A man is defined by his actions and ability to move forward after setbacks. Greg Abbott is that man of strength, and courage. The Texas Attorney General did not go quietly after the Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare. It appears the court decision has inspired him to fight harder for America, liberty, and the constitution. This week was a whirlwind tour of speaking engagements with different groups of Americans to explain the latest decision by the Supreme Court regarding Obamacare.
In Plano Texas, there was a Rally for Freedom sponsored by the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute. The crowd was anxious to hear what crumbs of hope the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott could give to them.
There were several states involved in the Supreme Court Case. Per usual, on high profile cases, they asked the Attorney General of Texas to be one of the key legal minds involved. We now have one option left to the American People. It is critical to vote in a new President, a conservative controlled Senate, and a conservative controlled House in November. This is the choice remaining, to protect America from this overreaching action by the Federal Government. It was clearly stated this was a disasterous Supreme Court decision that took everyone by surprise.
People in the courtroom were fairly comfortable when the decision began talking about commerce and how this argument was not a constitutional premise for the law. As the reading continued, a 180 was done, and the weaker reasoning on taxation privilege was introduced. The gallery was stunned and mouths were agape per others who were actually in the courtroom. The entire opinion document can be read here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/29/us/29healthcare-scotus-docs.html
The decision cannot be overturned, as this was the last stop on the judicial ladder. Arguing about whether the additional outlay of cash is a penalty or a tax is a waste of time. One option is left, America must work fervently, tirelessly, and focus on domination of all branches of government.
On the Americans for Prosperity call, there was a stunning moment of clarity for the thousands who crowded onto the call. One of the audience asked a question, using examples. “Could the government charge a penalty if people choose not to buy a smart car?”, stated the caller. Attorney General Abbott, said “yes, that is our problem now.” The Supreme Court has ruled the Congress has unlimited power to levy taxes on activity and inactivity. A pin drop could have been heard after that dash of cold water on the audience.
Liberty suffered greatly because of this decision. To overturn Obamacare, and get real solutions for Americans, we must not let a moment go wasted between now and November.
In 1775, Americans said enough and made their voices heard around the world. In 2012, we must do the same.
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Three of the strongest Presidential contenders spoke at the Rightonline conference in Minnesota sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. The crowd was not disappointed. Clearly the candidates have moved from the novice stage of campaigning to serious speeches. The speakers were Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Former Governor Tim Pawlenty, and Former CEO Herman Cain. The crowd was not disappointed by the quality offering of information by each candidate. The differences between the three are becoming more pronounced as they provide detail on their economic growth plans and ideas to get the economic engine pumping again.
In this first article, the focus is on Congresswoman Bachmann.
Here are a few highlights of the speech:
- 1.7 Trillion dollars is the estimated burden on Americans due to government regulations primarily from the EPA
- The President promised African Americans and Hispanics hope and change. Instead, they are the hardest hit groups by unemployment. The numbers of people without jobs are 40% for the African Americans and 27% for the Hispanics.
- Obama policies have resulted in the loss of 2.5M jobs.
- An estimated 800,000 jobs will be lost due to Obamacare
- When Barrack Obama took office, the average price of gas was $1.79 a gallon
- Ten Days after Obama took office, gold was priced at $940.00. The price of gold is currently hovering at $1500.00.
- Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev, successor to Mr. Putin in Russia made a speech on the economy. Mrs. Bachmann noted even the President of Russia understands free markets. Here is the quote mentioned in her speech:
- “My choice is different. The Russian economy ought to be dominated by private businesses and private investors. The government must protect the choice and property of those who willingly risk their money and reputation.”
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- There was a promise made that she would not rest until Obamacare is repealed.
- Congresswoman Bachmann recently introduced the Freedom of Choice Lightbulb Act to the House for consideration
One of the most memorable parts of her talk was a recollection of a private meeting with a few Republican leaders and the President. The Republicans commented on the poor unemployment numbers. President Obama stated it was just a bump in the road. Michele Bachman said, “No Mr. President, it is not a bump in the road, it is the Grand Canyon”.
Mrs. Bachmann had facts and figures at her fingertipsas which one would expect of a former tax litigation attorney. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and at one point she led the crowd in a chant: One term President!
Toward the close of her speech, there was a lot of emphasis on her ability to vote her principles even when it conflicted with her political party. Author’s note: This is a double edged sword. As President one also has to have the gift of unifying all parties for the good of the country.
