wednesday.
In doing so, Reid also asked for and received the consent of Republicans to avoid more votes this week as well as a threatened, lengthy reading of the Senate bill. Reid’s move means the Senate will wrap up work Saturday and avoid coming into session next week.
Reid needs the votes of all 60 Members of the Democratic Conference in order to beat back a filibuster on the motion to proceed to the debate, given the unanimous opposition of all 40 Republicans in the chamber. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.
One senior Senate Republican aide said the GOP leadership agreed to forego [sic] the reading of the Senate bill as well as separate, simple majority vote on starting debate on the bill in exchange for an all-day debate on the measure Saturday.
Read the following great explanation by on why the Saturday vote is so important, and why no Democrat should get a pass on claiming it’s simply “procedural” make sure you read Sen. DeMint’s post at Red State: Sen Jim DeMint summarized the battle very clearly:
To begin debate on this new version of Obamacare, Reid will play a shell game. He needs 60 senators to “vote to proceed” to an unrelated piece of legislation, and once he clears that hurdle he will strike that bill’s text and insert his new health care bill. But don’t be fooled by senators that will say they oppose a government takeover but just wanted to allow debate on health care, they are not being honest.The simple fact is this: Any senator that votes to proceed to the Reid-Obama bill is voting for a government takeover of health care.
Why? Because, President Obama and Harry Reid cannot pass a government takeover without clearing 60 vote procedural hurdles in the Senate — but they also know that vulnerable Democrats likely cannot win reelection if they vote for this unpopular bill. So they want all Democrats to stick together on the vote to proceed, then some Democrats will vote against final passage of the bill and claim they tried to stop it.
Senators who say they just want to allow for debate are trying to deceive their voters while giving President Obama the crucial votes he needs to pass a government takeover of health care.
Voters should be watching and remember who stands up for their freedom and who stands with the special interests who want to ram through this takeover.
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The Reviews On Vic Snyder's Healthcare Bill Are In
A respected political commentator Michael Barone don’t think too highly of Vic Snyder’s reelection prospects: He leads of his article with, "Sometimes a poll result slaps you in the face. That was the case for me when I saw Public Policy Polling’s results in the 2nd congressional district of Arkansas. PPP has the incumbent, Democrat Vic Snyder, leading three unknown Republicans (two-thirds to three-quarters of respondents could not describe their feelings toward them) by margins of 44%-43%, 44%-42% and 45%-42%. No, it doesn’t matter which Republican got the best score. The news here is that a seven-term Democratic incumbent, an intelligent man (he has earned an M.D.) with no disqualifying personal characteristics or accusations of scandal (so far as I know) is running significantly below 50% and is essentially tied with three unknown Republicans." [Full Article] Tags:AR-02, Arkansas, Blogburst video, Government-Run Health Care, health care, Vic SnyderTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Ken Blackwell, Contributing Author: One of the reasons liberals are so hostile to public expressions of Christianity is because it threatens the monopoly that the religion of liberalism enjoys in the public square. The late Ted Kennedy was more than a leading senator, to liberal supporters. He was a secular saint. His appeal was essentially religious. He made it fairly explicit in his famous concession speech to the Democratic National Convention that re-nominated President Jimmy Carter. Kennedy reduced thousands of liberal delegates to tears with this emotional peroration:
May it be said of our Party in 1980 that we found our faith again. And may it be said of us, both in dark passages and in bright days, in the words of Tennyson that my brothers quoted and loved, and that have special meaning for me now:
"I am a part of all that I have met [Tho] much is taken, much abides That which we are, we are -- One equal temper of heroic hearts Strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.
Not for Ted Kennedy the cool rationalism of his party’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had famously said “if I had to go to Heaven in a political party, I would not go at all.” For Ted Kennedy and for those weeping delegates, the Democratic Party holds that place that used to be reserved for church and church alone. It’s no wonder that those teary believers—more than 90 percent of whom tell researchers they never go to church—end their search for the meaning of life in political activism.
