Pelosi, Obama Hawaiian vacations end, but taxpayers left with the bill

Pelosi, Obama Hawaiian vacations end, but taxpayers left with the bill

Posted By admin On January 3, 2011 @ 9:53 pm In News | No Comments

BY MALIA ZIMMERMANNancy Pelosi’s final days as Speaker of the House were spent at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii.

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Who is more unpopular than Obama?

Who is more unpopular than Obama?

Rick
Moran

 

As always, Gallup
has the answer:

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s favorable rating is down
seven percentage points since May to 29%, a new low for her since assuming the
top congressional post.

Pelosi’s ratings were 2-to-1 positive, 44% to
22%, when she first assumed the speakership in January 2007, but they became
closely divided by March of that year and remained so in November 2008. Views
became more negative than positive for the first time in the first half of 2009,
possibly because of Pelosi’s public stance against the CIA’s use of “enhanced
interrogation” of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay prison, and her dispute
with the CIA over whether she had been briefed on the matter. Spanning the
period these issues were in the news, her favorable rating fell from 42% to 32%.
Pelosi’s favorable rating recovered slightly in the first half of 2010 to 36%,
but it has since tumbled to the new low.
Independents in particular have become more negative about Pelosi, with her
favorability dwindling nine points among this group since May, to 21%. Nearly 6
in 10 independents (58%) now view her unfavorably, compared with 86% of
Republicans and 22% of Democrats.

With her own members running re-election ads trashing her, those numbers
aren’t surprising. There is little doubt that she will have a much easier time
managing things next January when her decimated caucus looks up from the
minority benches.

Nancy Pelosi calls for investigation into opponents of Ground Zero Mosque

Nancy Pelosi calls for investigation into opponents of Ground Zero Mosque

Thomas Lifson

The most powerful woman in government “join[s] those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded.” KCBS radio in San Francisco interviewed the Speaker. Listen here.

Pelosi made a fool of herself calling the tea parties “Astroturf,” and this remark is, if anything, even stupider. On Planet Pelosi, the only way a political movement happens is with funding and direction from above — as in the case of the vast network of Soros-funded organizations, and the Axelrod-sponsored Astroturf groups. The concept that ordinary people stand up and protest because of their convictions is alien to her.
So much for her respect for the will of the people. They are but sheep on Planet Peloisi, objects to be manipulated.
Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld

Ed Lasky adds:

The Speaker of the House has no respect for the Constitutional right to free speech; all partisan politics all the time. Third in line to the Presidency.  Isn’t the House dedicated to open debate; aren’t members supposed to respect the principle of free speech and the value of open debate? I guess that is only true when those speaking agree with the speaker and are liberal Democrats. Is Pelosi paranoid? And why did we have to wait for ObamaCare to pass before we found out what was in it? How about that agenda-to hide provisions so as not to allow people to debate its provisions? How about Pelosi’s views towards town halls?

Pelosi: It’s Cheaper to Treat Teens for Drug Use Than Interdict Drugs at Border

Pelosi: It’s Cheaper to Treat Teens for Drug Use Than Interdict Drugs at Border
Thursday, May 06, 2010
By Edwin Mora


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
(CNSNews.com) - While pointing out that it is the responsibility of the federal government to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said Thursday it is cheaper to treat teens for drug use than it is to interdict drugs being smuggled across the border.
 
CNSNews.com pointed out to the speaker at her weekly press briefing that a recent Justice Department report indicated that one in five U.S. teenagers used drugs last year, and then asked: “Are you committed to sealing the border against the influx of illegal drugs from Mexico and, if so, do you have a target date in mind for getting that done?”
 
“Well if your question is about drugs, I’m for reducing demand in the United States,” said Pelosi. “That is what our responsibility is on this subject. The RAND Corporation a few years ago did a report that said it would be much less expensive for us to, through prevention first and foremost, but through treatment on demand to reduce demand in our country, is the cheapest way to solve this problem.
 
