Ignoring both Democrats and fellow Republicans, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) is holding to his guns by preventing unemployment benefits extension from going through. The reason? Funding. All that Senator Bunning wants is for funds from unspent stimulus to be used for the benefits extensions.
Statist Senate Democrats, left-wing media, and leftist bloggers are criticising Bunning for the stalling tactic. Evil Republican Jim Bunning is denying the unemployed their benefits. Perhaps they will blame Bunning for killing unemployed Americans? Statists point to Bunning’s silence during the G.W. Bush years of defense spending and tax cuts, which supposedly added to the deficit [Article - 1. Top Democrats look to shame Bunning on unemployment benefits filibuster | 2. Unemployment benefits end today; extension not approved by Senate].
Here’s where the statists are wrong:
1. The Bush tax cuts increased government revenue. How? Employers could afford to hire more people to work. The fewer people unemployed, the more that entitlements are reduced. The more people who were working, the more tax base the government had. The more tax base the government had, the more tax revenue that was collected.
2. Defense spending is a necessary part of the federal budget. The only part of the budget that is larger than defense spending is entitlement spending [Article - Entitlements Crowd Out Defense Spending, and It’s Only Getting Worse]. The statists who hate the military will never understand, nor recognize that fact. This would also explain their ignorant comments on the defense budget. They tried again and again over the years to defund our military out of existence. Their disdain for the country’s servicemen and women is well-documented. None of them can say they are patriotic Americans and that they support the troops while taking their funding away at the same time. That is something two-faced liars do.
3. The issue at hand is not dealing with defense spending or tax cuts. The issue is how to pay for unemployment benefits. The money for stimulus has already been allocated. Why not use some of those funds for unemployment extensions? This garbage about being against the rules should not be a problem for the current Congress and presidential administration, since they have consistently broken the rules over the past year anyway.
4. Nobody would be talking about extending unemployment benefits if the Obama stimulus would have worked in the first place [Article - 1. Shrinking U.S. Labor Force Keeps Unemployment Rate From Rising | 2. Obama: Stimulus Has Saved 2 Million Jobs | 3. The 'Stimulus' Actually Raised Unemployment | 4. Fact Checking Team Obama's Stimulus Claims].
5. President Obama is a huge fan of a pay-as-you-go system. From his own mouth: Read More…
Two days after the Blair House summit and still no official CBO cost estimate [Article - CBO: Obama's Health Care Plan Too Sketchy to Score; UPDATE: Obama Punts on Public Option: "That's Up To Leader Reid"].
To be sure, the estimate will reveal the bloated cost of the 2700-page ObamaCare bill [Article - Obama Admits CBO Cost Estimates of ObamaCare Are Incomplete].
We should reform our health care system, but at what cost? At the cost of another one trillion dollars added to the burgeoning national debt? If ObamaCare passes, Americans will be paying for something that will not officially start until 2014 and will do nothing to reduce our budget deficit.
With all of the spending that Obama and tax-and-spend politicians have already added to our debt, how can we sustain the cost of ObamaCare? How much money will honest, hard-working Americans have in their pockets after paying for all of the spending Obama has racked up? One way or another, we will be paying for it in the form of higher taxes.
After the GOP clearly built a stronger case against ObamaCare at the health care summit (when state-run media calls it a “draw”, you know the Republicans got the upper hand), they need to form their own health care summit and create another one of their own comprehensive health care bill (previous bills were thrown out by congressional Democrats) [Article - ObamaCare' alienates most Americans].
In a brazen act of defiance against over 50 percent of the American people, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her fellow leftist statists in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the monstrosity known as H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care for America Act [Article - House passes health care reform bill; Vote garners only one Republican].
The snag in the works was getting so-called “moderate” “Blue Dog” Democrats to vote for the “deficit neutral” bill. How did Pelosi get so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats to vote for passage of the bill? There was certainly some arm-twisting that was done by leftist Democrats and President Obama himself; however, by simply inserting a stipulation known as the “Stupak Amendment“, which limits, but does not eliminate coverage and funding for abortions, that’s all it took for so-called “moderate” Democrats to submit an “up” vote.
Never mind the insertion of items that don’t have anything to do with health care reform and that raise taxes on people whom President Obama promised would not be taxed. Never mind that over 50 percent of Americans do not want a public “option” or in other words, government-run health care [Rasmussen Report - Health Care Reform].