Analyze Kennedy’s Epistle to the Gentiles and you will see that the concern, the work, the cause, the hope, the dream that is the subject of his panegyric is government. Government giveth and Government taketh away. The only Government worthy of that capital G is one that provides health, education, and welfare. All Americans are invited into the Democratic Church. Only the heretical conservatives are excluded.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi was at the Kennedy School at Harvard last week. Liberals go to Harvard the way Muslims go to Mecca. Pelosi was basking in liberal approval for having been the first Speaker to deliver on the promise of universal health care. She established her bona fides early in her sermon. “For thirty years I’ve been an advocate of single payer,” she said. Single payer is liberal speak for socialized medicine, run entirely by the state, paid for by the state. But we have to make some tactical compromises, she said. Well, there may have to be a few little detours on the road to the Heavenly Liberal City.
“We all have our theology in politics,” she said to murmurs of approval from her audience. When Gov. George W. Bush said in a Republican debate in 2000 that Jesus Christ was his favorite political philosopher, liberals were aghast. But when Nancy Pelosi speaks of “theology,” we must assume she uses the word the way Webster defines it: “the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially : the study of God and of God's relation to the world.”
For Pelosi, God commands universal health care without a restriction on funding abortion. And God apparently also commands the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Pelosi invoked the patron saint of San Francisco. She recited the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. It was probably the first time in history that that gentle saint was dragged in to bless the slaughter of innocents and the abolition of matrimony.
Predictably, there were no ACLU protests. And no atheizers ran to MSNBC to deplore her breaching the Wall of Separation between Church and State. Pelosi was perfectly free not only to preach her religious ideas, but to impose jail time and fines on those who dissent. In the Gospel According to Nancy, the liberal Preacher of the House promises to bring the liberal Heaven to Earth. Is it any wonder growing numbers of Americans think it’s a living hell? ----------------- Mr. Ken Blackwell is a conservative family values advocate. He submitted this article to the ARRA News Service Editor which also appears in his Column on Town Hall. Blackwell is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and American Civil Rights Union. Tags:big government, Impeach Nancy Pelosi, Ken Blackwell, liberalism, religion, Ted KennedyTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Today in Washington D. C. - Nov 19, 2009 - Reid's 2,000 Page Bill Full of Tax Hikes, Medicare Cuts, Trillions In Costs & Budget Gimmicks
The Senate will began consideration of S. 1963, a $3.7 billion veterans health care bill. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has offered an amendment to offset the cost by cutting contributions to some international organizations. At 2 PM, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. At 2:30, the Senate will begin a series of votes, first on confirmation of the Hamilton nomination, then on the Coburn amendment to S. 1963, then on final passage of the bill.
Last night, after weeks of working behind closed doors, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) unveiled his “mammoth" 2,074-page health care reform bill (H.R. 3590). Reid still has not filed cloture on this health care bill, but if he files today, a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the bill is expected on Saturday.
Unfortunately, as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell explained this morning, it’s clear that Democrats were not listening to the American people and have produced another monstrosity that raises taxes, raises premiums, and slashes Medicare: In addition, he said, “The Majority Leader’s bill is 2,074 pages long. When fully implemented—and the way to look at the true cost of this bill is how much will it cost over a 10-year period—when this 2,074 page bill is fully implemented it will cost $2.5 trillion. According to CBO, federal health care spending will actually go up, not down as a result of this mammoth effort to rewrite one-sixth of our economy.”
The AP notes that the bill includes “higher payroll taxes” and a variety of new fees. The Washington Post points out that the bill “add[s] an array of tax increases, including a rise in payroll taxes for high earners.” All told, Sen. McConnell, said, “It raises taxes $493 billion.” The Washington Post also acknowledges, “Like the House bill, Reid's proposal would be financed through billions of dollars in Medicare cuts, as well as new taxes.” Indeed, Sen. McConnell explained, “Hospitals, Medicare Advantage, nursing homes, home health, hospice—all of those will be slashed in this $465 billion cut to Medicare.”