After speaking, she came down from the stage to shake hands with the crowd. A gay rights activist lunged toward her and threw glitter on Mrs. Bachmann. The Congresswoman handled it all with dignity, and kept moving forward shaking hands with the audience. This was definitely a grace under pressure moment.
What is my take on the Congresswoman? She is doing well in the early days of the campaign. It will be interesting to see how she fares after several months of a grueling schedule and a tough media. This kind of stress will eliminate many, and give impetus to others. Only time will tell.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
Herman Cain spoke this evening at the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC in Woodlands, Texas. There was much to learn about the man at the press conference and during the event. Passion and knowledge prevailed in his insightful views on the state of the country and the possibilities.
Recently, Chairman Bernanke of the Federal Reserve declared we don’t really have much inflation and that the economy is recovering. I asked Mr. Cain if he would share his views on the Federal Reserve. His answer was succinct and on point. He does not think we need to do away with the Federal Reserve. Mr. Cain served on the Board of the Federal Reserve in the 90s. His opinion is the Federal Reserve has changed significantly since he served, and needs to be fixed. Quote Mr. Cain: “I respectfully disagree with Chairman Bernanke regarding inflation. There is inflation when I go to pump gas and the price has gone up a dollar a gallon.” Mr. Cain also stated he respectfully disagreed with Chairman Bernanke on the recovery in America. “How could we be in economic recovery when 15M people are unemployed? This month’s numbers on unemployment have gone back up over 400,000! This is not recovery.” In his view, the Federal Reserve has become overly politicized.
Mr. Cain observed we had become a nation of crises. America has a crisis of morality, economics, immigration, spending, energy, national security, and a lack of leadership. It is important in leadership to identify the right problem, surround yourself with the right people, and provide common sense solutions. In his view, the lack of leadership is permitting the crises to continue growing in the country.
He expressed amazement regarding the President;s decision on loaning money to Brazil for drilling oil. The President stated the United States would be Brazil’s customer. Mr. Cain was passionate in his argument we should be our own customer. It is important to drill here, and drill now! If he runs for President, this is a priority.
When asked why he should be President, the answer was insightful. He is a problem solver. The career experience reflects a gift at problem solving. The job of President, particularly in these difficult times in America, requires a problem solver.
Over the past 7 days, he had traveled to 9 states and had 16 engagements. Why? He is talking to conservatives and determining if he will run for President. In his mind, he had set 4 criteria for his decision. Three of the four criteria had exceeded expectations. The fourth criteria had met expectations. He is a few weeks away from making a decision. It was not his intention to ever run for President. He felt compelled to consider it, after the President signed Obamacare into law. This law is unconstitutional and tramples on the rights of Americans. Mr. Cain takes liberty very seriously.
During his speech, there were several specific examples given of economic changes he would make in the country. Stimulating the economy requires putting more money in the hands of individuals and businesses. He proposed a 6.2% tax holiday for one year for the employers and employees. There were several ideas proposed to promote business in the United States rather than allowing the business to go overseas.
It was clear by the end of the speech, Mr. Cain is a leader. He has a vision of how to solve the nation’s problems. His advice to the audience: “Stay Informed, Stay Involved, and Stay Inspired. Everyone will need to participate in efforts countering the plethora of misinformation that is being circulated. There is 50% of the country that doesn’t have a clue. Doing research and getting educated on the issues will be a critical component of the plan to win in 2012.
I would be remiss if the highlight of the evening was not included. For the finale, speakers and Teaparty volunteers gathered on stage for a song. They were singing God Bless America and Mr. Cain led the audience in singing with them. This was one of those “Kodak” moments you know will not be forgotten for a very long time.
So, is he the “one” to run for President and win it for conservatives in 2012? At this point, he is probably one of only a handful of people who could adequately address the challenges facing our country. His expertise and wisdom clearly outshines the Administration in Washington today. The love he exhibits for God, family, and country is evident. Clearly he would be a formidable candidate against President Obama. We will know shortly!
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. Ronald ReaganRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
Today was the annual State of the State speech given by Governor Rick Perry of Texas. Throughout the year people have seen the lists declaring Texas is rated great for business, jobs, and quality of life. The speech given earlier today in the State Legislature was indicative of the why. Texas, like so many of the states is facing challenges primarily due to unfunded Federal Mandates and a flagging national economy. Listeners heard dozens of ideas on how Texas will effectively manage the challenges in tough times. The core of Texas is strong, and the following ideas were offered as evidence that the state government is working hard to insulate Texans as much as possible from the deficit battles at national level.