“Incarceration is the next cheapest,” Pelosi continued. “It costs seven times more to incarcerate than to have treatment on demand. It costs 15 times more to interdict at the border. And it costs 25 times more with eradication of the cocoa leaf. This is an issue that it is very important to our country because of what it’s doing to our teenagers. That is the problem, what it is doing to our people.”
video below

http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/checker.aspx?v=Xd6UkU4znz

The RAND Corporation is a non-partisan, non-profit institution aimed at helping to “improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.”

According to the Justice Department’s National Drug Threat Assessment for 2010, “Nineteen percent of youth aged 12 to 17 report past year illicit drug use.” The assessment said that Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are now the predominant supplier of illegal drugs in the United States. “Law enforcement reporting and case initiation data show that Mexican DTOs control most of the wholesale cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine distribution in the United States, as well as much of the marijuana distribution,” said the assessment.

Pelosi did say it was the responsibility of the federal government to control the border, although she did not believe that would prevent illicit drug use by teens in the United States.

“Controlling our border is our responsibility,” she said. “So, whether you’re talking about stopping drugs from coming in or having a well-managed migration policy, we have a responsibility to secure our border. But I don’t know what you meant by ‘seal’ and I think sealing the border doesn’t do a whole lot to reduce demand in the United States. As I travel the country, I know that kids are on meth and they can make it in their bath tub.”
 
To solve the drug problem, she said, requires reducing demand. “Let’s secure our border for every reason that we have responsibility to do so,” she said, “but if it’s talk, if our purpose is to solve that problem, we must reduce demand and the best way to do that is through prevention and through treatment on demand.”

Last week, CNSNews.com similarly asked Rep. Raul Grijalva (D.-Ariz.), who represents a district that covers 300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, if he was committed to sealing the border against the inflow of illegal drugs. Rather than answer the question, Grijalva turned and walked away, eventually shouting back at the reporter that it was “punkish” to ask the question.
 
Transcript of Speaker Pelosi’s answer to CNSNews.com’s question on stopping illicit drug traffic across U.S.-Mexico border:
 
CNSNews.com: Madame Speaker, the Justice Department has reported that one in five teenagers used illicit drugs last year and that most of those drugs came across the border from Mexico. Are you committed to sealing the border against the influx of illegal drugs from Mexico and, if so, do you have a target date in mind for getting that done?
 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): “Well if your question is about drugs, I’m for reducing demand in the United States. That is what our responsibility is on this subject. The RAND Corporation a few years ago did a report that said it would be much less expensive for us to, through prevention first and foremost, but through treatment on demand to reduce demand in our country, is the cheapest way to solve this problem.

“Incarceration is the next cheapest. It costs seven times more to incarcerate than to have treatment on demand. It costs 15 times more to interdict at the border. And it costs 25 times more with eradication of the cocoa leaf. This is an issue that it is very important to our country because of what it’s doing to our teenagers. That is the problem, what it is doing to our people.
 
“Controlling our border is our responsibility. So, whether you’re talking about stopping drugs from coming in or having a well-managed migration policy, we have a responsibility to secure our border. But I don’t know what you meant by ‘seal’ and I think sealing the border doesn’t do a whole lot to reduce demand in the United States. As I travel the country, I know that kids are on meth and they can make it in their bath tub. So, again if the issue is predicated on your first premise, which is one in five teenagers in America has used drugs, is that the point?
 
CNSNews.com: “Yes.”
 
Pelosi: “Okay, so let’s, you know, let’s secure our border for every reason that we have responsibility to do so, but if it’s talk, if our purpose is to solve that problem, we must reduce demand and the best way to do that is through prevention and through treatment on demand.”

Healthcare aftershocks

Healthcare aftershocks

Politics | Returning to D.C., Democrats prepare to capitalize on the passage of Obamacare | Emily Belz

WASHINGTON—Members of Congress returning in mid-April from Easter recess face a traffic jam of legislation awaiting passage—and pressure from the White House to pass it. Democrats want to turn the momentum they feel from the passage of healthcare reform into more legislative successes before the end of the year. Passing certain measures could help Democrats in the November elections, too.