Self-serving, hyper-ambitious politicians on all levels of government do not care about the will of the American people. They do not genuinely care about the health and well-being of the American people. They have proven time and again that they are nothing but a group of haughty, arrogant, elitist power and money grabbers with an aristocratic sense of predestinate entitlement.
The next election cycle is only a year away. A lot can happen in a year and those who want to retain their positions of power will do their best (or worst) to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes in an effort to get re-elected. They know that the memories of the people they claim to represent are short. They are banking on that knowledge because it is a successful time-tested strategy.
So-called health care reform is only one link in a longer chain of enslavement that leftist bosses are forging for America. They are only a couple of links away from completing that chain. After the chain is complete, it will be almost impossible to break it.
What will you do? Will you vote for or against the chain? The 2010 elections should give us an indication.
Despite a GOP boycott, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee and other Democrats on the committee approved a climate change bill that would require cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent over the next decade from 2005 levels [Article - Senate Panel Approves Climate Change Bill Despite GOP Boycott].
In typical overreaching fashion, leftist politicians are attempting to force unpopular economy-killing legislation through. However, there is a silver lining: The bill has passed committee, but it now goes to the Senate floor, where it is expected to die an ignominious death.
This goes along with a previously submitted ACW post, touching on how leftist politicians tirelessly and tenaciously try to further their destructive interests [Reference - German Chancellor Merkel And The Climate Change “Wall”].
To be sure, the battle to force through legislation based on junk science will continue. Without unwavering, steadfast opposition to leftist environmental lunacy, it is a guarantee that climate change legislation will be passed and the suffering of the American people will last for decades.
Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the pulling down of the wall separating East and West Berlin in Germany. For the first time, a German head of state spoke before U.S. Congress. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed members of U.S. Congress and one of the subjects Merkel spoke about was the need for a global deal on climate change [Article - Merkel meets with Obama, then talks to Congress]. Perhaps a symbolic appeal by Merkel to tear down the climate change “wall” [Article - The European Experience with Cap and Trade]?
With support for cap and trade legislation on the decline, President Obama vows that the United States will play a prominent role in decreasing global greenhouse gas emissions. Obama’s answer to the climate change question is cap and trade legislation.
The Waxman-Markey bill or rather, Taxman-Malarkey bill (H.R. 2998 – American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009) is currently in limbo, since health care reform legislation has taken center stage. Beltway politicians have certainly been working behind the scenes on slipping cap and trade legislation through, with very little public scrutiny…so they hope.
If the United States agrees to comply with some sort of global climate change contract in Copenhagen, Denmark, this will surely embolden leftist environut anti-capitalists in America to get climate change-related cap and trade legislation enacted.
If such a bill goes through, it will destroy the American economy, no ands, ifs or buts about it. We think unemployment is bad now, wait and see how high it will be if cap and trade becomes law. In addition, we and future generations of Americans will pay dearly for the taxes, fees and other costs climate change legislation will incur [Article - Leading Climate Scientist: Cap and Trade Could Ruin US Economy | Reference - Treasury Department – Climate Change Bill Could Cost American Families $1,761 A Year]. Read More…
As they stand, here are the health care plans that either made it to the U.S. House or U.S. Senate floor or are undergoing alterations in committee:
Quite a few people have read and researched the legislation. They have provided their analyses and have provided information from their analyses in Internet-friendly form. Take your pick from the plethora of links provided below: Read More…
The National Endowment for the Arts, an organization that receives taxpayer funds, has been the focus of an investigation for possible illegal activities. It seems that the Obama campaign has been and now the Obama administration is using the NEA to push a partisan agenda [Article - The National Endowment for the Art of Persuasion?].
Yet again more from the so-called party of “No” and the party with no fresh ideas. Another conservative health care reform bill, submitted to the U.S. House floor back in July, that was referred to committee, but has since then made it to the committee scrap heap along with H.R. 3218 – Improving Health Care for All Americans Act:
Conveniently, House leftists and the MIA (Media In Absentia) didn’t give another conservative bill (268 pages total) one ounce of consideration or air time [Bill Tracking - H.R. 3400: Empowering Patients First Act]. More of the same old worn-out conservative/Republican ideas? Oh that’s right, no public or government “option” in its contents. A bill that actually empowers the people, giving a patient the freedom of choice and taking personal responsibility for his or her own health care. Also contained in the legislation are provisions for tort reform, coverage for every American citizen, no coverage for illegal aliens, less of a tax burden to the American taxpayer and more cost control regulations governing the health insurance industry [Press Release - Putting Patients First!].