Rather than bore my readers with rhetoric, I will attempt to list the ideas given today by the Governor that will ensure Texas remains high on the list of desirable places to live.
- Each group/division that receives monies, will need to justify their fiscal viability.
- Duplicity in different departments will be either eliminated or merged functionally.
- Non-Critical groups that receive monies will be suspended for two years (no monies given).
- Push Washington to have a balanced budget amendment added to the Constitution.
- Begin using “Outcomes-based funding” for undergraduate institutions. The funding would no longer be based on the number of students, but be based instead on the number of degrees awarded to students.
- Tie high school diplomas and GED’s to the Driver license. A person would need to be enrolled in a high school or obtain a GED to get their license.
- Encourage a sharing of services between school districts to lessen the overhead costs.
- All school districts need to lessen their expenditures.
- Challenge the institutions of higher education to develop bachelor degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks.
- Leverage web-based instruction for high schools and others across the state.
- Congressman Doggett’s legislation is taking $830M from Texas School Children and we should encourage our Congressman to repeal this legislation.
- Continue to lobby for businesses to come to Texas and increase the number of jobs in the state.
- Veterans are an untapped source of expertise that will be a great addition to the workforce – don’t forget them!
- Other state governors are now actively adopting the Texas model of making regulations that are good for business.
- Sanctuary cities must be abolished so the law enforcement can do their work
- Law enforcement should be able to ask for documentation for anyone who has been detained on criminal charges
- It is critical we work closely with Mexico to fight the violence of the drug cartels
- Human Trafficking is a big problem in Texas and we have two legislators who are continuing to lead the charge in this area. They are Representatives Senfronia Thompson and Randy Weber. Stronger sentencing needs to be available for these offenses. Proposed is 25 years minimum for first offenders and life without parole for repeat offenders.
- Washington continues to neglect their responsibility for the border. Numerous efforts have been made to communicate the urgent need of help on the border to get the drug cartels under control. Texas continues to need 1,000 National Guard Troops on the border as well as drone planes to aide our efforts.
The Obamacare legislation will cripple Texan’s healthcare, and the end result will devastate the state budget. Attorney General Greg Abbott is using every tool at his disposal to fight this example of government overreach. We have several pieces of legislation proposed which will help to protect the citizens of Texas in this area. One bill that is proposed by Texas representative Creighton states it is unconstitutional to mandate a citizen purchase health insurance. There are several other bills filed which propose innovative healthcare solutions for Texans.
Texas is being punished for doing a good job. The proactive efforts to improve air quality yielded good results and still created more jobs in the process. The EPA has continued to try and penalize Texas for doing a good job. This is a political ploy to usurp state rights. Note from author: Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed legislation against the EPA.
There were positive ideas in this speech, and credit was given to several legislators in the state for their progressive ideas and strong bill proposals. It was clear that Texas has an A team fighting on all fronts to maintain quality of life, increase jobs, and protect citizens as much as humanly possible.
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Today a Federal Judge in Florida ruled Obamacare is unconstitutional due to the individual mandate. Because the mandate is so integral to all of the Obamacare law, he suggested the entire document is not valid. Unfortunately, we have a few years more before this will likely reach the Supreme Court. Until that time, many other dictates will be handed down to insurance companies, the people, and the Corporations that provide healthcare insurance to employees.
All of this does not change the fact, the system is broken. The states who are loudly protesting the intrusion of the federal government into healthcare, must continue finding solutions at state level to avoid this overreach by the Federal government. Below you will find a summation of various state options that I have been researching over the past months. To protect state rights and the rights of individuals, one must strengthen the ability of the states to provide the appropriate solutions for their citizens.
Today, I am sharing an idea posited by the Honorable Ted Cruz, of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) and Mario Loyola. Mr. Cruz was a featured speaker at the yearly conference of the TPPF in Austin, and a lot of education on state rights/powers was gained from this remarkable statesman.
The latest policy paper focuses on the Interstate Compacts in Our Constitution. An interstate compact is the agreement between two or more states of the United States of America. Many interstate compacts have been created through the years. Our Constitution dictates specific “behaviors” if you will, of the Compacts. Interstate Compacts can regulate matters within the enumerated powers of the federal government that require congressional consent. In prior instances of Interstate Compacts, it was accomplished by a bill or resolution that was subsequently presented to the President for his signature. Yet, in other cases it has been an “implied” consent.