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Democrat health care bill without a whole host of budget gimmicks to make it appear to cost less than it actually does. Politico notes, “The Senate bill pushes back implementation of major parts of the reform to 2014 -- a change from 2013 under the Finance Committee bill.” This is precisely to make it appear to cost less. In fact, as Sen. McConnell explained, once the bill is fully implemented, in the 10 years following 2014, not 10 years from today, it costs a staggering $2.5 trillion.
Something else delaying implementation of the bill until 2014 allows Democrats to claim is that the bill reduces the budget deficit by $127 billion by 2019. Yet this is minuscule when compared to the cost of the bill, and even more absurdly, this amount is exceeded by the budget deficit for October alone--$176 billion. Yes, Democrats already spent the money they expect to save with this bill, and then some. An oft-stated goal of Democrats with their health care reform plans is to “bend the cost curve” and reduce federal spending on health care. But according to the CBO, “Under the legislation, federal outlays for health care would increase during the 2010–2019 period, as would the federal budgetary commitment to health care.”
To quote Sen. McConnell summed up the problems in his floor speech today: “So what is the bottom line here? After 6 weeks of drafting a bill behind closed doors, the Majority has produced a bill that increases premiums, raises taxes, and slashes Medicare by half a trillion dollars to create a new government program. This is not what the American people want. I don’t believe they think this is reform. This is not the direction to take.” Tags:government run, health care, US Congress, US House, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Arkansas' Non-Existent Congressional Districts Get Big Bucks
Jobs 'Saved or Created' in Congressional Districts That Don't Exist: "ABC News has found many more entries for projects like this in places that are incorrectly identified. Late Monday, officials with the Recovery Board created to track the stimulus spending, said the mistakes in crediting nonexistent congressional districts were caused by human error."
“I wish to congratulate President Obama and Sen. Lincoln for creating a stimulus program which not only allegedly ‘creates or saves’ jobs, but appears to ‘create or save’ entirely new congressional districts.
Having managed millions in taxpayer dollars during my military career, I knew I would be held accountable for reporting errors or mismanagement. Sadly, this type of error in Washington is not surprising, given that the stimulus bill was hurried through and voted on without ever having been fully read.
We must restore accountability in Washington and responsibility for those who recklessly account for our runaway spending. I call on Sen. Lincoln to publicly demand from President Obama an immediate fix to these outrageous errors and demand a thorough and transparent accounting of the money spent, its location and the true amount of jobs created so citizens can be better informed and begin to have their faith in government restored.”
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"So ... Is he apologizing for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?"
"Either that or looking for his approval rating." Tags:apology, Barack Obama, bowing, Japan, political cartoon, William WarrenTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
By the Numbers - Obama's First 100 Day Spending Spree - Public Debt Outlook
Note:CBS News Reports: "It's another record-high for the U.S. National Debt ... topped the $12-trillion mark. Divided evenly among the U.S. population, it amounts to $38,974.34 for every man, woman and child. . . . This latest milestone in the ever-rising journey of the National Debt comes less than eight months after it hit $11 trillion for the first time. . . ."
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Today in Washington D. C. - Nov 18, 2009 - Reid & Democrats Want Health Care Vote Next Week - What 's in the Bill?
Update (4:53 pm):The Washington Post: Reid to unveil $849 billion health-care bill
Yesterday the Senate voted 70-29 to invoke cloture on the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. today, a vote is expected on the nomination. After that, the Senate will take up S. 1963, a veterans health care bill.
Yesterday, the Senate voted 100-0 to pass H.R. 3082, the $133.9 billion fiscal year 2010 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill. Prior to passage, the Senate rejected, by a vote of 57-43, an amendment Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) which would have prohibited funding to outfit prisons in the United States to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.