Compared to the monstrosity known as the over 1,100-page government-run health care bill (H.R. 3200 – America’s Affordable Health Choices Act), which includes the creation of at least 54 government agencies, government-educated, trained and paid physicians; tax increases to pay for such expansion, including all of the procedures to be covered and paid for, no tort reform (besides, you can’t sue the government), coverage for illegals, vaguely-defined government “exchanges”, equally vague descriptions of the various boards and panels a patient must refer and/or report to, mandates on patients for government-approved health care coverage, mandatory employer coverage, encouraging “competition” among the various health insurance companies, which is really no competition at all when they won’t be able to compete with government coverage, penalties for non-compliance or “opting out” of the public “option” and since government-run health care as it is described in H.R. 3200 will increase in cost over a short period of time, health care rationing will occur, I don’t know why leftists in the U.S. House of Representatives would want to make legislation any simpler.
It appears the Obama administration knew about the high costs of cap and trade. In the U.S. Treasury Department’s report to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, several omissions or blacked-out words have been found. Was the information in the report so embarrassing and damaging to President Obama that he and his administration cajoled or even forced the Treasury Department into making sure that nobody knew about it?
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the Treasury Department’s report had to be released; however, I guess the FOIA doesn’t mention what condition the report has to be in [Article - 1. Cap-and-Trade Memos Fire Up the Skeptics | 2. Cap And Trade Redux: $1,761 Annually Per Family? Or Not?].
So much for transparency and “change you can believe in”. More Chicago-style politics at work here, ladies and gentlemen.
The anti-Obama, right-wing, conservative (sarc-off) U.S. Department of the Treasury released information on how much H.R. 2998 – American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 would cost each American family [Article - Obama Admin: Cap And Trade Could Cost Families $1,761 A Year].
The U.S. House already passed H.R. 2998 and the U.S. Senate is still considering and examining it. Unless the Senate waters it down or rejects it outright, get ready to dig deep into your pockets, America! Save the planet! Reduce your carbon footprint! Hope and change! Yes we can! Sacrifice! Sacrifice!
For your reading pleasure:
You have to give Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) credit. He tried his hand at compromise by crafting a health care reform bill and was met with opposition, not only from Republicans, but from fellow Democrats as well [Article - Baucus Unveils $856 Billion Health Care Plan, Predicts 'Broad' Support]. Now he should somewhat know how John McCain feels.
Here’s what will have to be in or associated with a health care reform bill for it to be accepted by the majority of the people of the United States of America:
- No government or public option. Health care co-ops are still a scaled-down version of government or public option-style health care.
- Pretax and non-taxable medical savings accounts.
- A crackdown on medical over-billing practices.
- Tort reform.
- Better controls against fraud and waste.
- Non-discriminatory insurance coverage.
- No strings attached incentives for those who want to attend medical school and become health care practitioners or providers.
- No tax increases.
If there ever comes to be a bill that exists with the bullet-pointed provisions, the American people will support it. Otherwise, it’s back to the drawing board, Senator Baucus.
ACORN, President Obama’s “community organizing” agency of choice, in the face of mounting scandals and corruption, have applied for more government funds [Article - ACORN wants another $6 million despite scandals]. In other words, taxpayer money.
ACORN has access to, but may not qualify for over $8 billion dollars of “stimu-less” money [Video - Who in Congress Is Helping ACORN Grow? | Article - 1. ACORN got $53 million in federal funds since 94, now eligible for up to $8 billion more | 2. Biased PolitiFact.com Covers for ACORN, Attacks Michele Bachmann | 3. ACORN's Stimulus].
We’ll find out if somebody in Congress will wise up and think twice before approving any application for funding from ACORN until the organization is thoroughly investigated.
UPDATE: Fellow blog poster CW stole my thunder a little bit [Blog Post - Senate Votes To Cut Off Federal ACORN Funding]. It seems ACORN’s money spigot is temporarily shut off for now.
Well folks, it’s official. With absolutely no consideration of his background or debate on his nomination (thus the cloture vote), Cass Sunstein has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new director of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs [Article - Cass Sunstein confirmed in 57-40 vote].