The following links are just a few examples to familiarize my readers with the numerous ways the Interstate Compacts have been used in America. Here are just a few examples of current Interstate Compacts that are successfully working today:
Operating agencies created by interstate compact
- Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_States_Marine_Fisheries_Commission
- Colorado River Compact (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and California) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Compact
- Driver License Compact (all States except Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driver_License_Compact
- Education Commission of the States (all States (except Washington), three territories, and Washington, D.C.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_Commission_of_the_States
- Great Lakes Commission (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_Commission
- Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_States_Marine_Fisheries_Commission
- Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Power_and_Conservation_Council
- Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (New Jersey and New York) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Authority_of_New_York_and_New_Jersey
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Metropolitan_Area_Transportation_Authority
Looking at the links above, it is apparent there can be any number of reasons to institute an interstate compact. Could they be used for common sense health exchanges? Could they be used for specific healthcare options that are supported at state level? The potential for this solution is vast, as many applications can be used within this framework.
Refer to the policy perspective from the Honorable Ted Cruz and Mario Loyola for more detail on the use of interstate compacts:
The use of state compacts has been used primarily when a group of states have something in common that needs regulation at a state level. We now have multiple approaches to take back the power of the state. The biggest question arises because there doesn’t appear to be any definition of how deeply a compact can intrude on the federal law.
When the federal government is all powerful, citizenry lose the ability to hold them accountable. Policies should reflect the values of those citizens. The interstate compact is a tool for states to fight back against Federal overreach and more specifically Obamacare. It is the right of a state to determine their course.
Here are the links to my prior work on the Tenth Amendment and Nullification as well:
Tenth Amendment Rights Townhall (Part 3)
Tenth Amendment Rights Townhall (Part 2)
We are Americans, and perseverance is one of our finest traits. The Constitution and our laws have provided us with solutions that protect the states and it’s people. Now is the time to stop the erosion of those state rights by utilizing the tools given in our rule of law.
“I consider the foundation of the Federal Constitution as laid on this ground: That “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States of to the people.” (Tenth Amendment) To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.” Thomas JeffersonRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Recently, I attended two days of conferences in Austin, Texas. This was the annual conference for the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). The non-partisan organization examines each issue facing Texas with a keen eye for the pros and cons. Thousands of hours are invested in research each year, yielding an overview of suggested optimum solutions. The Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute have long been a part of their efforts and participated this year. This conference, like the other events sponsored by the TPPF throughout the year was very well-attended by legislators and writers from across Texas.
What I found in this conference, was a multitude of ideas that could be used by many states in efforts to combat fiscal problems and Federal Overreach. The topics covered, represented a wide range of known challenges confronting the Texas Legislature and people of Texas this year. This author chose to attend healthcare, state budget, and energy sessions as a focus.
The first session of note revolved around Healthcare Exchanges: Good Deal or Raw Deal? Distinguished panelists for this discussion included several persons of note, including Senior Research Fellow Edmund Haislmaier. For those of you who are unaware, Mr. Haislmaier has been leading the way in his research for the Heritage Foundation in the area of Healthcare. I might add this session was moderated by the Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth, Executive Director and Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the TPPF. Ms. Wohlgemuth, has long been recognized as an expert on Healthcare policy.
What we learned is Healthcare exchanges are a necessary component of a complete healthcare policy. My conclusion after hearing the various opinions, is that a Healthcare exchange is a must. All panelists agreed Healthcare exchanges are needed, and Texas and other states should proactively create what is in the best interest of it’s citizens. Texas State Representative, Dr. John Zerwas had already filed legislation in January 2011 to establish a state Healthcare Exchange. In theory, an exchange will enable individuals and small businesses to access the competitive rates enjoyed by large corporations simply by banding together. The interesting point in this discussion is what is created for Rhode Island may not be suitable for Texas or any other state. One size/type does not fit all with Healthcare exchanges, or general Healthcare. This is the importance of each state creating the most applicable solution for their circumstance. Demographic components of the respective state plays a large part in the definition of unique qualities of a state. Whether a state’s population are primarily in urban or rural locations is also a primary consideration as the requirements are defined by a state.