Campaign finance

During President Obama’s January State of the Union address, he delivered a stern condemnation of a Supreme Court decision on campaign finance and urged Congress to pass legislation to counter the decision. The court’s Citizens United decision allows corporations to spend money in favor of candidates or political issues—but corporations are still forbidden from directly contributing to a campaign. A majority of Americans, according to various polls, opposed at least the principle of an expanded role of corporations in elections. Democrats undoubtedly see political opportunity in passing campaign finance laws to counter the court’s decision.

Financial reform

Almost two years have passed since the financial crisis hit full force, and the Senate has just finished sweating out a financial regulation bill, which initially had input from one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee. The lead Democrat on the issue, Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, bypassed Corker in final negotiations over the bill as it became clear that Senate Republicans would oppose the bill. Corker called the Republican strategy an “error” because he believes the measure will become law and find popular support. Wall Street is an easy target in a hurting economy and an election year. The Senate could vote on the measure in coming weeks, and since the House has already passed its own version, the country could see new financial regulations by the summer.

Immigration

A bevy of groups have held rallies in Washington calling for immigration reform—something President Bush attempted without success—but the issue probably won’t appear on the top of the congressional agenda this year. An election year is no time to be passing something as controversial and with so little political payback as immigration reform. President Obama said recently that his commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform is “unwavering.” 

Cap-and-trade

News articles have marked the death of climate change legislation—”cap-and-trade”—numerous times, but it’s one issue that doesn’t appear to be going away. The cap-and-trade tool itself, in which companies would pay a tax on their emissions, is defunct in Congress, but other measures to address emissions and energy are still alive and kicking. All eyes are on the Senate, since the House passed a cap-and-trade bill last summer. Forty-four Democrats voted against the House bill, so if Congress has any chance of passing a final bill into law, it would have to be substantially different and the vote will need to happen before November elections, when Democrats could lose a number of seats.

Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have been scheming up their own bill, which they plan to release in coming weeks. Their collaboration, dubbed “KLG,” is perhaps the measure that has the most possibility of passing at this point. Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have also introduced a bill regulating emissions that could gain bipartisan support in the Senate.

The unspoken worry is that if Congress does nothing to address climate change, the administration will take action on its own, giving the Environmental Protection Agency a long leash to impose regulations. By next year the EPA will begin requiring the country’s largest emitters to buy permits for their greenhouse gases. The KLG bill would replace the EPA’s regulating authority on that issue. President Obama has lately also announced plans to expand nuclear energy and offshore drilling. 

Nancy and Harry want you to choose the best candy bar

Nancy and Harry want you to choose the best candy bar

Peter Wilson

A sample of the level of detail in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare):

SEC. 4205
H) RESTAURANTS, RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS, AND VENDING MACHINES
(viii) VENDING MACHINES.-
(I) IN GENERAL.-In the case of an article of food sold from a vending machine that-
(aa) does not permit a prospective purchaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel before purchasing the article or does not otherwise provide visible nutrition in formation at the point of purchase; and
(bb) is operated by a person who is engaged in the business of owning or operating 20 or more vending machines, the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in close proximity to each article of food or the selection button that includes a clear and conspicuous statement disclosing the number of calories contained in the article.
Soon we will be able to make an informed choice between Snickers, M&Ms and Doritos.   Truly history-making. 
My only contact with vending machines is at rest areas, when I need a caffeine and sugar infusion to keep me in my lane.  I already know I shouldn’t buy the stuff, but I figure one Coke won’t kill me.  A little calorie sticker isn’t going to change my destructive habits.  I’m sure this is aimed at vending machines in schools, with some connection to the Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project (which by the way received $25 million for each budget year from 2010 to 2014).
Okay, so putting up a sign with the calories in a candy bar isn’t the end of western civilization.  But it’s a bit creepy that grown men and women sit around thinking this is so important that the federal government needs to get involved.