In the House, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) urged opposition to H.R. 3961, the Pelosi “doc fix” bill that will add more than $200 billion to the deficit: "With the national debt rising above $12 trillion, and less than two weeks after House Democrats rammed through the $1.3 trillion Pelosi health care plan, now comes a $200 billion deficit spending bill. Under the guise of helping doctors, one analysis projects that Speaker Pelosi’s latest health care bill will cost taxpayers nearly $2 trillion over the next 75 years. As unemployment continues to rise, it seems there is no level of federal spending and national debt that Washington Democrats aren’t willing to pile on struggling families and future generations. This latest proposal is being brought forward because Democrats refuse to address health care reform in a fiscally responsible way. We should not reward their budget-busting health care plan with yet another deficit spending bill.. . ."
ABC is reporting, "Bill raising doctor fees under Medicare would cause premiums to increase."
Today at 5 pm, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will present the health care reform bill to Democratic senators at a special caucus meeting. Senate Democrats have been saying that they want to hold the first vote on Reid’s health care bill so the Senate can move to the bill before the Thanksgiving recess next week. But that may prove difficult, given the the reluctance of a few key Democrats to vote for the bill.
Last month, eight Democrat senators wrote to Reid, demanding “complete budget scores” from the Congressional Budget Office and full legislative text posted for “at least 72 hours prior to the first vote to proceed to the legislation.” Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Jim Webb (D-VA) wrote, “The legislative text and complete budget scores from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) of the health care legislation considered on the Senate floor should be made available on a website the public can access for at least 72 hours prior to the first vote to proceed to the legislation.” But Reid is likely to only have a preliminary, rather than full, CBO score for the bill this week. Will Sens. Lincoln, Bayh, Landrieu, Lieberman, McCaskill, Nelson, Pryor, and Webb vote to move to a health bill without 72 hours for reading it or without a full CBO score?
The New York Times writes today, “Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, says he is not sure he is ready to help a Democratic health care proposal clear even the most preliminary hurdle: gaining the 60 votes his party’s leaders need to open debate on the measure later this week. Two of his fellow Democrats, Senators Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, are proving tough sells as well, raising the prospect that one or perhaps all three of them could scuttle the bill before the fight over it even begins on the Senate floor.” The Times notes, “There is no Republican on whom Mr. Reid can count for support in the procedural vote. . . . Senators Landrieu, Lincoln and Nelson have all said they cannot commit to backing the preliminary step until they see the final legislation, which is being written by Mr. Reid and his lieutenants and could be unveiled as early as Wednesday.”
The NYT also explains that all three have been skeptical of several provisions expected to be included in the bill, such as a government-run insurance plan. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said last month, “We all recall Senator Kerry's . . 2004 campaign of explaining why he voted for it before he voted against, and I think it is perfectly clear that most Americans will treat the vote to get on the bill as a vote on the substance of the bill.”
So will Democrat senators who have expressed their reservations about the substance of this health care bill vote to move forward with it and then try to explain later why they opposed it? Will Democrats who said they need a full CBO score vote to proceed to a health bill that only has a preliminary one? We may know by the end of the week. Reid and most Senate Democrats appear to want the health care vote next week. Don't Care What 's in the Bill? Tags:Democrats, Harry Reid, health care, Mike Pence, US Congress, US House, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
RPA Announces Leadership Summit and U.S. Senate Straw Poll
by Chase Dugger, Executive Director, Republican Party of Arkansas: The Republican Party of Arkansas announced their Winter Republican Leadership Summit will be held Saturday December 5th. This year’s event will be held at The Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. The Summit will include their Winter RPA State Committee meeting, grassroots training sessions, and a U.S. Senate Straw Poll featuring potential Senate candidates in the 2010 Republican Primary.
“We are looking forward to this weekend” said RPA Chairman Doyle Webb. “The training sessions will excite and motivate our grassroots and the straw poll will give our Senate candidates a platform to express why they should replace Blanche Lincoln.”