Six Republicans voted for Mr. Sunstein’s confirmation [Reference - U.S. Senate Cass R. Sunstein Confirmation Roll Call Vote]. They are:
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH)
Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), one of the seven Republicans who voted for cloture on Mr. Sunstein’s nomination, did not vote for Sunstein to be confirmed.
If you want to know more about Cass Sunstein, please refer to this ACW post:
While America is distracted by health care reform, cap and trade, “stimu-less”, etc., another Obama nominee slips through the cracks. Cass Sunstein, another radical leftist advisor of Barack Obama, will now go through the Senate confirmation process [Article - Democrats push Cass Sunstein nomination]. A cloture vote was pushed through today and unfortunately, seven Republicans voted “Yea” [Reference - U.S. Senate Cass R. Sunstein Cloture Roll Call Vote]. Those Republicans are:
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH)
It is not surprising that Senators Collins and Snowe would vote against their own party’s interests because they have consistently done so. One has to wonder why they even remain Republicans. Although they don’t consistently vote against their own party like Snowe and Collins, Senator Gregg’s and Senator Lugar’s votes are not incredibly surprising. However, it is more alarming that Senators Bennett, Hatch and Voinovich would vote for Mr. Sunstein. I can only venture a guess as to why they voted for the man. Perhaps resulting from sheer ignorance of who Sunstein is?
Okay then, who really is Cass R. Sunstein? Glenn Beck of Fox News gives us some insight: Read More…
Mark Lloyd is the Federal Communications Commission “Associate General Counsel/Chief Diversity Officer” or President Obama’s so-called “Diversity Czar”. Diversity Officer? What exactly is that? It is a newly created position in the FCC, but why was it created? What are the “Diversity Czar’s” duties? Just who is Mark Lloyd? Why is he an advisor to President Obama [Article - 1. Who Is Mark Lloyd? | 2. The Fairness Doctrine is Dead, But Here Comes the Chief Diversity Officer | 3. Video: FCC 'Diversity' Czar on Chavez's Venezuela: 'Incredible...Democratic Revolution']?
Mark Lloyd is just another hater of the U.S. Constitution. He wants to stifle opposition to leftist propaganda, whether it be on the airwaves or on the Internet, through “diversity”. Mr. Lloyd is just as dangerous as Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren and other so-called Obama “czars”.
Let’s see who we’ve got as Obama’s advisors (“czars”) and cabinet members so far: We’ve got tax cheats, a self-proclaimed communist and 9/11 “truther”, a proponent of eugenics, a nut-job who believes that animals should have legal representation in a court of law and now someone who sees no problem in violating an American citizen’s First Amendment rights, especially when that citizen offers an opposing viewpoint to that of his own or to that of the most exalted potentate and savior of the world, his Messianic Obamaness.
Is this another case where nobody actually vetted another Obama advisor? Is this another instance of Obama and his administration not being aware of the radical credentials of Mr. Lloyd? It’s rather convenient that Mr. Lloyd would slip through the cracks just like Van Jones, don’t you think?
From Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals (Copyright 1972), Rule #13 (p. 130):
“-Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
In their desperate attempts to further Marxism in the United States, President “ChicagObama” and other leftists are on their way to reaching critical mass; therefore, they are stepping up attacks on American citizens, using every component of their propaganda machine:
Those who are exercising their First Amendment rights by opposing a government takeover of the U.S. health care system and a huge government tax hike in the form of “climate change” legislation are only taking these words to heart (some of what may be said below is not to be taken literally, but figuratively): Read More…
Why are leftists concentrating so much on so-called “unruly mobs” at town hall meetings focusing on health care reform and global climate change legislation? Is it their hope that incidents occur so that they can substantiate their claims about those who attend town hall meetings—that they are nothing but anti-government, anti-health care reform, anti-global climate change, unruly, irrational, hate-filled mobs and agitators [Article - 1. Democrats' break looking like a bad trip | 2. Angry citizens shout down politicians at town hall meetings across the country (WH 'not concerned')]?
There have been unverified reports of people being arrested and fearful politicians being whisked away from town hall meetings by the police. From all of the lengthy videos I’ve seen and heard, I found no violent disruptions and saw nobody getting arrested. If one or two police officers walking along with a politician constitutes a police escort, I suppose I did see police escorts. The people I saw and heard were shouting protests, that much is true. I did not see any fist fights or objects being thrown. I did not hear any vile obscenities being uttered. One has to wonder which forums or town hall meetings reporters from the state-run media were attending.