March Of Infamy: Nobody Got Any Health Care Benefits And Everybody Lost Jobs

March Of Infamy: Nobody Got Any Health Care Benefits And Everybody Lost Jobs

March 31st, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.

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March 31 (Bloomberg) — Companies in the U.S. unexpectedly cut payrolls in March, according to data from a private report based on payrolls.

The 23,000 decline was the smallest in two years and followed a revised 24,000 drop the prior month, data from ADP Employer Services showed today. Over the previous six months, ADP’s initial figures have overstated the Labor Department’s first estimate of private payroll losses by as little as 2,000 in February to as much as 151,000 in November.

Companies are still hesitant to add workers until they see sustained sales gains and are convinced the economic recovery has taken hold. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News anticipate the government’s report April 2 will show payrolls increased by 184,000, in part due to temporary hiring by the federal government to conduct the 2010 census and because of better weather compared with February.

“The labor market trend is still up,” said David Milleker, chief economist at Union Investment GmbH in Frankfurt, who was the only economist in a Bloomberg News survey to forecast the ADP figures would show a loss of jobs. “Today’s numbers might have disappointed relative to expectations but indicate not in the least a change in trend. It takes some more time for private sector job creation to return to normal.”

Weather Effects

A March payroll gain in line with the median estimate is “a reasonable kind of number” because ADP’s figures aren’t influenced by weather and don’t include government payrolls which will reflect hiring on temporary workers to conduct the census, Prakken said. ADP includes only private employment and doesn’t take into account hiring by government agencies.

Stock-index futures dropped after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 0.4 percent to 1,164.3 at 9:30 a.m. in New York.

“The economic recovery has not been long enough or strong enough along the way yet to produce the kind of rapid employment that people are hoping for,” Joel Prakken, chairman of Macroeconomic Advisers LLC in St. Louis, which produces the figures with ADP, said in a conference call with reporters after the report.

The ADP figures were forecast to show a gain of 40,000 jobs, according to the median estimate of 35 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Projections ranged from a loss of 20,000 to a 100,000 gain.

March Rebound

Economists including Nigel Gault of IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Massachusetts, say severe winter storms in parts of the country last month likely depressed Labor Department payroll figures, while better weather in March will probably boost to this month’s numbers. Weather has less influence on the ADP report, economists say.

“Today’s figure does not incorporate a weather-related rebound that could be present in this month’s” report from the Labor Department, Prakken said in a statement. “It is reasonable to expect” that the government’s report will be “stronger” than the ADP estimate, he said.

The Labor Department’s report in two days is forecast to show the unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent in March for a third consecutive month, according to the Bloomberg survey median. The jobless rate has dropped since reaching a 26-year high of 10.1 percent in October.

The economy has lost 8.4 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007, the most of any downturn in the post- World War II era. In February, U.S. payrolls shrank by 36,000.

Goods Producers

Today’s ADP report showed a decrease of 51,000 workers in goods-producing industries including manufacturers and construction companies. Service providers added 28,000 workers.

Employment in construction fell by 43,000, while factories lost 9,000 jobs, ADP said.

Companies employing more than 499 workers shrank their workforces by 7,000 jobs. Medium-sized businesses, with 50 to 499 employees, cut 4,000 jobs and small companies decreased payrolls by 12,000, ADP said.

Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of construction equipment, said last week that it plans to hire 500 workers this year to expand a generator plant in Newberry, South Carolina. “The expansion is likely to take three to four years and could vary based on demand and other factors,” Jim Dugan, a Caterpillar spokesman, said March 17 in an e-mail.

Other companies are still trimming payrolls. J.M. Smucker Co., the maker of jams, Folgers coffee and Jif peanut butter, said last week it is reducing the number of North American manufacturing facilities to 18 from 22. The cuts are estimated to result in a reduction of 700 full-time positions, or 15 percent of the Orrville, Ohio-based company’s workforce.