Continuing with the healthcare theme, there was an excellent panel discussion on whether Texas should opt out of Medicaid. It isn’t possible to “opt out” for many reasons. However, there needs to be new definitions considered for Medicaid. The choice is clear. Something must be done this year to address the exploding Medicaid costs. In Texas, Medicaid costs have increased dramatically since 2000. This is without the consideration of Obamacare. In 2000, Medicaid costs for the state of Texas were $11 Billion dollars. In 2011, the costs for Medicaid will exceed $30 Billion dollars. Clearly hard decisions and a new approach needs to be adopted to get the spending under control in Texas. At this time, the state contributes 30% on Medicaid costs and the Federal Government contributes 70%. Everyone voiced concern that the massive Federal deficit is likely to reduce the amount of support from the Federal Government. The state must develop some sort of “safety-net” for the people. The conversation on Medicaid and overall healthcare needs to be redefined. In Texas, State Representative Charlie Howard filed legislation to prevent Obamacare from coming to Texas. The majority of the conservative states are actively fighting to block this travesty of Federal overreach. This is a key component of the state solutions.
I strongly encourage everyone to read available research papers on healthcare policy by the experts. For your convenience, links are included below to the available research. Medicaid is but one troubling aspect of America’s healthcare dilemma. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare), the Medicaid recipient base will be enlarged dramatically. This will likely collapse the Medicaid system, and bankrupt the majority of the states, if action isn’t taken immediaetly. The time to address healthcare and Medicaid is now, prior to the enactment of the Obamacare law in 2014. Bear in mind much of the challenge for satisfactory solutions is due to constraints placed upon Texas (and the other states) by specific Federal Regulations. The conclusion is the entitlement program of Medicaid is in trouble, and the enactment of the Obamacare law could topple budgets and Medicaid programs across the country.
Honorable Arlene Wohlegemuth at the Texas Public Policy Foundation:
Senior Research Fellow Edmund Haislmaier at the Heritage Foundation:
Senior Fellow, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Cato Institute
Texas State Legislative Information:
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The American people were watching every move made by Congress last week. It definitely was a rewarding activity, for once. The Conservatives were prepared and set the tone for what could be expected this year. Most Republicans are aware this may be a short lived career due to hard decisions that must be made over the next two years. This did not deter them from hitting the ground running with the business of the people.
What was the most unusual moment? Having the House members participate in saying the various components of the Constitution was long overdue. For several years, members of Congress have proposed legislation and deals that would have made the founding fathers shudder with remorse.
What was the best educational moment? Prior to the reading of the Constitution which was instigated by the Conservatives, the liberals wanted to know exactly what would be read on the House Floor. The Conservatives explained that many words of the original Constitution were redacted by the Library of Congress when they were in essence, nullified by various amendments. Most people in the country believe the original Constitution stands as is, and have not factored in the alterations that have occurred via the amendments and precedents set by the Supreme Court. It was an inspiring event to watch, and most Americans were fervently hoping the participants recognized this event was a sacred honor.
Were the Republicans prepared? Yes. On the second day the rules committee hearings began the discussions and testimonies about Obamacare. Majority Leader Cantor immediately proposed rule changes on the floor and shared the schedule with the Minority Leader, Steny Hoyer. The organization and planning was evident.
Did the Liberals make any missteps? Yes. Ms. Louise Slaughter, former chair of the Rules Committee, suffered a great embarrassment in the public hearing. Ms. Slaughter’s new position is senior ranking member of the minority on the Rules Committee. She began by chastising and shouting at the Conservative Committee Chairs that were seated before her. Her exact words were, “ I am astonished that the three of you sit there, and say the Republicans had not input or activity in the Healthcare Bill.” Ms. Slaughter quoted many hours and meetings that went into the Healthcare Bill. Further, she said the Democrat Caucus had logged about twice as many hours in the effort. It appeared Ms. Slaughter was truly upset by the Republicans for having these hearings so soon, much less, at all. The media was crowded into the room, and everyone was riveted to her words. The three men tried to answer her questions and make comments, but Ms. Slaughter continued to badger and speak over the top of everyone’s voices. It was at that moment that something truly remarkable occurred. Mrs. Virginia Foxx asked for the floor. She pointed out the statistics cited by Ms. Slaughter pertained to the bill passed by the house. Ms. Slaughter was misleading people about the facts. One could hear a pin drop in the room. Mrs. Foxx went on to say that the Conservatives were not permitted amendments or discussion on the Senate Bill that was passed, and it was very different from the House Bill. Mrs. Foxx had facts and figures at her fingertips, and quite frankly. Ms. Slaughter was made to look a fool. A round of applause should be given for Mrs. Foxx who can always be counted upon to tell the truth and be prepared.