Tickets to the weekend will be $15 and only sold in blocks of 10 [Clarification Note: Blocks of tickets are for campaigns and those promoting a candidate; to be able to vote requires a $15 ticket from one of those sources.]. Any guest that presents a Republican Leadership Summit ticket at the registration desk, and gives the RPA their contact information, will be allowed to attend all the events associated with the Summit. However, only guests with a current Arkansas driver’s license, a current Arkansas College/University ID, or a current voter registration card, and must be at least 18 years old by November 3rd 2010 will be allowed to vote in the straw poll.
The agenda for December 5th is as follows:
RPA State Committee Meeting -------------- 10am – 12pm
U.S. Senate Candidate Speeches ----------- 12:30pm – 2pm
Straw Poll Voting ------------------------- 2pm – 3pm
RPA Grassroots Training ------------------- 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Announcing of Straw Poll Results ---------- 3:45pm – 4:15pm
If a candidate wishes to be included in the straw poll, they must meet the following requirements: - A candidate must have the proper paper work filed with the Federal Election Commission showing that they are a legal candidate for U.S. Senate. - A candidate’s campaign must purchase at least one block of tickets (10) to the Republican Leadership Summit. - A candidate’s campaign must furnish proof that they have raised and have available the necessary funds to pay the filing fee that has previously been required of candidates seeking this office ($10k). - A candidate’s campaign must provide to the RPA a bio and photo of the candidate for introduction purposes. Tags:Chase Dugger, Doyle Webb, Republican Party of Arkansas, RPA, straw pollTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
By the Numbers - Job Losses Since Start of Democrat Majority
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Government debt has increased by $1.4 trillion—since January
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Tuesday regarding the news that the national debt now exceeds $12 trillion for the first time in U.S. history:
“Americans got a double-dose of bad economic news this month. Days after learning that the unemployment rate ballooned past 10 percent, we learned that the national debt now exceeds $12 trillion for the first time in American history. This should serve as an urgent warning that the government can’t keep spending money it doesn’t have. Thousand-page bills that spend too much, borrow too much and tax too much are exactly the wrong approach for creating jobs. It’s my sincere hope that the administration will work with us on bipartisan efforts to reduce the debt, lower health care costs and help employers grow jobs.”
Total debt now exceeds $12 trillion for the first time in history: link to the current debt total
The debt has increased by $1.4 trillion since January. Tags:Mitch McConnell, Nationa DebtTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Today in Washington D. C. - Nov 17, 2009 - Polls Show Most Think Health Costs Will Increase Under Dem Bills
The Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 3082, the $133.9 billion fiscal year 2010 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (Milcon-VA) appropriations bill. At 11:30 AM, the Senate began a series of votes on amendments to the bill. Around 2:15 PM, the Senate will vote on an amendment from Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) which would prohibit funding to outfit prisons in the United States to house Guantanamo Bay detainees. Following a vote on the Inhofe amendment, senators will vote on final passage of the Milcon-VA bill. Also, the Senate will then begin consideration of the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. After an hour of debate, the Senate will vote on cloture on his nomination.
Yesterday the Senate voted 93-0 to adopt an amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to require that federal agency reports to congressional appropriations committees be posted online. By a vote of 24-69, the Senate rejected a motion from Coburn to shift funding from earmarks in the bill to an increase in funding for care for disabled veterans.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expecting to get a score on costs for his health care reform bill sometime today. As Reid prepares his bill, two new polls are out today once again showing a lack of significant support for Democrats’ health care plans and a public ever-more skeptical of Democrat promises.
Today’s Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that most Americans don’t believe the Democrat health care plans will improve their health care or their insurance coverage; in fact, most say it will increase their health care costs. Most Americans, 52%, now believe their health care costs will actually increase, while only 11% believe their costs will go down as promised by proponents of the Democrat bills. An even greater number, 56%, believe the “overall costs of health care in this country” will go up while only 20% think they will go down if the Democrat bills are passed. By two to one, more Americans think their health care will get worse, 37% than better, 19%, while 42% expect no change. The 37% who think their health care will get worse under the Democrats plans is a record this year and ties the July 1994 poll, just months before President Bill Clinton’s plan was abandoned.