The ADP report is based on data from about 360,000 businesses with more than 22 million workers on payrolls. ADP began keeping records in January 2001 and started publishing its numbers in 2006.

Please, read and pray. America is in danger of falling. Will We, the people, allow that to happen? With God, ALL things are possible.

 Is the American Dream Over?

Peter Marshall Commentary

                            “Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?  
     Last Sunday, at the behest of the President of the United States, the majority of the Democrat members of the House of Representatives violated their oath to uphold the Constitution, rejected the legacy of the Founders of this great nation, and betrayed the trust the American people had placed in them as their representatives.
 
Yes, this was accomplished by the threats, arm-twisting, and deal-making of the first socialist President voted into the Oval Office by millions of deceived people, most of whom are ignorant of American history and the principles on which our nation was founded. But the larger blame must rest on the Congress, for they are responsible for the laws which govern us.
 
Obama signed the bill into law on Tuesday, in a high-fiving kind of celebration too nauseating to watch, capped off by Vice-President Joe Biden’s self-disgracing potty-mouth remark to the President — sadly symbolic of the crudity and crass arrogance of this Administration.
 
Except for the Republicans (who all voted correctly for the first time in living memory!) and the few Democrats who early in the voting rejected the bill, the rest of the House violated the spirit, if not the letter of the Constitution, by turning over to the Executive Branch of the government the authority to manage another one sixth of the economy. Thereby they made a mockery of the sacrosanct separation of powers clause, for nothing in the Constitution allows the people’s representatives to simply hand over a large chunk of the American free enterprise system to the Federal employees of the Executive Branch.
 
The Congress rejected the constitutional form of government given us by the Founding Fathers, which was based on individual rights and free markets. There is nothing free about this healthcare bill, which mandates that you must buy a healthcare plan and that that plan must be acceptable to the “Health Choices Administrator” appointed by Obama, or else you will pay a fine. Oh, they call it a “tax” instead of a fine, to try and avoid running afoul of the Fifth Amendment, which says that no one can be deprived of property (including financial assets) without due process of law. But, since there is no provision to appeal or contest (with due process) this “tax,” it is definitely a violation of the Fifth Amendment. Further, there has never been a time in all of American history when the government has ever forced us to buy something upon threat of financial penalty, which is exactly what will happen to you if you choose not to buy health insurance! This is a thorough violation of the Constitution.
 
Will the courts find this unconstitutional, and void out the healthcare bill? Don’t hold your breath. Since the days of FDR, have the courts ever declared one of these massive social entitlement programs unconstitutional? And even if they did, the Supreme Court cannot enforce its edicts. Obama and company could, if they chose (and I wouldn’t put it past this bunch), to just thumb their noses at the Court, and carry on as before.
 
The Congress most definitely betrayed the trust of the American people by voting through this legislative disaster. A full 75 percent of the population says that they are satisfied with their healthcare plan, even though everybody wants the soaring costs of healthcare stopped and their premiums reduced. Every single poll taken on this healthcare bill indicated that the people were totally against it. But the Democrats in Congress have deliberately violated the will of the people and rammed this legislation down our throats.
 
If this bill were beneficial to the American people, why did the Democrats resort to every procedural trick available to get this legislation passed? If it had been a good piece of legislation, would the bribery of various Representatives and Senators have been necessary to get their votes? This bill was attended on every hand by corruption, fraud, lying, manipulation, and deceit, emphatically revealing its character.
 
In the first few days following Sunday, some were holding out hope that the Senate would pass amendments to the House bill, thereby forcing the House to take it back and produce another version. Not a chance. Yesterday, the Senate shot down every amendment offered.
 