What I did see and hear were politicians and government-run health care proponents becoming visibly agitated, dodging questions, not answering questions at all, feigning ignorance, disseminating inaccurate information and treating the crowds of attendees as if they were ignorant, uninformed clods.
They know that government-run health care disguised as a public health care “option” is being rejected by a majority of the American public.
They know that farcical climate change legislation based on questionable, if not fraudulent science, is nothing more than a gigantic “tax America” and “destroy the American economy” bill, which is not being received very well by the American people.
They are scared, but not for all of the right reasons. Power-hungry, leftist control freaks will do anything they can to further their various Marxist agendas. No matter the cost, they will attempt to ram their legislation and policies down the throats of the American people. They don’t care about anybody but themselves and their own creature comforts. They are scared that they will lose their positions of command and control.
I venture to guess that falsehoods, deflections and misinformation about town hall/forum attendees are being propagated by leftist politicians, environmentalists and government-run health care proponents, in conjunction with state-run media outlets. Below are Web site addresses or URLs to sites that embody and reflect the contemptuous nature of the left-wing and their twisted view of town hall meeting attendees and so-called “tea-baggers”. I chose not to link to some of them because I don’t want to give those sites any more recognition than they deserve. If you so choose, you can read the misrepresentations, distortions and outright lies contained in those unlinked leftist sites that conservatives and Americans who are concerned about keeping America free have to face. It should not only anger and amuse you, but it should harden your resolve to keep up the fight against leftist Marxism in the United States: Read More…
U.S. Treasury Secretary and tax cheat “Turbo Tax” Tim Geithner, backed up by the savior of the world and our most exalted potentate, “god” (with a small “g”) and President Barack Obama, once again assured China last month that their assets are still safe and that the federal budget deficit would not be allowed to expand out of control [Article - Obama calls U.S. China ties most important of century].
How will Obama and his administration lower the budget deficit and make China happy at the same time? Never letting a crisis go to waste, “Turbo Tax” Tim Geithner was reported as saying the following (paraphrased):
“…the country needs to understand the Obama administration will do what’s necessary. He did not detail how the government plans to shrink the deficit, though he said overhauling the health care system and lowering costs are essential.” [Article - Lower U.S. deficit key to sustaining recovery: Geithner]
With the massive spending that the overwhelmingly Democrat U.S. Congress wrote legislation for, which was signed by Obama and with more spending legislation on the way, how has that lowered the budget deficit?
How is the multi-trillion dollar budget deficit going to be paid down? Soak the rich? Even if the wealthiest Americans turned every single penny of theirs over to the government, they would not be able to pay the deficit down. Okay, how about imposing more fines and fees on big business and those “evil” corporations? Ah, no. They will just pass the costs on to consumers. Here’s something everybody will agree with: Drain “big oil” of their “obscene” profits? No again. Once more, they will pass any increased costs on to consumers.
Well then, who will start paying for the multi-trillion dollar budget deficit? Let me see…who’s left?
Ladies and gentlemen, George W. Bush did start the ball rolling in eliciting funds from China. Barack Obama has made us much, much more indebted to China. China is pressuring us to pay down our own budget deficit. Tim Geithner said the Obama administration will do what’s necessary to get into China’s good graces. He also said that health care reform and “lowering costs” is essential. What do classic left-wing Marxists who believe in wealth redistribution as Obama and his cronies do, believe the quickest way to pay down debt is? That’s right, raising taxes. That’s what Obama and his administration are planning to do to the American people.
Marxist politicians like President Obama talk a good game by constantly stating that those who make under $250,000 dollars a year will not see a tax increase, but it is an impossibility to pay against the massive debt that is rapidly accumulating without substantially raising taxes on everybody, which includes people who make under $250,000 per year. Which class of the American citizenry makes under $250,000 per year? You guessed it…the MIDDLE CLASS!
Get ready and dig deep into your pockets, folks. More of your hard-earned money is going to enrich government coffers. What’s even more disgusting is that our government will have to give some of it to our “good friends”, the Chinese.
Hope and change! Yes we can! Skin in the game! Sacrifice! Sacrifice!