After all of the proceedings, we also learned the Republicans have a plan to take care of the everpresent Czar problem. They will be putting legislation forward to fix the problem of non-approved people who bypassed the Senate evaluation process. One of the concerns about this administration is the number of Czars, their radical views, their power, and the massive amount of money to pay their salaries. The bill will address the problem.
The Republicans outlined key areas they believe are broken in the Healthcare system. Their committees are already putting together simple documents proposing each solution. The legislation from the Conservatives is likely to be brief as the document to repeal Obamacare was only two pages and very easy to understand. Easy to understand legislation, with no trickery shall be a breath of fresh air.
For the first week, they earned kudos on organization and focus. It was clear from the tone of the speeches and the content, that these people know the economic fate of the land is in their hands. I look forward to the coming weeks of legislation as the 112th The country will be watching as the people’s House is restored to a place of honor and truth. There are no illusions that many of the people in the House have been duplicit and corrupt in past years. However, this is a new beginning and if their activities continue with the high standard of the first week, the American people will be well served.
A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves. Grover ClevelandRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Recently Governor Rick Perry was in Houston, Texas for a round of book signing. He had written a book called “Fed UP!” and it was released the week of the election. Some may say it sounds somewhat self-centered to have a book tour on the heels of a successful election campaign. This could not be further from the truth.
Prior to his book signing event in Houston, I was fortunate to have time privately speaking/listening with Governor Perry and another area blogger, Mark Robinson. What we encountered was a man who wants to get state rights back in line with what was written by the Founding Fathers. The intent of the book was clear. Governor Perry hopes to “wake up” more of the people about how we can resolve our current difficulties with the powers in Washington. This book gives him a “ticket” so to speak, to share his vision for state solutions with the media, conservatives, and others of influence. Indeed, this is a very clever idea
Having been released from the shackles of campaign fervor, he appeared renewed and refreshed. His demeanor could best be described as inspired. Clearly Governor Perry is on a mission to protect Texas and ensure it thrives in the midst of the Federal Government power grab. What I witnessed was an amazing thinker, who is striving to share a vision that could literally help to save our republic and save Texas.
The Governor began travel the day after the election. There was no rest for the weary. He has been busy articulating the importance of state rights and the tenth amendment at all the stops. Amidst the many interviews, the Governor was also a part of an important meeting with the new Majority Leader in the House. A group of Governors were contacted by Majority Leader, John Boehner for a meeting. The Governor indicated Mr. Boehner was pragmatic and aware innovative ideas would be the answer for a stronger future in America.
Governor Perry is known for being a solutions oriented individual. He articulated a strong belief in the power of allowing ideas to incubate in the states. Competition between the states benefits all Americans. Another key idea is a strong state healthcare solution in Texas which could save both Texas and the Federal Government billions of dollars. It was evident from the tone of conversation many months have been spent on surveying the landscape, and deriving potential hypotheses/solutions from the data. It is important to note here that the Texas Public Policy Foundation has engaged in research with the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, and the state of Utah Healthcare Solution among other sources to assist the Governor and Texas on the subject of healthcare. The Governor has been on a mission to find viable alternatives resulting in a better quality of the life for Texans and also assist the Federal Government in resolution of some of the debt.
Several observations were made during our time with the Governor. The burden of state debt on each Texas citizen is $520. In contrast, the burden of Federal debt on each Texas citizen is approximately $42,000! The difference is staggering. For many years the Federal Government has continued to expand it’s power. One of the worst examples of overreach is Social Security. Per the Governor, this is a Ponzi Scheme. This author finds it refreshing to hear a political leader acknowledge what many of us have known for decades. The Federal Government has tricked and swindled millions of Americans in an effort to grow their power. It is time to stop the madness.
The President’s debt commission is releasing a report this week suggesting the answer is to make the American taxpayer pay higher taxes with less benefits. Therein lies the problem. We have a delusional group in power in the Federal Government who assume they have the right to all the monies earned by the citizens. Governor Perry recognizes this is but a symptom of the real problem. The real problem is the Federal Government has overstepped it’s authority into the lives of Americans. Less Government is the solution which results in more liberty for every patriot.