For the fourth straight month, more oppose (49%) than support (48%) “the heath care system being developed by Congress and the Obama administration.” This follows the pattern of other recent polls from the AP, Pew, and Gallup showing more Americans oppose the bills than support them. And it’s important to remember that not one national poll has shown a majority supports the health care plans proposed by the president and Democrats in Congress. Once again, the most intense opinions about these health care plans are from those opposed to them, with about 40% strongly opposed. This is the same level seen in August.
Politico reports on another poll today, from Public Opinion Strategies. According to the poll, “opposition to President Obama’s health care plan is higher after the House vote than our previous tracks (29% favor / 40% oppose). Voters’ net opposition to the plan has increased from -6 percent in September to -11% today. Voter opposition to President Obama’s health care plan is higher than ever measured for President Clinton’s plan in 1993/1994 (35% oppose in June 1994).”
Even as we’re awaiting details on Harry Reid’s Senate plan, Americans have evaluated the plans they’ve seen from President Obama, Nancy Pelosi in the House, and the two Senate committees and shown their opposition. As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday, “The American people are overwhelmingly telling us, ‘Don’t pass it.’ It will be up to whether the Democratic majority wants to listen to the American people or whether they want to pass this anyway just to basically ignore the opinion of the American population and go ahead with this bill.” Tags:polls, US Congress, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Tony Perkins, FRC Washington Update: Health care may be on Sen. Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) Thanksgiving menu, but it could be awhile before the Senate talks turkey. The Majority Leader started the Rule 14 process last week, which basically means the House bill would be available on the legislative calendar by tomorrow. Of course, just because it's on the Senate calendar doesn't mean the chamber will do anything with it. In order to start considering the bill, Sen. Reid would need 60 votes on his motion to proceed. With shaky support from his own party, that prospect seems highly unlikely. If any of the 58 Democrats and two Independents vote against the motion, the bill would stall. In case you're wondering why the Senate is considering the House bill instead of its own version, H.R. 3962 is just a placeholder. Because tax bills can't originate in the Senate, Sen. Reid is using the House legislation as a shell. Eventually, that shell will be replaced by the Senate health care bill, which is still under construction in closed door meetings of the Senate leadership.
One of the biggest questions on everyone's mind is whether the Stupak-Pitts amendment will survive the secret negotiations. Yesterday, Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) was blunt about the bill's chances without it. "What is clear is that for this bill to be successful, there can be no taxpayer funding for abortion," he said. And he's right. The Stupak amendment was the only popular thing about H.R. 3962. PelosiCare passed by a measly five votes, while the amendment to strip abortion funding won by a landslide (46 votes)! That fact seems to be completely lost on the President, who can't backpedal fast enough on his promise that "no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions."
Yesterday, White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod hinted that the President will do everything he can to strip the ban from the final bill, claiming that "the amendment changes the 'status quo,' something the President cannot abide." What changes the status quo is government-run health care. The Stupak amendment just adds the current restrictions to it. Planned Parenthood is already predicting an end to the amendment at the hands of the President, who President Cecile Richards calls her "strongest weapon." Meanwhile, her allies still insist on spinning the debate not as a denial of federal funding for abortion, but as a denial of the "right" to abortion--which is absurd. Under the Stupak amendment, women can get as many elective abortions as they want. But taxpayers have no more obligations to pay for that elective procedure than they do for a woman's elective plastic surgery.
Tell that to a group called Blue America. For every person who signs a petition to block the Stupak amendment, its leaders are sending coat hangers to 20 of the House Democrats who voted for it. "We're telling [them] ... [not to] take us back to an era of coat hangers and back alley abortions." Somebody ought to point out to them that this campaign is just exposing the lie of the pro-abortion movement. Why would they want to put something back in the bill that they said was never there? by Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families: In his September 9th address to Congress and the nation, President Barack Obama promised, “Under our [healthcare reform] plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.” Many pro-life advocates took the president at his word, and they celebrated when pro-life members of Congress succeeded in passing the Stupak/Pitts amendment to prevent taxpayer-funding of abortions in the House healthcare bill.