Yesterday, the President issued an executive order stating that people would have to write a personal check if they wanted to purchase insurance covering abortion — i.e., the government subsidies are supposedly not going to pay for abortions. However, an Executive Order does not have the legal force to change anything in a law passed by Congress, and provision for government subsidy of abortions is in the bill Obama signed. Would Congressman Bart Stupak and others have thought it necessary to request the order from the President if the bill didn’t fund abortions? Of course, the most pro-abortion Administration since Roe v. Wade is going to find a way to use our tax monies to pay for further slaughter of the unborn. In other words, yesterday’s supposed keeping of Obama’s bargain with pro-life Democrats like Bart Stupak of Michigan, whose pro-life principles melted under Presidential heat, means nothing. It was just political show-biz. 
 
Please understand that this healthcare bill is NOT about healthcare — it is about government takeover of 18 percent of the American economy. It is a huge government power grab — the greatest in our entire history. If it were about truly trying to reform the healthcare system, which badly needs reforming, the Congress would have long since passed legislation that addresses the major roadblocks to fairly providing all Americans access to competitive health insurance plans. Among the necessary chain-busting reforms are: tort reform (a ceiling put on the possible awards for mal-practice lawsuits, thereby lowering doctors’ insurance costs that they have to pass on to their patients); ending the insurance companies’ monopolies within the various states by throwing open the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines (as we do with car insurance), thereby increasing competition; establishing high-risk insurance pools in states so that those with pre-existing conditions can still obtain insurance at reasonable rates; ending the current tax discrimination against people who don’t have health insurance with their employers (everyone paying for healthcare should have the same tax benefits); and requiring the costs of all kinds of healthcare to be available so people can pick and choose. True reform plans that make these needed fixes have been in Congress for a long time (Representative Paul Ryan, R-WI, has an excellent one) but the Democrat majority will not let them see the light of day, because reform is not the objective — growing government power is.
 
Proof of the power grabs contained in this bill is a provision that takes control of all student education loans away from all private companies and lodges it in the Federal government. All education loans are now Federal. The 2700 pages of this horrible monstrosity contains innumerable instances of government takeover, but since no one has had the time to thoroughly digest what it contains, various horrors will continue to bubble to the surface in the coming months, like polluting oil from a sunken tanker.
 
Despite what the media and the Democrats are saying, this bill does fund abortions and will probably end up requiring participation in abortions by healthcare providers in spite of religious objections; it does provide free healthcare for illegal immigrants; and it does create rationing of healthcare, especially for senior citizens, for whom cost factors will dictate what operations and treatments are covered by insurance. It will put great pressure upon many insurance companies, undoubtedly driving many of them out of business and turning many more of them into shell companies of the government, just as the government took over General Motors and AIG. This will inexorably push health insurance toward a single, public option government-run healthcare provider system.
 
Do you realize that the IRS is now going to be managing your healthcare? That Federal agency is going to have the power to tell you what to do about your health insurance, because the IRS will give the details of your financial life to the Department of Health and Human Services in the process of determining whether you qualify within the acceptable standards of health insurance, or whether you are to be fined. All of your personal medical information, from the hospitals, physicians, and employers will also be turned over to the appropriate Federal agencies. A case could be made that this violates the Fourth Amendment protecting citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, but don’t expect that to get anywhere in the courts.
 
This legislation creates 159 new Federal agencies, and will require 17,000 new IRS agents alone. The percentage of American workers employed by government will pass 50 percent very quickly.
 
We have been turned into a European welfare state, where most people pay little or no income tax while becoming dependent upon government benefits. In 2004, about 20 percent of American households were receiving about 75 percent of their income from the Federal government, and another 20 percent were receiving almost 40 percent. Back then, about 60 percent of American families were receiving more government benefits and services than they were paying back in taxes — in other words they had a “net dependency” on government. It has recently been estimated that Obama’s first budget alone, even without this horrible healthcare legislation which contains further gross amounts of earmarks and payouts, increases the level of net dependency to 70 percent. Welcome to the United Socialist States of America!
 
Is the American dream over? Is the monstrous debt the Obama is piling up going to destroy the economy and wreck the hope of prosperity for our children and grandchildren. I see no way around it, unless the course of this Administration is reversed.
 