This article is not a rah-rah about the Governor of Texas. I had just finished reading his new book, “Fed UP!”, and was looking forward to hearing more about his vision to return to a more prosperous, quality way of life. It is important we take note of strong leadership when it is found, in this day and age of challenges for our country. Leaving the meeting, I must admit to being energized and looking forward to the next chapter of history for our country. With leaders emerging in the midst of chaos, there is hope for a better tomorrow.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
Recently, I had the good fortune to attend an event sponsored by The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). They had brought the best minds together from across the country for a morning of conversation regarding potential solutions to a pressing problem for Texas and all of the nation. I’d like to focus first on the content, followed by my own humble conclusions.
The Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth was our moderator to the event. She is the Executive Director of the Foundation’s Center for Health Care Policy. It was made clear we were there, not only for an update on healthcare, but to specifically focus on state solutions. The first speaker introduced was Speaker of the House, David Clark from Utah.
Utah has implemented a healthcare solution for their state. It is focused on being patient centric. Their state identified the healthcare challenges a few years ago (this was prior to the Obama administration). The next step was to develop a vision of a healthcare system to resolve problems and make it cost effective for the consumers. It is now 2010 and the people of Utah have a very real example of what can be accomplished at state level. The most salient point offered was unique solutions would be required for each of the states. The states are unique and their demographics reflect different cultures and customs. Utah had developed a cost effective approach which resolved their list of challenges. There is no individual mandate nor is there a mandate for employers. Clearly a state should have the right to implement such a plan. The government role is market facilitator in the Utah solution. The healthcare system in Utah began by offering private sector reforms. This will be followed by reform of the public sector. There is also a risk adjustment mechanism. The Utah system is a free market system. Here is the link, to this most remarkable solution: http://www.exchange.utah.gov/
The next speaker was the esteemed Michael Cannon from Cato Institute. His focus in this discussion was about the real cost of Obamacare. There are several different prices being discussed with regard to the Healthcare Reform Law. We are talking abou the price now and the price of the new healthcare reform bill in the future. Until we repeal obamacare, nothing will make a difference. The unfunded mandate on the taxpayer is the largest in history. The tax credits are a temporary reprieve and will only help a very small percentage of the population. With each day that passes, there are more disturbing financial facts that are coming to light about this law. Mr. Cannon had many excellent points about the economic trouble, this bill is likely to call if it is not repealed. For more from Michael Cannon, I refer you to this interview he gave on CSpan about Obamacare: http://www.cato.org/mediahighlights/index.php?highlight_id=1292
The final speaker of the morning was Edmund Haislmaier. Heritage had riveting observations about the anomalies of this situation. Medicaid will have many disruptions generated by Obamacare. Expanding coverage to everyone comes at a great cost to business owners and individuals. Benefit costs will necessarily go up due to the mandates and increased numbers of people that do not contribute via taxes. Small business will be better off paying the penalties and dropping the coverage. Standards of coverage will be dropped dramatically beginning at 64 yrs of age. Quote Edmund Haislmaier: “Clearly ignorance and incompetence have ruled this entire process. Harry Reid never meant this particular piece of legislation to be the final option; it is not the sane response”.
The people at Federal level complemented Massachusetts and they are a failure. The Feds knew nothing about it. Utah is successful in their efforts and they did not look at it. It is all about doing it the Federal way.
What is the solution to this obvious debacle?
We need to repeal the thing, period. Do what we can for insurance independence quickly! Mr. Haislmaier recommended a benchmark analysis for Texas as soon as possible. Identify what the world will look like pre-obamacare and post obamacare. The most prudent choice will be the one designed specifically for a Texas solution. The process would be to identify, measure, and pushback via the use of state legislation. For more indepth healthcare information by Edmund Haislmaier, please go to this website: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/04/State-Health-Care-Reform-An-Update-on-Utahs-Reform
What I learned at this event, was simple. People need to develop a framework in their respective states to identify the problems. Put together a meaningful benchmark using a state solution and compare it to Obamacare. The next step is to use legislation to implement the laws which would further enable a state solution based on the needs of the people. This would provide the greatest protection against the intrusion of Obamacare.
In my humble opinion, this event was without peer. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a rare gem that deserves our support for it’s continued growth. Please have a look at the TPPF: http://www.texaspolicy.com/
“How can limited government and fiscal restraint be equated with lack of compassion for the poor? How can a tax break that puts a little more money in the weekly paychecks of working people be seen as an attack on the needy? Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes—one rich, one poor—both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other? Since when do we in America accept this alien and discredited theory of social and class warfare? Since when do we in America endorse the politics of envy and division?”