But during last year’s campaign, and on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Candidate Obama bragged, “I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice [abortion], and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.”
Now President Obama intends to keep his promise – not to the American people, but to the pro-abortion extremists at Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Appearing on CNN yesterday, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod made it clear that President Obama would personally intervene in congressional backroom negotiations to make sure that the pro-life amendment is aborted.
Last year many pro-life Americans sadly deceived themselves into believing Barack Obama’s rhetoric about finding common ground on abortion. But among his first acts as president he repealed or rolled back several pro-life initiatives. And today Planned Parenthood calls the Obama White House its “strongest weapon” in the cultural war over the sanctity of life, and with good reason: ObamaCare will be a weapon of mass destruction for millions of unborn children, paid for with your hard-earned tax dollars.Tags:abortion, Barack Obama, David Axelrod, FRC, Gary Bauer, health care, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Tony Perkins, Washington UpdateTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a GOP presidential contender in 2008, arrives for a book signing at Books-A-Million in Knoxville on Thursday. [Edited photo pulled from eGopMews.com - original photo was by Michael Patrick]
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who won the Republican presidential primary in Tennessee in 2008, was mobbed in Knoxville on Thursday when he arrived at Books-A-Million for a book signing. Many of the hundreds of people who stood in line to get his signature on his latest book, "A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit," told him they supported him for president last year and hoped he would run again in 2012. . . [Full story: Huckabee visit draws crowd] Fall 2009 Book Tour Schedule Tags:book tour, egopnews, Mike HuckabeeTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The WIRE: Most Americans didn’t realize that when candidate Barack Obama promised he was going to create 5 million … or 2.5 million … or 20 gadzillion … or 3 -- or whatever it was -- new jobs that he intended to hang out a sign reading “Bureaucrats Only Need Apply.” Nor that he intended to create all of these jobs with government make-work programs. Yet, even with all of that, his 20 gadzillion new jobs have failed to materialize. In fact, 4 million Americans have lost their jobs since Obama took office, and unemployment is now at 10.2%.
But, alas, all is not lost. As Obama lays the groundwork for Illusionary Stimulus 3.0, he has reportedly cast an envious eye to the Peoples Republic of China, where they have found the perfect Marxist paradigm for creating new jobs, expanding the GDP, and building up the infrastructure – while fastidiously maintaining a pristine environment – all in one fell swoop.
Produced by 60 Plus Association; Jim Martin (President: 60 Plus Association) is joining the Americans For Prosperity Arkansas this weeks "Hands Off My Health Care Bus Tour" -COMPLETE SCHEDULE Tags:60 Plus, AFP, Americans for Prosperity, Vic SnyderTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Dem Health Bill Increase Costs, Reduce Senior Benefits & You May Go to Jail!
Congress reconvenes. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 3082, the $133.9 billion fiscal year 2010 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (Milcon-VA) appropriations bill. The Senate will vote on an amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) concerning transparency and a motion to recommit the bill to committee offered by Sen. Coburn. More votes on amendments are scheduled for Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on the nomination of David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; vote is expected on Tuesday afternoon.
Over the weekend a key report on Democrats’ House-passed health care reform bill was released from the actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency that oversees those programs. Issued after a request from House Republicans, the report found that overall health care spending would be likely to rise under the House bill and the $500 billion in Medicare cuts “would sharply reduce benefits for some senior citizens and could jeopardize access to care for millions of others,” according to The Washington Post.