Obama claims over and over that this bill reduces the Federal deficit. That is simply a lie. The bill will bring the national debt to $2.4 trillion dollars, which is  a completely unsustainable level.
 
This coming fall the Congress must decide whether to proceed with the cuts in the doctors’ reimbursement rates which this bill requires, or to postpone or cancel them, which will add to the impossibly huge Federal deficit the bill creates. The bill binds Congress to either trash Medicare or add to their fiscal irresponsibility.
This biggest entitlement program in American history will force a drastic raising of taxes. Not only will the Medicare benefits go down, high income earners will see their Medicare tax go up 3.8 percent, and their income tax rate rise from 35 to 39.6 percent. The bill also creates a 3.8 percent tax on interest and dividend income above certain levels beginning in 2013. All of this will further depress the economy.
And, because these tax increases will be needed for just a partial funding of the Obama healthcare horror, the looming bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare will not even be touched. That means that a future Congress will have to either cut Medicare benefits or raise taxes again on the middle class.
The financial chickens are coming home to roost. No welfare state has ever been able to sustain itself for long. The American dream will be over unless there is drastic change.
 
What can be done?
 
There obviously is no redress until November. I personally think that the court challenges will come to nothing, and that any attempt to do anything in Congress is going to be blocked by the Democrat majorities. The only hope is this: If the anger of the American people at Obama and the Congress for selling out the American experiment in self-government and freedom continues to rise, it is just possible that we could see a conservative revolution that would throw the socialist-minded Democrats and Republicans (and there are some!) out of Congress and replace them with men and women of principle determined to clean the corruption out of Washington. But make no mistake, it will take a revolution the likes of which as not been seen in this country since 1776. We cannot simply elect to the Congress Republicans who talk about changing this or that — that’s not enough to save the Republic. Folks, in the entire history of the country, no entitlement program has ever been repealed. Once people start feeding at the public trough, they never deny themselves and give up their addiction. The only hope for repeal is that the Congress becomes convinced that the terrible high price and pain of this legislation will be far worse than the supposed benefits, and becomes willing to take drastic action.
 
Therefore, we must send people to Washington who are fiercely determined to roll back this tide of socialism, and restore America to its founding principles of free enterprise, free markets, low taxes, and a vastly reduced government that is responsible to the people.
 
If (and it’s a very big if) this happened, a truly conservative Congress could, upon arrival in January of 2011, simply refuse to pass the appropriations bills necessary to fund this socialist monstrosity. It would thus be unfunded, which would effectively kill it until more sensible healthcare legislation could be crafted. And, there is a window of time (several years) in which to reverse things before the horrible tax increases hit.
 
Can it be done? I honestly don’t know. It will take a miracle of God not seen in America since the victory over the British in the War for Independence. Our Lord Jesus has promised us that “with God all things are possible.” But, the American people are going to have to rise up and take back control of our lives out of the hands of government. Is there enough understanding and will in the hearts of the people to do this? Are enough of us free of a welfare mentality to restore American freedom?
 
Perhaps. If the November elections were to be held tomorrow, we might see fairly sweeping results. But I don’t think people yet realize to what extent things need to be overthrown. I don’t think that the average American grasps the magnitude of the revolution that alone will save us from becoming another socialist welfare state. The whole trend of the last 60 or 70 years has to be reversed. From FDR’s New Deal, to Lyndon Johnson’s (Not so) Great Society, to Barack Obama’s Yes We Can (Make America Socialist), government has steadily become more and more obtrusive and controlling in our daily lives.
 
My fear is that the resolve to change things, which is quite high at the moment, will dissipate by November. The memory of the American people is notoriously short. What will happen between now and then is in the hands of the Lord, however. We must pray fervently for His intervention, for His hand to stir the hearts of the people to accomplish what needs to be done. And, it is quite possible that this ideologue President and his crowd will continue to alienate and exasperate the people with more socialist programs, keeping the pot boiling until the fall.
 
What I know for sure is that the lights are dawning in the hearts of the people. They’re starting to understand what Washington is doing to them. The anger and the resistance is growing. For the first time in many of their lives they’re getting involved in public issues; they want to try and change things. They realize that it’s not just about them — the futures of their children and grandchildren are at stake.
 
The revolution is building, it’s growing. Pray, pray. God is still on His throne. He called this nation into existence, and He is not going to allow some deluded politicians to destroy it. He will not abandon us.
 
Don’t give up, and don’t despair. Choose hope.
 
In the darkest days of the Civil War, Iowa Congressman James Wilson brought a group of clergy to Lincoln in the White House, urging him to do more to abolish slavery. One of them told the President that he believed God might well allow the Union to be destroyed if we didn’t deal with it. Lincoln uncoiled his long limbs out of his chair, rose to his full height, and pointing his finger at the man, said: “My faith is greater than yours. . . (for) I believe He will compel us to do right in order that He may do these things (abolish slavery), not so much because we desire them as that they accord with His plans of dealing with this nation, in the midst of which He means to establish justice.”
 
And so it came to pass.
I believe Lincoln’s words are still true today.

Max Baucus on Obamacare’s hidden agenda – redistribution of wealth

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 5:08 PM

Max Baucus is the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and the Democrat most responsible fo Obamacare’s final shape other than Nancy Pelosi.

In an unusual speech on the Senate floor moments ago, Max Baucus declares that the “healthcare bill” to be  “an income shift, it is a shift, a leveling to help lower income middle income Americans.”  Baucus continued, “[t]oo often, much of late, the last couple three years the mal-distribution of income in America is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind.  Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America.  This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America.”

Max Baucus on Obamacare’s hidden agenda – redistribution of wealth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY4Qbv7gPbo&feature=player_embedded

Baucus’ candor is appreciated, though the fact that he waited until the bill passed to announce the real agenda behind the massive tax hikes isn’t a profile in courage.  And the seniors on fixed income who are about to lose Medicare Advantage would laugh at Baucus’ pseudo-populism.

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This Will Not Stand: Newt On the Passage of Obamacare

This Will Not Stand: Newt On the Passage of Obamacare

Posted 03/22/2010 ET
Updated 03/22/2010 ET

 

This will not stand.

No one should be confused about the outcome of Sunday’s vote

This is not the end of the fight it is the beginning of the fight.

The American people spoke decisively against a big government, high tax, Washington knows best, pro trial lawyer centralized bureaucratic health system

In every recent poll the vast majority of Americans opposed this monstrosity

Speaker Pelosi knew the country was against the bill. That is why she kept her members trapped in Washington and forced a vote on Sunday.

She knew if she let the members go home their constituents would convince them to vote no.

The Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine combined the radicalism of Alinsky, the corruption of Springfield and the machine power politics of Chicago.

Sunday was a pressured, bought, intimidated vote worthy of Hugo Chavez but unworthy of the United States of America.

It is hard to imagine how much pressure they brought to bear on congressman Stupak to get him to accept a cynical, phony clearly illegal and unconstitutional executive order on abortion. The ruthlessness and inhumanity of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine was most clearly on display in their public humiliation of Stupak.

The real principles of the machine were articulated by Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings who was impeached and removed from the bench as a federal judge, before being elected to the House when he said “”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.”

It is hard for the American people to believe their leaders on the left are this bad.
They are.

The American people will not allow a corrupt machine to dictate their future.

Together we will pledge to repeal this bill and start over

Together we will prove that this will not stand

2010 and 2012 will be among the most important elections in American history

These elections will allow us to save America from a leftwing machine of unparalleled corruption arrogance and cynicism

Sunday was one more step in the fight against a “Washington knows best” and “Washington should run everything” attitude.

Let us turn now to the Senate to continue this fight for real reform, for real self government, and for policies that create jobs, improve health outcomes, and increase freedom.

 

Mr. Gingrich is the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and author of “Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works” and “Winning the Future” (published by Regnery, a HUMAN EVENTS sister company).

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