Over the last several months, Democrats have taken pains to assure Americans that their massive health care reform bills will “bend the cost curve” and reduce health care spending in the U.S. But the AP reports, “Overall spending on health care would rise as a result of legislation approved a week ago by the House, and billions of dollars in projected savings contained in the measure will be difficult to maintain, according to a report by a top official at the agency that oversees Medicare.” Politico notes, “Democrats have promised that health reform would reduce health care costs, but legislation the House passed last week would increase costs over the next decade by $289 billion.” Further, according to Politico, “In other words, outside of Medicare payment cuts to hospitals, the bill doesn’t curb increasing health care costs. And even the Medicare payment cuts will be difficult to sustain. The analysis is more bad news for Democrats, who are facing increasing criticism that their reforms don’t do enough to control costs.”
And on the Medicare front, Vice President Joe Biden has said, “Nobody is going to mess with your benefits. Nobody.” And President Obama has assured, “We’re not going to mess with Medicare.” Yet The Washington Post points out that the CMS report “found that Medicare cuts contained in the health package approved by the House on Nov. 7 are likely to prove so costly to hospitals and nursing homes that they could stop taking Medicare altogether.”
Given the realities of the Democrats’ bills it’s little wonder that Americans continue to oppose their approach to health care reform. Indeed, “Americans are worried about the fine print in the health care overhaul, an Associated Press poll says, and those concerns are creating new challenges for President Barack Obama as he tries to overcome doubts in Congress. . . . When poll questions were framed broadly, the answers seemed to indicate ample support for Obama's goals. When required trade-offs were brought into the equation, opinions shifted — sometimes dramatically.” In particular, the AP poll found that 64% oppose requiring all Americans to have health insurance if there’s a federal penalty for not doing so. Overall, “[t]he poll found that 43 percent of Americans oppose the health care plans being discussed in Congress, while 41 percent are in support.” The AP poll is just the latest in a seriesof polls showing more Americans oppose the Democrats’ bills than support them.
As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell explained on Fox News Sunday, “[T]he core of the bill is very contentious as well -- massive cuts in Medicare, huge tax increases on individuals and on businesses, and raising insurance premiums for 85 percent of the Americans who already have health insurance.”
“The American people are overwhelmingly telling us, ‘Don’t pass it,’” Sen. McConnell told Fox’s Chris Wallace, “It will be up to whether the Democratic majority wants to listen to the American people or whether they want to pass this anyway just to basically ignore the opinion of the American population and go ahead with this bill.”
Finally, what about the CONSTITUTION! Where does it give the government the right to mandate that its free citizens purchasing a product or service and if they don't, they get fined and and can be sent to jail! And we thought that having a King mandating a tea tax was bad.Tags:Government-Run Health Care, jail, US Congress, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Walter Williams: At Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Oct. 29th press conference, a CNS News reporter asked, "Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?" Speaker Pelosi responded, "Are you serious? Are you serious?" The reporter said, "Yes, yes, I am." Not responding further, Pelosi shook her head and took a question from another reporter. Later on, Pelosi's press spokesman Nadeam Elshami told CNSNews.com about its question regarding constitutional authority mandating that individual Americans buy health insurance. "You can put this on the record. That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question."
Suppose Congress was debating a mandate outlawing tea-party-type protests and other large gatherings criticizing Congress. A news reporter asks Nancy Pelosi where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to outlaw peaceable assembly. How would you feel if she answered, "Are you serious? Are you serious?" and ignored the question. And what if, later on, someone from her office sent you a press release, as was sent to CNS News, saying that Congress has "broad power to regulate activities that have an effect on interstate commerce," pointing out that demonstrations cause traffic jams and therefore interferes with interstate commerce?
Speaker Pelosi's constitutional contempt, perhaps ignorance, is representative of the majority of members of both the House and the Senate. Their comfort in that ignorance and constitutional contempt, and how readily they articulate it, should be worrisome for every single American. It's not a matter of whether you are for or against Congress' health care proposals. It's not a matter of whether you're liberal or conservative, black or white, male or female, Democrat or Republican or member of any other group. It's a matter of whether we are going to remain a relatively free people or permit the insidious encroachment on our liberties to continue.
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